‘Oh you’ve lost weight’ sounds like music to our ears, but not always. There are times when we unintentionally shed a few pounds and there are various reasons to this. Again, sometimes we gain weight inspite of doing everything possible, running for hours, starving ourselves, eating clean etc. One of the most common reasons for unintentional weight loss as well as weight gain is Stress. There are a few points to ponder on when it comes to this weight loss/gain phenomenon. In this article, we will help you understand the reasons for this and list counter measures to help you fight the same.
Tension and worry makes the body emit stress hormones into the circulatory system where they go to focused spots in the body to achieve particular physiological, mental, and enthusiastic changes that mess with the body's capacity to manage a danger, either improves it or makes it work better—to either battle with or escape from it—which is the reason this reaction is frequently alluded to as the battle or flight reaction or the crisis reaction. Stress hormones are stimulants, which also determine the body's digestion and fuel utilization. An expansion in digestion can charge the body's vitality assets harder than ordinary making it consume fuel quicker. The speedier the body consumes fuel, the more it needs. In the event that the body doesn't get adequate fuel from the substances we eat, it will get the essential fuel from the muscle to fat ratios stores. This can cause weight reduction initially.
On the other hand, it can make you have less of an appetite at first. But in the long run, chronic stress actually starts boosting hunger.The level of "the stress hormone"; cortisol, rise during tension-filled times. This can turn your overeating into a habit. The increased level of hormone helps cause higher insulin level, the blood sugar level drops low and hence you crave sugary and fatty food. Unfortunately, excess cortisol also slows down your metabolism, because your body wants to maintain an adequate supply of glucose for all that hard mental and physical work dealing with the threat.
Rest interruption can cause an expansion in cortisol, and since cortisol is an anxiety hormone stimulant, it can cause an increment in the body's incitement. Rest disturbance is frequently a marker of raised anxiety. Adrenaline, the reason for the “wired up” feeling we get when we’re stressed. While we may burn off some extra calories fidgeting or running around as we can’t sit still, anxiety can also trigger “emotional eating.” Overeating or eating unhealthy foods in response to stress or as a way to calm down is a very common response. Anxiety can also make you eat more “mindlessly” as you churn around worrying thoughts in your head, not even focusing on the taste of the food, how much you’ve eaten, or when you are feeling full. When you eat mindlessly, you will likely eat more, yet feel less satisfied.
3. Lack of proper sleep
We all sometimes face issues of lying awake at night, worrying about the weight gained, how to lose it, and also other life factors like financial conditions, kids etc. Lying awake at night as a result of stress causes insomnia, the mind gets active and doesn’t switch off. This stress causes lower blood sugar and hence leads to fatigue. Ones who consume caffeinated drinks to stay awake or alcohol to feel better end up having an even worse and disturbed sleep cycle. Sleep is a very important factor influencing weight gain or loss. Lack of sleep may disrupt the functioning of ghrelin and leptin—chemicals that control appetite. We also crave carbs when we are tired or grumpy from lack of sleep. Therefore, not getting a regular 8-9 hour sleep erodes our willpower and ability to resist temptation.
4. Not eating, starving due to stress
Some people, because they are too busy to eat, skip meals. Others do so in order to avoid eating those calories and believe that this might help them drop a few kilos. But in fact, this habit does nothing more than lowering your body’s metabolism and also sets you up for binge eating later. This can also result to low blood sugar levels (again) messing with hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin, which makes everything, even other work seem more difficult and stressful. Ways to deal with stress related weight issues which would help decrease cortisol levels, trigger release of chemicals that relieve pain, improves the mood and also speed up metabolism at some level.
- Eating Mindfully
- Distraction of mind by taking up Activities Unrelated to Food like yoga, hiking, painting, writing etc
5. Sleeping Well
Most importantly, when it comes to weight loss, Stressing about it is one thing that will never help. Trying to reach your goals solely by making efforts, working hard towards it and being patient is the best way possible. This leads to a sustainable weight loss, it trains your mind to deal with stressful situations ad yet not letting it affect the body in any way.
Article Contributed by - Dhruti