5 Ways to Beat Stress-Induced Weight Gain

New research shows stress may wreak havoc on your metabolism. Here’s how you can outsmart it.

Stress 2017

I think we can all agree that stress is bad. Excess stress can cause headaches, muscle tension, digestive problems, sleep disturbances, depression, and now new research shows it may also wreak havoc on metabolism.

We’ve known for some time that stress is connected to weight gain, because a high level of the stress hormone cortisol has been shown to up appetite, drive cravings for “junk” food, and make it oh so much easier to accumulate belly fat. But now, an Ohio State study shows that stress may also result in burning fewer calories—yikes!

In the study, researchers questioned women about stress they had encountered the previous day. The ladies were then fed a meal containing a very generous 930 calories and 60 grams of fat. After eating, scientists measured the women’s’ metabolic rates and took blood samples. In the seven hours after eating the mondo meal, those who had reported being stressed out within the previous 24 hours burned less of the fat they consumed and had higher levels of insulin, a hormone that contributes to fat storage. They also torched 104 fewer calories. That may not sound like much, but it’s enough of a difference to account for a weight gain of almost 11 pounds in one year’s time.

I understand that reports like this can be discouraging, but knowing this information actually offers a huge advantage.  Even if you can’t fix the causes of your stress, you can make small changes to offset the effects.  Here are five daily tweaks to help you best stress-induced weight gain.

Choose your Fats Wisely


If stress causes your body to burn less of the fat you eat (making it more likely to be stored) aim to include some healthy fat in your meal—but avoid “doubling up.” For example, many clients tell me they order a healthy salad for lunch, but the toppings include both olive oil and avocado. Or they might snack on nuts alongside popcorn that’s been cooked in oil. I’m not saying you should eat low-fat meals: fat is important for satiety and it’s one of your body’s key building blocks. But to keep it in balance, choose only one high-fat item per meal. For example, if you want avocado on your salad, dress your greens with balsamic vinegar rather than oil-based vinaigrette.

Adjust your Meal Proportions


If there’s a chance that you’ll burn fewer calories in the hours after eating due to stress, shift your servings a bit to slash calories without having to eat less food. For example, eating one and a half cups of mixed veggies and a half cup of brown rice instead of one cup of each can save you 60-75 calories. Or instead of 1 cup of quinoa, mix half of that with half a cup of spinach to save about 100 calories. I think you see where I’m going with this—trading in a portion of your dense grains, even healthy ones, for low cal, fiber- and water-rich veggies is the easiest way to accomplish a quick calorie savings that doesn’t require sacrificing volume.

Add Metabolic Boosters


Certain foods truly have been shown in research to raise your metabolic rate, and while the effects aren’t astronomical, they may just counter some stress-induced metabolism slumps. One of my favorite natural metabolic boosters is hot peppers. One study from Purdue University tracked 25 adults who consumed either no pepper, their preferred amount (half liked spicy food and half did not), or a standardized amount, which was about a half teaspoon of cayenne for six weeks. Overall both groups burned more calories when they ate spiced-up meals, and those who had been infrequent eaters of fiery food also felt less hungry and experienced fewer cravings for salty, fatty, and sweet treats. Try adding chili pepper or cayenne to steamed or sautéed veggies, or if you can handle a little more heat, garnish your dishes with a sliced jalapeno. Bonus: hot peppers have also been shown to boost immunity and lower cholesterol.

Breathe Before you Eat


We continuously breathe without thinking about it, but recent Spanish research showed that relaxed, controlled breathing can effectively reduce cortisol levels. Before each meal, take a few minutes to sit comfortably in a chair, and spend a few minutes focusing on breathing, slowly and deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth. You may be amazed how quickly this technique can help relieve muscle tension and shift your mindset.

Take a Quick Post-Meal Walk


Whenever possible, try to build in a brisk 15-minute stroll after meals. A recent study from George Washington University found that this habit helped normalize blood sugar levels for up to three hours after eating. Can’t fit in 15 minutes? Go for 10, even five—just breaking a sitting pattern and getting your blood pumping can shift your metabolism. A post-meal walk can also serve as a little “you time” to unwind, clear your head, connect with nature, or catch up with a walking buddy—all of which can help reduce feelings of stress.

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Ultimate Reset

Fasting

When you hear the word “Fast” you generally run in the opposite direction. Why is that? What if I told you that fasting could reduce inflammation in your muscles and digestive system, help combat a fatty liver, regenerate your immune system and aid in preventing diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases? I’m not talking about conventional nutrition fasting where you are spending hours in your kitchen juicing fruits vegetables and starving to death. I’m talking about a metabolic reset; a traditional ayurvedic nutrition fast.

What is fasting? In medical terms, the word “fasting” can be defined as “Voluntary abstinence from consuming food for varying lengths of time”. Simply put fasting is like a reset button for the entire physiology. Before I explain the importance of a fasting let’s review some health statistics.

Over 2/3 of American’s are overweight, 33% percent of adult American’s are obese and fifty-thousand people in the U.S. alone consume fast food on a daily bases. Within the next 10 years, epidemiological studies predict 1 and 3 people will have diabetes.

In an ayurvedic perspective, fasting ignites a genetic switch which will omit inflammation. Fasting also takes a heavy burden off of the liver and digestive system by allowing the body to properly filter out and break down lipid compositions which are caused by over consuming processed foods, refined sugars, and fats. In just a few days of fasting, you can improve your cardiovascular system because you are allowing your body to naturally decompose of arterial plague. Eliminating metabolic impurities has been proven to strengthen your immune system because your body is finally able to regenerate white blood cells.

Resetting the metabolic system is something just about everyone could benefit from. Fasting is the most ideal during the equinox. The equinox is the season change from fall to spring. The digestive system works in conjunction with the sun. Meaning, your digestive process works at its best when the sun is at its peak of the day. During the equinox the sun’s peaks shifts causing an imbalance in the body’s natural metabolic system. Fasting during this period will allow the body to regulate the blood glucose levels and the digestive system. During the fasting process toxin excretion continues while the influx of new toxins is reduced. This results in a reduction of total body toxicity. The energy that is usually used for digestion is redirected to the immune function, cell growth, and the eliminatory processes. This process is also known as Autophagy. During this

During the fasting process toxin excretion continues while the influx of new toxins is reduced. This results in a reduction of total body toxicity. The energy that is usually used for digestion is redirected to the immune function, cell growth, and the eliminatory processes. This process is also known as Autophagy. During this process, the cellular system is able to reprogram and renew itself. The immune system’s workload is greatly reduced, and the digestive tract is spared any inflammation due to allergic reactions to food. Water soluble toxins, salt, and fat chemicals are released and are broken down. Thus cleanses your liver, kidneys, and colon, as well as purifies the blood.

During the first 24 hours of a fast there are some very profound changes going on in the body. Within a few hours, glucose circulating in the blood is consumed. If that’s not being replaced by food, then the body starts converting glycogen, a stable form of glucose that is stored in the muscles and liver into glucose. When the glycogen is used up, the body turns on its fat burning abilities. Fatty acids are broken down in the liver, resulting in the production of ketone bodies. Ketones are now used by the brain instead of glucose as a source of energy. At this point, your body is in ketosis.

When you are in ketosis, high amounts of energy enter into the blood stream that triggers the secretion of hormones. The hormones travel through the bloodstream to the cells needing energy. This process allows enzymes and regulatory proteins to enter into the cells and activate the body’s natural fat burning capabilities. Keeping your body in ketosis for seven days is extremely important because this is when the most transformation takes place. The hormones will begin to regulate, the blood glucose levels will stabilizes, the liver and digestive system are replenishing themselves and the body is able to breakdown and decompose of triglycerides that form cholesterol and arterial plague.

The most effective ayurvedic nutrition fast is a high protein low carbohydrate diet. This type of fast is much different than a high protein conventional nutrition fast. The guidelines are as followed:

  • You are eating every 3-4 hours for 12 hours and then you are allowing the body to fast for 12 solid hours. Doing so will help support the pancreas.
  • There are no refined sugars or carbohydrates for the duration of the fast (7 days); this will allow the liver and digestive system to reboot.
  • Protein sources should only be of lean proteins, such as fish, de-skinned grass fed, hormone free chicken & turkey, and cage free organic egg whites only. Protein sources should not contain any milk or dairy casings. This will aid in nourishment and keep you feeling full.
  • Garden fresh organic vegetables only-excluding, corn, potato, carrots, and tomato. This aids in replenishing the mineral deficiency in the body.
  • Light cardio is a must; 30-45 minutes of brisk walking, elliptical, or stationary biking for at least 3 days of the seven-day fast. This will help detoxified the toxins in the body and aid in the production of white blood cells.
  • Your only source of fluid for the seven-day fast is water. You should be drinking at least a liter of water per day and you should be sipping on warm water between meals. This will is aid in the cellular cleansing and help break down fat strains.

The fast stated above will not only refresh your metabolic system, but it will also improve your lipid profile, enhance your cognitive function, as well as increase your growth hormone levels.

Fasting is simply a metabolic reset and is not intended as a treatment for any health conditions. Fasts are the most effective when they followed by healthy eating practices. You should always consult with your health care provider before starting a fast, nutrition, and or exercise regimen.

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