MYST 102: Anxiety and Weight Loss

We all have anxiety, and it can be debilitating. But when you are trying to lose weight, anxiety will actually slow your ability to lose. Wrose than that, it could actually make you gain weight.

Why? Anxiety causes biological responses within your body. Those responses are automatic and uncontrollable. But, I will give you one action that you can take to reverse those same biological responses. It costs nothing. It takes only 1-2 minutes.

Listen and give it a try!

Where is your place of peace and calm?
Where is your place of peace and calm?

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Articles that I used for this episode:

Block, J. P., He, Y., Zaslavsky, A. M., Ding, L., & Ayanian, J. Z. (2009). Psychosocial Stress and Change in Weight Among US Adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 170(2), 181–192.

DeWit, L.M., VanStraten, A., Lamers, F., Cuijpers, P., Pennix, P.W. (2015, June 30.) Depressive and anxiety disorders: Associated with losing or gaining weight over 2 years? Psychiatry Research. 227(2-3):230-7. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.02.025. Epub 2015 Mar 31

Kalish, N. (2014, June 4). Seven Ways to Beat Stress Fat. Prevention.


Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. And you can read his really nice, contemplative blog. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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