Why stress makes you put on weight – and how to prevent it
A MAJOR cause of over-eating and weight gain is stress, because when we’re anxious our brain releases a hormone called cortisol which takes control of us and make us do things we wouldn’t normally do – like dive on the cakes and chocolate.
I think we’d all agree that the last eight or nine weeks have been some of the most stressful times of our lives.
During lockdown, most people have been feeling very anxious about the whole situation.
It was something we’d never experienced before and the fear had hijacked our minds.
A lot of people in our Slimpod community found they were doing a lot of mindless snacking and comfort eating – something they had stopped doing before the crisis had started.
This made things worse and they were panicking. Then about a month ago, a psychotherapist within our community called Lynsey Lowe posted a very helpful description of how stress drives you to eat and stops you being in control.
While there are videos in phase two of the Slimpod programme about stress and its effects on the body, it was great having a fellow professional offer advice to our lovely Slimpodders.
Now, I know not all the people on our programme are in the group so I asked Lynsey to record a video with me with the aim of helping anyone who didn’t see the Facebook post.
Here it is…
Lynsey had been a yo-yo dieter for 45 years until she found Slimpod just over a year ago.
Like most people who join us, she had “done every diet under the sun” and always put the weight back on.
A year later she doesn’t worry about her weight any more.
During the chat, Lynsey and I talk about how stress hormones prevent us from losing weight and we go into detail about the effects of stress and it’s full of tips on how to deal with it.
Please leave a comment below to let me know how stress has been affecting you and how your Slimpod (and your Chillpod) are helping ease the anxiety for you.
*** Lynsey Lowe is a psychotherapist, counsellor & trainer working in Nottingham. She works with individuals or couples either short or long term and specialises in working with childhood & adult trauma.
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