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Can Stress Cause My Weight Gain?

Stress can impact weight gain in several ways.

  1. Hormonal changes: When you're stressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which can increase your appetite and make you crave high-calorie, high-fat foods. Cortisol can also promote the storage of fat in your body, particularly around your abdomen.

  2. Emotional eating: Stress can trigger emotional eating, where you eat to cope with negative emotions. Emotional eating often involves high-calorie, high-fat foods, which can contribute to weight gain.

  3. Disrupted sleep: Stress can disrupt your sleep, which can lead to weight gain. When you don't get enough sleep, your body produces more of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger, and less of the hormone leptin, which suppresses hunger.

  4. Reduced physical activity: When you're stressed, you may feel too tired or overwhelmed to exercise regularly, which can contribute to weight gain.

Overall, stress can have a significant impact on weight gain, and managing stress is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight. Call the Optimal T Staff at 423-458-1310 and ask them about their stress relieving programs.stress-relieving

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