I have struggled with my weight all of my life. But I don't think I really began to understand that it wasn't somehow completely my fault, until I began to learn about the impact of stress. Even learning about heredity was not compelling to me.
But hearing about the way stress changes you, physically, finally began to get my attention. All those weight loss failures? Perhaps there was more to the story, each time.
5 Ways Stress Sabotages Weight Loss
Studies done in animals have found that stress increases desire for foods that are high in fat and sugar since these types of foods appear to inhibit the activity in the brain that processes stress and related emotions. - 6 Ways Stress is Sabotaging Your Diet
(1) Ongoing stress increases your appetite and creates cravings for carbohydrates and sweets.
(2) Because prolonged stress increases cortisol levels in the body, your body becomes less sensitive to leptin. Leptin helps you know when you have had enough to eat. When your brain can't send that signal, you are likely to keep eating, missing satiety cues altogether.
So not only are you eating more to being with, you won't stop when you normally would have and will eat more because you don't know you're full.
(3) Prolonged stress also changes your brain chemistry in other ways. When you do overeat, your brain is likely to reward you for doing so with opiate hits, according to research.
(4) Increased cortisol levels also lead to abdominal weight gain, and this weight gain often persists despite efforts to get rid of it.
(5) Stress slows down your metabolism, which makes it harder to burn calories, and thus, to lose weight.
Solving the Stress Problem
So what can you do if you are trying to lose weight, or trying to eat healthy, and you have a stressful job or living situation? The first thing, in my opinion, is to throw out all thoughts of blame, and focus on problem-solving and damage control.
How much of your ongoing stress can you eliminate? Be determined to get rid of as much as you can.
Once you have done that, the next step is learning to live or make peace with what's left. Dr. Steven Palmer, director at the coaching psychology unit at the University of London, advises taking 30 minutes every day just for yourself, to do something you love, that makes you happy.
You can't always reduce the stress of high-pressure jobs, but you can maximise your recovery time, says Professor Palmer. That's about creating joy and relaxation in your down time...optimize the "life" bit of the work/life equation. - Women's Health
The Mindful Tea Membership
This is the work of the Mindful Tea membership, as well. We dismiss blame. We disarm stress, so it can't hurt you anymore, and we stack the weight loss deck in your favor with mindfulness techniques, self care practices, teas that reduce cortisol in the body and fight stress in other ways.
Based on what we are learning from research, if you are trying to lose weight, but you are experiencing ongoing stress, you are not the one in power, stress is. So my goal with the membership program is to empower you, so that you get back into the driver's seat.
The big win - we get you to your goal weight, filled with confidence that you will be able to sustain it. The peaceful lifestyle you create along the way is a bonus.
If you would like to join as a founding member, and lock in the founding member prices, you have until May 5th. Go here for more information - founding member.
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Hi, I'm Jeanine
Welcome to my new blog. I'm creating a cozy membership community for women who are struggling to lose weight. It will focus on mindfulness techniques, self care practices, and tea rituals.