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When Stress Is Hard To Stomach: How It Makes You Fat

When Stress Is Hard To Stomach: How It Makes You Fat

The human body is a marvellous organism, and one of the many things that hold me in wonder is its response to stress. A whole chain reaction, commonly known as the ‘fight-or-flight-response’, is triggered when danger is perceived. There is an issue here though, in that your body does not discriminate between physical threat, and emotional stress: your biochemical response is exactly the same.

The hormones released in the fight-or-flight-response give you almost superhuman powers – think about the stories of otherwise frail people who find a massive physical strength in a crisis, such as the ability to lift a car from an injured child. These are powerful chemicals indeed! The fight-or-flight-response is absolutely vital – it keeps you alive! When that out-of-control bus is hurtling towards you, who you gonna call? That’s right, your fight-or-flight hormones! An acute stress response is essential to your survival.

Problems really begin to arise, however, when you are subjected to long-term stress. Of course, this is usually the mental-emotional type, brought on by personal, work-related or lifestyle issues. The fight-or-flight response was never intended to last for more than as few seconds, so when stress becomes long-term or chronic your body moves into something called “adaptive stress”. The hormones associated with chronic stress play havoc with your body chemistry. You may find it hard to lose weight. You may gain weight.

In terms of body fat, the key player you need to know about is one of the stress hormones, cortisol.

Cortisol has a particular job to do: it conserves your resources, just in case you find yourself in a situation in which more resources cannot be found. One of the things the human body needs for survival is food. Thus, cortisol affects your metabolism of food, encouraging your body to store fat – which at the end of the day is your energy larder!

Body fat is a storehouse for large quantities of calories – remember dietary fats provide more than twice the amount of calories per. gram than carbohydrates. Burning fat can keep you going for long periods of time. Take the example of a candle – traditionally made from fat. Burning a piece of wick alone takes no time at all, but immersing the same wick in fat, that is to make a candle, means it can burn for hours!

While life events might cause you unavoidable stress at times, there are some key habits you can form to mitigate some of the effects of your cortisol.

Digestion is a beautiful, alchemical, almost magical process in which your body is able to draw strength and resources from your environment. It is also one of the hardest jobs your body has to perform for you. It takes a lot of effort to breakdown, digest and absorb your food. This is why you can become very sleepy after a very heavy meal! So forget comfort foods – eating regular small portions of easily digestible food can help.

Eating in a hurry or on-the-go should be avoided. Your body can’t be effective in the task of digesting your food whilst you rush around or perform other jobs. Rather, this may also engender a stress response. Again, with the help of cortisol, you are unlikely to process food properly, and instead find it more likely to be laid down as body fat.

I urge you to make a pledge to really honour the alchemy of food, and begin by creating a proper environment to help your body by eating in a calm and relaxed manner and state. This has been recognised in Chinese culture for millennia. One of the sayings attributed to the Buddha is “when you eat, just eat.”

In times of stress many will reward themselves with unhealthy food – starchy, sugary, greasy meals and snacks; maybe fast food or highly processed ready meals. Some may even consider they are indulging in “treats”. Really they are achieving quite the opposite – the effects on the body are hardly consistent with being treated! So the next time you find yourself experiencing stress be armed with the knowledge of how to really treat your body well. Follow the advice above to protect yourself from biochemical chaos and don’t let stress make you fat.

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Obesity In America – It’s a Problem, Don’t Go There

Obesity In America – It’s a Problem, Don’t Go There

As I travel the world, I note how Americans are overweight compared to other cultures, but why? Is it because we have plenty of food to eat? Is it that we sit around too much and don’t exercise? Is it because of the types of food we eat; diet? What is going on here? Well, not long ago an acquaintance mentioned to me that she was cutting wheat out of her diet, well, not all wheat, but most of it. Why? Well, some studies circulating suggest that there are enzymes which go to work in the stomach that play hell on the rest of your system, causing you to gain weight. Is all of this true?

According to some of these studies it seems that significantly cutting down on certain types of food we eat will help you drastically ditch the extra unwanted pounds. Personally, I really don’t want to give up my occasional Frappachino from Starbucks or my sodas, but I may have to taper off the sodas to 2-3 per day and Starbucks 2-times a week and no more. That, I think would take off another 15 lbs. which would have me able to be a daily runner again (like I was in my youth) without worrying about blowing out my knees someday. If so, I’d probably be at a super great physique place, and they say the camera adds 5-10 lbs.

Indeed, with regards to too much bread and wheat products, I think cutting down on wheat has helped me. In fact, I donated a bunch of XL golf shirts recently to the Goodwill Thrift Store as they no longer fit me – that’s a good thing, but probably a small fortune in clothes over the years? I do believe if people change their diets, and those at risk of diabetes would eat more nectarines and such, we wouldn’t have this terrible problem in our nation with obesity, it’s all diet driven – processed foods, sugary crap, it’s what’s in ALL the processed foods, I just cringe when I read some of the ingredients some times.

People would have to run a half-marathon a day to use up that amount of carbs and crap we eat and not everyone can eat 6 boxes of pop-tart type pastries a day and look like Michael Phelps. When my acquaintance spoke about the “wheat issues” I was shaking my head in agreement, that’s about what I’ve come to realize in my research too. I don’t think we are eating the same wheat that our ancestors did, and certainly not in the right ratio compared to all the other crap people eat.

Further, I am pro-American farmer and believe that wheat is and has been part of our human diet for 10s of 1,000s of years, and that’s a good thing – what’s not is how much we eat, and how much other crap we eat, and how little other important things we eat. Please consider all this and think on it.

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How To Lose The Extra Weight Without The Pain And The Hype

How To Lose The Extra Weight Without The Pain And The Hype

An individual can be overweight or because of many reasons. Some of these reasons include overeating, having a baby and packing on excess unwanted pounds and side effects from some medication.

Many Americans today are said to be obese. Obesity refers to a chronic condition in which there is an excess amount of fat in the body. Body Mass Index (BMI) which is found by dividing body weight by height is used to decide if a person is overweight or obese. If an adult has a body mass index of 25-29 they are classified as overweight while those persons with a body mass index of 30 and over is classified as being obese.

DISADVANTAGES OF BEING OVERWEIGHT/OBESE

Some of the negative impacts of being overweight are high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis just to name a few. Research has shown that on an annual basis over 300,000 persons die prematurely because of being overweight.

LOSE WEIGHT NOW AND GET HEALTHY

You can start losing weight today and reverse your chances of becoming a statistic. Don’t you want to be healthy and live a long life? I bet your answer to that question is a resounding, “yes.” Well, here are a few easy solutions to do just that and get that healthy body that you have been longing for.

Here are a some of the easy ways of losing weight without all that hard work and hype right in the comfort of your own home:

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