Stress can affect your ability to lose weight and instead cause you to gain body fat. When you become stress, your body releases the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones put your body in a fight-or-flight response when in a stressful situation. The fight or flight response is the stress reaction that prepares your body to respond to a threat by fighting or fleeing. When preparing for it, your body:
- Blood Pressure Increases
- Heart Rate Increases
- Blood Glucose Level Increases
STRESS CAN CAUSE UNWANTED BODY FAT
If you are constantly stressed, your body will produce more cortisol and adrenalin. When cortisol and adrenaline are activated, the hormones release sugar into your blood to provide you with the energy you need to fight or flee from stressful situations. The sugar released in your blood can raise your blood glucose levels, and if you continue to be stressed, then the sugar will continue to be released into your blood.
If your blood glucose levels continue to rise because of stress, it can cause unwanted body fat because of the insulin hormone. The hormone insulin stores sugar in your fat cells that gets removed from your blood. When you have too much sugar in your blood, insulin helps prevent serious health conditions and cause serious health conditions like excess body fat.
If you continue to stress, the hormone insulin will continue to store sugar in your fat cells. If you do nothing to burn the sugar stored in your fat cells, your body will continue to store sugar in fat cells over time, resulting in body fat. This can prevent you from achieving your goal, so it's best to try not to minimize stress.
There are many factors like:
That can bring on stress. While under stress, you can:
- Neglect Exercise
- Neglect Sleep
- Neglect Eating
That can impact your efforts to lose weight. Therefore, you should find ways to help minimize stress to accomplish your goal.
HANDLE STRESS IN HEALTHY WAYS
Below is a list of things you can do to ease stress: