Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out?

By Young1s Latest Reply 2012-02-12 21:43:44 -0600
Started 2012-02-12 12:48:57 -0600

Is stressing out over the pounds not lost holding you back from your weight loss goals? The way you think about your weight loss or the lack thereof might be keeping you from succeeding. Here's quiz from Sparkpeople that may shed some light on why.

"There’s no doubt about it: trying to lose weight can be a stressful thing! There’s nothing like trying to stick to a “simple” weight loss plan for bringing you face-to-face with the frustrating complexities of human nature and the limits of our rationality and will power. And even when we do manage to do what we know we should, often our bodies seem to operate according to a different kind of math—where a 3,500-calorie deficit doesn’t always equal one pound of weight lost.

The unfortunate part is that this constant stress can make losing weight more difficult than it needs to be. Research shows that chronic stress can affect your metabolism, promoting fat storage, and increasing cravings for sugary, high-fat “comfort foods". "

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After taking this quiz (scored a 7), I find myself on the very low end of realistic expectations for my weight loss journey. Number 5 in particular spoke to me. Truth be told, I am happy with my weight and if it weren't for the high cholesterol and my doctor urging me to lose, I quite possibly wouldn't be as concerned about it. Do I think I look good now? Yes. Could I look and feel better? Yes, again. Which is why I've come to terms with the fact that this must be done in order to get my health, and my D, under better control, so I do it.

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draco59 2012-02-12 21:08:39 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing, I guess I'm on the right track, I got a 10. I've made a conscious decision to do it this time. I think what hit was, I have granddaughter is graduation High school and the she texted me a picture of her acceptance letter to Texas Tech. Also, I have 9 and 11 yr. old granddaughters that I want to be around for their high school graduation…….