Cortisol – A Reason Behind Extra Weight, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Does your job or personal life provide excessive or prolonged stress? Do you find yourself constantly seeking comfort foods? Have a tendency to overeat? Feel tired and heavy even with the right amount of rest? This stress can be linked to the other symptoms by causing the body to produce too much cortisol that may lead to fatigue, unhealthy cravings and storing excessive body fat.

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland providing functions of regulating blood sugar, blood pressure, your immune system and healing process while delivering energy for activity. All things pretty important to be functioning properly.

When the body is stressed, physically or emotionally it secretes Cortisol as part of the “fight or flight” response. imageA lot of what we stress about in modern society is mental. We aren’t running for our lives from a rouge saber-toothed tiger so we don’t burn off the extra energy the cortisol provided for us from the stress surge. There is no difference in the body’s reaction to emotional, mental or physical stress. The result of a prolonged elevated level of cortisol is an increase in appetite for fatty and sugary sustenance.

Where does this unused stress energy go if you don’t need to lift a boulder off your brother? Around your middle as a spare tire. Visceral fat accumulates around the abdominal organs and is probably the most damaging, leading to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

What’s the #1 way to combat this cycle? Exercise! It allows you to burn off your stress and provides vital endorphins to cope with stress and keeping your cortisol levels normal.

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