Stress and Cortisol: Understanding Their Affects On Your Body Weight
Cortisol is a naturally occurring hormone. While it may be essential to your very survival, under certain conditions it can also be a key contributor to increased belly fat. Cortisol is a product of your adrenal glands and helps your body mount a stress response. Think fight or flight.
Studies show a strong correlation between elevated cortisol levels and weight gain–especially, in your abdominal region.
For many of us, stress is a common catalyst for overeating. Couple excess caloric intake with the stress-fueled cortisol hormone and you have the perfect recipe for a bigger belly.
Interestingly, women who have a large waistline in proportion to their hips are found to secrete more cortisol when experiencing stress than those with smaller waistlines.
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