When you’re stressed, it can be harder to eat healthily. Also, during times of particularly high stress, you can eat to meet emotional needs, sometimes referred to as “emotional eating.” And you can eat high-calorie foods during times of stress, even when you’re not hungry.
Control your stress to avoid gaining weight during times of stress and reduce the risk of obesity. When you feel less stressed and more in control of your life, you may find it easier to maintain good eating habits and exercise.
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 you eat, ask yourself why you are eating: are you really 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. If you’re in a hurry, grab some fruit on the way out. – Eat a healthy diet, such as whole grains and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Try to include most food groups in your meals. – Identify comfort foods and avoid eating them at home or in the office. – Be aware of your behavior and eating habits so you can look for patterns and connections and then figure out how to overcome them – Learn how to solve problems so you can anticipate difficulties and deal with setbacks. – Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, stretching, massage, deep breathing or meditation. – Do regular physical activity or sports. – Get enough sleep. – Receive encouragement from supportive friends and family.
If you try stress management techniques yourself but they don’t seem to work, you should consider seeking professional help in the form of psychotherapy or counseling.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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