Posted By Wendy Boulay
Is Stress a Metabolism Booster?
Although it is a popular belief that stress can speed up a slacking metabolism, recent studies have shown that it can have quite the opposite effect. Everyday stress is a normal part of our lives today, and can actually help to encourage your body to start producing the appropriate amounts of chemicals to keep you balanced. However, many people experience stress levels that exceed the “normal” amount – which can slow your metabolism and have a negative effect on your weight loss/management goals.
In a recent study published in the Journal Biological Psychiatry, the theory of stress and depression contributing to obesity was tested on 58 healthy women with an average age of 53.1 years. Two separate 9.5 hour sessions were conducted; the first session they received either a highly saturated fat meal or a high oleic sunflower oil meal. Their stresses from the prior day were assessed by the Daily Inventory of Stressful Events.
Within the 6 hour difference between one day prior of stress versus no stress, the results had actually translated into a whopping 435 kJ! These extra calories could add an average weight gain of 11 pounds a year!
How to Reduce Daily Stresses
Stress and depression can not only have a negative impact on us mentally, but it is also clearly a contributor to the obesity epidemic. Below are some methods you can try to help alleviate some of your daily stresses to help you with weight loss or maintenance:
- Meditation and breathing exercises
- Listening to music
- Massage therapy
- Increase family time
- Spend time with your pet
These are just a few examples of ways that you can try to unwind from a hectic day. Remember to always speak with your doctor if you feel overwhelmed. Never stop taking any medication without your doctors’ approval.