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By dawn billings On January - 5 - 2012   

Can you Get Fat by Being Nosy?

Alright, it is the New Year and what do most women think about when the New Year comes around, yes that’s right, they think about losing weight. Well I found an article that I think you will find fascinating. It puts a completely different twist on gaining weight and asks the question, “Can you get Fat by Being Nosy?”

Do you ever sneak a peek at text messages on your partner’s cell? Do you look through your partner’s purse or wallet when they are not looking? Do you Google the people your sons or daughters are dating?

Snooping is easy with today’s technology and has become the norm. Many people think of snooping as being protective, or making sure they are in the ‘know”, but snooping is usually a symptom of not feeling safe and people who snoop may be at risk of harming their health. That nosy nature of yours can wreak havoc on you physically and emotionally, create some surprising health consequences, and certainly strain and endanger your relationships.

How does being noisy cause me to gain weight?
Snooping can definitely add on pounds. It’s stressful worrying about being caught in the middle of doing something you feel anxious about, and constantly covering your tracks when you poke around in other people’s lives can spiral into emotional overeating. Why? Because stress triggers production of cortisol, a hormone that, when present in increased amounts, interferes with the action of the appetite-regulating hormone leptin, and can lead to an increase in appetite.

Chronic stress and cortisol can contribute to weight gain in the following ways:

Metabolism– Do you feel like you’re prone to putting on more weight when you’re stressed, even if you’re eating the same amount of food as you always have? Too much cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally experience. This also makes dieting more difficult.

Cravings — OK, you’re stressed. Do you reach for a nice broiled fish or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s? People experiencing chronic stress tend to crave more fatty, salty and sugary foods. This includes sweets, processed food and other things that aren’t as good for you. These foods are typically less healthy and lead to increased weight gain.

Blood Sugar — Prolonged stress can alter your blood sugar levels, causing mood swings, fatigue, and conditions like hyperglycemia. Too much stress has even been linked to metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health concerns that can lead to greater health problems, like heart attacks and diabetes.

Fat Storage — Excessive stress even affects where we tend to store fat. Higher levels of stress are linked to greater levels of abdominal fat. Unfortunately, abdominal fat is not only aesthetically undesirable, it’s linked with greater health risks than fat stored in other areas of the body.

To help your understand why you snoop, ask yourself some questions:

1. What makes me want to snoop?

2. What are the consequences of getting caught?

3. Am I harming, violating or breaking someone’s trust by snooping?

4. How would I feel if someone was doing the same thing to me?

Look at your answers. If you feel lost and don’t understand think about seeing a professional to address the underlying issues. Sometimes snooping is a symptom of a problem in a relationship; other times it’s related to self esteem, anger, fear or jealousy.

Whatever is the cause, the most important question is “Does it make your life better or worse?”  Focus on things that make your life better, richer, healthier, more generous and you will find that being excessively noisy is probably not one of them.

Dawn Billings, psychotherapist, CEO & Founder of TROVA Business Network and The Heart Link Women’s NetworkFind Success.CO and creator of the Parent Tool and Child Development System called CAPABLES.

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