Have you been eating less, exercising more, and still not seeing any weight loss? Chronic stress could be to blame!
Dr. Jonas Marry is a Pittsburgh area chiropractor. He says stress hinders weight loss for many people especially if they have been “yoyo dieting”. “The ups and downs are a stress to the system in and of themselves,” Marry explains. “As a result our bodies go into an imbalanced state neurologically and ultimately hormonally. Now regardless of what you do physically, the body will not be able to increase its metabolism. Not only will you not lose, but you can actually gain weight even though you are putting very little in calorically.”
Some stress is inevitable in life. The problem occurs when stress is constant. “If you do find yourself in that chronic high stress state called ‘fight or flight,’ then you could absolutely experience a situation where weight gain seems inevitable,” Marry says. In addition, your health can suffer. “This type of stress is responsible for eight-five percent of the disease we see in our culture today. That means that genetics, which gets blamed most often, is responsible for only about five percent of disease with trauma accounting for the other ten percent.”
The good news is there are simple steps you can take to help reduce stress. Dr. Marry recommends:
- 8 hours of sleep each night
- Hydrate with half your body weight in ounces of water each day
- Eat real food (protein first, then veggies, then fats, and finally fruits)
- Move daily…even if it’s just a walk
Marry adds if you have other health issues, you may need to find a qualified health professional to help you tweak your own list.
Make stress reduction part of your plan to lose weight and gain health!