Stress and Weight Loss

  • Stress plays a factor in weight loss.
  • Sugar and high-fat foods stimulate the brain to release pleasure hormones to reduce stress as well as providing quick energy, causing overheating and increasing stress.
  •  Some of the worse foods for stress? Ice cream – it’s high in refined sugar.
  • Foods with high salt and refined carbs elevate blood pressure and increase anxiety.
  • Pressed juices trigger a rush of stress hormones due to low fiber and high glucose and fructose levels.
  • Alcohol causes sleep problems, blood sugar swings and dehydration increasing stress hormones.
  • Artificial sweeteners block serotonin.  This causes headaches, insomnia and mood changes which increases stress.
  •  The best foods to reduce stress include those with folic acids such as greens, beans, and avocado.
  • Slow burning complex carbs such as whole grains increase serotonin.
  • Foods containing omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, flax seeds, and nuts increases serotonin.
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