Sweat out the stress and lose weight faster

10 Mar 2020

Regular activity can help you feel better, stay on track with your diet and stay away from emotional eating - one of the biggest disrupters of weight loss. 

Stress

While stress is a completely natural response to different life situations, too much of it causes serious damage. Whether you care about this or not, when trying to lose weight, managing your stress is extremely important.

Because of the increased production of specific hormones like cortisol, weight loss during stressful times could be difficult.

People under constant stress and overwhelmed with cortisol levels, notice their belly fat accumulating faster and they have a harder time losing it.

There are numerous ways to de-stress. When it comes to weight loss, however, we suggest that you de-stress with a physical activity.

How to de-stress 

You can’t eliminate stress entirely, but you can and should learn how to alleviate it to get rid of the unpleasant symptoms. Take a look at some suggestions:

  • Breathing exercises 
  • Meditation 
  • Listening to music 
  • Yoga 
  • Colouring 
  • Taking a bath 
  • Spending time with pets/animals 
  • Calling a friend 
  • Writing a gratitude journal 
  • Visualising 
  • Exercising 

Why exercise is the best way to de-stress

Well, when it comes to weight loss, exercising is a best form of relaxation because it works in 3 ways:

  • Because of repetitive movement and exceeding your physical limitations exercise works like meditation
  • You get overflowing with happy hormones
  • You’re burning energy at the same time

Exercise works on two levels: when you do something repetitive (e.g. jogging, HIIT or swimming), your mind starts to wander and tries to deal with the stressful situation. Let it – it will do you good!  

Secondly, while you exercise your body releases the so-called hormones of happiness - endorphins. They reduce pain, help you relax, relieve stress and anxiety, regulate your appetite and food intake and overall give you a boost of good feeling.