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Mental health affects how the body processes fat

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 01:31 PM

When people are feeling bored, sad, tired or happy, they may reach for food to cope with their emotions, but it's rarely celery or an apple. Instead, there's a good chance it's high in sugar and/or fat like cake, fried food, a burger or chocolate.

While these foods taste great, they do little for weight management, and if consumed too often, they will have the consumer seeing higher numbers on the scale. This can be damaging to your self-esteem and confidence, especially if you are trying to lose unwanted pounds.

A bad mood and anxiety may make people gain weight
A study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry found that stress and feeling depressed caused women to burn both fat and calories slower over a seven hour period after eating a meal that contained 930 calories and 60 grams of fat, which is equal to a double cheeseburger and fries from a fast food restaurant.

"Stress can promote weight gain by slowing your metabolism," study leader Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a researcher with The Ohio State University College of Medicine, told Reuters. "The difference with one stressor versus none the day before was 104 calories, which is no big deal on a daily basis, but over the course of the year that would be up to 11 pounds."

Fifty-eight middle aged women were tasked with eating high-fat meals on two separate days and answering questions about their mood, diet choices, physical activity and stressful events that occurred in the days before the study time period.

At first, researchers measured how many calories each woman burned at rest. Then they each ate a meal of eggs, biscuits and gravy and turkey sausage. Metabolic tests were used to see how quickly fat and calories were burned each hour for seven hours, and stress and blood sugar levels were monitored as well. The most stressed women burned 104 fewer calories in the seven hours after eating, and the results showed that these women had higher blood sugar levels and slower fat-burning rates. Both of these have been linked to fat storage, which is associated with weight gain.

In addition to practicing relaxation techniques to ease stress and avoid binge eating, women can take a supplement like Super Citrimax® or Meratrim® to assist with weight loss.

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