The relationship between stress and weight loss

The Relationship Between Stress and Weight Loss

  • October 16, 2017 /

Stress is impossible to avoid. It's simply a fact of life.

Unfortunately, stress is also harmful to your body. It plays a significant role in weight gain and can even inhibit our body's ability to lose weight.

Let's look at the relationship between stress and weight loss. Once you understand how stress affects your body, we can help you develop a comprehensive weight loss program to take charge of your health.

Why Does Stress Cause Weight Gain and Inhibit Weight Loss?

Stress is directly linked to weight gain and obesity.

How? Stress causes biochemical changes and tells your brain to release certain hormones.

These hormones trigger cravings and negatively impact your metabolism leading to weight gain.

Cortisol: One Hormone, Dozens of Problems

When you're subjected to stress, your adrenal glands produce cortisol which triggers your body's fight-or-flight response.

If your body is subjected to high levels of cortisol for an extended period, the results can be devastating. Too much cortisol can wreak havoc on your bones, metabolism, and can even lead to a condition called Cushing's syndrome.

Unfortunately for your body, cortisol plays a significant role metabolizing sugars and fats. The result? You guessed it: weight gain or difficulty losing weight.

Having trouble losing weight around your abdomen? Cortisol is probably the culprit.

Cortisol also reduces your sleep quality, which turns into a dangerous cycle because lack of sleep tells your body to produce even more cortisol!

Serotonin and Self-Medicating Through Food

There's a reason you reach for unhealthy food in times of distress: junk food tells your brain to release pleasure hormones like serotonin.

What do you eat when you're stressed-out or uncomfortable? Probably not a salad.

As you can imagine, when you're subjected to chronic stress, your brain and body are constantly looking for ways to reduce this stress. One way they do this is by telling you to eat unhealthy foods like cupcakes, chips, and ice cream.

Unfortunately, salty and sweet foods can trigger more stress in the long run because they screw up your blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

Valhalla Wellness Center: Las Vegas Weight Loss Options

Since we take a functional approach to medicine, we believe that weight loss is a side effect rather than a means to an end.

We take a holistic approach to target the physical, environmental, and hormonal causes of weight gain. At Valhalla Wellness Center, we utilize a variety of techniques including injectable vitamins, nutrition, and lifestyle healing.

We can help you strengthen your body's ability to heal itself on a cellular level. Our comprehensive services lead to long-term healing rather than short-term results.

Are you ready to start your journey at our Las Vegas weight loss center? Schedule a consultation today!