Can Stress Make Me Overweight?
Stress and weight are inextricably linked. Emotions influence our hormones which in turn influence our emotions which influence our eating habits.
The hormone adrenaline is released when we are frightened, excited or anxious. Since adrenaline tends to speed up our metabolic rate, the release of this hormone is likely to promote weight loss.
Long term stress can have the opposite effect. The hormone cortisol, released when we are stressed, can increase fat storage, particularly in the abdominal area.
In other words, short bursts of stress may help us to lose weight, but long term stress can make us overweight.
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