If you’re still overweight, as you wrap up summer 2011, consider a new book by former actress and trial lawyer Holly Mosier. In Stress Less, Weigh Less (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2011, $21.95), you’ll learn that stress management is a key aspect of any successful exercise-nutrition program.

Mosier, in an interview with Men and Health: It’s a Guy Thing, says her career took a few twists and turns.  “I was an actress from age 17 to 30. Like most people in that industry, you become pretty obsessed about trying to maintain your weight because you don’t work if you don’t maintain your weight,” says Mosier. “That was my initial impetus to trying to learn reasonable methods of weight control.”

Having a couple of children at around age 30, Mosier did not look forward to traveling to Los Angeles for acting auditions,  so she changed gear and became a trial lawyer.  Mosier recalls “hitting a wall” at about age 39. “All of the stuff that happens to people in mid-life came crashing down on me,” says Mosier, noting that she was working out about 90 minutes a day (watching what she was eating) and still putting on a couple of pounds a year; she was also losing her vitality and energy.

Fearing a thyroid problem or anemia, Mosier underwent medical tests that eventually revealed she was fine. Still curious about her symptoms,  Mosier did some medical research, which led to studies about stress.  According to Mosier, “Now we know that stress hormones really do cause real physiological cravings for high-fat, high-sugar, high-sodium foods.”  Battling a constant appetite, Mosier wanted to find out how to reduce or at least manage her stress. “I took up a deep study of yoga. I ended up becoming a yoga teacher…I took all kinds of self-help seminars, with topics from meditation to positive thinking to different ways to cook.”

Eventually, Mosier dropped about 15 pounds and regained her energy. She developed a personal manual based on her experiences; the manual became the inspiration for her book.

Stress Less, Weigh Less features stress-reduction tools and yoga exercises (illustrated). You’ll also find a culinary guide to 5-ingredients-or-less recipes, which helps provide a healthful  balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. In her new book, you can discover tips for eating out and ways to blend exercise into your daily activities

Mosier stresses “opting-out” as a way to help us better manage stress and improve our physical appearance. Mosier found that over-scheduling is a chronic problem in our culture. “If you are constantly running from one activity and obligation to the next, I don’t care what you do to try to manage your stress, you’re going to be in a constant state of elevated stress and depletion.”

“Stress hormones spike your appetite. Stress makes you fat,” says Mosier, adding that we need to regulate our emotions and try to achieve a more serene level.

Mosier says it’s a lot easier to manage stress than you would think. “I think it takes those three components (stress, eating and exercise) , in balance, to maintain a good, healthy, fit body for the rest of your life.”

Article by Scott Keith

Mosier’s book is available at Amazon.com and bookstores

Visit Holly Mosier at her websitehttp://www.hollymosier.com