I bet you didn’t know that stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain in the modern world.
Get closer to you goals today by downloading 5 Surprising Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight.
Yup. All that worrying, the sleepless nights, the constant distracted mind and chaotic thoughts, can be what is preventing you from taking the weight off. It’s actually pretty ironic if you think about it. Stress causes weight gain and when we gain weight, we become stressed about that. It is such a viscous and unfair circle!
In today’s world, it is almost unheard of to find someone who lives a completely care free life. A life that that is completely rid of stress and the anxiety that comes along with it is rare. Now, I can’t personally take away your stress. I absolutely would if I could, but I can tell you a few ways to better manage it. I want you to be able to manage your weight and feel better about that stressful aspect of your life. Take a look below to see the 2 reasons why your stress is keeping you overweight and how you can manage it from today forward.
1. You eat to celebrate the positives in your life.
I’ve said this many times in past articles I have written. I am absolutely not ashamed of it either: FOOD IS NOT LOVE. Do you want to know what the definition of food is according to dictionary.com?
Food: Any nourishing substance that is eaten, drank or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy and promote growth.
Tell me, do you see anything in that definition about using food according to your emotions? That’s right, you don’t. Food was NOT meant to be used to celebrate with or to show how much we love and care for someone. Yet somehow along the line, we have evolved to make it be almost only that. I grew up here in the South where more than likely, showing love with food originated. My family, my friends families, strangers and just about anyone around here would get pure joy from knowing they made food that you enjoyed. Yet, what many don’t think about is that showing love through unhealthy food can cause health problems.
If you insist on using food for celebratory reasons, at least keep it to a minimum and keep it healthy.
2. You take the phrase “comfort food” very literally.
Hippocrates is one of the most intelligent philosophers in history. He once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” What he DID NOT say is, “When you are sad or stressed out, make sure you sit down and eat junk foods in excess.” Just like we have used food along side our happy emotions, we even more commonly use food along side our not so happy emotions. With how stress filled the majority of us are, it makes sense that we all struggle with our weight.
We relate food to happy times and memories, which is why we turn to it in our not-so-happy times. We feel that it “comforts” us. In reality, it does no such thing. It causes us to become more depressed – the vicious circle.
Live like Hippocrates said and use healthy foods to better your body, better your spirit, and better your mind. The healthier your eating habits, the better you will feel about yourself and your way of living.
Stress is an ugly thing. Like you’ve just read, it causes weight gain and misery. So what can you do to wipe out your stress? Try a Group Fitness class! RIDE class is a great way to rid your mind of the anxieties of the day. Right now we are offering a 7 day pass to Gold’s Gym of West Georgia! Why not use that 7 day pass to try a couple of RIDE classes? Peddle your aggression and stress away, while burning over 700+ calories and toning up your lower half. Enjoy being surrounded by others who are there for the EXACT same reasons you are. It feels good to belong, doesn’t it? You belong with us here at the Gold’s Gym of West Ga. and we can’t wait to have you come in! See you soon!
Learn more by downloading your copy of this free, no obligation e-book 5 Surprising Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight.