Why Stress Makes Us Fat and Unhealthy
Stress is a part of all of our lives, some more than others. With Christmas just a few weeks away we can forget to look after ourselves, miss training and all our best diet efforts fly out the window.
When we feel stressed, our bodies react by releasing hormones, one of which is cortisol. We go into “fight or flight” mode, which is a built-in mechanism that is supposed to protect us from impending danger. However, in the case of chronic stress, we are experiencing a frequent release of cortisol, which can affect our health negatively by:
- slowing metabolism
- increasing blood pressure
- impairing thyroid function
- lowering immunity
- increasing visceral (belly) fat, which is associated with the dangerous condition of metabolic syndrome
- decreasing insulin sensitivity, which increases the risk for diabetes
- causing insomnia
- increasing risk of cardiovascular disease
- increasing instance of digestive issues
And this is just the physical response of our bodies, not taking into account the high-calorie emotional eating that many of us tend to do when we are under stress. late night shopping with coffee and cake, wrapping presents with snacks and a glass of wine or too? Sound familiar…..
Because of this, it is absolutely vital that we learn to effectively manage stress, and especially so if your goal is weight loss. If you are consistently stressed out, your body is creating a metabolic and hormonal environment that is not friendly for weight loss, and can even cause weight gain.
Coming Next 50 Tips to release and manage stress – Please Follow my blog and NEVER miss another tip.
Thanks Jax x