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How Stress Hormones Keep You From Your Weight Loss Goals
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that more stress and stress hormones promote weight gain, would you?
But what exactly is stress, and how does it keep you from your weight loss goals?
In fact, there are actually many links between stress hormones and weight. We’ll talk about six major reasons how stress hormones keep you from your weight loss goals. These include the effect stress has on digestion and gut health, inflammation and the immune system. Stress can cause cravings, increased appetite, and “stress eating.” It can promote fat storage around the waist with its effect on insulin sensitivity. Stress can also be mood-busting and de-motivating, not to mention how it worsens sleep.
All of these can work to keep you from your weight loss goals.
Let’s go over the effects of stress and stress hormones, and exactly how they all tie into weight loss. Then we’ll end off with two strategies (and several of my best tips) how to manage stress.
Because, as you know, weight loss isn’t just about calories.
WHAT IS STRESS?
When you hear the word “stress” do you think it’s dangerous or unhealthy?
In actual fact, stress itself is a totally normal response to a sense of danger. It can be your friend or foe.
You usually can’t fully control it. It’s your body’s way of protecting you with the “fight or flight” reaction. It can help you survive.
SYMPTOMS OF STRESS
STRESS RESPONSE – NERVES AND HORMONES
STRESS HORMONES AND WEIGHT
1 – Poor Digestion and Gut Health
2 – Inflammation and immune system dysregulation
3 – Cravings, increased appetite, and “stress eating”
4 – Insulin sensitivity
5 – Mood-busting and de-motivating
6 – Negatively affects sleep
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