Carolyn Phillips On Breaking The Cycle Of Stress And Weight Gain

Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

Many people think of stress as emotional –and definitely it can be– but it can also be physical (over exercising), it can be environmental, and it can be different types of diets (fast foods and nutritional stress). If you are not taking care of yourself properly, prolonged periods of stress can have detrimental effects on your health:

What is the cycle of stress and weight gain?

When you are stressed, the body begins to produce cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that makes the body store fat because it releases a lot of extra glucose and insulin into the blood that the body can’t use.

When the body produces cortisol, it inhibits leptin (a hormone that tells the brain that you are full). When this happens, you have a tendency to overeat and crave bad foods.

So what are some tips to help you break this cycle?

1. Eat well and eat regularly

If you are not eating right, your blood sugar drops, that cortisol is producing, and you can gain weight.

2. Sleep

Sleep is very important– about 8 hours is good.

3. Exercise wisely

Don’t overdo it!

4. Breathe

Take a couple deep breaths during the day. It’s been shown to help lower blood pressure.

5. Balance your life

Pace yourself throughout your day!

Carolyn Phillips

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