Stress and Weight Loss Resistance

One of the things that I learned while eating a low carb diet is that my body doesn’t react well to stress. One of my biggest challenges that I had while losing weight was my body holding onto the fat even though I was eating 100% the way I had planned.  I quickly learned that the cause of my weight loss resistance was the stress in my life and the pressure I was putting on myself. 

 

Stress and Weight Loss Resistance

I’m sure there is a chemical reason stress seems to slow down fat loss, but I choose to believe that it wants to protect us. So with this in mind, what I would do is focus on keeping my body and spirit calm. So I learned early on, that if I wanted to help my body lose fat easily, I had to learn to treat it better by eliminating the stress in my life. It took some time, but I have been able to create a calm lifestyle that helps me keep the weight off.

I thought that it would be beneficial to share some of my favorite stress relieving activities with you here. Here are some of the things I found that helped me release fat and keep it off.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is the most important and number one thing you can do to eliminate weight loss resistance. Our body does a lot of recovering during the night while we are sleeping. So it is really important to get a good 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Understand Thoughts are Things

Something that I learned about myself early on in my life is that I’m an overthinker. I want to try to dissect and figure out everything. I would actually sabotage myself by thinking negative thoughts. I had to really make myself stop this. And it was hard, because the “overthinking” was something that I had done for years. So I needed to constantly remind myself that sometimes things just are what they are. I needed to simply let it go. I would constantly remind myself that what I thought about was what I brought about. So I decided to think better thoughts. And this was a huge challenge. But over time, I got better at it.

It takes time to change your thoughts. But it is imperative if you want to lose weight. Perhaps down the road, I’ll write more about the law of attraction, but let me just say this. If you are a negative thinker, you will sabotage your weight loss goals. This is something you must address, especially if you want to eliminate some of your stresses. Now would be a great time to read up on the Law of Attraction.

Create A Calming Atmosphere through your senses

A healthy lifestyle is about touching all of your senses. Of course, we affect the taste but I find it is important to also stimulate the sense of smell and the sense of hearing.

For example, the sound of music and calm me down in a matter of seconds. Listening to music that relaxes you can make a big difference when it comes to weight loss resistance. I listen to music at home while I’m cleaning and I listen to it in my car. I also listen to music while I’m working out. It always gets me going and makes me feel amazing. Music is very helpful when it comes to dealing with stress.

And for my nose let me just say, I love essential oils and candles. Different fragrances do different things for me. Some make me feel good, some calm me down and others give me energy. For example, lavender is very relaxing. I love to infuse lavender oil before bed because it relaxes me and helps me fall asleep. On the other hand, I love lemongrass in my shower. It just invigorates me. I love experimenting with different smells and you should too.

I have a favorite sent called Joyful Spirit that I infuse at home and I keep with me at work. It just keeps me even keel and I feel more upbeat. If you love essential oils, you may want to think about an essential oil infused bracelet so you can always keep your favorite fragrance with you.

Exercise

I am not an exercise junkee. No, not even a little bit. But I do try to be active every day and at least walk. I make sure I get outside in the sun which is very healing and if I can’t get outside, then I walk on my treadmill. All I know is that I always feel so much better after exercise than I do before.

Hugs and Love

Through this process of losing weight with low carb, High Fat, I learned how to love myself. And more importantly, I learned to open up and let others in. I am now an emotional huggy bear. I am just so full of joy, I want to share it with everyone and I find myself hugging everyone. Hugs are very healing. They feel amazing. So I try to get and give hugs daily.

Stress and Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand

It is pretty neat actually how our bodies seek to protect us. But I think it is also pretty neat that we can nurture our bodies and get rewarded by losing weight and living longer while enjoying a healthy and happy life.

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Stress and Weight Loss Resistance”

  1. Wow did I need this! I just turned 47 and it is soooo hard to lose weight! Out mind makes or breaks us.. you are so correct on that. And having the senses to help our mood is a huge plus! Great website!

  2. Hi Wendy,
    I love being healthy. I do exercises every day I even wear a Fitbit on my wrist. I know that when one is stressed they stop all precautions and add weight but I never knew one could be on a diet and still add weight. There is a lot to learn, thanks for this post.

  3. Wow what a super great weight loss site! I am 47 and needed this site! I’m following you and shared your site. You are so right regarding stress and having power over what we think. It takes practice for sure!

  4. Great post. I wasnt aware stress had such an effect on fat loss but this has made it so much clearer.

    Sleep is such an important one, it’s often undervalued and I think it has to be stressed (no pun intended) how important sleep really is for health and well-being in general. It’s so much easier to get stressed out if you’re tired and sleep deprived.

    Have you tried meditation? Do you think this would be good at keeping fat off?

  5. It is so amazing what stress can do. For some people they eat and I mean eat a whole lot and this is where the problem comes. But as you have listed things that should be done to bring stress under control and to lose weight. What you have written will be a good help to your readers that are facing these issues.

  6. Reading your article gets me encouraged to calm myself more with more sleeps, listening to music, breathe in the air, exercise, change my thoughts and give more hugs. These are all basics that I most often forget when I get myself caught up with things in life. Then, I didn’t realise I was stressed and weight loss resistance has got to do with it. Your article has been really helpful. Thank you!

    1. I love giving hugs! It is all about taking care of yourself and being calm and happy. When our body feels good, it will take care of itself.

  7. I loved to read your article, I’m always looking for some information to help me to know more about how I can live a healthier lifestyle, weight loss is one of my goals.
    I thank you for sharing some points to work on,
    I need to control my thought and stop worrying about everything , lol, now I know worrying too much won’t help me at all to loss some weight.

    1. No, worry doesn’t solve anything at all. I know, because I was always a big worrier as well so I totally understand where you are coming from.

  8. I didn’t know that stress could cause your body to hang onto fat. That is an eye-opener. Good tips, sleep and calming down to relieve stress. I’m so glad I found this article. It never occurred to me that my stressful life and my anxiety issues might be keeping me from losing weight. I have seen the movie and read the book. Including some of the precursors to the law of attraction like Napoleon Hill’s book and others.
    I have used it to get into a mindset I have used in the past successfully. I’m 61 now and I stopped smoking on November 25, 1999. I quit smoking using that mindset. In school, I used it to get in shape for each of the sports seasons I was involved in. Having what used to be called a nervous breakdown led to that mindset being unavailable to me for years. I have it back now and will apply it to weight loss.
    I have a very stubborn 30 pounds of stomach fat to lose. It would improve the quality of my life so much.

    1. You bring up a lot of good points, Paul.The most important point is Napoleon Hill’s book about the law of attraction. If we are stressed to the max, and if we think about how stressed we are, we are just going to bring about more stress. It is better to find a way to be calm and think calm thoughts. The more stress we put on our selves the harder it is to lose weight. Thoughts are things. What we think about is what we bring about.

      I wish you all the best with losing the 30 lbs. Releasing stress will help a lot. What are your plans for the weight loss? Will you be changing your diet? I found that the older I got, the harder it was to lose. What worked for me we eating a low carb, high fat diet. You can do it. If I can offer support in any way, let me know.

  9. Good tips from you to lose weight without taking any medicine or vitamin. This is the first time I came across a website not asking me to take any juice or mineral. For me personally, I exercise to lose weight by running, and not taking rice at dinner time as rice tend to give us a lot of carbo.
    Your article focus on the resistance factor that prevent the weight loss be effective. This is a very innovative solution without causing much money to us. I would highly recommend everyone to adopt this strategy.

  10. This is really a nice formatted article that will help in knowing how to schedule and live a normal life. I have just learnt effects of stress as the masterminded of weight loss. I really loved reading this article it really contributed in a big way to me at least to learn how to sleep and give my body time to recover itself.

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