How can we reduce stress?

This is probably the hardest choice,  but one of the most important keys to losing weight.  Sometimes we must sacrifice one thing for benefits elsewhere.

A recent article in Toronto’s leading newspaper says:

Chronic stress caused by taking on too much – both at home and at work – has been linked to a wide range of serious health concerns, from Alzheimer’s and depression to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Research has shown that high levels of cortisol and adrenalin change the way the body stores fat, leading to higher rates of obesity, and increase its production of cholesterol and insulin, which cause heart disease and diabetes. They even change us on a cellular level, wearing away the telomeres that protect our chromosomes and causing us to age more rapidly.

Have you been successful in reducing stress in your life?  How?  What did you give up to do so?

Stress: public-health enemy No. 1?

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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