How to Prevent Weight Gain from Depression

Depression is a disorder that can take a toll on your mental and emotional health, but it can also affect you physically. When you feel depressed, feelings of isolation and loneliness may cause you to reach for unhealthy foods in order to cope with your emotions. As a result, you may start gaining weight. Needless to say, this weight gain can worsen your depression. Here are some ways to help you prevent weight from depression.

Don’t Let Stress Get the Best of You

A little bit of stress occasionally can be a good thing, but feeling stressed on a regular basis can be detrimental to your health. When you’re depressed, you probably feel stressed much of the time. Stress can cause your body to release large amounts of the hormone cortisol which can increase your appetite. This is why stress eating is very common among people who are dealing with a lot of pressure in their lives. To help you fight stress eating, you need to battle stress in the first place. For instance, you can work on your hobby to relax. Whether it’s gardening or working on your scrapbooks, having a hobby can help you combat stress. When you are feeling particularly stressed and frustrated, you can enlist the support of a loved one instead of eating to make yourself feel better. Having someone to talk to can make you feel dramatically better and less inclined to indulge in food.

Get Moving

Even though working out is probably the last thing that you feel like doing when depressed, exercise is an important factor if you wish to prevent weight gain. If you’re taking antidepressants, ask your doctor to prescribe some medication that can also boost your energy. This will give enough strength so you can initiate an exercise routine. Regular exercise not only helps you overcome stress but can also help you burn fat and calories. Aside from this, seeing yourself slimmer and looking better will also improve your general mood. If you lack the motivation to exercise, try to find physical activities that you can enjoy. For instance, instead of sweating it out inside a gym, try to run along the shore of beach or go cycling on a country road.

Get Enough Rest

If your depression is causing you to have difficulty getting sleep, you could be setting yourself up for weight gain. Insomnia that lasts for over a couple of weeks can cause a hormone imbalance and may slow down your metabolism, causing your body to easily store fats. Not getting enough sleep may also make you feel tired throughout the day and may cause you to eat foods that are high in calories, just so you can get some temporary energy. To make sleep easier, try to make your environment comfortable and conducive to sleep. If your room is too hot, turn up the air conditioner or open up the windows to let the fresh air in. If it’s too cold, try to get a thicker blanket. Consuming a banana, a glass of warm milk or a cup of herbal tea with melatonin may also help you sleep better at night.

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