constantly told that living a stressful lifestyle is bad for us, but we never
thought it could be making us put on weight!
According to new research
announced today, however, women who experience high levels of stress burn 100 fewer calories a day than those who live care-free.
Scientists from Ohio
State University in the US also found that stress can result in increased levels
of insulin in the blood which makes the body store more fat, resulting in a
slower metabolic rate.
But reducing the levels of stress in your
day-to-day life could be easier than you think. Simple changes to your diet as
well a few exercises daily have been proven to help the mind and the body relax
which, in turn, can shift those stubborn pounds.
So regain control over
both your mind and your body with a pick of the top stress-busting ideas:
Yoghurt - contains a host of vitamins and minerals including calcium, vitamin
A, vitamin B complex and vitamin D, all of which are linked to
from insomnia and stress. Keep your levels topped up with three to
four tablespoons throughout the day.
seeds - both sunflower seeds and alfalfa sprouts eaten together can lower
stress levels, thanks to a anxiety-lowering substance that's
released into the body.
As soon as you feel stress building, eat them to head it off before
it really kicks in.
Few Cherries - are one fruit known to soothe the nervous system,
helping to alleviate stress. Eaten fresh, cooked in pies or desserts, the
effect will be the same.
Herb To De-stress - this idea hails from the Middle Ages, but can still be used today.
Place 1/2 cup of bishop's weed in a muslin bag or sachet and tie around
your neck or in your handbag to sniff at the first sign of stress. If
you struggle to find bishop's weed, use rosemary or mint as a substitute.
with a ginger poultice - take time out one evening with this treatment to
relieve stress. Mix two tablespoons of ground ginger with enough milk to
form a paste, then smooth onto your forehead and let the mixture dry. Your
skin will start to feel warmer, then cooler as your facial muscles relax.
Leave the mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off.
On Celery - bet you thought celery
was just a good weight loss option, it turns out this veggie also contains
important phytonutrients called phthalides,
are acknowledged as sedatives and can lower feelings of stress
Eating Late At Night - although eating late at night
isn't prescribed for those wanting to digest a big meal, it can help your
stress levels by regulating blood sugar throughout the night. Cook up some
pasta which is known to increase serotonin levels in the brain.
Calm Down At Bedtime - stress levels can
start to increase the closer it gets to bedtime, so beat the stress factor
and reduce feelings of angst with a glass of warm milk flavoured with
cinnamon and honey. If warm milk isn't for you, try lavender or camomile
The nigh-time drink to balance your mood - eating small amounts
of dark chocolate has been proven to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, so why
not choose a dark chocolate cocoa drink to help relax and unwind
before bedtime. Be sure to choose a drink with 70% or more cocoa in and make
drinking your hot chocolate a daily ritual to benefit from the effects over
finally, don't forget to do a least a few exercises a day, even if it's only
5-10min. If your busy lifestyle doesn't always allow you to get to the exercise studio
or a gym therefor try our elegant, body sculpting ballet workout exercise routines online: