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How Stress Reduction Can Help You Lose Weight Fast

Posted Sep 11 2012 6:11am

For most of us, if we stick to a healthy, mostly moderate diet and exercise plan that we apply consistently, we can lose weight and maintain weight loss. But what about those of us who have religiously stuck to “the plan” without any results?

Interestingly enough, what may be keeping you from shedding those pounds, specifically belly fat for women , is stress. An article from WebMD explains how stress and weight gain are particularly intertwined. The answer is to deliberately follow different stress-reduction techniques to shed those pounds more effectively.

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Reducing your stress can help you lose weight faster.

Here are a few tips:

1. Follow a diet and exercise plan that’s moderate.

Don’t overly deprive yourself.

Sometimes the biggest source of stress can be your diet and exercise plan itself. When we overly-deprive ourselves—when we don’t eat enough or when our exercise regimen is too strict and exhausting—we become overwhelmed and we don’t stick to the plan. This causes us to feel discouraged, which again adds to the stress.

If you set up a reasonable diet and exercise plan that slowly becomes more intense, and if you make sure to treat yourself every once in a while with that favorite comfort food, you’ll experience less stress as a result of your lifestyle modifications. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take it easy.

2. Make stress-reduction a daily priority.

The only way to reduce stress is to understand, first of all, that it affects you more than you realize it. Secondly, it’s important to make sure that stress reduction becomes part of your daily routine. When you’re at work, make it a point to take occasional breaks. At home, spend at least an hour or more a day partaking in a relaxing activity that you enjoy. What the activity is, is completely up to you. My favorite stress-reducer is taking a bath with Epsom salts while enjoying a good book or magazine.

3. Start meditation or yoga to help you relax, focus, and become alert.

While picking any relaxing activity and committing to it daily is an important part of stress-reduction, some activities, like meditation and yoga, are scientifically proven to regulate stress and even aid in treating serious mental disorders like depression and anxiety. Meditation and/or yoga will help you focus more, increasing your willpower so that it becomes easier to stick to your diet and exercise plan.

4. When in a stressful situation, walk it off as soon as you can.

One of the most common ways that we invite stress into our lives, causing us to overeat, drink too much alcohol, or engage in other unhealthy behaviors is to become overwhelmed by strong emotion in response to external stimuli. For example, say you had a disagreement with your spouse or significant other.

Sometimes the anger can be so strong that you decide to sit and let it fester. Instead, remove yourself from the situation. Take a walk until you return to a sense of calm. Not only will it extinguish the stress caused from the situation, but will also help you to better deal with disagreements in a more fruitful and healthy way.

Of course, stress-reduction alone won’t help you automatically lose weight. But it’s an essential part of the whole process. Good luck!

About The Author: Amelia Wood is a freelance writer whose main area of expertise is health, medicine, and medical careers. You can read more of her writing on www.medicalbillingandcoding.org . Amelia welcomes questions and comments at amelia1612@gmail.com.

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