Being in shape is what everybody wants nowadays. A flat stomach,muscular body or highlighted features are a matter of a concern for both genders. Even gaining a single pound worries us.
But in the scenario where eating habits are not so good and the use of technology gaining momentum daily reducing physical activity, weight gains are no doubt, common.
Overweight bodies are less likely to attract people(it is believed so, my personal beliefs are contrary). This seems to be the most basic reason why people are now more centred towards their appearances. Besides, some health conscious people are aware of the ill-effects of being overweight and obese.
To lose weight, people work hard, lots of planned physical activities,yogas, diet plans and what not people do.
But some people don’t lose a considerable amount of weight and a few even gain some. They are baffled at this.
Not losing weight after constant efforts could be due to stress. It could be your workspace stress,family stress or stress about your weight related matters. The more you take stress the more weight you gain.
Taking stress releases a hormone called Cortisol made in adrenal glands and its secretion controlled by hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal gland. It helps control blood sugar levels and regulate metabolism.
According to webmd,
Levels of “the stress hormone,” cortisol, rise during tension-filled times. This can turn your overeating into a habit. Because increased levels of the hormone also help cause higher insulin levels, your blood sugar drops and you crave sugary, fatty foods.
So instead of a salad or a banana, you’re more likely to reach for cookies or mac and cheese. That’s why they’re called “comfort foods.”
Jason Perry Block, MD, an assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard, says eating can be a source of solace and can lower stress.
“This happens, in part, because the body releases chemicals in response to food that might have a direct calming effect.”
Fatty and sugary foods are usually the big culprits, because lots of us have such a strong love for them.
The bottom line? “More stress = more cortisol = higher appetite for junk food = more belly fat,” says Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, a nutritional biochemist.
So while being on the way to lose weight, if you stressing about your belly fat and related matters, you are likely not to lose weight.
So, you need to be calm and composed if you want to lose weight and reduce belly fat.
(P.S.- I am not a medical practitioner. The information provided here is purely based on various articles on the internet about the topic. You should always seek medical advice if you are experiencing any problem with your health.)