Stress, Weight Gain, and Pain

August 25, 2008

People often don’t take me serious when I suggest that stress (emotional and mental)

may be a strong factor in why they are having pain or can’t seem to lose weight

We live in a society that demands high levels of achievement. The high levels of stress can help move us forward and to cope with life’s demands, but it also affects our mood, emotions and bodies.

We have a flight or fight response to high stress. Whether it’s juggling too many responsibilities or dealing with financial pressures, this heightened emotional state triggers a biochemical process where our bodies go into survival mode. Our bodies store fuel, slow down metabolism, and increase certain hormones (cortisol and leptin are 2) which are likely to cause obesity in the abdominal region.

Some people use food to cope. But, of course, this doesn’t work in the long term because food is a temporary fix–it does not deal with the real stressors or issues that

must be addressed in order to reduce the trigger for eating and fix the problem.

Stress eaters tend to prefer high-carbohydrate and high sugar foods because these foods trigger an increase in the brain chemical serotonin, which has a calming effect. It is almost like self-medicating to make themselves feel better.

Using anti-depressants also increase seretonin but like food, does not fix the underlying problem. Which of course all stems from how we process emotion, how we think and what we believe.

Many authors, from medical to self help , have addressed stress and emotion as the underlying factor for most disease. To name a few:

1. Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain – Dr John Sarno author of Healing Your Back

2. All issues from A-Z- Louise Hay author of Heal Your Body from A-Z and You Can Heal Your Life

3. Food Cravings – Doreen Virtue, PhD Author of Constant Craving, Healing with the Angels cards, Goddess Cards and more!

These are a few books and resources in which I can share personal as well as client and friend stories of curing themselves of pain or finally getting over the hump of weight loss by addressing the underlying issues.

Don’t underestimate the power of your mind and your emotions. They are the life force within you and will create the foundation whether you are aware of it or not.

We can help coach you through the issues to help find the cause and create easy to handle solutions that you can start applying today.  Don’t wait to change your life for the better!!

Written by JJ Flizanes, Director of Invisible Fitness, 800 571 5722, http://www.invisiblefitness.com

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