Note: By clicking on any links on this page you will be redirected away from the TrustWellness websiteWhat Is Stress?
Stress is not a useful term for scientists because it is such a highly subjective phenomenon that it defies definition. And if you can’t define stress, how can you possibly measure it? The term “stress”, as it is currently used was coined by Hans Selye in 1936, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. >>Read moreWhy We Gain Weight When We’re Stressed—And How Not To
Have you ever found yourself mindlessly eating a tub of ice cream while you brood about your latest romantic rejection or eating a hamburger and fries in front of your computer as you furiously try to make a work deadline, when you suddenly realize your waistline has expanded. If you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios, you’re not alone and it’s probably not your fault. Stress that goes on for a long period is a triple whammy for weight—it increases our appetites, makes us hold onto the fat, and interferes with our willpower
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Elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can lead to weight gain, problems with maintaining glucose control, and reduces immune function. Nonstop stress can cause a nearly round-the-clock release of cortisol, which can trigger hunger cues, sending us toward unhealthy, high-carb treats like candy or chips. Finding healthy alternatives that get you through a stressful time is imperative. Here are ten things you can do to decrease the physical effects of stress: click here