How Stress Makes You Gain Weight

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been stressed out before and felt like you were losing control?

Most of the time when we’re stressed, we choke it up to be normal or something we all experience daily in our lives.

But what if I told you it wasn’t normal, OR healthy, and that by controlling your stress you would actually lose more fat?

Studies are now confirming the correlation between stress and anxiety with higher body fat and other health issues including cardiovascular issues (heart) cognitive issues like memory issues (brain) and hormonal issues that can lead to infertility, men depleting testosterone and other issues, as well as the metabolism slowing down.

Yuck.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to do everything I possibly can to keep my stress response low and also figure out where my sources of stress may be coming from.

Some of the common symptoms related to stress are:

• Issues sleeping
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Weight gain
• Muscle loss
• Acne
• Hormonal issues
• Digestive issues like IBS, Constipation, and leaky gut
• Memory loss
• Irritability and anger
• Heart palpitations
• Nutrient deficiencies

And here is how these happen……

Back in the paleolithic (caveman) days, we were chased by lions, tigers and bears and forced to run for our lives.

While seeking safety and shelter, we experienced what is called fight or flight.

Fight or flight is essentially the body increasing adrenaline to increase speed and awareness to outrun and outwit these dangerous animals.

At the time, this was the only tool we could rely on as we had to make decisions FAST.

Fast forward to today, we don’t have animal attacks or have to fight for our lives, but our body identifies even the smallest triggers as if we’re in danger and releases these same hormones.

You may be waiting in traffic and almost late for a meeting, but your body thinks there’s a lion in your back seat and you start sweating and have the same response as if there was.

Your body doesn’t know the difference between a legitimate attack or being scolded by your boss for being late.

Within your body, large amounts cortisol (which is your stress hormone) begins to be released, while insulin signals your body to store fat.

It’s as if your body is preparing to not be able to eat for days in case you will be hiding from the lion.

But in 2018 there is no lion, and your body STILL reacts the same.

Can you see how this can become problemsome when we experience these types of situations, multiple times a day?

One of the best ways to address these issues is to first admit you are stressed and have been getting worked up easily, and then take the following steps to get it under control and gain your life and your health back.

Not to mention drop those stubborn pounds that you’ve been trying to lose for the past 10 plus years.

So how do you stress less so you don’t experience a roller coaster of emotion while feeling like you are spinning out of control?

Below are the top 5 ways to limit stress and help you achieve your ideal body, quicker.

#1 Sleep a Minimum of 7 Hours a Night

Sleep is when your cells renew and your body create new ones.

During sleep is when your body recovers and your muscle builds and your brain gets a chance to rest and reset.

Sleep is also the time that your hormones are regulated, which is extremely important for the fat loss process and they are also responsible for being more hungry during the day once you wake up.

If you aren’t sleeping and are not prioritizing it, think again!

Not only will you start to lose your stamina over the years, but you will continue a vicious cycle of stress throughout the day and not be as motivated to do things like working out or eating healthily.

Start by trying to get to bed earlier and turning off all electronics so you aren’t overly stimulated at least an hour before your bedtime.

Instagram is fun to scroll through all night, until you wake up and realize you wasted 3 hours of sleep looking at other people’s lives.

Prioritize your sleep and see the change not only in your physical body, but how much more energy and clearer thinking you have the next day.

#2 Prep As Much As You Can And Always Be Prepared

One thing that will stress you out more than anything is not being prepared.

Not being prepared to leave the house in time to make it to work when you need to which means waking up earlier and leaving on time.

Forgetting to make a lunch so you have to make time to go out to eat which squashes your plans.

Making sure you are organized not only in life but with your food choices is crucial.

Things like meal prepping, having snacks available when you need them, and making sure you’re eating every 3-4 hours will keep your blood sugar stable and prevent any irrational behavior due to hunger.

Also making sure that you know which foods will help give you energy and not make you sluggish is key. And if you aren’t sure which types of foods will give you energy, check out the recipes and personalized nutrition program inside the 30 Day Metabolic Reset Program.

#3 Find a Support System

Life can get stressful.

You can’t discount those things that are completely out of your control that you wish you could have a handle on.

This is why it’s so important to have a support system and tribe of friends, mentors and coaches who you help you keep your sanity when you think you might be losing it.

One of the number one reasons both men and women cannot achieve their goals is from emotional blocks.

Not being able to express their emotions or feeling like they are weak if they ask for help.

Over the years of not only being in the NFL and starting a fitness business, I started to realize that everyone needs someone to talk to. To feel like they can confide in, to get advice and support from.

This is the reason I launched my personalized 1:1 coaching program and have a personal fitness and nutrition coach who will design a program specifically for your body, and also help you through the stressors in your life that may be preventing you from having everything that you want.

Everyone needs support in their life.

I have coaches, my coaches have coaches, and know that we are here for you if you know you need that additional support.

Life is not meant to be hard.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and isn’t supposed to feel like you don’t have control 90% of the time.

Live life on YOUR terms and choose to go through life IN control and not feeling like you’re being controlled.

Live, Laugh, and Love a little more and say yes to yourself and to wake up excited for life every single day.

Make sure to click below if you finally want to get your life back with our new life changing one on one personalized coaching program. Do something for yourself today that you will thank yourself for in the future.