Stress and the hormones secreted during the stress response are major causes of obesity. How you respond to and cope with stress determines your appetite, body composition and overall fitness. Under chronic stress, insulin, a fat storage hormone, rises, and in combination with cortisol, promotes fat storage and inhibits fat release. The stress response always results in a cortisol-induced “refueling appetite” to replenish the fuel that was supposedly burned. Being
overweight is rarely about carrots versus Oreos. It is about what you do with your mouth when life seems tough. Sustained high levels of cortisol which results from chronic, unrelenting stress, can have dangerous effects on the body.
Most of us use FALSE FIXES to meet our “stress hunger” that lead to short rewards. The more you feed your cravings with False Fixes, the less satisfied you feel.
Fill up on Healthy Fixes. You can still satisfy your “stress hunger” with safe, healthy options. Usually these foods contain protein and fiber, which science shows takes longer to break down in the stomach and so you feel fuller. Examples of good foods to kick a craving are berries and cottage cheese or carrots and hummus or Greek yogurt and blueberries