Cortisol is produced when you experience high levels of prolonged stress. While some cortisol is useful and helps you combat the situation you are in, high levels of cortisol over a long period of time can ruin your metabolism, among other things and even make you gain weight.
High blood glucose
A sudden spike in blood sugar allows your body to cope up with trauma. But over a long period, it will play havoc with your blood sugar and insulin levels, ruining your weight loss plans.
Compromised immune system
Cortisol helps your gut and brain communicate. Your immunity is partly dependent upon the good bacteria in your gut, also known as the intestinal flora. Cortisol can affect bacterial colonization, compromising immune response. This further affects the hunger centre of the brain. You may have noticed stressed people bingeing on food.
Increased blood pressure
Stress demands that the brain get loads of energy quickly in the form of glucose to fight back. This makes the cardiovascular system work extra hard to ensure glucose reaches the brain rapidly. This means extra pressure on the blood vessels.
Since the body needs extra energy to cope with stress, it asks for extra fuel and sets the metabolism such that it can save (or store) as much as possible. This translates into fat accumulation. And weight gain.
The Bottom Line
To lose weight, you need healthier ways to manage stress, maybe even prevent it as far as possible. Failure to do so will result in gaining weight instead of losing it!
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