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During the holidays, stress can definitely lead to weight gain and some mismanagement of your eating habits. If you’re worried about gaining weight during the stressful holidays, you’re not alone. While you’re busy worrying about what you should be eating and what you should be avoiding, the stress factor can sometimes make you throw it all out the window. Yep, stress can lead to weight gain, and stress is definitely an issue during the holidays.

 “While the immediate . . . response to acute stress can be a temporary loss of appetite, more and more we are coming to recognize that for some people, chronic stress can be tied to an increase in appetite — and stress-induced weight gain,” says Elissa Epel, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco.

Apparently, according to WebMD, there is some inherent, ancestral gene within us that triggers something within our brains that makes us feel hungry during stressful times. Apparently, during a stressful situation in which the ‘fight or flight’ gene takes over, our ancestors would need to replenish their bodies with food to counteract their hyper-activity during the stressful time. Today, we no longer need to ‘replenish our bodies’ because the stress never comes from a run-down with a saber-tooth tiger, but more likely a run-down with relatives. But, this ancestral gene remains buried deep within us.

Sounds hopeless, right? I mean, how can we be expected to maintain our weight loss during the holidays when our genes are telling us to do the exact opposite? Well, the key to this puzzle is to remain as stress free as possible….and, of course, use the Jen Fe patch to help you with your weight loss efforts. I mean, every little bit helps, right? And for me, the Jen Fe patch has been a life-saver during stressful times.

 One of the best things that you can do during this time of the year, when holiday stress is truly unbearable, is to schedule some time for yourself. Avoiding stress is key to maintaining your health and your weight loss goals, and if that means scheduling time away for yourself during the holidays you are going to have to make that sacrifice. Maybe schedule a massage for the most stressful time of the day, when family is running around your kitchen and you know you’ll be tempted to steal some holiday treats.

Another key to surviving holiday stress is to hit the gym. Getting to the gym is crucial during the holidays, maybe more-so than any other time of the year, because you have got to release that stress. Not only will getting to the gym allow you some time away, it will help you to release the endorphins that bring you back to reality and that happy holiday feel, and it will reduce stress tension in your back and shoulders. Break a sweat, take a yoga class, run a mile; do whatever you have to do to avoid the ancestral need to eat.

Weight gain during the holidays might feel like a given for so many people, and a lost cause, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It honestly doesn’t even take that much will-power to schedule some time away when family is running you raged. It’s good for your health, and for your weight loss goals. And if you need a little help with your holiday weight loss goals, check out the Jen Fe patch! Seriously, and this is not a sales pitch, but it will reduce your stress headaches and help you fight that hunger gene.


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My Weight Loss Story

I was introduced to this product by a friend. At the time, I was in despair about my weight. I had lost 31 lbs prior to my bilateral total knee replacements and 20 lbs post surgery. My surgery date was 2/25/08.

In June 2008 I gained back 5 lbs at my daughter's wedding. In November, 2008 post-Thanksgiving I gained back an additional 31 lbs. By May, 2009 I was seriously thinking of traveling to Mexico for lapband surgery.

In August, I was introduced to the patch. I started on Sept 9, 2009 and my life hasn't been the same since. I have found that this a solution that requires time and patience. Everybody is different.

In 3 months I have lost 12 pounds, 30 inches and 12% body fat. I have gone down 2 sizes from a tight 24 (pants) to a 20 and from 3X to a well fitting 1X in tops. Best of all, my knees aren't as stiff and sore as they were post-surgery.

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