4 Ways to Lose the Weight and Stay Stress-Free
The Sign: Despite a normal workload at the office, your stress level is through the roof.
The Cause: Going it alone.
In a recent Aston University study in Birmingham, England, dieters who didn't receive social support from an organized group showed significantly higher stress-hormone levels than those assigned to a group weight-loss program. "A lack of guidance, as well as a lack of empathy, is likely responsible," says Mike Green, PhD, lead author of the study.
The Fix: Commercial programs such as Weight Watchers or eDiets offer solid nutrition advice as well as that we're-all-in-this-together feeling. But groups you already belong to could also help: A study from Johns Hopkins University found that individuals who participated in a church-based nutrition and exercise program lost 6.8 pounds, while those who flew solo gained 4 pounds. Rally your friends and family to be your cheerleading squad. "Emphasize how important it is to you to make these lifestyle changes, then offer specific examples of what kind of encouragement will help and what won't," says Beth Casey Gold, RD, clinical coordinator of the Behavioral Weight Management Program at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Compliments on your improving figure: helpful. Discouraging looks when you reach for seconds: not so helpful.
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