Cortisol Belly Fat
One of the most common and unfortunate side effects of stress is weight gain. Hormones that are released during stress, most predominantly the hormone cortisol, cause us to want to eat to refuel after stress, even when we don't need to. Unfortunately, this can also cause another side effect of cortisol: belly fat.
Cortisol causes us to crave sugars and carbohydrates, and then stores the leftovers in our midsection. This makes cortisol belly fat not only unsightly, but extremely hard to get rid of and unhealthy.
Cortisol belly fat significantly increases your risk of developing conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Gall bladder disease
If you are stressed and are gaining weight, it is important to seek treatment before you develop a more serious condition. By living a healthy lifestyle, eating correctly, and practicing relaxation techniques, you may be able to help prevent and combat cortisol belly fat and its adverse effects.