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  • Why do I gain weight when I’m stressed?

    Why do I gain weight when I’m stressed?

     

    When our ancestor, the ‘caveman or woman’, faced periods of famine, hunger was one of the reasons for anxiety. When there was not enough food, their bodies coped with this stress by secreting steroids. The steroids were absorbed by the omentum, a fold of tissue beneath the abdominal muscles.  Even after thousands of years, we still today have an omentum that surrounds the intestines and promotes fat storage.

    The fat stored in the omentum is visceral fat while subcutaneous fat surrounds the hips and thighs. Visceral fat is approximately 10 percent of the entire fat within the human body, but can create negative consequences. Visceral fat deposits proteins that cause inflammation, blood vessel narrowing, high blood pressure and resistance to insulin.

    So today, since our bodies cannot differentiate between an angry supervisor and an attacking saber tooth tiger, our omentum will express an identical response when it feels stress. Having a small amount of omental fat is okay but an excessive amount is problematic. If the measurement of your waist at your belly button is less than half of your height, you are in a good place. If it is more, it could be a sign of negative things to come.

    Having an excess of omental fat can cause a strain on your liver, which can initiate inflammation within your body and lead to high cholesterol. In addition, an enlarged omentum puts pressure on the kidneys, leading to an elevated blood pressure, and blockage of insulin flow, which gives birth to diabetes. A positive note is that omental fat reacts rapidly to dieting and exercise. So make sure to replace bad fats (trans and saturated) with good ones (omega-3’s). Knowing the difference in fats is easy: Good fats remain liquid at room temperature. Bad fats, usually come from animal fats and are solid.

    One exercise I have found that works well is not walking on a treadmill, but instead walk briskly outdoors. Your pulse rate will not increase as much, but you can remain active for an extended period. This will help burn more calories, which means your gut, may decrease in weeks.  However, sometimes we do not maintain that habit of taking those walks.

    But why would we not continue to do an exercise that is good for us? There is something lying underneath the presenting issue. This is the conscious mind, and that is logic, reason, willpower, and active reasoning. I call it the “excuse-maker.” The conscious mind is 12 percent of the mind, and we use it 90 percent of the day. Then there is the subconscious mind—no logic, reason, or willpower, but purely reacts and is behavioral. Everything that goes through your conscious mind happens because of an association from your subconscious mind, even if you rationalize it.

    However, hypnosis bypasses and quiets that conscious part of the mind, and makes a positive association for the subconscious. But unlike the “hypnosis” you may have viewed at some point as a form of entertainment in a stage show, hypnotherapy administered by a professional is within the patient’s control. A hypnotherapist cannot make an individual do something that he or she does not want to do. Instead, he or she guides the client into a state of deep relaxation, gently addressing issues discussed during a prior talk therapy session, and offering suggestions that the subconscious mind can either accept or reject.

    Is your body not responding? Do you need a new strategy?

    Is it your time to begin to see results and discover what a hypnotherapy session can do for you?

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