Ever notice that sometimes someone can eat clean, exercise 3 -5 times a week and be completely disappointed at the end of each month. Then the person starts to wonder is it “my time of the month” (ladies) is it because I’m gaining muscle and it’s heavier than fat, maybe my muscles are retaining water from being torn down so I’m not losing any weight?
Managing your stress level is the key to your weight loss success.
Let’s say that you want to lose 20 lbs. Where do you start? You know what you want to accomplish but how do you go about accomplishing it and where does the motivation come from?
Many times people want you to start with a cleanse. I don’t have a problem with a cleanse but here’s my problem with a cleanse.
You’ve been living your life, perhaps with a lot of caffeine, sugar, white flour, saturated fats, enter “the cleanse” that you heard about. It cuts you off of all of the above as well as half of the food groups, (no dairy, no starches etc.). Your stress level heightens. You are advised not to workout while on “the cleanse” because your food intake has been severely limited therefore draining any and all energy. If you do manage to finish “the cleanse” by the skin of your teeth, you would have dropped some water weight. That can be a motivator but one can’t live off of “the cleanse” so now what do you do? And in the mean time you are eating whatever because you’ve been starving from eating so little that you’re gaining back every pound of water weight that you just previously lost.
Now you’re even more stressed out, you feel like you’ve failed, you’re exhausted, bloated and you’re heavier than when you first started.
Let’s get off of that vicious yo-yo dieting cycle.
When you mange your stress levels you are on the high road to success.
So how do you manage your stress levels?
Step 1: Assessment
You need to know what is currently happening in your body right now. Besides knowing where your heart rate rests, your body mass index, (BMI), your body fat percentage, how many calories you are taking in and how many you expend on a daily basis, you must measure your work / rest cycles, meaning how much and how hard you work / workout and how well you sufficiently recover, also how many hours do you sleep and how well your recovery is during sleep.
Sleep and rest are 2 entirely different things; sleep is physical recovery, rest is spiritual recovery both very necessary in the weight management / stress utilization category.
As per stress coach Dr. Terry Lyles, how many times have you slept all night and woke up tired or how many times have you taken a cat nap and felt like you slept all night? That’s the difference between sleep and rest recovery.
Step 2: Diagnosis
All the questions in Step 1 must be answered. It’s not enough to write in a fabricated answer to get a fabricated result or worse yet no result at all. Your answer to how much stress you have doesn’t get the proper attention that it needs when someone gives you a survey, you check a box and then it all just gets filed away in file heaven in the sky. You need to physically see how stressed you are, if in fact you are crashing when you sleep opposed to actually recovering when you sleep etc.
Step 3: Prescription
Now that you have all of the questions in Step 1 answered, now you can implement a plan of action.
Now you are on the path to achieving your weight loss goals.
How do you measure your stress and recovery activity levels?
The only way to prove stress and recovery is to look inside your body to measure your activity blood pressure rate, otherwise known as your heart rate variability (HRV).
HRV refers to the beat-by-beat changes in the heart. When it’s measured with daily activity whether at work or at home this is the accurate way to define good and bad stress and when you combine your stress information with a nutrition and exercise program that is the answer to true weight loss success.
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