Let me start off by telling you a story. A short while ago, I had a client come to me who was struggling to see results from her nutrition plan. She was doing everything she ‘should’ be doing. Tracking her calories, eating foods that were in their natural state, and exercising nearly every day of the week. But yet, things weren’t getting better….
After some careful observation, I found out what the root cause of her problem was….
Let’s face it, eating healthy can be hard work. If you naturally tend to crave high fat, high sugar foods, making the transition to eating fresh produce, healthy sources of protein, and good-for-you oils, nuts, and seeds, can be challenging. Not to mention, you have to prepare many of your meals in advance so you stick with it during the day.
But there’s no question, all the work is worth it in the end. Unless, of course, something derails the benefits you should be seeing. This was precisely the case for the woman I spoke of above.
If you are going to go to all the trouble to eat a healthy diet plan, there’s no question that you want to get all the benefits your smart foods provide. Sadly, not everyone does. Instead, there’s one factor that sabotages their plan, often without them even realizing it…
That factor? What was it that caused my client to fail to lose weight despite all her best efforts?
Here’s how stress affects the benefits your healthy diet provides.
Stress And Dietary Fats
By now you probably know that to be as healthy as possible, it’s important that you are focusing on keeping healthy fats in the picture. Avocadoes, nuts, seeds, and olive oil are all considered great options for boosting your health and weight loss results.
But, studies now suggest that when you are in a very stressed out state eating these healthy fats, your body treats them more like unhealthy fats.
Meaning, you might as well have just eaten the saturated fat found in French fries, burgers, or potato chips as far as your body is concerned. It’s going to view them in much the same way.
In a state of moderate to high stress (think more stressed than simply a bad hair day!), the healthy unsaturated fats you consume may still contribute to increased cholesterol levels, increased body fat storage, and put you at risk for heart disease and stroke, just like saturated fat does.
Stress And Carbohydrate Response
Another important thing to note about having high levels of stress and your healthy diet is that when stressed, your body is going to be releasing more of the stress hormone, cortisol. This hormone is going to make you more prone to storing excess glucose in the abdominal region, increasing body fat stores, as shown in studies.
Even if you go to great care to choose slower digesting carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, fresh fruits, and vegetables, if you are taking in these calories in a state of stress, you may not utilize the nutrients as you had hoped.
Stress And Serving Size
Finally, the last way stress may be sabotaging the results you get from a healthy diet plan is by meddling with your normal serving sizes. When stressed, you may have the tendency to stress eating, eating more than you normally would.
While you may still maintain control over your food choices, which is better than many do when they are stressed out and eating, problems will still occur if you eat too much food in general.
Even if the food is healthy, if your calorie intake is too high, it can lead to weight gain.
So do all you can to gain control over your stress levels. If you don’t, that healthy diet you are eating may not quite help you out as anticipated.
If you are interested in a complete program to help promote optimal fat loss, check out my Fat Loss Fiesta program.