Stress May Be Stressing Your Waistband

A new study finds you actually burn calories slower after you're stressed out.
1:53 | 07/14/14

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I will. The study proves that stress can make you fat. Not Jen Ashton, of course. She's jogging in. Thank you for making it. As you take your breath. I'll summarize. It found that your body burns more calories after a stressful event. Burns fewer. It also says you combine that with high-fat comfort food, it could add up to 11 pounds a year. Right, now. When we're stressed, kind of like now, you reach for the comfort food. That can pack on the calories. What was interesting about the study was it found our metabolism slowed down. 100 extra calories adding up to ten pounds. That science is not so hard and fast. You don't know what you might be doing differently the next day. It's just awareness. What is it about comfort food? For me, it's popeye's. My friends know, ooh, you have had a bad day. The foods are highly processed. High in fat, sugar, calories. That's not a shock. What we know conclusively is they activate the reward centers in the brain that are the same centers activated when people use drugs. So this is -- this is real. Wow. Wow. We can't avoid stress. It's a matter of coping, meditation is a great way to do it. If you're going reach for something, like popeye's or oreos, have a big glass of water first. Moderation. Moderation. What helps, too, counting to ten before you say, I'm going to dig in. No, no. I'm trying. No, spicy with fries. That's real. How about morning menu?

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