Stress Buster Weight Loss Techniques

by Suzanne Andrews

Try These Stress Buster Weight Loss Techniques!

When I tell people I lost 60 pounds, they ask, “How did you do it?”   Dieting and exercising weren’t the most important tool that got the results I wanted.” There wasn’t a potion, pill or get fit scheme that worked either. Believe me, I tried them all. 

Without learning how to be confident, especially when life got stressful, I would never have lost the weight and kept it off for 19 years now and counting. 

Since stress raises your blood sugar as much as a candy bar, reaching for a cupcake or glazed doughnut when you’re stressed means you're really getting a double whammy of sugar! Sure, that's what your body wants when you're overloaded with responsibilities, but all that sugar will keep you gaining weight, because excess sugar turns to body fat.

So what do you do when the little stress devil on your shoulder is pushing your hand into the cookie jar?


Take a deep smile breath and invite the angel on your other shoulder to guide you to better choices. Practicing smile breaths helps eliminate comfort food cravings and enhances mood. 

To Do: Breathe in through your nose for two counts as you expand your belly, smile and slowly release your smile as you exhale through your mouth.  Feel the tension disappear from your body as feel good hormones are released into your body!


Practice yoga. Not the kind that makes your body yell, 'hey, what are you doing to me, I'm not designed to bend like that!' Here’s a beginner yoga pose that’s been proven to increase confidence.

To Do: Stand with your feet a little hip width apart, reach your hands up as shown. Incorporate three smile breaths while doing the pose and you have instant stress release.

Focus on your accomplishments and recall this feeling of confidence every time you feel stressed. Your mind is the CEO of your health. Treat your health like a job:  treat it poorly and your body will fire you. Treat it well and your body will reward you. 

Suzanne Andrews founded Functional Fitness in 2008, the most popular fitness series for boomers and seniors broadcasting on over 159 Public Television stations throughout the US and Canada. Read Suzanne’s inspiring comeback story of how she survived a near fatal accident, From Deaths Door to Producing a National Fitness Series. Feel free to send Suzanne a message here.

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