Yes, it is true, stress can affect your waistline! Stress is an inescapable part of modern life, both the good and the bad. However, it is important to regulate your body’s response to stress, so that you are not causing a myriad of stress-induced “side-effects” in your body. So, if you are stressed, tune in as you may be stressing yourself fat!
Listen to me discussing the effects that stress has on your waist-line with Louise Skeen on blab (below).
The body’s main stress hormones are cortisol and adrenalin. Adrenalin is fast acting and also fast to disappear, whereas cortisol has a more regulatory function and is much slower to return to normal levels. Therefore, if you are under constant demands from work and family, your cortisol levels may not fully return to normal before they are called upon again to help us “cope” with the next stress that comes along. This higher level of circulating cortisol can cause a myriad of symptoms in the body such as abdominal weight gain, muscle loss, poor memory, high blood pressure, dyslipidaemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides) and blood sugar imbalances, to name a few!
I would love to hear any comments, questions or feedback that you have, and thanks for listening!