While stress is part of our lives, too much of it can have a huge impact on your health and weight.
There are several ways in which stress can contribute to weight gain. One has to do with cortisol & adrenaline, our stress-response hormones. Whether you are stressed because of constant, crazy demands at work or you really are facing danger, your body responds like you are about to be harmed and need to fight for your life (or run very fast!). This is called the fight-flight mechanism. To answer this need, you experience a burst of energy, shifts in metabolism and blood flow, all if which is caused by the release of cortisol and adrenaline.
If you remain in this state for a prolonged amount of time due to chronic stress, your health is negatively impacted. Aside from a host of other dangers, chronic stress can also cause weight gain simply because of the changes that stress has caused to your body.
Chronic stress and cortisol can contribute to weight gain in the following ways:
- Metabolism – 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 makes trying to lose weight more difficult.
- Blood Sugar – Prolonged stress can alter your blood sugar levels, causing mood swings, fatigue and conditions like hyperglycemia. Too much stress has even been linked to Syndrome X, which is a cluster of health concerns that can lead to greater health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.
- Cravings — OK, you’re stressed. Do you reach for a nice salad or a packet of Tim Tams? I’m guessing it’s not the salad. People experiencing chronic stress tend to crave more fatty and sugary foods, simply because of the rapid changes in blood sugar levels. These foods are less healthy and lead to increased weight gain.
- Fat Storage — Excessive stress even 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 physically undesirable, but is also associated with greater health risks than fat stored in other areas of the body.
The Natural Way’s holistic approach to weight loss means that we have always known that excessive stress levels can be disastrous to your weight loss results, hence the reason why we include our B+ Zinc & Passiflora (B+) in the weight loss range. Our all-natural B+ helps to support & calm your nervous system allowing your body to lose weight no matter how hectic your lifestyle is!
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