It sounds like targeting stress
reduction and good sleep habits for you are opportunities to stop the mid-section weight gain.
With my patients expressing these sympoms, this is what I advise:
1. Diet: Eliminate added sugars including fructose replacing these simple carbohydrates with a gradual increase in fiber up to 25 g per day. Cut down on portion sizes & fat intake.Two fresh fruits per day with lots of salads, vegetables.
2. Sleep routine: Go o bed at same I'm every night.If sleep is a problem can retrain our boy with a short trial of melatonin
before bedtime. Shut down all lights including computer screens and darken windows. Do not eat 3 hours before bedtime and limit caffeine.
3. Stress: Learn and use stress reduction techniques..a) Focus..use meditation
,Tai Chi, Yoga
to learn to control reactions to stress situations and stop the rising blood pressure/bodily reactions to these stressors b) Positive self- talk c) Exercise program to include cardio and strength training to equal 150 minutes per week.
If you learn, commit to and follow the above you should see weight drop, sleep improve, stress control managed and no need for medication.
If I can be of further help please visit my private portal at http://www.bit.ly/askkathyshattler here at HealthcareMagic.
Healthy Regards, Kathryn Shattler,BS, MS, RDN