7 Tips If Anxiety Is Making You Put On Weight

Is food your way of coping with anxiety? Progesterone will help elevate mood and assist weight loss so here are some simple measures you can take to help make a real difference.


When stressed out or anxious, some of us turn to food as a way to comfort themselves. However, what may be soothing at the time can make you feel worse – and weigh more – in the end.

If you tend to turn to food as a way to cope with a stressful situation, consider the following seven tips shared from renowned Naturopathic Doctor, Andrew Weil:

1. Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol (and don’t smoke) when stressed. These can heighten or prolong your anxiety and worsen its side effects.

2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This can help quell the pangs of an empty stomach and promote a healthy digestive system.

3. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating several small, nutritious meals rather than three large ones.

4. Include omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, salmon and freshly ground flaxseed into your daily meals and snacks.

5. If snacking is your ‘go to’ take out only one portion and then close and put away the packet. Leaving it open on the counter leads to continued munching.

6. Incorporate foods rich in magnesium, as it helps relax your muscles which do tense up when anxious. Include into your diet whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts and seeds as they are all good sources.

7. Above all, be aware of your eating habits. If you find yourself eating to combat stress, limit yourself to small portions, enough so you can savour the taste or texture.

Then go for a walk, listen to music or practice yoga, tai chi or meditate as these are all proven, healthy ways to address stress.

Helpful information

Anxiety can make menopausal symptoms such as weight gain and even hot flushes worse, so try to reduce any stress that you can.

Stress can put a real strain on your adrenal glands too, so support your nervous system with a healthy, balanced, diet and regular exercise.

Hormone imbalance can be helped with bioidentical progesterone as that is a natural way to calm the nerves, and can help with sleep as it relaxes the mind.