Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts!

July 16th, 2015
by Kathy Kres, YAH & Water Aerobics Director, Personal Trainer

As I was reading articles in Health magazine I came across the following interesting tidbits:

  • Stress-Women who were frazzled, and then ate a high-fat meal the next day, burned fewer calories than women who were less tense.
    So if you are feeling crazed, skip the ice cream!
  • Getting out in time to see the morning sun may help you head off an expanding waistline.  Researchers had a group of people (mostly women) wear monitors that measured their activity level, sleep and light exposure for one week.  they concluded that the participants that had loaded up on light in the early part of the day had a significantly lower body mass index than those who received their sun later in the day.  The lead author of the study, Kathryn Reid, PhD,  believes that the exposure to light upon waking may alter hormones associated with appetite and metabolism.
  • When you’ve over eaten at a meal – do not skip a meal to compensate. Just one missed meal can cause your body metabolism to slow down to conserve energy.  You may even begin breaking down calorie-burning muscle which can slow down metabolism even more.  Skipping meals also backfires by triggering late night hunger.  Get back on track by eating clean balanced meals: Pair lots of veggies and lean protein with a bit of healthy fat and starch.

In summary if your goal is to stay trim, try not to be stressed but if you are stressed stay away from high fat meals.  Get out and get some sunlight early in the day & don’t skip meals!