Does stress make you fat?
Does stress contribute to becoming overweight..
The short answer is YES!! In the short-term stress can’t make you overweight as the body has protective systems to prevent it, but long-term stress can cause more fat production.
The main demon in the battle against stress and fat production is the chemical called Cortisol. This is released by the adrenal glands, as a reaction to stress when things such as blood pressure raises or low sleeping patterns. For those who don’t know what cortisol does, its main function is to produce blood sugar. If too much blood sugar is produced then it is used for fat production.
There is one more chemical that causes weight gain through stress and that’s serotonin. This is found in foods like pasta, potatoes and bread. Serotonin is released to help relax the body. When people are stressed these foods help relax the body and make you feel better. The result is that you tend to want to binge on these foods.
The way to combat stress to prevent weight gain is so simple. Quite simply exercise releases feel good chemicals from the brain also taking away the feeling of being hungry. Secondly anytime you have food cravings pour a pint of water and sip it over a period of 30 minutes and your cravings and hunger pains will disappear.
Even the simple act of breathing deeply and exhaling can reduce your stress levels. Try sitting down, shutting your eyes for just a couple of minutes and taking ten deep breaths.
Knowing and understanding the triggers that can cause stress can change your approach to life. It can be the first step to controlling not just your stress levels but your relationship with food and exercise.