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Is stress stopping you from losing weight?

By Advertising Feature 24 May 2012 26

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Canberrans are busy people and often hold stressful jobs, within the public service or private sectors. Our corporate life style could be affecting us and our levers of stress. Do you rush around feeling like you are always ‘on’? If you answered yes there’s a good chance that your body is stressed.

Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin, can cause your system to take flight and run in fright mode. Essentially your body is constantly responding to a biological message that you are being chased by a tiger, not a good state to be in permanently. Often your body will be sending you a message about stress long before your mind starts to connect with what is really happening. If you are experiencing tiredness, body aches and pains, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, loss of sex drive, frequent colds, headaches, or an inability to lose weight, then it’s time for you to slow down and bring your body back into balance. Start to work on yourself and make you a priority in your life! Nurture your body by taking up a regular relaxation practice, something as simple as ending the day with a warm bath. Cut out all sugar from your diet, as well as caffeine and alcohol, and increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables (go for two fruits and five veg a day). Drink plenty of water and get 6-8 hours of quality sleep a night. If you feel you need some more support there are a range of herbs and vitamins you can take to nourish your body: valerian root, chamomile, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B complex, zinc, liquorice, and ginseng. On a deeper level connect with the source of your stress, and identify what needs to be done to overcome it. Take time for a conversation with yourself, or another when needed, , but always do it from a place of love. You are the most valuable asset you have, and stress robs you of living to your full potential.

Tanya www.strive-training.com

References
http://www.anxiety-and-depression-solutions.com/wellness_concerns/anxiety/herbs_and_vitamins_for_anxiety.php

www.gofor2and5.com.au

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zllauh 1:09 am 18 Jun 15

According to a study , eating becomes the activity which relieves stress. So, a stressful life would gradually make us eat more.
As said , Easier said than done.
We have got to move and make our life a better one.

BlackIce 4:36 pm 25 May 12

imagesplat said :

Insulin is responsible for converting blood sugars to fats. Raising insulin levels though higher GI foods stops people from losing weight, not stress hormones. IMO this is perpetuating some unfounded myths.

Have you got references to peer reviewed medical studies supporting the supplements you’ve suggested?

There are studies on the link between lack of sleep and inability to lose weight. So if someone’s not sleeping because of stress, that is possibly the reason they have trouble losing weight more than the stress itself.

A quick goole search, and here is a paper on The Metabolic Consequences of Sleep Deprivation from U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and another paper comparing the results of the various studies.

smiling politely 4:27 pm 25 May 12

astrojax said :

…and now a one week old little astromonkey mark II…

Off-topic but hey astro – congratulations! Hope you managed to stick with a whisky theme for the name again.

SnapperJack 3:48 pm 25 May 12

Thumper said :

I have some magic rocks that allow you to lose weight raidly.

All you need do is hold the magic rocks while running five kilometres. Magic rocks only work this way.

The catch is that you need to hold the magic rocks at least four times a week.

… or you can put the magic rocks on the end of steel bars and use them as barbells and dumbells 🙂

imagesplat 3:43 pm 25 May 12

Insulin is responsible for converting blood sugars to fats. Raising insulin levels though higher GI foods stops people from losing weight, not stress hormones. IMO this is perpetuating some unfounded myths.

Have you got references to peer reviewed medical studies supporting the supplements you’ve suggested?

Holden Caulfield 12:21 pm 25 May 12

Thumper said :

Was it the late Keith Miller, when asked about pressure in a cricket test match, said, ‘pressure is having a Messerschmidt up your arse.’

Yeah he did, but I’m not sure if a German aircraft up one’s clacker is the same kind of pressure we’re talking about here. Kinky, though.

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