WEIGHT GAIN: What Really is the Secret?
Managing stress! Really? Yes really? Here is the scoop: When you are under stress your body excretes hormones signaling it to store fat and burn muscle. OMG we are in danger let’s… hoard fat. When your diet is poor and overloaded with chemicals, the body creates new fat cells to house the toxins, and then metabolism slows.
When your body is relaxed and happy, digestion occurs effortlessly and your body can easily absorb all the nutrients even if you do indulge occasionally. “Stress can be a weight gainer”. Again everybody is unique! And certainly extreme stress, like grief and loss can do the exact opposite and make you lose weight.
I saw how releasing stress can affect the managing of weight, echoed so many times with my clients when I counselled in nutrition or did workshops and talks. One woman told me that she had been on a vacation and ate things she loved that were not on her “diet”, but she was so happy and relaxed that she was shocked that she didn’t gain any weight.
So learn some stress managing techniques (my book has a number of them to choose from) and “chillax” more. Meditating is wonderful at slowing it all down and helping you relax and tune into what is really important! A relaxed body can easily absorb all the nutrients and will not be hoarding fat.
Take time to enjoy and if you find your face in a piece of chocolate cake…please just enjoy! Let go of the guilt. You can make a different choice next time:)