Destress to lose weight
There is a ray of hope for those who find that stress prompts them to reach for yet another helping of holiday goodies. And no, it doesn`t involve dieting.
Mastering simple eating and stress-busting techniques helps prevent weight gain even without dieting among women, suggests a new study by University of California – San Francisco (UCSF).
Women in the study who experienced the greatest reduction in stress tended to have the most loss of deep belly fat, the Journal of Obesity reports. To a greater degree than fat that lies just under the skin, this deep abdominal fat is tied to a higher risk of developing heart disease or diabetes, according to an UCSF statement.
`You`re training the mind to notice, but to not automatically react based on habitual patterns – to not reach for a candy bar in response to feeling anger, for example,` said UCSF researcher Jennifer Daubenmier from its Osher Centre for Integrative Medicine.