There are several ways in which stress can contribute to weight gain. One has to do with Cortisol, a stress hormone. When we’re under stress, the ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered in our bodies, leading to the release of various hormones.
Whether we’re stressed because of constant, crazy demands at work or we’re really in danger, our bodies respond like we’re about to be harmed and need to fight for our lives (or run like heck). To answer this need, we experience a burst of energy, shifts in metabolism and blood flow, and other changes.
If you remain in this state for a prolonged amount of time due to chronic stress, your health becomes at risk. Aside from a host of other dangers, chronic stress can also cause weight gain — which is why some products like Cortile are marketed as diet aids.
Chronic Stress & Cortisol Can Contribute To
Weight Gain In The Following Ways:
Do you feel like you’re prone to putting on more weight when you’re stressed, even if you’re eating the same amount of food as you always have? Too much Cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally experience. This also makes dieting more difficult.
OK, you’re stressed. Do you reach for a nice salad or a pint of rich Ice cream?
I’ll bet on the latter. People experiencing chronic stress tend to crave more fatty, salty and sugary foods. This includes sweets, processed food and other things that aren’t as good for you. These foods are typically less healthy and lead to increased weight gain.
Prolonged stress can alter your blood sugar levels, causing mood swings, fatigue, and conditions like Hyperglycaemia. Too much stress has even been linked to Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of health concerns that can lead to greater health problems, like heart attacks and diabetes.
Excessive stress affects where we tend to store fat. Higher levels of stress are linked to greater levels of abdominal fat. Unfortunately, abdominal fat is not only aesthetically undesirable, it’s linked with greater health risks than fat stored in other areas of the body.
Stress & Weight Gain Are Connected In Other Ways:
Increased levels of Cortisol can not only make you crave unhealthy food, but excess nervous energy can often cause you to eat more than you normally would. How many times have you found yourself scouring the kitchen for a snack, or absently munching on junk food when you’re stressed, but not really hungry?
Experts believe that one of the big reasons we’re seeing more obesity in our society these days is that people are too stressed and busy to make healthy dinners at home, often opting to get fast food at the nearest drive-thru instead.
Too Busy To Exercise
With all the demands on your schedule, exercise may be one of the last things on your to-do list. If so, you’re not alone. We live a more sedentary lifestyle than we have in past generations, yet our minds seem to be racing from everything we have to do. Unfortunately, from sitting in traffic, clocking hours at our desks, and plopping in front of the TV in exhaustion at the end of the day, exercise often goes by the wayside.
However, it does not have to be that way.
So, what are you waiting for?
Contact me today on 0421 196 040 to book your place and get started on:
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About The Author
Terry Bahat is a Body/Mind Fitness Coach and an Amazon International Bestselling Author Terry Bahat is recognized by her clients as a sought-after explorer and developer of women’s emotional and physical inner strength. She is fiercely committed to inspiring professional, stressed, busy, overweight women to put themselves first so they finally make their health & fitness top priority.