That’s why stress makes you overweight
What allows some to stay seemingly slim without effort while others gain weight only when they are watching a pastry, it is a matter that has haunted humanity for a long time.
Most people know what you should and shouldn't eat, but still, it's so hard to make good choices - why? Many times it is a matter of having used food for a long time to suppress various emotions that emerge and that you do not know how to handle. To break a common pattern must take time, and you often need help from outside.
YOUR BODY STORES MORE FAT
Stress causes the body to store fat. High cortisol and insulin levels (an effect of a lot of stress) provide sufficient fat storage – not least of the dangerous fat that settles around the waist. The reason? The body aims at danger and survival – and reduces metabolism.
YOUR BODY WANTS TO BE SWEET AND FAT
The stress hormone cortisol makes you crave sweets. But sweet and fat can also be a way to comfort yourself. They work like a drug for the brain and can counteract anxiety and stress – in the short term. When we become completely overwhelmed by stress, a physical reaction can also become “playing dead” (when the brain perceives that we can neither fight nor escape danger – and give up!). You feel dizzy, tired, and depressed. Cannot cope with others, isolates you. And you are stuffed in you sweet and fat to “feel better”.
YOU CANNOT / CAN PRIORITIZE GOOD FOOD
You have a thousand iron in the fire and barely have lunch. The solution will be fast food, or maybe some sandwiches in front of the computer. Or you hardly eat anything at all during the day – but eat everything possible in the evening. And to exercise, no, you won’t find time for that either.
YOU DO NOT FEEL SATISFIED AND HUNGER
When you throw in your food quickly, and on the move, your brain and your stomach do not understand that you are eating. The saturation hormones are not able to activate, and you do not feel satisfied. You continue to eat after you need it. If you are up in laps, you may not feel the hunger feelings either, but ignore them and eat for reasons other than being hungry.
YOU GET HUNGRY
Your body’s hunger hormone, ghrelin, increases as you stress. You are thus hungrier than usual. Also, the stress hormone cortisol increases appetite and can have a negative effect on metabolism.
YOU MISS THE BODY SIGNALS
When you are stressed, it is difficult to feel the body’s signals and identify emotions. You just run on! You may be tired, energyless, restless, sad, thirsty – and then you put something in your mouth to reduce the unease. If you never give yourself time to feel for what you feel or need, you are at risk of eating for the wrong reasons.
Sleep deprivation lowers your combustion People who are stressed often sleep poorly. Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Too little sleep causes the body’s hormones to reduce energy consumption. You also consume less basic energy (the energy needed when your body is at rest) if you suffer from sleep deprivation. All this leads to you gaining weight.
YOU EAT MORE SPECIMEN
The stressor often makes worse choices when it comes to food. Partly is junk food, sweet and quickly usually easily accessible, how easy is it not to squeeze biscuit chocolate on the way home? Partly it attracts sweet and fat and promptly a little extra when you are stressed. You may want the temporary energy boost it provides.