There is a co-relation between Stress and metabolism.Recent studies have found out that stress can have harmful side effects on your metabolism.
Metabolism is the way our body changes the complex form of substances into simpler form so that it can be absorbed easily by our body and used in various life processes.
Metabolism rate differs in every single individual which is why their body weight differs. You must have heard people complaining that they eat less still they grow fat.
This is because their metabolism rate is slow and whatever they eat gets absorbed in their system and doesn’t get utilise properly helping in gaining weight.
There are many factors which decrease the rate of metabolisms of obesity, diabetes, ischemic heart diseases, hormonal disturbances, and stress.
Stress is the cause of various health problems and is very common in today’s corporate world. It takes a toll on your metabolism rate too. Hence it is advisable to combat stress to bring about a healthier you.
Let us see How Stress Affects Metabolism
The stress response is regulated by a closely linked communication between the brain especially hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and your adrenal glands. This is known as the HPA axis (Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis).
When you are in a difficult situation, your body is stressed. There are certain hormones released from the HPA which results in your action in that particular moment of stress. It utilises all the energy that is stored in your body and facilitates healthy metabolism.
But when this stress becomes a continuous factor, these factors fail to utilise the sources of energy resulting in deposition of fat and further to decreased rate of metabolism.
Some tips for this stress maintenance are:
1) Don’t try to fast if you are sensitive to stress. When you eat in a normal way you will immediately numb the rising cortisol levels that can occur in a fasting state. Meals should mainly be focused on a balanced amount of carbohydrates, fat, and protein.
2) Exercise a lot using weights and strenuous methods. To combat the negative effects of stress, you must force yourself to release an adequate release of HGH and testosterone.
3) Sleep is necessary. If you don’t sleep, you have already made actress friendly environment inside your body and have decreased the release of the anti-stress hormone HGH.
4) Substitute sugar for protein. Rather than going for sugar, increase your protein. It will help in blocking the muscle weakening effects of cortisol by making amino acids available, without the need to break down muscle. The protein will release another hormone that can combat the effect of insulin.
5) Use cocoa which does not include chocolate with excessive sugar levels. Cocoa boosts the levels of PEA (phenyl-Ethyl Amine) which is a dopamine mimic and will decrease the pleasure-seeking behaviours stress induces. This will decrease the cravings and simultaneously help to decrease the excessive intake of fat and sugar.
6) Eat 4-5 times per day instead of 1-3. By eating smaller meals more often you will reduce the “fasting effect”.
7) Some fruits like strawberries provide with the essential surge of carbohydrate when your body is in stress, and they are also high in antioxidants. They are also a delicious and natural food and when combined with protein-rich substances like yoghurt you have prepared a healthy snack for yourself.
8) Foods like salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to improve your mood and help boost energy levels. Salmon is also an excellent source of fat less protein, which helps in regulating the blood sugar levels, and keeps you from stuffing unhealthy snacks in between food gaps.
9) Eating a well-balanced diet with a well-balanced combination of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats is essential in creating a sense of well-being, stability and contentment.
10) Restoring a healthy mindset is important, as well and practising techniques like yoga.
Help your mind to help your body. If you choose a healthy life you will automatically yield good results. Be calm and stay fit!
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