When you have passed the age of 40 years old, it seems as if no matter what you try to do, losing weight just doesn’t seem to happen as if should.
It’s a struggle right?
There are so many factors that makes losing weight difficult at this point in your life.
culture and religion
state of health
social and emotional influences
dining with colleagues
family dinners and events
food industry and the media
Coupled with the aforementioned there is the holiday season with even more stress than usual. This cycle of eating only encourages weight gain.
But the good thing is that this new weight gain is controllable because it is the result of emotional eating created to calm a stressed mind.
I know from experience that losing weight and reducing stress are not always as easy as it seems.
What you may be surprised to learn is that the 2 go hand in hand.
If you have been trying to lose weight or even attempt to maintain it, stress-induced eating is not beneficial for any women over the age of 40, and here is why.
As women, we tend to be ‘born multi-taskers’.
We juggle through the day at warp speed.
Our intent is to get more done in the minimum time.
So if you consistently maintain a high-stress level life, not only is this harmful to your healthy but to your waistline as well.
Why are you gaining weight?
I have many friends who are expats living or working in a country that is not their own native land. When you find yourself suddenly in a country that is not your homeland this causes more anxiety and stress which leads to weight gain.
Sadly, when you allow yourself to be overtaken by situations that are stressful and emotional, you will not give much thought to what you’re eating which is considered “mindless eating”.
Mindless eating on a consistent basis can make you put on weight. But it doesn’t happen overnight as one may thing. Little by little until your favorite skirt no longer fits you the way you desire. Or even worse the moment you have a big event to attend, nothing seems to fit. This is so stressful, and trust me…I have been there.
When you mindless eat, you are not listening to signals that your body is giving you to warn you it is under stress.
Signals your body gives you when you are under stress
The signals that your body gives you when you are under stress will manifest itself with your bowel habits, your stomach, the small and large intestines, as well as the endocrine system,
So, when you are constantly under stress, your hormone levels like Cortisol and Insulin are elevated.
The elevation of these 2 major hormones can sabotage your weight loss efforts and actually cause undesired weight gain instead.
Stress eating can create a wide variety of physiological changes:
feeling of depression
not as confident
lethargic all the time
raising triglyceride numbers
insulin and cortisol levels changes
So, while you may thinking “I have a handle on it”as far as your stress level goes, you aren’t meant to be under constant stress levels. When you are, this eventually takes a toll on your body which exacerbate menopause symptoms.
If you normally have a pretty healthy nutritional intake, then there could be something you are overlooking that warrants immediate attention.
Then if feel that you’re still feeling stress every day and you can’t seem to figure out why, you’re not going to see or feel the results you want with your weight loss goals.
This may be time to step back and allow someone who looks at the body as a whole to help you reach your goals in a sustainable way.
So, what are some ways you can reduce your stress level? Is there something you can start doing this week?
Long term sustainable goals requires baby steps to achieve them. Sometime in life you can crush goals but when it comes to your body it just doesn’t work that way.
If this has been a struggle for you, I would love to see how I can support your goals to create effortless weight loss when dining out with colleagues, when traveling for business and stress eating from personal life issues then -> ->Schedule a complimentary 30-minute ‘Chic Women Don’t Diet’ makeover consultation.
Milan Perry, HHP, MH provides Healthy Lifestyle Coaching for successful women 50+, holistically oriented who are at a point in life where they need more to take her health to a higher level. She is Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Certified in Herbalism and is a Culinary graduate.
As a personal chef, busy wife and feels that the “joie de vivre” is wine + anti-aging (not in that order). She coaches women that have tried the fad diets of quick weight loss of 20 pounds without success.
Moving past that, now you are at a point in your life where you feel more in touch with your need of well-being.
Now you’re ready to learn how to feel completely dropped in your feminine power. Learn more about One-On-One Coaching with Milan here.
It takes enlightenment to take care of self on the highest level possible.
Mindset + Motivation is one of the most critical steps to get to your desired weight.
…Stay BEAUTIFUL AND HEALTHY,