Whilst looking for potential reasons for my plateau when I came across numerous websites stating why I wasn’t losing any more weight. I kind of take these sites with a pinch of salt as they always seem to be ‘scientific’ based rather than experience based… I always wonder to what extend the information they give you is actually scientifically proven. Anyway, a common thread among these sites was the references to how stress can affect weight loss. See below:
“The stress response system is subconscious; it responds to stimuli and nothing else. Emotional stress, physical stress, financial stress, relationship stress – I hesitate to even make these distinctions, because the body does not differentiate between sources of stress. They all cause the body to produce cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone that catabolizes muscle, worsens insulin resistance, and promotes the storage of fat. For 200,000 years, stress meant a life or death situation. It was intense and infrequent, and the cortisol release was arresting and extreme enough to improve the chances of survival. Today, our body responds to a stack of paperwork the same way. Traffic jams are like rival war bands. A nagging boss is like a rampaging mastodon, only on a daily basis. Take a step back from your life and take stock of your stress levels – they may be holding you back.”
Whether you agree with the above quote or not, it got me thinking about how stressed I’ve been over the past few weeks. I always try to fill too much into my day which means I’m often left exhausted and wondering where the time went!
This week, and the weeks ahead I will be making a schedule of my days and what I would like to achieve each day. This way, my weekly tasks will seem more manageable and the stress of trying to cram too much into one day will hopefully be reduced!
I did this on Monday, and not only did I feel more relaxed, but I felt less guilty about not getting everything done in one day. Even if it doesn’t aid my weight loss, at least I’ll be sleeping better and enjoying my days more!
Do you think stress affects weight loss?