Weight gain, increasing and frequent appetite for fast food, thin hair, flabby skin… These are just some of the symptoms suggesting that you are exposed to constant stress.
Even though they are there, we often miss the signals our body is giving us.
Why are you gaining weight and you haven't changed your diet? See in the following lines.
We accumulate fat in the belly area
When we are stressed, our body decides it needs more fuel for possible flight or fight. Immediately, stored glucose is released from the muscles and liver and sent into the bloodstream.
At this point, if we do not exercise, glucose remains unused and is stored as excess fat in the abdominal area. Why right there?
Cells in the abdominal area have more receptors for the stress hormone cortisol than any other part of the body. This is why people whose body releases more of the stress hormone accumulate more fat around the waist.
Insulin is an important hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. When we are stressed, our body releases higher amounts of insulin, which in turn inhibits the conversion of glucose into energy.
The body stores fat and if we lead a sedentary lifestyle, there is a risk of long-term weight gain. That is why it is also important what foods we consume. We should eat those that have a lower glycemic index.
Stress causes the increase of the hormone estrogen. It is responsible for female forms, but also for the increase of excess fat in the thighs and lower body.
Chronic stress also causes the thyroid gland function to slow down. When we are stressed our body is constantly "on alert" for possible dangers. Then it starts saving energy for potential action.
In response to this, the thyroid gland slows down its function, the metabolism is disturbed, and weight loss not only becomes more difficult, but we also start to accumulate extra pounds.
Stress is also the cause of the disruption of the bacterial balance in the intestines. As a result, we feel discomfort in the stomach more and more often. Constipation or diarrhea occur. Poor digestion is also a prerequisite for weight gain.
This is why it is important to consume he althy foods every day that contain probiotic bacteria as well as prebiotics (stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut; found in foods such as bananas, legumes, and others).