OBESITY & STRESS
Obesity & Stress both are interrelated to each other. stress can cause obesity because stress leads to the secretion of cortisol in our body. the function of cortisol is to lower our metabolic rate, prevent fat burning and convert food into fat.
When the mind is stressed, the sad, angry, and distracted body doesn’t secrete any digestive juice and as a result in most of the food gets converted into fat.
When you’re under stress, you may find it harder to eat healthily. Also, during times of particularly high stress, you may eat in an attempt to fulfill emotional needs, it’s called stress eating or emotional eating. And you may be especially likely to eat high-calorie foods during times of stress, even when you’re not hungry. Stress in the short term causes the brain to produce an appetite-suppressing hormone called corticotrophin-releasing hormone. Signals are also sent to the adrenal glands that trigger their production of adrenalin, which temporarily suppresses any urge to eat as part of the fight-or-flight response. Ongoing stress, on the other hand, causes the release of a hormone called cortisol. This hormone increases a person’s appetite and if the stress does not pass, cortisol and appetite levels remain increased.
You Can Reduce our Cortisol production by leading disciplined life like:
- Wake up close to sunrise.
- exercising daily. (When a person exercises vigorously, the cortisol level rises, although only in the short term. Gentle exercise, on the other hand, tends to lower cortisol.
- Do Streching ,yoga ,pranayam ,meditation daily. (Many studies have demonstrated that meditation can decrease stress. It may also motivate people to be more alert about which foods they choose to buy.)
- By keeping all our senses focused on one thing at a time.
- Recognize the warning signs of stress, such as anxiety, irritability, and muscle tension.
- Identify comfort foods and keep them out of your home or office.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Keep yourself engaged in the activity.
- Try to keep yourself happy & positive.