If you have noticed that you tend to gain weight when you are really stressed out, you're not imagining the correlation. Andrew L. Rubman, ND, and contributing medical editor to DAILY HEALTH NEWS, confirms what you have suspected. So why does stress make you fat?
Rubman identifies the culprit as the hormone, cortisol. When we are stressed, our bodies go into the fight-or-flight syndrome, which is the basis of how our bodies respond physiologically to stress. The adrenal glands begin to produce the hormone in order to regulate the effects of insulin on blood sugar. Add in poor dietary choices and ongoing stress can overload the body's system causing weight gain.
The combination of high cortisol levels and dietary imbalances can be further aggravated by sleep problems and aging. Chronically, waking up regularly in the middle of night to worry about finances, family or work problems can be an indicator that stress may affect your weight. Dr. Rubman notes, "This may be your adrenal gland saying, "wake up", there is something wrong with your insulin-cortisol-blood sugar levels.
Dr. Rubman suggests a number of ways of managing blood sugar levels. If you have symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which may include: anxiety, trembling, heart palpitations, or headaches or high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) including fatigue, blurred vision, thirst or frequent urination, see your medical doctor for blood and urine tests. Under a physician's supervision, you may be prescribed medications or supplements including chromium, a fiber supplement such as glucomannan and high potency B vitamin
If you are concerned about gaining weight or preventing issues such as diabetes and heart disease, it is important to deal with the stresses in your life. Develop tools to deal with the stresses in your life. Nurture yourself by allowing your body to relax by mindful breathing or meditation. Exercise is a wonderful way to deal with stress. Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to deal with stress, motivate you to improve eating habits and exercise regularly. Make those changes, deal with the stress, lose the weight and BE WELL>