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Understanding Why Stress Causes Weight Gain

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 12   |   Comments: 0

The *Center for Disease Control showed statistically that two out of three Americans are obese or overweight, making people of ideal body weight, now the minority. At the same time, the weight loss and fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar money machine. The third that are of ideal body weight aren't buying all of the weight loss "remedies", and fitness gear. The problem has become an epidemic and it's not difficult to see something is severely wrong.

Health experts have been telling us since the 1950's that the solution to our obesity is simple: 'Eat less and exercise more'. This is obviously not working and something must missing! Well, here it is: Stress causes weight gain and here are just a few quick reasons why: 

  • When you're stressed you eat more (and usually more junk food.)
  • When you're stressed you exercise less because you 'don't have the time.'
  • When you're stressed you are constantly tired and yet can't get a good night's sleep, which has been proven to cause weight gain.

Here is some science behind the fact; when we get locked into a stressed state we are constantly producing the hormone 'Cortisol' (also known as the 'death hormone'.)

Cortisol exposure leads to increased appetite and increased belly fat, because our body's natural mechanism to fight stress is to begin storing reserves for what might have been a very long winter, thousands of years ago, a scarcity of food or some other natural stressful state our ancestors would have encountered. Fat cells even have an enzyme called HSD that increases Cortisol levels within the cell as a way to encourage more fat storage, so you can see how the problem begins to beget more problems. An over-production of Cortisol can even destroy brain cells. 

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