How relaxation helps you control weight gain. . .

When stressed, the body stores visceral fat, making it more uncomfortable to fit into your clothes. Cortisol, one of the hormones associated with chronic stress, can affect levels of ghrelin (the hunger signaling hormone) and leptin (the satiety signaling hormone).

The brain has the ability to selectively activate stress responses. This usually occurs in day to day living when an individual perceives his/her hassles as a challenge to control or a loss of control. Although the stress pathways work together, they each can uniquely affect the function of bodily processes.

The stress response causes the heart to beat faster … and release more free fatty acids (dis-assembled triglycerides) into the blood. The “defeat” response stress pathway can lead to enhanced lipo-genesis (fat creation), visceral obesity (deep abdominal obesity), breakdown of tissues, and suppression of the immune system.

Click to Read “Cortisol Connection: Tips on Managing Stress and Weight”  by Christine A. Maglione-Garves, Len Kravitz, Ph.D., and Suzanne Schneider, Ph.D.

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