Unfortunately, stress and weight gain often go hand in hand. Whether you are under pressure at work, are having difficulties at home or simply worry too much, the end result tends to be an increase in pounds.
While avoiding stress altogether is impossible, finding ways to better cope with situations and eat more healthfully will help you to relieve tension and stay slim.
At work, try to carve out some time alone, away from co-workers, your boss and clients. By bringing your lunch to work, you can stay away from high-fat foods and busy food lines.
When the weather is nice, eat outside. During colder months, find a secluded spot in your building such as an empty conference room. This will give you some time to decompress and forget about work for a little bit.
You can also take a brisk walk around the block. The fresh air will clear you head, while the exercise will elevate your mood and help you stay in shape.
At home, make cooking a priority. Instead of hitting the fast food drive-thru or ordering in, prepare your own meals. This way, you can control the ingredients. In addition, it will save you money.
Get the whole family involved, so you can spend time together. If you live alone, invite friends over for a home-cooked meal or use the time to shut out the rest of the world. Learn new, low-fat recipes to keep your mind active, your interest level up and your waistline down.