When you’re stressed, it can be harder to eat healthy. Also, in times of particularly high stress, you may eat in an attempt to satisfy emotional needs, sometimes referred to as “emotional eating.” And you may eat high-calorie foods during times of stress, even if you’re not hungry.
To avoid gaining weight in times of stress and reduce the risk of obesity, control your stress. When you feel less stressed and more in control of your life, it may be easier for you to maintain good eating habits and exercise.
Try these stress management techniques to combat stress-related weight gain:
– Recognize the warning signs of stress, such as anxiety, irritability and muscle tension.
– Before eating, ask yourself why you eat: are you really hungry or do you feel stressed or anxious?
- – If you are tempted to eat when you are not hungry, find a distraction.
- – Do not skip meals, especially breakfast. If you are in a hurry, grab a piece of fruit on the way out.
- – Eat a healthy diet, such as whole grains and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Try to include most food groups in your meals.
- – Identify comfort foods and avoid consuming them at home or in the office.
- – Take note of your behavior and eating habits so you can look for patterns and connections, and then figure out how to overcome them.
- – Learn to solve problems so that you can anticipate difficulties and deal with setbacks.
- – Practice relaxation techniques, such as yoga, stretching, massage, deep breathing or meditation.
- – Engage in regular physical activity or exercise.
- – Get enough sleep.
- – Receive encouragement from supportive friends and family.
If you try stress management techniques on your own but they don’t seem to work, consider seeking professional help in the form of psychotherapy or counselling.
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