Secrets To Reduce Stress and Weight Loss Success

Each of us handles stress differently.  Believe it or not there are those people who lose more weight when they are stressed out.    Most of us are not that lucky.  When we have stress it seems like the we are ballooning out worse than ever.  All of us have to deal with stress at times so how can we avoid packing the pounds back on?

Secret #1 – Bad Food List

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Most of us instinctively turn to food when we are going through a stressful time or even just when having a bad day.  This is when decisions are made based on emotion.  You might have a strong urge to eat foods that your brain loves but not your body, what we call comfort foods.  Then once you eat it your brain loves you, and wants even more.  Again, your body will not thank you later for this.

Compile a list of the bad foods that you are avoiding while trying to lose the fat.  Have this list on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror.  These are the foods you will not touch even when you are down and out.

Compile a second, shorter list of foods that are also somewhat bad for you but less so.  For example, you might consider strawberries and chocolate sauce, or possibly angel food cake with strawberries and creamy non fat frozen yogurt.  Or any foods that make you feel like you are consoling yourself but the food is not on the really naughty list.  You get the idea.

That list goes next the the bad list.  When you are stressed or your will power is weakened, tell yourself if you avoid the bad foods you can have one item from the other not so bad list today.  Sounds weird but this really works.

Secret #2 – Balance Your Life

We get very caught up in our personal goals including when we are on a diet or exercise plan.   If we focus too much on one or two specific goals other areas will suffer and this can lead to stress.  You and I need balance in our lives.  If we divide our attention more equally between the things that are important to us such as looking good, keeping relationships strong, spiritual health, or staying healthy then we will feel like we are achieving something more than losing weight.

If you are reasonably successful in balancing out different areas of your life, then having difficulties in just one area can be countered by success and happiness in other areas.  This will keep you from focusing in a negative way on the weight loss battle.  Also, the more balanced you become the less vulnerable you will be to stress.

Secret #3 – Enjoy Being Physical


The more active you are the better.  This does not have to be jogging or anything overly strenuous or time consuming.  Just do something that is physical that you truly enjoy and will actually want to do several times per week.  Go for walks, sign up for a yoga or other type of exercise class, do some gardening in your backyard.  This type of enjoyable activity helps you with secret #2 above as it will keep stress lowered and help your body burn off fat without overwhelming you.

Secret #4 – Strength Training For Some Extra Push

Cardio workouts are a fine thing to do but they are time consuming and they actually are not the best thing you can do for burning off fat.  You should add in some simple resistance training that will boost your metabolism, increase strength and build lean muscle.  Look for a short routine where you are doing quick bursts like push ups for example.  Spend just 10 minutes per day on the strength training and you will be amazed how this not only helps burn off fat but it clears your head and reduces stress.

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