Somehow we trying to lose weight and seems like something holding us back? Refrain from what you love, doing sport and yet the scale needle remains in place? If lately you all went to bed full of worries and negative thoughts, maybe this have something to do with the fact that you fail to lose weight. You heard that stress is harmful? Of course yes! Well, stress can decrease your chances to lose weight, you may even gain weight!
Stress lowers our metabolism
Our metabolism is actually a kind of cocktail made up of various hormones in our body.
Chronic stress can cause hormonal imbalances, it can throw off all the hormones and thus will slow our metabolism. Adrenaline and cortisol flood our body during periods of maximum stress and they may decrease the body’s ability to burn calories, fat and sugars. High cortisol release, which occurs when chronic stress results in:
- Increased deposits of visceral fat, which is associated with metabolic syndrome;
- Decreased insulin secretion with increased risk of diabetes;
- Increased blood pressure;
- Thyroid gland imbalance;
- Decreased immunity;
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease etc.
Stress can give you the appetite and does not let you feel full
- Hormones are responsible for inducing hunger or satiety. Ghrelin is the hormone responsible for hunger, and leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full. When you get stressed, your body slows levels of leptin and ghrelin increasing the ones that makes you eat more without being able to say stop eating. You get to eat more calories than your body needs so you gain weight.
- Chronic stress in not only makes you hungry all the time and more than normal, but it also makes you want to eat foods that are high in unhealthy fats and sugar. No wonder it is said that “I eat because I’m stressed” and unfortunately no one wants to eat salad when it is stressed. Stress causes the worst cravings that will reflect on our figure, but also on our general state.
- Once You eat those delicious and processed products, however, you will feel how the happiness hormones come into action and will reduce stress, creating a response that you will repeat again when you are stressed. And so will create a vicious cycle in which hardly we get out.
Stress affects your blood sugar
- So as expected after the above said, stress will throw off the blood sugar. Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar. When you find yourself under chronic stress, your body is unable to regulate insulin levels, leading to a series of problems.
- Insulin sensibilities can lead to a greater storage of fat in the body.
Stress causes increased abdominal fat:
- One of the harmful effects of stress, which influences your weight is storage of fat around the abdomen. Even if you manage to lose weight, high levels of cortisol can cause fat in the abdominal area will not disappear, no matter how many efforts we make, creating a kind of ugly curl.
Keep in mind that fatigue, excessive worries and sensitivity make women more vulnerable to stress.
In addition to women, combustion is less intense. Women have hormonal predisposition to submit sugars as fat, because female hormones encourage fat storage.
“Women and men NOT equal on eating and putting on weight levels, women accumulate fat more easily.” Prof. dr. George Mencinicopschi