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Healthy Living: Only 25 minutes to a healthier you
Charles Stuart Platkin, PhD.July 23, 2014 | 3,056 views | Post a comment
When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that taps into your stored protein, converts it into glucose, and brings it to the muscles so that you can either fight or flee.
But when the cause is not a bear about to attack you, but rather an email from your boss or an argument with your spouse, this response is not helpful, because cortisol can also move fat from other storage areas in the body to fat cells in the abdomen, where it can be retrieved quickly for energy. Stress-induced obesity is specifically abdominal obesity -- the worst kind. Also when you’re stressed, you tend to eat high-calorie comfort foods.
So what can you to reduce stress? Be mindful. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have shown for the first time that brief mindfulness meditation practice -- 25 minutes for three consecutive days -- alleviates psychological stress.
Charles Platkin, Ph.D., is a nutrition and public health advocate and founder of DietDetective.com.
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