How stress affects your health

aFor most people stress goes beyond the usual feeling of anxiety and discomfort. Cortisol, the stress hormone often leads to weight gain and weight loss in people. The constant worry and everyday pressures at work and home can cause mental imbalance in many people, thus leading to a host of health concerns.

Stress can lead to weight gain: Too much cortisol slows down your metabolism which in turn leads to weight gain than you would normally experience.

Indulging in emotional eating: Are you the one who tends to hog on pizzas, pastas, burgers, chocolates, ice cream etc when stressed? A recent survey has established that people who consume high fat meals when they are worried tend to put on an unnatural amount of weight.

Prolonged stress can also affect your blood sugar levels: Says clinical psychologist Dr Seema Hingorrany, “Too much worry can actually make you diabetic and also susceptible to various cardiac diseases, thereby making you put on extra weight.”
Storage of abdominal fat: When one is stressed, the high level of stress is often linked to storage of fat in the abdomen in most people, especially those who have a tendency to put on weight.

Stress can also make you lose weight…
While there are many who tend to put on weight under stress, there are others who shed kilos rapidly when under stress. Unintentional weight loss is possibly the worst way to lose weight. It affects your health in more ways than one.

source : TOI

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