No doubt about it - stress wreaks havoc with the body. And in dealing with stress we learn, early in life, that food can bring us comfort.
Food is an important way that humans have been appreciating community and celebrating important events since ancient times.
But, in modern times, with the ready availability of food that satisfies but is nutritionally bankrupt—like starchy, greasy and sugary fast foods—we sometimes try to cope by bingeing on them.
We may eat emotionally to fill our needs, whether we’re hungry or not, and we may also find that it’s harder to eat healthy.
Studies show that stress can lead the body to produce higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. This can cause us to feel hungrier, crave fatty and sugary foods, raise blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and build up belly fat.
Since stress has such a major impact on the waistline, it only makes sense that learning better stress management could help us lose weight fast and keep it off in the long term.
Life’s ups and downs are here to stay, but stress-lowering tactics can give us a big advantage with both weight-loss and wellness.
How to Manage Stress
Millennial women in the workplace are more stressed than guys, according to a Women’s Health survey. And WebMD Health states, “the most popular stress reduction programs for women include the ability to work from home, meditation sessions or classes, and a pet-friendly workplace. Men are more likely to want recreational events.”
Here are five techniques that can help remove some of the angst in our life and support your weight-loss strategy.
1. Learn to say "No."
Can you just say “no” to others? We need to please our boss, meet family responsibilities, and give time to relationships. But sometimes we take on too much. Downsizing the demands of others can reduce stress and keep us from getting overwhelmed. Learn to say “no” more often.
And for sure, say “no” to refined, sugary and processed carbs. When you switch over to whole foods like whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, veggies, fruit and lean protein, you will have taken a quantum leap toward healthier weight and wellness habits for life.
2. Be creative!
Art therapy uses the creative process to reduce anxiety and a whole lot more. It’s a feel good thing. A study published in Science Daily found that taking time out to make art can significantly reduce cortisol levels.
You don’t have to be a Rembrandt to reap the benefits either. Drawing and doodling or simple crafts can provide the same stress-relieving results.
That same creative urge can also get you out of a rut in the kitchen and reveal a whole new world of eating experiences. Put creativity to the test by exploring new foods, fun recipes and healthier ways of cooking.
Not enough time or desire to be a creative kitchen dweller? Nutritional diet shakes, particularly Almased, offer endless flavor possibilities with so many recipes that can be mixed up in no time. These easy-to-mix shakes can take the edge off the food anxiety that comes with “What do I eat!?”
3. Be more mindful
Mindfulness is lowering the volume of our inner voice and slowing the pace of daily life. Mindful meditation brings present moment awareness and many beneficial effects for both mind and body.
Mindful eating is all about becoming conscious of sensations, thoughts and feelings about food and eating, hunger and feeling satisfied. Mindful eating is almost a meditation itself and an especially useful habit to develop for weight loss.
Mindless eating is what we do when eating unconsciously. One example is when we sit down with a bag of potato chips only to find the bag suddenly empty and wondering where all the chips went!
4. Pencil in your priorities
Merge your to-do list with a daily schedule as a useful anti-stress diet tool. We feel more in control and less stressed when we’re on top of our priorities.
It can also help us stop procrastinating, which is another energy drain when we worry about things that need to be done.
And if you can’t get it all done, focus on the most significant tasks first and carry over what’s left to the next day. Be sure to pencil in time for enjoyable activities as well, and stick to it!
Give equal weight to health, exercise and eating plans. Organize your food list, meal prep, and slot enough time for relaxed eating. Rather than multi-task during meals, save time by unwinding with a quick, nutritious meal replacement shake. A refreshed mind and body will thank you.
5. Supplement your life
Tackling stress and weight can become a little easier with the right nutrients. When slowing down to relaxed mode, Almased helps you lose weight fast.
In addition to supporting your mental mojo, Almased offers a source of mood-healthy ingredients such as zinc, copper, riboflavin, manganese, selenium, plus vitamins C and E.
Stress and Weight Loss
Carrying around too much stress and weight can add anxiety, depression, and sleep loss, all of which may add to our weight.
In some cases, it’s the stress and change we wish to avoid that keeps us from welcoming a better diet into our lives. We want to lose weight but can dread the thought of doing what it takes to make it happen.
But who could feel diet-deprived when drinking delicious shakes every day?
That’s just one reason why the Almased Weight Loss Phenomenon™ became the top-selling weight loss product in Germany, where it was developed by a holistic researcher over 30 years ago.
Now over 16 scientific studies support the positive effects of Almased.
Eating low-glycemic high-protein (LGHP), like Almased, increases the basal metabolic rate and calorie burn to modify how the body handles fat and carbs. So you can enjoy steady energy levels throughout the day.
Studies from the University of Freiburg, Germany, show that protein- and amino acid-rich Almased keeps you full longer and optimizes the fat-burning process.
We know that protein positively affects the hunger hormones, ghrelin and leptin, reducing hunger and increasing feelings of fullness and satisfaction.
But even more than that, we learn from people who have experienced the “Almased Effect,” which can help people feel satisfied for hours. And, you know it’s easier to stick to a diet when you don’t have to go hungry!
“I feel great! I sleep amazingly; I have lots of energy, and I'm not hungry at all. I love this product, and I can see the results. I replace one meal a day [now], and I'm still having results.” – Olenka F.
Meal replacement with Almased’s 4-Phase Figure Plan can be customized to meet individual weight loss goals. Check out the complete diet guide in the Figure Plan Plus for details and more ways to a healthier lifestyle.
Lose a little or a lot, lose it fast, or go slow. You are in control every step of the way – and that eliminates much of the typical diet stress.
And you can feel good about choosing Almased, too. The formula is made from pure non-GMO soy protein, cultured yogurt and raw honey. The special fermentation method used to make it preserves essential amino acids and increases the bioavailability of bioactive peptides. It’s all good for you!
Even one daily serving of Almased supports overall health and wellness.
The challenge of keeping the weight off in the long-term has more to do with the way the body uses and stores energy – not just self-control.
Lose weight, fat, and inches while feeling less stressed and more energized every day – with Almased!
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