Stress is bad. But we all know that. But did you know stress affects your weight? Yes, increased stress compromises your insulin, metabolism and hormone levels. Cortisol, commonly known as the fight-or-flight hormone, is secreted when you are under stress. The adrenaline which is simultaneously produced in our body decreases our appetite.
After the stress and the adrenaline has withered away, cortisol remains long in our body and causes a craving for junk foods. And we usually tend to eat (‘duh’). Similarly, it dampens your metabolism which leads to increased calories being retained in your body.
It even affects your oxidation state- converting large fat molecules into smaller ones. Slow oxidation means increased storage of fat since it has not been broken down and converted into fuel.
One of the best ways to deal with stress is to open up to a psychologist who can analyze and evaluate your condition. Don’t be burdened with stress for the long term as it drastically affects your health.