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Drinking enough water is essential to good health for so many reasons we couldn’t list them all here. Your organs, tissues, and each and every one of your cells need water in order to regulate temperature and perform a multiplicity of bodily functions.
It’s well established that even low to moderate levels of chronic stress can not only impede weight loss, but actually cause weight gain.5 When we’re stressed our bodies produce adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol, in particular, makes us more likely to reach for sweet, salty, fatty foods—we may not even be consciously aware of it. High-calorie foods reward the pleasure centers of our brain, and reaching for these unhealthy foods when we’re stressed may become automatic.
If you eat more calories than your body burns, you’ll gain weight. This is accepted truth. It’s not necessarily true that if you eat more than you need you’ll gain weight, however. The metabolisms of some people (the minority) are simply really adept at shedding extra calories.