｜Wise Library 1985 ｜Margaret W. Lavigne
“Stress is the space between your thoughts of how life should be and how life really is.”― Jane Nelsen, Positive Discipline for Teenagers: Empowering Your Teens and Yourself Through Kind and Firm Parenting
Margaret W. Lavigne: It’s a proven fact that stress has something to do with unhealed trauma, anger, hatred, unforgiveness, desires, vanity, fear of losing, fear of betrayal, inability to trust others, and depression. It is easier to say, ‘My body is aching or painful’ than to say ‘My heart is broken. Physical discomfort usually reflects inner suffering or inner conflict, such as value conflict. Those who with positive thinking, such as a better future, recover easier. I would say, depression occurs with the awareness of the huge gap between how life should be and how life really is. Anxiety is about struggling with the fear of the unknown. Depression occurs due to disillusionment, loss of hope, helplessness, and desperation. Depression occurs when one person believes his/her inability to make changes or turn things around for the rest of life.
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Matcha powder goes with milk. You’d better not run away from your anxiety. You’d better analyze your anxiety by writing down all possible causes of your fear. Fear reflects your hopes and desires. You are struggling with chronic stress because you do really care about your future and the results of your hard work. Life revolves around variables.
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Most people do not aware that chronic stress potentially leads to belly fat. It’s a commonplace thing that a post-traumatic event, like the loss of a loved one, or financial crisis may lead to grey hair and weight change. Every individual deal with their stress differently. Some lose their appetite and skip meals. And some crave more for unhealthy food, especially junk food, or go for binge eating as they feel stressed out.
Chronic Stress Promises Belly Fat
Stress and Fat Storage
Chronic stress results in changes in metabolism, insulin, and fat storage. As we feel stressful, our body releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol temporarily suppresses functions such as our digestive, immune, and reproductive responses. If you have more cortisol in your body, you may crave unhealthy food like sweets or high-fat, high-calorie meals.
Researchers from Ohio State University found higher levels of insulin contribute to fat storage. They also found that more stressful individuals have less fat oxidation. Fat oxidation refers to the conversion of large fat molecules into smaller molecules that can be used as fuel. In a sense, without sufficient fat oxidation, fat will not be burned but stored in the body.
Cortisol Affects Fat Distribution and Fat Accumulation
Studies found that excessive stress affects where our body stores fat. Higher levels of stress link to greater levels of abdominal fat, which is particularly tough to shed. Also, abdominal fat is also linked to greater health risks. Cortisol affects fat distribution by causing fat to be stored centrally around the organs. Cortisol proved to be the key factor to increase visceral fat and abdominal fat accumulation. If your weight gain is caused by high levels of stress, your body fat will not be stored all over the body, because cortisol promotes fat storage in the belly.
Cortisol and Digestive Problems
Excessive levels of cortisol impact many of the body’s systems and have a significant negative effect on the digestive system. During the stress response, cortisol aids in moving blood flow towards the brain, large muscles, and limbs.
Cortisol and Immune system
Cortisol is anti-inflammatory, which contains the immune response. However, chronically elevated cortisol makes the immune system “resistant” that an accumulation of stress hormones and increased production of inflammatory cytokines will surprisingly compromise the immune response.
Chronic Stress Affects Metabolism Speed
Researchers from Ohio State University found that stress links to a slower metabolism in women. Researchers measured the respondents’ metabolic rate and examined their blood sugar, triglycerides, insulin, and cortisol levels. They found that women who reported one or more stressor during the previous 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories than the non-stressed women, which might potentially lead to a weight gain of almost 11 pounds within a year.
Cortisol and Junk Foods
Cortisol rises during tension-filled times such as before a job interview. People who suffer from chronic stress are more likely to turn overeating or binge eating into a habit. Increased levels of the hormone can potentially cause higher insulin levels. As our blood sugar drops and we crave sugary fatty foods.
Walking and running, which works better for weight loss? I would say, muscle-building. To ensure muscle-building, you’d better not burn the midnight oil and limit sugar intake for sure. If you aim to lose weight or fight obesity, muscle-building helps you to burn calories more effectively. Studies found that low body temperature is the happy home for viruses. As we increase our body temperature, our immunity goes up so do our moods. Regular jogging, brisk walks or other forms of aerobic exercise do help us sweat and keep us healthy, physically and mentally.
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