Some individuals appear to gain weight under stress but it is a combination of hormonal and psychological variables that is likely to lead to this weight gain. The body has a hormonal control system that can actually encourage weight gain when you are stressed. Now, do not stress: concentrate on proper management of this anxiety. And whatever you do, don't make these pound-packing mistakes.
1. Skipping meals or forgetting to eat
Occasionally missing food may not undermine your wellbeing, however, it may cause adverse impacts to your body weight if performed frequently. Skipping meals generally leads to cravings for fattening foods.
2. Overdoing it on caffeine
Research from the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Journal has shown that consuming more than 5 to 6 cups of coffee a day facilitates weight gain and problems with insulin. Plus, you can easily reach your recommended calorie consumption for drinks alone, if those coffee drinks are filled with sugar and cream.
3. Being too busy to exercise
You have no time, that is understandable. But making time for a physical workout is going to reduce your stress. Even “compulsory” practice can help protect you from anxiety and stress, according to research from Boulder University of Colorado.
A latest research released in the Appetite journal has shown that just going about a potential stressful case can help you to consume more by raising your ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.” Rather than worrying about what's occurred or will occur in the past, concentrate on what you are doing.
5. Not de-stressing
If you ignore stress, call it “normal,” or just push it through, the stress won't go away. Research from Kentucky University suggests that weight loss reduction is more important than all the best food strategies. In fact, stress control is more important.
6. Eating more fast food or junk foods
A group headed by Professor Herbert Herzog, Head of the Institute for learning disorders at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, discovered that junk food can contribute to a further increase in weight if we are stressed.
7. Forgetting to drink water
Treat yourself and drink water when you start feeling overwhelmed. Increased fluid intake can reduce stress immediately.
8. Trying fad diets
Fad diets are unhealthy because they do not deal with the problems that led you to gain weight. Once you have a fad diet, you are likely to regain weight when you restore your old eating practices. Fad diets are also unhealthy, as vegetables that are good are generally eliminated, and these can cause food deficiencies.
9. Poor sleep
You need appropriate sleep not only to cope with stress on the next day, but sleep can inhibit weight gain by encouraging a fast metabolism, stopping your body from holding too much food and improving self-control.
10. You ease your mind with a cocktail or alcohol.
Binge drinking — including 5 or more beverages in one sitting— and heavy drinking (over 4 drinks daily for men and over 3 drinks daily for women) were both associated with a higher risk of obesity.
11. Emotional eating
Eating emotionally can make yourself more — not less — emotional, regardless if you sniff a big pizza at 10 pm or turned into fried foods for dinner, lunch, or breakfast.
12. You eat on the go or while multitasking.
Mindful eating is very important. When you are eating while multitasking, it tends to deviate your mind from proper food consumptions that you sometimes go overboard. This, in turn, leads to weight gain.