Divorce can help you shed pounds, but staying healthy is key

Going through a divorce can be not just emotionally unhealthy, but physically unhealthy. Increased stress is never good for your body. As one divorced yoga teacher says, divorce "goes to your guts, literally."

Some people respond to the stress, sadness and anger by overeating. However, many people actually lose a considerable amount of weight. Singer Blake Shelton, whose divorce from fellow country crooner Miranda Lambert made headlines, credited his more svelte physique to the "divorce diet."

For some divorcing people, that weight loss is the result of a new (or first-time) commitment to exercise. One New York divorce attorney, who is divorced himself, said that a regime of exercise and yoga "stabilized" him.

At a time when you may feel that you have little or no control over what's happening to your life, he says "exercise is a form of religion, there's a routine and predictability to it." He added, "You can drink and you can take Xanax or you can join SoulCycle."

For people who lose their appetite during a divorce, the shedding of pounds may be welcome. However, simply not eating is never healthy. It can also lead to long-term eating disorders. Further, if your body isn't receiving nourishment, you'll be less equipped to make the important decisions that you need to be making during this time.

A good workout, as one fitness expert notes, makes your body crave replenishment, which can help the appetite you may have lost. Finding your strength in the gym can help improve how strong you feel overall, which is essential if you are fighting for a fair divorce and custody agreement. Of course, exercise also increases endorphins, which improves your mood.

Many experienced New York family law attorneys take an interest in their clients' mental and physical health. They may express concern if they see someone losing a considerable amount of weight or possibly replacing food with alcohol and/or medication. Listen to them. They have seen a lot of people go through this process, and they likely have some good advice to offer.

Source: New York Times, "The Divorce Diet? Losing a Spouse and Some Pounds, Too Field Notes," Hilary Howard, Aug. 10, 2016

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