Many people in lockdown have found they are constantly snacking, which can lead to weight gain. Others find they are skipping meals or don’t eat for long periods. Eating 3 small meals a day plus a small snack mid-morning and another mid-afternoon can help your body with stress. Reducing your stress can help your weight.
How eating regularly helps your stress and your weight…
When you go a long time without food, your blood sugar drops. Your body releases stress hormones to push your blood sugar back up again. These are the same stress hormones you release when you find yourself in a life-threatening situation that demands a fight-or-flight response. So, it is particularly important when you are stressed to balance your blood sugar levels.
If you are under prolonged stress, you are likely to gain weight and store fat around your belly.
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(Note: Intermittent fasting can also help your stress resistance. However, it is not suitable for everyone and it is still important to focus on foods that support your body).