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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Weight Loss Just Not Happening?

Reasons why you're stuck: 

Stress - The impact stress can have on your weight has two avenues, it raises your cortisol levels, leading to an increase in appetite and may also lead to emotional eating, often giving us a reason to eat high-fat, carb-heavy comfort foods, like sweets, pizza and chips.

If stress keeps you awake and you are sleep deprived, several studies have shown strong links of weight gain, obesity and lack of sleep.  We, Americans seem to pride ourselves in how little sleep we get, a kind of badge we wear.  You need 8-9 hours of sleep, you are raising your eyebrows as you are reading this. 

According to Dr. Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate in Medicine & co-author of Health is Wealth (10 Power Nutrients That Increase Your Odds of Living to 100) "Unrelieved emotional & psychological stress may inflict greater damage than any other condition."  Stress produces chronic levels of powerful homones that harm the cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems and popular misconceptions do Not think of stress as illness, Stress Imbalance Syndrome, which according to Dr. Ignarro and his co-author, Dr. Andrew Myers, is a combination of

  • Chronic Stress
  • Insomnia (Sleep Hormone Dysfunction)
  • Depression (Neurochemical Dysfunction)

Based on a solid and growing body of scientific research we know that physiological effects of unrelenting stress causes imbalnces and deficiencies of hormones & neurochemicals that regulate the sleep cycle.  The doctors agree that "when we are deprived of restorative sleep, it becomes easier to slip into clinical depression or into a self-reinforcing cycle of insomnia & depression that can sap & destroy quality of life"  Fortunately, their book tells us we can alleviate the nightmarish process and restore functions with nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Samantha Clayton, mom of triplets + 1 = 4 kids & looks like this!

Several studies have proven:
One of the best ways to counteract stress and keep losing weight is exercise.  Take a short walk on your lunch break, Zumba, Samantha Clayton has Youtube exercises or yoga is very calming.  

Mindless eating, is television your dinner companion?  It's easy to get off-track, not thinking & have a second portion.  Portion control is important, 2 cups of salad, 1 cup cooked vegetables and meat (chicken, fish, super lean beef) a protein portion should be about the size of the palm of your hand, approximately 4 oz.  it is easy to lose track of what you are really eating, if you are Not tracking it.  

Need an easy way to help you? is a Free site, it helps you track your water, sleep, protein, exercise and calories. It even tells you how many calories you burn and subtracts them from for you.  You can join our nutrition group.  I would love to be your coach and help you. #Koachkay

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