There is a correlation between stress and weight gain. Not only do people eat more when they are under stress, but the foods they eat do not get digested properly resulting in weight gain.
The branch of the Central Nervous System (CNS) that influences the digestive system is called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS is responsible for stimulating the digestive process. There are two branches of the Autonomic Nervous System:
• the parasympathetic, which relaxes the body and turns on digestion
• the sympathetic, which turns off digestion when there’s no food in your belly or when you’re in a fight-or-flight stress response.
Eating during stress (sympathetic nervous system dominance) will generally lead to digestive upset, decreased nutrient assimilation, and unwanted fat storage, which leads to weight gain. When the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, the relaxation response turns on and healthy digestion, assimilation and calorie-burning capacity is amplified.
The bottom line: Switch from eating in a state of stress to slowing down, savoring, enjoying, and making eating its own activity.
When it comes to losing weight or maintaining your weight, how you eat is as much important as what you eat. Keep in mind that it is scientifically impossible for the body to release weight or heal when it is under long-term stress.
There are 7 strategies for getting into the parasympathetic relaxation state before eating —we call these states “The Famous Secret Seven.”
To learn more about these Famous Secret Seven:
Source: Health Coach Institute