The link between stress and weight gain

 

Do you ever notice your sweet tooth throbbing during times of stress? Or are you more of an I-could-eat-anything-in-a-bread-bowl type of person? It turns out these cravings are a natural by-product of cortisol, our fight-or-flight hormone.

When you become stressed your brain signals your adrenal glands to release coritisol. Cortisol prepares your body to deal with a stressor, and in a perfect world our bodies would stop releasing cortisol when the stress was gone. Unfortunately, many people are continuously stressed out, which may lead to a condition called adrenal fatigue.

When the adrenal gland becomes fatigued it is unable to produce as much cortisol, and leads to general tiredness, cravings, and sleep trouble. Weight gain tends to occur, especially around the midsection. Fortunately there are many things we can do with the diet to support your adrenal glands.

Such as:

  • A diet low in inflammatory foods like sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Eating small, balanced meals continually throughout the day
  • Possible supplementation with B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium

For more information check out this blog post or come in and talk to us!

What do you do to de-stress?

– Metabolic Reset and Weight Loss Intern Extraordinaire, Cassie Christopher


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