Numerous studies have linked stress to weight gain, the inability to lose weight, and fat deposition around the abs. A recent study from the University of Texas shed more light on the subject. Stressed mice had much higher levels of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin, causing them to eat higher fat foods and to gain weight.
What can you do to reduce stress? Certain foods can help–egg albumin (egg protein) and whey protein (found in LiveRite shakes) have been shown to reduce ghrelin levels and to increase metabolism better than other protein sources. If you are truly hungry, you must eat! Try a whey shake with fat-free milk or an egg or 3 egg whites with a slice of whole grain toast. Above all, try to de-stress. A hot cup of herbal tea, deep breathing, or a yoga class are all very helpful! A hard sweat session will also cut stress and will increase endorphins! Finally, you can try a meditation CD or podcast.