Are You Stressed? Maybe It's The Reason You're Not Losing Weight

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There is no doubt that the stress can become the brutal enemy of your diet. Without letting you know, it may lead to boycotting your plan to lose the extra weight I mean kilos that are leftover. "The undefined relationship between weight loss or gain weight is the stress and that is direct and proven," Dr. Leo Cerrud, an expert in Nutrition, said by pointing out. 

However, it is not stressed itself that makes you gain or lose weight, it is food, as always, the only thing responsible for a person gaining weight due to anxiety or losing weight due to stress. he adds. But why does this happen to us in principle so antagonistic?

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Hormones are partly to blame

Much of the blame for the problem lies with hormones. “Our current life is full of circumstances that fill us with stress, which causes certain hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to rise. 

Other hormones such as insulin or leptin are also affected”, explains Laura Parada, nutritionist at Slow Life House, who details that during stressful situations our body believes that “it is under attack/danger and releases glucose in your blood to provide energy to the muscles to be able to deal with this danger. 

But since there's no danger, you don't need that energy, and the pancreas will release insulin to lower blood sugar levels that have been elevated." When insulin is released, blood sugar levels decrease, which generates a great feeling of hunger and low energy.

For this reason, you feel more hungry when you are stressed and want to consume more carbohydrates and foods high in sugar. This also happens when there is a bad rest at night, this also affects our hormones and leads to weight gain.

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The role of cortisol

When we feel stressed, we put ourselves in a situation like an emergency and we need to solve the problems we have." For this, we have a hormone that is very useful to solve stressful situations, cortisol, but that can have some adverse effects", says Dr Paula Rosso, from the Lajo Plaza Medical Center. 

What this stress hormone tries to do is get us to obtain sugar for our muscles, for the brain, and what it does is be more catabolic. It destroys certain nutrients that we have in the body to be able to provoke the production of glucose", explains Dr Rosso. "Cortisol, on the other hand, also affects other hormones such as insulin (increasing it), and this also causes more appetite and greater fat storage.

 Fat, it is as if it were a survival method in which you accumulate this fat to have energy for these stressful situations”, concludes the doctor.

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Resort to the ice cream jar

It is clear, therefore, that stress increases cortisol levels, "stress hormone", and this increases appetite, "cravings" and the need to eat, as Dr Cerrud tells us. "We all know the great anxiolytic power of sugar, the famous jar of ice cream for heartbreak (stressful situation par excellence), but unfortunately the effect lasts until the last spoonful and only the desire for more persists. 

It is also known that cortisol decreases self-control over what we eat, that is, the die is cast: nerves, cortisol, hunger, cravings, zero self-control, unbridled food, weight gain”, explains the doctor.

Two types of behaviour due to stress

Dr Mar Lázaro also tells us that stress, which increases from 35-40 years of age due to greater work and personal responsibility, produces

Two types of behaviour:

As you are overwhelmed you eat badly, snack during the day, generally caloric products. And at night, when you get home, that's when your stress levels drop and you eat excessively and uncontrollably.

You eat a lot throughout the day because you think you relax, but it's not true. And in this case too when you get home and often decrease the level of work stress, you tend to eat uncontrollably, often with a beer (at least).

What do we usually eat when we are stressed?

“We usually eat foods rich in carbohydrates and fats when we are stressed, that is why we gain weight,” says Dr Mar Lázaro, who clarifies that the ideal is to set guidelines and mealtimes, and snack on healthy products rich in tryptophan, which promotes a good mood, such as a little chocolate, bananas, etc. 

Healthy foods also stabilize blood sugar. For example, we can snack on crudités (carrot sticks, which are already sold that way in supermarkets), a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. And when it comes to eating, opt for foods with a low glycemic index, such as whole grains, legumes and vegetables, which help keep energy levels stable and reduce anxiety and cravings.

Are there people who lose weight with stress?

There are cases where exactly the opposite happens. “It turns out that cortisol also causes brown fat (the good fat) to become active and warm, consuming calories and improving insulin sensitivity, which also prevents hunger pangs. 

An ideal formula for losing weight: burning calories from within and little appetite”, says Dr Cerrud. “The bad news is that it is known that thinner people tend to have a higher percentage of brown fat, so it could generally be said that thin people lose weight due to stress and overweight people gain it when they are anxious. Another metabolic injustice”, he concludes.