weight is not just about eating healthy
or working out. Stress and sleep also
play an important role. Continue reading
to learn about changes you can make that
will help you maintain a healthy weight.
How Can Stress Impact Your
Ever notice stress changes your
eating habits? Being stressed for a long period of time
can make it harder to stick to a healthy eating plan.
Try out these tips to avoid gaining
weight when you are stressed:
Before eating, ask
yourself why you are eating ó are you
actually hungry or are you just eating
because you feel stressed or anxious?
If you are tempted
to eat when you are not hungry, distract
yourself. Try calling a friend or going
for a short walk outside.
Talk to your
friends and family. Talking about your
problems can help you feel better.
more about stress visit our
Stress Page. If you
are having serious stress problems, get help from your
health care provider.
How Does Sleep Impact Your
The recommended amount of sleep for
adults is 7-9 hours per night. Not getting enough sleep
affects the hormones that control hunger. This means you
may feel hungry even when you have had a full meal. Lack
of sleep can also cause your body to hold on to excess
Here are some tips for getting more
sleep. Sweet dreams!
Turn it off!
light from cell phones, tablets, and
TVís can keep you awake for longer and
affect the quality of your sleep. Try to
keep gadgets away from your bed.
Bedtime is sleep
time. Try not to work or watch
television in bed. Make your time in bed
about getting some shut-eye.
Keep a routine.
Make a habit of going to sleep and
waking up around the same time every
day. Your body will get used to dozing
off and waking up.
Work out earlier.
Getting regular exercise can improve
your quality of sleep. Finish any
intense workouts at least 3 or 4 hours
Donít eat late.
full belly can prevent you from getting
the rest you need. Avoid any food an
hour before sleep time.
Read a book or
magazine! Instead of reading on your
phone or tablet, read a paperback so the
light from the screen does not affect
If you are having serious trouble
sleeping, consult your health care provider.
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