Stress Can Cause Weight Gain

rebound weight lossInsulin and leptin are two important hormones that you must pay attention to if you are to free yourself from the “weight rebound” cycle.

Cortisol is the other hormone that you need to make yourself very aware of as it plays a key role in your progress that you will notice.

Corisol is the stress hormone and is associated with the “fight or flight” response which basically causes a large amount of glucose/energy to be pumped into the blood stream in case you need it for survival.

All this energy was, for very obvious reasons very important back in ancient time when humans encountered wild animals and would need to run very fast and far towards safety; a very a stressful situation at best.

For the most part in modern society we just don’t encounter those types of situations anymore and we’re much more likely to be sitting at a desk when stress comes knocking. You simply don’t need the same dose of energy to make it through.

This means that this large amount of sugar sits in the blood temporarily before it’s taken up by a flood of insulin that comes to the rescue.

But guess what? Where do you think that insulin is going to hide this excess sugar? In your body fat stores...those will be the primary targets.

The more cortisol you have in your body, the more chances you have of gaining excess body fat. Not your goal for sure. And, to make matters even worse, the place you are most likely to gain body fat when cortisol is at work is the belly fat region.

If getting a lean midsection is part of your plan, the number one thing you need to be doing is to make sure that you are controlling your stress levels so that cortisol does not enter the picture nearly as often.

Many people react to stress and the production of cortisol by eating more foods that are higher in carbohydrates. This will definitely lead to weight gain.

Many things will impact the release of cortisol but stress (emotional, mental or physical), lack of sleep and a very low calorie diet are the big ones that I am aware of. Another reason to gain control over this hormone is that it will make you feel generally run-down, weak and tired. You must work to eliminate it as much as possible from the picture.

With our modern lifestyles, many of us face chronic stress as a way of life…which means we have elevated levels of cortisol. When the levels of cortisol are high the body thinks it needs extra fuel and unfortunately that storage happens around the middle…in the abdomen, often referred to as the “spare tire”.

With the proper diet set-up, you can easily control all three of the hormones (leptin, insulin and cortisol) that play a role in weight loss so that they don’t become a problem that they otherwise would. Setting yourself back significantly in your results is not going to help how you feel as you go about that diet plan in the first place.

Do you struggle to keep weight off after you’ve worked so hard to take it off? It does not have to be that way…you just need to be educated. Learn what it really takes to win the weight loss battle once and for all…

“Rebound Free Weight Loss” your ticket to the body you’ve always dreamed of.

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