Can Stress Make You Fat & Keep You Overweight? Read What a Study Found! by Nicole DeAvilla
A study published in the journal Obesity confirmed that people with higher levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, as measured in their hair, had higher body weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. People who have been obese over a period of time also had higher levels of cortisol. They can’t say for sure if chronically high levels of cortisol are a cause or an effect of being overweight. However, we do know that when people are stressed they tend to eat more carbs, sweets and other high-calorie comfort foods.
Other research has pointed to the inability to lose weight being linked to high stress levels. You can’t avoid all stress in your life, but you can work to lessen its affects. Try:
Read more about this study via The New York Times here.
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