Stress, Weight Loss, Health

DETROIT (WWJ) – If you’re having a hard time losing weight it could be from too much stress.

Researchers compared the stress levels and body weight of more than twenty-five hundred men and women over the age of fifty-four. They examined locks of hair for cortisol over a two-month period.

Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands and it tends to ramp up during times of stress. The study results show a connection between the stress hormone cortisol and weight gain.

“People who had higher BMI’s had higher levels of cortisol, and people who had higher waist circumference, kind of carrying their weight in the middle, also had that higher level of cortisol,” psychologist Leslie Heinberg told WWJ’s Deanna Lites.

One reason for the link between stress and weight gain is because healthy habits like getting a good night’s rest, exercise and eating a healthy diet, are harder to keep up when we feel like we’re maxed out. So you have to be mindful of keeping a healthy lifestyle even when the stresses of life pile on.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Places To See Indie Rock In DetroitIt's called Detroit Rock City for a reason.
Guide: Best Barbecue In Metro DetroitSometimes, nothing hits the spot like good barbecue.
Best Ice Cream Shops In Metro DetroitIt's getting warm outside! Take advantage of it.

Watch & Listen LIVE