Why You’re Going to Gain Weight This Winter

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…Especially if you’re headed to see the in-laws.
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…Especially if you’re headed to see the in-laws.

The election, religion, how the kids are doing in school — every conversation you can possibly have during Thanksgiving dinner can become a stress-based warhead rattling around in the casserole dish. According to Harvard Medical School, there are many reasons why long-term stress can lead to weight gain, including increased release of cortisol, which stimulates appetite, and preference for fatty foods that live up to their comforting reputation. One way to combat stress-induced weight gain, and even potentially prompting weight loss, is exercise. According to an article in ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal, aerobic exercise and mind-body exercise, like yoga or Tai Chi, can combat stress. However, the article explains that stress reduction through exercise may simply occur because exercise often helps people take a break from their stressors.

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