Understanding U

Calm. Slim. Healthier U!

Body & Mind

First and foremost, lets tackle Your Stress

In an Ohio State University study, women who were experiencing high levels of stress burned fewer calories after eating a fatty meal than their peers.

  • When you’re stressed your body goes into Fight or Flight mode
    • Hormones shift, and your metabolism can slow, because your body wants to conserve energy and store fat for the challenges ahead.
    • Higher levels of the stress hormone Cortisol can also disrupt sleep and increase hunger, making U crave foods high in sugar and fat.

Let’s change the way stress affects U!

  • Mediating for at least 20 minutes a day can help counteract the physiological effects of stress, even at the cellular level.
    • Find a few minutes a day to calm your mind!
  • Get a good night sleep
  • The hormone ghrelin, which makes U hungry, tends to rise if U don’t sleep well-and leptin, which tells U when you’re full, tends to drop.
    • Throws off your hunger cues, and slows your metabolism!
    • Sleep-deprived people tend to eat more!
    • Find what’s keeping U up and work to fix it this week!

Researches at the University of Pennsylvania found that when subjects were allowed to sleep only 4 hours a night for 5 nights in a row, their resting metabolic rate decreased by about 50 calories per day!

  • Tackle Your Eating Habits
    • Your goal is to fuel your metabolism with frequent nutrient-rich meals!

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