Is Belly Fat Related to Stress?
If you are like most people, when things become very stressful in your life, one common way to deal with it is to reach for sugary, salty, or fatty snacks and foods. These “comfort” snacks and foods help release “pleasure” hormones within the body and make us feel like our tension and stress have been reduced.
However, there are other hormones that are also released during very stressful situations. First, the body’s “flight or fight” response system kicks in, releasing adrenaline. Next, almost simultaneously, cortisol is released. This hormone fools your brain into thinking you are hungry, even though you are not, and leads us to reach for “comfort” foods. Since cortisol is constantly released until stress levels are reduced, it causes us to overeat, which can lead to the body storing everything away as fat and increase the size of our bellies.
Getting stress levels back in check and reducing belly fat requires making some adjustments to how you deal with stress. For instance, rather than reaching for a bag of cookies or a pint of ice cream, exercise instead. The movement and activity help relieve tension and stress, not to mention you are burning calories rather than storing them away as fat.
You can also help reduce stress with herbal supplements that help keep hormone levels balanced. To find out which ones would be best for you, please feel free to call Forrest Health at (408) 354-4262 today!