7 Tips on How to Not Let Stress Affect Your Weight

Is stress affecting your weight loss battle? 

Stress brought on by dieting is added to the personal and work life stresses that we face every day, often resulting in a "vicious cycle" of increased stress and increased food intake. If this sounds like you, read the following tips for managing stress-related overeating to help you check this unhealthy habit.

Practice waiting

Postpone your instant gratification when hunger hits. Tell yourself you'll wait 10 to 30, minutes to eat. Chances are good if your cravings are only stress-related, they'll disappear when you allow yourself to become distracted. 

Keep a food journal of what you eat each day.

Knowing you have to write down every snack or nibble can be a good way to remind yourself to think before eating.

Enlist a friend's help

Ideally one who also is tempted by stress-related cravings. When you feel like eating, write him/her a quick note or make a phone call. 

Keep yourself nourished

Eat regular, healthy snacks to maintain your energy level. Skipping meals while under stress only prompts you to eat more, and unhealthily, when you do get around to eating. 

Reminder messages

Post some reminder messages wherever you're likely to see them when stress-related cravings begin. Use any message that works for you. Examples might be "Are you really hungry?" or "Think about why you're eating." 

Physically remove tempting food items from your home or office

Never go shopping while hungry and always make a list of food items prior to shopping; bring home only what you feel good about eating. 

Take time for yourself every day

Whether it's 10 minutes to reflect and relax, or whether it's some fun activity that will revitalize you, it's critical to do it. Health is not just physical, mental well-being is just as important, you deserve to mentally de-stress everyday!

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Evangeline Howarth
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Evangeline has taken part in competitive sports since a young age. As a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor, she understands the importance of proper nutrition for fuelling extreme and endurance sports, especially due to her experience in Team GBR Squads and captaining and coaching her University first team.

In her spare time, Evangeline loves running – especially marathons. On the weekends, you’ll find her taking on water sports or hiking up a hill. Her favourite evenings are spent taking on a HIIT session or squats in the gym before digging into some spicy food and a ton of vegetables – yum!

Find out more about Evie's experience here.

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