Is Stress Making You Fat?
Most people know that a healthy diet and regular exercise is the key to a healthy body weight, however it seems that those are not the only things needed to maintain a healthy body weight. Stress is also a pertinent factor when it comes to weight.
Usually if you are stressed, chances are you will overeat and to add to it you will probably be eating food that is not very nutritious (probably because you are so rushed to get something done or because you have no motivation to make balanced, nutritious meals). Besides overeating ‘bad’ foods, when you are stressed your body cannot process food as well as it can when you are relaxed, which results in more of it being stored as fat.
Evolutionarily, stress was reserved for fight-or-flight situations.
Example: If you were faced with a hungry wild animal in the bush your Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) triggers the stress response and your Adrenal glands send out hormonal signals to the rest of your body telling your blood to move away from your organs and flow to the periphery muscles instead. This then enhances the muscles to either fight or get away.
In today’s world we have a variety of different reasons to be stressed, but our bodies respond in the same way. If you are stressed all the time and your blood is flowing into your muscles instead of your organs, your digestions slows down and you end up gaining weight.
So even if you are a person who exercises regularly and eats all the correct foods in the correct amounts but cannot lose that stubborn weight, chances are your problem is stress. It is recommended that relaxation activities are included in your daily life to reduce stress levels.
One effective relaxation method is massage therapy, which relaxes both the physical body and the mind which reduces stress. Mangwanani African Spa has a number of therapies that are provided to guests of the spa through our trained therapists and essential massage oils.
Our individual treatments are focused on various areas of the body such as head, neck and shoulders; back; feet; hands or the entire body. Treatments ease tensions, relax muscles and rejuvenate both mind and body.
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