This article was updated on the 17th of December,2020
Cortisol and weight gain
WHAT IS CORTISOL
Cortisol, a hormone produced in the body belongs to the glucocorticoids group. Cortisol is a hormone produced in the body in response to stress. Stress comes in different forms, but never the less, cortisol is produced irrespective of the source of stress.
HOW DO YOU ADD WEIGHT WITH CORTISOL?
Let me explain how this takes place:
When we undergo stress, the body immediately tries to produce energy, and as such it breaks down its fat stores to supply that energy. To produce this sudden energy, the brain releases a substance called the corticotrophin releasing hormone. The function of this hormone is to make the body alert . The CRH also causes the body to release adrenalin and Cortisol.
When this stress is over, the adrenaline goes, but the Cortisol still remains to help the body come back to balance. Unfortunately, one of the ways it does this is by increasing your appetite in order to replace the energy which you supposedly would have lost during the stressful incident.
Ever wonder why you eat more during heartbreak? Or why you gain weight during heart break?
Increase levels of Cortisol over a long period of time usually leads to increase in body weight. It has been proven that stress-induced Cortisol also causes increase in abdominal fat, because the fat cells in the abdominal region are more sensitive to Cortisol.
Avoiding stress is also a way of avoiding increase in weight gain, no matter how minute!