Don’t Worry Be Happy Lose Weight

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This is a guest post by Karen Wright

For anyone who wants to lose weight, the first and most important thing they need to do is stop worrying about losing weight. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? If you’re not worrying about your weight, then how are you going to control it? Well think of it this way: you’re either going to lose weight or you’re not, right? Planning can help affect the success of a weight loss plan, worrying won’t help anything, though, right? So why bother worrying? Isn’t that just wasted effort?

Or rather, that’s the common wisdom when it comes to worrying about things like finances and personal relationships and so on. When it comes to weight loss, the hard fact of life is that worrying and stress absolutely can affect your results: they can make you fatter.

How Does Stress Impact Weight Loss?

Stress and worry in general can cause you to gain weight and prevent even the most well planned and maintained diets and exercise programs from taking effect. First and foremost, by sapping energy. Someone who spends all morning worrying about being late for work isn’t going to have the energy to hit the gym on their lunch break, they’re already going to be exhausted from all that nail-biting.

Secondly, worrying plays havoc on the digestion. Constipation, diarrhea, poor nutrient absorption, malnutrition and general poor health are the course du jour when it comes to stress and worry. If you keep worrying and stressing out, your body isn’t going to be able to do its job correctly, you’re not going to maintain a consistent digestive schedule, and you’re not going to be able to see consistent results in your diet and exercise plans.

In fact, going to bed early and making sure you get enough rest is going to be a lot better for you, physically speaking, than going to bed late and waking up hours early to do your exercises. A well rested body and mind are more fit to tackle the problems of the day, including the iron will it takes to stick to a diet and exercise plan in those first few weeks.

It’s not just stress and worry over staying in shape, obviously, it’s stress and worry in general. Every day we’re bombarded with news of a sagging economy, raised gas prices, war and crime and general bad news. Every day we’re hit with personal challenges, problems at work, at home, flat tires, doctor bills and on and on.

How Can I Reduce Stress?

It’s not easy to get over stress. The only real way to put it behind you is to simply outgrow it. In fact, studies show that stress and worry all but disappear when a person reaches the age of fifty. That said, there are certain things we can do to simply reduce stress every day.

First of all, proper diet, not crash dieting, is a good way to maintain healthy emotional levels. We’ve already mentioned getting proper sleep, but the good news is that exercise itself is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, so in effect, fifty sit ups every morning kills two birds with one stone. The bottom line is that eradicating stress is good for you physically and mentally, so do whatever you can to stop worrying.

Karen Wright has been helping men and women lose weight for many years and believes a holistic approach works best. She recommends a good diet plan, sensible exercise routines and a good mental attitude to ensure good weight loss.

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About Mark

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