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Cortisol and Weight Gain

Cortisol and Weight Gain


Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that is released in response to stress. Its numerous functions commence from the start of the stress and goes on even when the stress is gone. At first you would think that it helps you lose some weight since it helps burn fat and everything but that is just at first.


When the body is under stress, cortisol is released in order to carry out several tasks. Along with other hormones, it helps the body cope with the stress. Its main function at this time is to supply the cells with enough energy. Since one of its effects is suppression of appetite and temporarily stopping the gastrointestinal activities, it converts the stored fats and carbohydrates into energy to gear up the body to combat stress.

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However, when the stress is interpreted is gone and the effects of the other hormones wear off, cortisol now attempts to restore the body homeostasis. It does this by increasing your appetite. The thing with hunger after stress is that we usually crave for things that are noted as unhealthy such as fast-food and fatty and sugary foods. This is an attempt to replace all the fat deposits that were burned in response to the stress. All the excess sugar in the blood are also converted to fat deposits.


With chronic stress and chronic increased levels of cortisol, the body’s metabolism slows down leading to weight gain. Even if you eat the same amount of food constantly, your body gains weight faster. With the type of food that you will crave for, you will gain weight even more.


This is why it is important to minimize stress as much as possible. When we are not stressed, cortisol levels are very minimal and our body’s metabolism is working at its best. 

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