This topic can be quite frustrating for those who struggle more with weight loss, so I want to shed some light on this today.
A lot of factors play into our weight – the genetics of our body type, our gender (yes, men tend to lose faster than women as a whole), and many other things, but I want to focus on the 2 most important ones today. The ones we have complete control over.
- Our metabolism. Yes, some people are just metabolically gifted. Others can’t seem to gain weight no matter how hard they try. Others seem to have to kill themselves to see the scale budge.Both age and gender play into your metabolic rate but so does your activity level and the amount of muscle you carry.
So, do your best with your genetics and seriously focus on adding as much muscle as possible and leveraging daily activity (like walking) frequently.
- Your stress response. As we grow up, our stress response is cemented, and it has a lot to do with food.Of course, things like your hormone (cortisol) levels can factor into weight loss (or lack thereof), but stress response also impacts our eating habits.
And considering people are more stressed than they’ve ever been, this is playing a huge factor in the global weight crisis.
People tend to overeat (comfort eaters) or under eat in response to stress, and this can have a tremendous impact on our weight. Do you know your tendency?
Acknowledging your eating habits in response to stress is the first step. Then take steps to try to break your stress food associations.
For example, do you find you are always late in the mornings and eating breakfast in your car while rushing to work? Or always take lunch at your desk and eat while working because you feel you don’t have time to take a break? You’re eating in a stressed state…
Try to break this by having time to eat – and ONLY eat – even if it is just 10 minutes. Breathe. Take your time. Put your fork down in between bites. Planning your meals will also do wonders for taking the stress out of mealtimes in your busy life.
Also start to think about WHEN and WHY you are choosing certain foods (or not choosing to eat). Be aware of the situations where stress is influencing your choices. Awareness will allow you to start to take a step back and try to make a better choice in the stress of the moment. Take a short walk, distract yourself with something you enjoy doing, and come back to eat when you feel more centered.
We are here to help you with this!