Stress and Weight Loss – Mayo Clinic

In answer to the question, “How do I control stress-induced weight gain?” Mayo Clinic Oncologist Dr. Edward T Creagan, offered the following: “To combat weight problems during stress and reduce the risk of obesity, you need to get a handle on your stress. When you feel less stressed and more in control of your life, you may find it easier to stick to healthy-eating and exercise habits.”

Snacking is fun, but NOT an effective stress management tool.

Try these stress management techniques to combat stress-related weight gain:
• Recognize the warning signs of stress, such as anxiety, irritability and muscle tension.

• Before eating, ask yourself why you’re eating — are you truly hungry or do you feel stressed or anxious?
• If you’re tempted to eat when you’re not hungry, find a distraction.
• Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast.
• Identify comfort foods and keep them out of your house or office.
• Keep a record of your behavior and eating habits so that you can look for patterns and connections — and then overcome them.
• Learn problem-solving skills so that you can anticipate challenges and cope with setbacks.
• Practice relaxation skills, such as yoga, massage or meditation.
• Engage in regular physical activity or exercise.
• Get adequate sleep.
• Get encouragement from supportive friends and family.”

For the information of new readers, I have dealt previously with relaxation skills. I write regularly about the benefits of exercise. As far as keeping a record of your eating habits, I use the Lose it! app daily. It’s not the only tool of this kind available, but it is effective.

Check out the following posts for more on stress management:
Super Tools for Handling Stress
Stress Can Kill You
9 Ways To Avoid Killer Stress
It’s Not Stress That Kills You: It’s How You Handle It
What Are Some Techiques for Dealing with Holiday Stress – Harvard
How to Deal with a Day of Stress


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