How Stress is Making You Fat!

A recent survey found that obesity ranks as one of the highest concerns among Americans. It actually ranks above diabetes, heart disease, and stroke - and by a wide margin. There certainly are plenty of self-help books and diet guides available, along with an entire supplement section, that all promise miracle weight loss. You can even look to the celebrated Dr. Oz to see all his recommendations promising to lose 28 pounds in eight weeks.

However, after years of trying every new miracle product, every diet, and every exercise program, most people find they just don’t get the results they want. And if they do get results, they usually are not something that can be maintained over an extended period of time.

Typically, it comes down to the fact that most people are just not willing to make the required changes in their lives to have optimal health. Ultimately, each of us, individually, are the only ones who can make ourselves healthy, including maintaining a healthy weight.

So what exactly is it that may be wrecking your attempts to lose weight and get healthy?

Many of the most successful healers in the world believe that stress is responsible for weight gain and difficulty losing weight, along with being at the root of many diseases and pain issues.

Do you find it hard to believe that stress may be a key factor weight gain? Consider the following -

Stress can be a leading cause of dehydration. You may think you take in enough water, but for many people, statistics show otherwise. Dehydration has been linked to osteoporosis, DNA damage, aging, blood pressure issues, back pain, depression, suicide, schizophrenia, allergies, asthma, stoke, heart attack, joint pain, back pain, heart burn, reduced immune system, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Severe dehydration results in death.

How critical is water? Well, your body can survive without food for a month or more. But lack of water - for just four or five days - can result in death. Lack of oxygen for four minutes will almost always result in death. Next to oxygen, water is a high priority for good health.

Stress interferes with your digestive system and can make you nutrient deficient. When the body is not getting what it needs, it sends hunger signals in an attempt to get what it needs. You could be eating plenty of food, but not absorbing it properly causes weight gain. When you run a deficit of any mineral, disease is sure to follow. Nutrients are critical for your hormones to function properly.

Stress can reduce oxygen levels. Stress causes shallow breathing which can restrict blood vessels. That, in turn, interferes with the body’s ability to get nutrients to all of your cells, and remove waste from the cells, eliminating it from your body. Again, lack of nutrients and certain minerals can have a dramatic effect on digestive enzymes, hormone levels, and even the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, a key hormone in weight control and glucose balance. Stress causes a reduction in the hormone DHEA, a major metabolism controller. All of this has negative effects on your overall health.

Stress causes your body to release cortisol. Cortisol increases cravings for sugar and carbs, leading to hunger and overeating. If there is a lack of an available food source in your blood stream, cortisol actually causes the breakdown of muscle tissue to be burned for energy. Cortisol causes fat to be stored in the abdominal area, and has been shown to cause depression (often linked to overeating).

Finally, stress is a major cause of insomnia. A study by The University of Chicago proved inadequate sleep caused a 50% increase in the secretion of insulin. Those individuals were 40% less sensitive to insulin which leads to fat storage, as well as Type II diabetes. Lack of sleep causes premature aging, low energy, low immune response, and invites disease.

You should now fully understand what a critical role stress may be playing in your ability to lose weight. The question now is what to do about it. There are certainly many great stress-relieving teachers available with self-help books. However, you still need the basics of a healthy lifestyle. For many people, the following have proven to be non-negotiable steps in their quest for that lifestyle:

  • Eliminate constant stress and give your body a chance to recharge. This can be emotional, mental, or physical stress. (Relationships, financial, and work stress, are high on the list.)
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet of living foods; think single-ingredient foods, uncooked when possible or over low heat.
  • Drink about half your body weight in ounces of clean water per day.
  • Fill in the nutritional gaps with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement, such as the Essential Vitamins Plusand the essential oils, such as Omega MORE.
  • Address any specific issues you have, like probable insulin resistance, through proper diet and an assist from the patented Diabetes Defense.
  • Detox your body on a regular basis through one of several techniques. Use a quality cleanse which many people do twice a year along with Heavy Metal Detox, a powerful metal remover.
  • Have regular bowel movements and elimination several times a day.
  • Maintain a slightly alkaline body through diet and stress reduction techniques to keep up a healthy immune system.