Cortisol… How It Affects Your Weight

How does cortisol affect your weight?Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” and it significantly affects weight: both in terms of gaining weight and the ability to lose weight.

A Yale University study in 2000 found that cortisol also affects where body fat is stored.  Published in September/October issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, this study looked at lean women and abdominal fat.

Belly fat is linked to increased risk of diabetes and heart disease and cortisol triggers fat storage around vital organs.

The researchers found “that women with greater abdominal fat had more negative moods and higher levels of life stress”.  “Greater exposure to life stress or psychological vulnerability to stress may explain their enhanced cortisol reactivity.  In turn, their cortisol exposure may have led them to accumulate greater abdominal fat.”

Chronic stress may heighten the cortisol response so that it takes less and less stress to produce the same or higher amounts of cortisol.

Professor David Zava has studied the effects of varying cortisol levels in the body.  Proper cortisol levels are important for regulating blood pressure, fat storage, glucose levels, immune function, kidney function, muscle growth and protein synthesis he says.

One of cortisol’s most important roles is how it works with thyroid hormones.  Cortisol and thyroid hormones work in concert: cortisol helps the thyroid to work efficiently.  High levels of cortisol turn off the body’s responsiveness to thyroid hormones so that even though adequate levels of thyroid hormones may be present; the cells have become thyroid-resistant.  This effect applies to all hormone receptors, says Zava, not just thyroid hormones, including insulin.  Insulin resistance causes fat storage, especially around the middle.

High levels of stress—and cortisol—cause fat to be stored and other tissues to be broken down for energy including those of the bone, brain, muscle and skin.

In addition, cortisol is inversely related to melatonin.  Melatonin is released when you are at rest and triggers the release of growth hormone.  High stress levels and inadequate sleep prevent muscle and other tissue growth.

Weight Loss and exercise are both proven to help reduce stress, assuring that cortisol and the thyroid hormones are working efficiently.

The Amino Diet is specifically designed to help you lose weight, fast and provides thyroid support.

For more information about cortisol or the Amino Diet protocol and supplements call 1-800-980-7208 or click the get started link.

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