How the Stress Hormone Can Inhibit Weight Loss

Rx to Reduce Cortisol

Stress has been linked to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes. What is more, too much stress can also make it hard for you to lose weight. When you feel stressed, your body automatically releases a hormone called cortisol to lower your stress levels. However, this hormone also increases your appetite and reduces the body's ability to build muscle. What is more, the appetite increase caused by stress generally triggers us to eat foods that release endorphins into the system. Such foods tend to have a high sugar content and are not only fattening but also bad for your overall health.

While it is impossible to eliminate all stress from daily living, you can do a few things to keep your stress levels in check. To start with, have a look at your schedule and look for ways to better balance your work, family and/or other obligations. Be sure to get enough sleep at night as well, as lack of sleep makes it hard to be productive, thus leading to increased stress. Exercise is also a great way to get rid of stress, so choose a form of exercise you enjoy and make time to exercise at least three times a week.

It's also a good idea to reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine causes your body to produce adrenalin to give you extra energy; however, too much adrenalin signals your body to product additional cortisol. Try drinking a bit less coffee every day until you are no longer drinking any and cut soft drinks out of your diet as they are also rich in caffeine.

Getting rid of stress may take some life changes but it is more than worth it. You will lose weight and feel happier and healthier than ever before.



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