Stress-eating probably isn’t a recent phenomenon. Paleolithic cavemen, pondering where and when their next meal would come from, likely soothed their fretting by scraping every last morsel off the bone of a sabertooth tiger, only to be clubbed over the head by his better cavewoman half for exhausting the precious, fleeting food supply.
But 2020 will likely be the year where stress eating takes the cake (excuse the tacky pun). And we can leave out the obvious reasons why this is; if you’re not sure, well, then, congratulations, because you certainly must have been living in a cave.
If recent events made you (or are making you) feel anxious, or, you were just simply baking your buns off because you’ve been eating at home more often, you’re not alone. Many people have put on excess weight. Stress, boredom and physical isolation make for a pound-packing trifecta.
But now that it’s summer, you’ll hopefully be spending more time outdoors. (Protect your skin before you head outside with this.) And that means you’ll be showing more skin than usual. Here are a few ways to lose the quarantine 15….
Why Intermittent Fasting Makes Weight Loss Easy
Most health trends come and go. But a select few fads remain. Intermittent fasting is likely to be one of them. That’s because it’s the first type of diet that’s very easy to follow and really doesn’t restrict what you can eat, just when you can eat.
Simply go 12-16 hours in between your last bite of food or sip of drink that has calories at night and your first meal of the day the following morning. For most people who do intermittent fasting on a regular basis, that means skipping breakfast.
But wait … isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? It is for kids, but for grownups who don’t have type 1 diabetes or hypoglycemia, you can routinely go at least half a day without calories.
Also called time-restricted feeding, intermittent fasting has been proven in research studies to provide several benefits. Weight loss is one of them. In a peer-reviewed obesity journal, the researchers concluded that in clinical trials, intermittent fasting results in similar degrees of weight loss and improvement in insulin sensitivity as a calorie-restricted feeding, and that intermittent fasting is a promising weight loss method.
Intermittent Fasting Vs. Calorie Restriction Diets
Intermittent fasting is not necessarily a calorie-restriction diet. You can still eat the same amount of calories you normally would eating late at night and first thing upon waking up. However, most people do end up consuming less calories when they fast at least 12 hours a day. That’s because after fasting for a long time, your stomach shrinks and you simply won’t be able to eat as much as you normally would.
An alternative to intermittent fasting is calorie restriction diets once or twice a week. This is where you consume only about 500 calories. If you really want quick results, try combining intermittent fasting and calorie restriction. However, intermittent fasting is much easier to stick with on a long term basis. This is the reason why you’ll likely be reading about intermittent fasting for years to come.
How To Break Your Fast In The Morning
If you’re used to relying on food first thing in the morning, intermittent fasting can take some getting used to. However, if you can train your body into forgoing calories first thing in the morning, your body will start burning its own stored energy (body fat) for fuel instead of that bagel, toast, cereal, muffin or orange juice.
Need caffeine to get you going in the morning? Then good news: you can have black coffee without breaking your fast. You can even get away with a splash of creamer. The exact amount of calories one must consume to disrupt fasting isn’t precisely known. And the number likely varies among individuals. The general consensus is about 35 calories for breaking the fast.
See if you can delay having your first meal of the day even later. Instead of ending the fast with solid food, make yourself a low-sugar veggie drink.
And in case you’re wondering, no, taking Sun Horse Energy formulas will not break your fast, even though most of our formulas contain maple syrup.
Using Herbal Remedies To Support Weight Loss
Speaking of Sun Horse Energy formulas, adaptogenic herbs can indeed help manage weight. In a study titled “Using Herbal Remedies to Maintain Optimal Weight,” published in the Journal of Nurse Practitioners, co-author, Dr. Mary Koithan writes, “Whole herb formulations or supplements for weight loss should include herbs with specific actions. Good weight loss formulations include adaptogenic herbs, herbs with anti-anxiety properties, and herbs that support elimination (digestives, diuretics, and laxative).”
Well, thank you for the recommendation, Dr. Koithan! The good doctor, a registered nurse practitioner herself, describes adaptogens as having a “normalizing influence” on the body. And because of this stress-moderating response, glucose metabolism is normalized.
“The role of stress in weight loss cannot be minimized, Koithan and her co-author, Kathryn Niemeyer, a registered nurse, writes. “Chronic stress contributes to abdominal weight gain, exhaustion, and imbalances in insulin release and blood sugar. Making changes that minimize both chronic and acute stress and facilitate coping is as important as modifying diet and exercise patterns.”
The adaptogenic herbs Koithan recommends in weight loss formulations include Siberian, American, and Chinese ginsengs; holy basil; schizandra; ashwagandha; licorice; and codonopsis.
The Sun Horse Energy Global Resonance Formulation contains several of these herbs, and is one of the most complex adaptogenic herbal formulas on the market. “Complex” meaning there’s a lot of herbs in the formula: 13 of them! Adaptogenic herbs work much better in combination than as stand-alone products; they work synergistically together, making each herb even more effective. The sum of the Global Resonance Formulation far exceeds the individual parts.
Dr. Koithan and Niemeyer from the Journal of Nurse Practitioners study conclude, “Herbs can assist with weight loss through modification of stress, support for healthy gastric and elimination function, and promotion of normal metabolism.”
So take your Sun Horse, stop eating so late at night, and go at least 12 hours in between your last bite at dinner and breakfast. Three simple steps to slimming down from the quarantine 15.