My weight is mak­ing me feel de­pressed

I am ex­tremely stressed out and anx­ious about my weight. It is leav­ing me de­pressed. What can I do?

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AThe prob­lem is these days be­ing stressed is con­sid­ered nor­mal. We need to stop think­ing it’s okay to stress out be­cause I think we start giv­ing our brain the per­mis­sion to freak out this way.

Ei­ther we change the sit­u­a­tion, ac­cept it the way it is or just move on. In your case, you can con­trol what needs to be done to over­come the stress, so you should choose the first op­tion. High stress lev­els in­creases your stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol. This hor­mone is re­quired dur­ing ex­er­cise to re­lease fat from fat cells to meet the de­mands of our work­out but chron­i­cally el­e­vated cor­ti­sol can be de­struc­tive.

It has shown to in­crease the cravings you have for junk food and shown to shut off goal-ori­ented cen­tres of your brain. In­creased lev­els of cor­ti­sol can also make your body more re­spon­sive to stor­ing more fat. Nor­mal cor­ti­sol lev­els are usu­ally high­est early in the morn­ing and low­est about mid­night. Nor­mal ranges de­pend a lot on the test­ing method used. It’s a good idea to check your fast­ing lev­els if you are find­ing it hard to lose weight.

An­other hor­mone to check for, if you are anx­ious, is sero­tonin. It is your happy hor­mone and a nat­u­ral ap­petite sup­pres­sant. It curbs your cravings and up­lifts your mood, shuts off your ap­petite and makes you feel emo­tion­ally sta­ble.

If your lev­els are off, los­ing weight be­comes harder.

RASHI CHOWD­HARY is a nutri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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