Why does chronic stress increase the fat stored in the body?

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Stress can affect your body system in many ways. Stress plays an important role in increasing the body fat. When body fat increases the weight of the body automatically increases.

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The Relation between Stress and Fat

Stress slows down the fat burning process in the body. The ability of the body to burn calories depends upon the proper functioning of all the hormones. Stress can affect the proper functioning of these hormones and reduce the ability of the body to burn calories. This results in the body storing up on fat that ultimately results in weight gain.

Stress and Hunger Hormones

Hormones are responsible for feeling hungry and feeling full. Ghrelin is the hormone responsible for feeling hungry and Leptin is the hormone that is responsible for feeling full. When the body system is stressed out the Leptin level is suppressed and the Ghrelin level increased. This is why you eat more when you are stressed out.

Stress and Food Cravings

Chronic stress does not stop at making you feel hungry it makes you want to eat food that are high in fat and sugar content. This results in the body gaining extra fat and an overall increase in the body weight.

Stress and Insulin Production

Stress affects how insulin regulates the body sugar. When stress levels are high the body cannot regulate insulin production. When this happens the body stores more fat in the body and there is an increase in the blood sugar level.

Stress and High Levels of Cortisol

High levels of cortisol are released when the body is under great stress. Cortisol causes the accumulation of fat in the abdominal area of the body.

Chronic stress can slow down your weight loss process even if you are on a weight loss program. Follow a healthy life style, exercise and learn to relax.

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author avatar vellur
22nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you for publishing Mark Gordon Brown.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

Interesting post and Happy Christmas my Friend!

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author avatar Pace21
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

I like your articles on weight loss, especially this time of year.

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author avatar Pace21
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

I like your articles on weight loss, especially this time of year.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

A good article .
God bless you vellur ...and give you a very ...
Happy Christmas .
Stella >I<

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author avatar vellur
24th Dec 2013 (#)

Fern Mc Costigan thank you and wishing you a Very Merry Christmas.

Pace21 thank you for reading and leaving valuable comments.

Stella Mitchell thank you and wishing you a Very Merry Christmas.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
29th Dec 2013 (#)

I agree that stress makes it difficult to lose weight. Your article is nicely presented.

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author avatar vellur
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Phyl Campbell stress makes it really difficult to lose weight. Thank you for reading.

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