Have you been trying to eat right, shed fat and get fit but haven’t seen the results you’re after…? If you’ve been consistently doing everything right but your efforts have been mediocre or just plain unsuccessful, it might be time to take a serious look your stress levels.
Now, what I tell you next may be shocking for some, but I can assure you from experience that it’s one hundred percent accurate, believe it or not.
Stress can sabotage any chance of successfully reaching your goals regardless of how well you eat and how much you exercise.
I have unfortunately witnessed good folks, with a tremendous desire to achieve their best body, doing all the right things only to fail miserably because the stress their body and mind had to endure daily was killing their efforts!
Not only that, stress can also cause a host of other health problems, even death!
So, why is stress such a roadblock?
Stress in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. It’s a perfectly natural response to the world around you. When daily stresses are allowed to build up, however, they can take a serious toll on the body. Stress can interfere with normal eating habits, like not eating at all or binge eating.
Stress can also cause physical & psychological symptoms, such as stomach pains, headaches, anxiety and even panic attacks for some.
But, the biggie is stress increases chemical levels in the body that literally stop fat loss and muscle gain in their tracks!
Fortunately, there are fantastic ways to reduce stress naturally and help your weight loss efforts in the process. Taking the right measures to lessen the impacts of stress can improve your health; your attitude and even your next weigh in.
How can you effectively battle stress and your waistline bulge at the same time? Try these simple, but very effective measures:
Consistent Exercise – Exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce the toll stress can take on the body when done consistently. When you get up and get moving, your body will respond positively. Not only will you help yourself lessen stress, but you will keep forward momentum toward your fitness & health goals.
Get some sleep – Making sure the body is properly rested is an essential key in the fight against stress. When people are stressed out, they tend to sleep less. This, in turn, can lead to irritability and even more stress. Work on getting at least seven to eight hours a night. Exercising can help make this goal a reality.
Meditate – You don’t have to go to a yoga class or read tons of books to gain the basic benefits of meditation. Just learn some very simple deep-breathing techniques and give yourself a few minutes a day to practice them. Clear your mind, breathe in deeply, relax and let go of the tension you’re holding. When this is combined with other efforts – exercise and rest – the positive impacts can really shine.
Eat right – This is one of the quickest solutions to stress reduction. It’s simple, eat right-reduce stress! Proper nutrition is extremely important in stress reduction. I can tell you from my own personal experience, when I don’t eat properly and timely my stress levels rise dramatically.
Stress reduction is accomplished differently for everyone, these are just a few examples. You have to find the best solution for you, the important thing is taking action to reduce the stress in your life!
Stress has also been linked with heart disease, stomach ailments, heart attacks and just about every other illness and disease. It can throw a real big monkey wrench in not only your health & fitness plans but more importantly the quality of life you want to live in the future.