How Does Stress Affect Weight Loss

Stress stimulates our bodies to secrete the cortisole hormone, which causes an increase in the abdominal fat and a decrease in the muscle tissue, which in turn results in less calories being burnt.

The negative effects of the cortisole hormone on blood stream:
  • Impaired cognitive performance can occur due to excessive stress.
  • One can also observe suppression in the thyroid function.
  • Blood sugar imbalances like hyperglycemia for example.
  • Decrease in the bone density.
  • Decreases muscle tissue as mentioned earlier.
  • Increases blood pressure.
  • It can also lower the immunity as well as lower the inflammatory responses in the body.

Other than the above health issues that stress can cause, it also has a direct effect on the weight loss, stressed people tend to put on weight very easily, and the reasons are listed below:

  • The release of the hormone raises the blood sugar levels.
  • It also makes it harder for the glucose to enter into the cells in the body.
  • That in turn makes the person feel hungry and crave for sugar.
  • It reduces the ability of body to burn any excessive fat although you may be following a gym training program.
  • The hormone suppresses the HPA axis, which is known to cause severe hormonal imbalance.
  • It makes the cells less sensitive towards insulin.
  • It increases the fat near the belly and also fattens the liver.
  • This hormone is also known to increase the rate at which the fat is stored.
  • It also raises the level of the fatty acids as well as the triglycerides in your blood.
How to Prevent Stress?

You cannot prevent stress totally, however you can eliminate the situations that cause it, and here’s a tip to help you; try to meditate for 10 minutes a day, meditation will let your body cool down. Also following a gym training program will help you eliminate stress.


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