Eating after stress can slow calorie burn
We've all done it. After a rough day, we turn to a favorite dish to help ease the stress.
But you should settle for a warm bath instead -- because in most cases, that favorite dish isn’t exactly health food. And now, new research confirms that this “stress eating” can actually do more damage than eating an unhealthy meal without the stress.
When you battle stress, your metabolism slows so much that even a single high-fat meal under the gun of stress can do lasting damage, and the new study on 58 women shows how.
The women were asked about the stresses they faced the previous day. Some were relatively stress-free, while others were battling the typical pressures of life, including family issues, work problems or trouble with a friend or spouse.
Then, all of them were allowed to indulge in a super-junky meal of 930 calories and 60 grams of fat.
As it turns out, the stressed-out women burned 104 fewer calories over the following seven hours, according to the study in Biological Psychiatry.
Over the course of a year, daily stress eating could lead to a gain of 11 pounds. And over the course of a few years or more… well… you don’t have to do the math.
You can see the damage on your waistline.
Along with weight gain, chronic stress can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and more in men and women alike, which is why it’s important to get control of stress even if you’re stick-thin.
If it has an obvious cause, try relaxation therapy, prayer, time with family and loved ones and holistic remedies.
But if you’re stressed out and don’t know why, it could be a sign of a hormonal problem or an issue with your adrenal glands. A holistic physician can run some tests, determine the cause and help find a natural way to correct it.