Have you ever heard of emotional pounds? It's when, despite dieting and dietary restructuring, you don't manage to lose weight. What if the cause is somewhere else? What if it's much deeper than that? Poorly managed emotions can create metabolic disorders.
Stress as an aggravating factor in weight gain
In periods of prolonged stress, the cortisol secreted promotes weightgain. Indeed, this is the result of a survival mechanism from ancient times. When the body feels in danger, it builds up fat reserves in order to survive. The cortisol will condense the fat in the belly, which causes an increase in inflammation as well as long-term insulin resistance.
For example, if you tend to store fat in your abdomen, it might be interesting to look at your state of stress.
How to lower cortisol levels
practice a regular sport activity (out of competition)
to meditate, to do sophrology, relaxation, to take the air ...
do personal development or psychotherapeutic work: review your priorities, learn how to manage your emotions, rethink the organization of your days
have a good sleep
take a magnesium cure: stress is a major consumer of magnesium and a magnesium deficiency promotes stress . It's the snake that bites its tail !
Wanting to lose weight is often motivated by aesthetic reasons. Having a good self-image is essential to feel good about yourself and to meet others. If one finds oneself unsightly, in the long term, depression can quickly point the tip of one's nose... It is not necessary to remain like that.
However, a well-structured menu adapted to your physiology may sometimes not be enough. A work on emotions is essential. Behind eating is a whole world. Eating to fill a void, eating to put out the fire of anger, eating to feel alive, eating to reward, eating to punish, eating to forget, eating to defuse an inner tension....
Eating disorders are pathologies that require psyhiatric and psychological follow-up. Alone, it is difficult to cope because there are unconscious issues that keep you in this state of suffering.
Sugar is a scourge. It destroys the intestinal flora, disrupts the balance of the microbiota, maintains inflammation and participates in the development of candidiasis and plays a major role in the proliferation of candida albicans. Indeed, Candida albicans feeds on sugar. When it lacks sugar, it sends signals to the brain to make you want to eat sugar. If you're not careful, a real hellish cycle sets in.
Sugar also causes blood sugar spikes which, once they fall, trigger hypoglycemia. The urge to eat is irrepressible. That's how we find ourselves snacking all day long.
Sugar is also responsible for the development of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. The pancreas continues to secrete insulin but the cells no longer cooperate. There is insulin resistance. Then the pancreas gets tired and stops producing insulin.
A deficiency in serotonin (good mood hormone) causes depression but also sweet cravings at 5pm, irritability at the end of the day.
Adopt a conscious diet
Conscious feeding is feeding that is not undergone. It is when you say to yourself, "I feel like eating. Am I hungry or do I want to compensate for an uncomfortable emotion? "It's knowing the difference between a "cuddly toy" diet and a food for pleasure.
Having a conscious diet also means taking the time to sit at the table, to chew, to taste the food, to take pleasure in savouring your carefully prepared dish, not to feel guilty about offering yourself a sweetness because it makes you want it.
Plants as support
Plants can accompany you in your desire to lose weight. Whether it is to facilitate the evacuation of waste, to improve digestion, transit or diuresis or to find inner calm, each of them acts in this sense.
For example, find in the shelves of santi-shop :
Psyllium is a grass that has no nutritional value. Thanks to the mucilages it contains, its seeds swell on contact with water. It is used to regulate transit but also as an appetite suppressant (and to replace eggs in your vegan preparations). 1 teaspoon in a little water to drink before the meal.
Powdered hemp protein: to be incorporated in your morning porridge. This will provide you with a source of protein essential for the proper functioning of neurotransmitters (and therefore in the regulation of mood).