Are you eating right and exercising but still gaining weight? Stress could be the culprit! Our bodies react to stress both physically and psychologically. According to Prevention.com, every time you have a stressful day, your brain acts as though you are in physical danger and sends signals to your cells to release hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol can be holding your back from weight loss success.
So what’s the problem with cortisol? Cortisol tells our bodies to replenish energy, even if you don’t use many calories. This can make you hungry. According to researcher Elissa Epel PhD , when you are hungry during a cortisol rush, you aren’t craving healthy foods, but instead crave sweet, salty and high fat foods because they stimulate the brain to release chemicals that actually reduce tension. This can actually become addicting so we eat these types of foods in stressful situations.
As long as you’re stressed, cortisol keeps pumping. Excess cortisol production also stimulates glucose production, which ends up being stored as fat.
“Exposure to cortisol over the long term can lead to weight gain, as your appetite and insulin levels are continuously increased. If stress and cortisol levels stay high, so will insulin levels”, says Robert M. Sapolsky, Ph.D., a professor of biological sciences and neuroscience at Stanford University.
Cortisol also encourages our bodies to store fat, especially visceral fat. Visceral fat surrounds the internal organs and is harder to lose. Stress-induced cortisol weight gain is also seen around the waistline because cells in this area are more sensitive to cortisol. According to Project Aware, this is the most dangerous place to gain weight, since it can lead to metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease.
Ashwagandha, also called Indian Ginseng, has been used for centuries to treat stress and other ailments. According to LE Magazine, researchers have studied the effects of ashwagandha on the negative effects of stress, including elevated levels of cortisol. Participants of the study reported increased energy, reduced fatigue, better sleep, an enhanced sense of well-being as well as 26% reduction of cortisol levels and a decline in fasting blood sugar levels.
Unfortunately stress is part of life, so when you have those stressful situations that could cause weight gain, try Trim Energy. Trim Energy contains the stress-less herb Ashwagandha to help control cortisol levels as well as SVETOL’s Green Coffee Bean Extract and metabolism boosting EGCG from green tea.
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2. Spudich, Tiffany. (2007, January). Cortisol and Weight. ProjectAWARE. Retrieved November 26, 2012, from http://www.project-aware.org/Resource/articlearchives/cortisol_weight.shtm
3. Kiefer, Dale. (2006, June). Ashwagandha Stress Reduction, Neural Protection, and a Lot More from an Ancient Herb. LE Magazine. Retrieved November 27 from http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/jun2006_report_ashwa_01.htm