Excessive stress and a lack of sleep will sabotage even the best efforts at fat loss. Millions of women who try to lose weight, often reach a point where no matter what they do; their efforts seem negligible and don’t bear fruit.
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They have reached a plateau and they have no idea why. There is a limit as to how much you can clean up and cut your calories. You also can’t train like an Olympian just to lose a few pounds. It has to be easier… and it is.
One of the causes of weight gain is stress. Being stressed out all the time causes mental and physical conditions in the body that make it more prone to gaining weight. There is of course the issue of calorie consumption. However, if you have your calories under control and you are eating right, then you must get your stress under control.
When you are stressed out, your body secretes a hormone called cortisol from the adrenal glands. This hormone helps to regulate blood pressure and also provides the body with energy. Cortisol also stimulates the release of insulin and this has a direct effect on fat storage. Herein, lays the problem.
When you are overly stressed out, more cortisol is released and this will result in hunger cravings where you crave carbohydrates. Consuming food will see a spike in insulin levels and this will lead to fat storage.
So, cortisol indirectly makes you fat. It is imperative that you control your stress levels so that you can lose weight more effectively.