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Weight Coaching | August 31, 2021  | by  Shari Broder | 0 COMMENT
How stress causes overeating and how to manage it | Weight Loss for Foodies Podcast

You’re not imagining it.  Stress makes people want to eat. 

If you’re an emotional eater, when you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to feel the urge to eat. That’s because when your body feels stress, it produces certain stress hormones which cause you to crave comfort foods. 

Sometimes, stress might kill your appetite because the stress hormone adrenaline puts you in a state of fight or flight. 

When stress is chronic, however, the opposite happens.  

Too much stress upsets your hormonal balance, making it harder to lose weight and easier to gain it. 

This is made even worse by the overconsumption of simple carbohydrates, which are sugary snacks like candy bars and soda. They also can cause a hormone imbalance. 

Basically, being consistently stressed out for a long period of time causes your body to produce an assortment of hormones that make it more likely that your body will store fat instead of using it for energy, and cause you to want to eat more. 

Stress also seems to affect your food preferences, making you more likely to consume foods high in fat, sugar, or both. These foods reduce the stress response and can calm your emotions temporarily. That’s why many people associate stress eating with feeling better. And guess what? That causes you to want to keep doing it. 

The problem is that it doesn’t solve what’s causing your stress in the first place. And by consistently eating in response to stress when you aren’t hungry, you’ll gain weight. 

So what can you do to prevent stress from undermining your weight loss goals? 

Listen to learn more about how stress makes weight loss harder and how you can manage stress and feel better.


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About the author 

Shari Broder

I'm passionate about helping foodies ditch dieting and lose the weight for good. I can help you discover what is really causing your weight issues (it isn't that you love food!), and teach you how to stop obsessing about food and make peace with food and eating. I love teaching women how to get off the diet hamster wheel and learn to eat consciously, stop emotional eating and enjoy the foods they love while permanently losing their desire to overeat.

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Meet Shari

I am passionate about helping women lose weight without dieting by teaching them how to trust their inner wisdom and make peace with food and eating.  I love teaching women how to get off the diet hamster wheel by learning how to eat consciously, stop emotional eating and enjoy foods they love while losing their desire to overeat along with their excess weight.
Contact me at lifecoach@sharibroder.com