When it comes to losing weight, your lifestyle is almost as important as eating the right foods. Optimizing your lifestyle based on the following weight loss strategies will be beneficial not only for your weight, but also for your overall health. What lifestyle strategies for weight loss am I referring to?
1. Beat the Stress
Stress is a “non-specific response of the body to any demand made upon it”. (1) This applies not only to psychological stresses, but also physiological stresses, such as lack of sleep, too much exercise, dieting, illness, chronic disease, and environmental toxins.
All these factors create stress and lead to a weight gain by:
Increasing Appetite (by elevating cortisol levels)
When you experience stress, your adrenal glands release a hormone adrenaline, which uses stored energy so you can fight or flee. At the same time, your adrenals also release a stress hormone cortisol, which instructs the body to replenish energy even if you haven’t used very much. On top of that, ghrelin levels are positively related to stress hormones. Since prolonged or chronic stress leads to a state of a constantly elevated cortisol production, stress can make you very hungry. (2)