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When it comes to weight loss, stress isn’t usually an area that we focus our attention on. However, it’s an essential piece of the puzzle and can have a big impact on our food choices and waistlines.

The impact of stress of food choices

One research study investigated how our eating patterns change when faced with a stressful situation. They assigned participants into two groups: a stressed group and a non-stressed group.

The stressed group was asked to prepare a 4-minute speech, expecting it to be filmed and assessed after a lunchtime meal. The non-stressed group listened to a passage of neutral text before eating their lunch. The meal included a variety of sweet, salty, bland, high-fat, and low-fat

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