Belly Fat Diet For Dummies
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When your body is under stress, it releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. And these hormones, when released into your body on a regular basis, can begin to increase fat storage in your midsection.

Some stress can actually be good for you. It may help you to perform under pressure or give you added motivation to meet a deadline. But at a certain point, stress crosses from being healthy to being detrimental. Everyone has a different stress threshold, and your tolerance to stress depends on many things. You may be able to handle a larger amount of stress

  • If you have a strong support system around you

  • If you have a positive outlook on life

  • If you know a stressful situation will present itself and you’ve prepared for it

  • If you know how to calm yourself and self-soothe

You need to be on the lookout for stress overload, or the point at which stress can become both mentally and physically damaging. The figure shows some common symptoms caused by stress overload. The more symptoms you display, the closer you may be to experiencing stress overload.

Chart shows the mental and emotiona symptoms, physical symptoms and behavioral changes caused by stress.

Learning strategies to reduce and manage stress is important for preventing negative health effects. Managing your stress is all about taking charge. If you start to take control of your emotions as well as your environment, schedules, and any other factors that may bring on stress, you can start to manage stress in a healthy way.

Be proactive. If you can change a stressful situation before it happens or while it’s happening, do it. (However, if you can’t change it, make sure to focus on yourself and those things you can control.)

Also, make time every day to relax, rest, and unwind from the stressors of the day. Even if the stress in your life seems out of control, you can control the way you respond to it, which can make all the difference.

With practice, you’ll be able to better identify stressors in your life, be able to better handle them, and be able to better control the situation causing them. Doing so gives you more confidence that you can face these stressors and challenges, which in itself can help to reduce the overall stress you feel inside.

As your levels of stress and anxiety decrease, the stress hormones your body releases also start to decline, helping you to shed excess weight around the middle.

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Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, is a nationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert who has contributed to national media outlets such as the CBS Early Show, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, Fitness Magazine, and Prevention Magazine, among others.

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