How the Stress Hormone Cortisol Affects Weight Loss?
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands. It regulates blood pressure and regulates the body's use of macronutrients. Cortisol also affects the release of insulin release and your body's ability to convert sugars into energy.
In stressful situations, extra cortisol is released to provide an immediate, easy-to-use energy supply. While this reaction is helpful in life-or-death situations, it actually becomes harmful when it occurs in response to minor everyday stresses Chronic stress, over-working, and insufficient sleep cause a chronic excess of cortisol, which is harmful in the short-term and life-threatening in the long-term.
The Drawbacks of Too Much Cortisol
• Suppressed thyroid function
• Lowered immune response
• Imbalanced blood sugar
Over the course of a lifetime, excess cortisol is associated with far more damaging effects such as :
• Loss of muscle mass, which also slows your metabolism.
• Chronically increased blood sugar, which increases appetite, cravings for harmful sweets
• Accumulation of body fat from stress-eating, which tends to add fat around the abdomen.
• Excess cortisol also inhibits your body from burning fat for energy. Without an optimal ability to burn fat, sustainable weight loss becomes exceedingly difficult.
Managing Cortisol for Weight Loss:
Cut down on caffeine
Exercise efficiently and frequently
Schedule relaxation time
Get enough sleep
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