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Stress imbalance and weight loss resistance

For many years we’ve known that the high cortisol levels that result from chronic stress can be linked with weight gain. Yet this type of weight gain is not usually connected to overeating. Sure, some women may eat more to get a boost of energy when they’re feeling tired and frazzled, but when stress goes unchecked and the adrenal glands (the body’s stress-responders) are out of balance, it doesn’t really matter how many calories we take in!

Whether you eat a lot or a little during stressful situations, your body goes into survival mode and stores fat — a holdover response from when food was hard for humans to find. That means we become weight loss resistant — because the body won’t let go of that fat reserve until the stress that triggered the fat storage is gone or reduced.

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How stress is connected to weight gain

A 2003 study looked at the links between stress and weight gain. The authors conclude that over time, the release of stress hormones, like cortisol, can do three major things to cause weight gain:

  • First, it excites the central nucleus of the amygdala, the major part of the emotional brain.
  • Second, it magnifies the satisfaction you get from pleasurable or compulsive activities such as eating sugary foods, which can actually act like drugs in some people.
  • Third, it increases the amount of fat deposited in the abdominal area.

The third finding is what I’ve seen most often with women who have adrenal imbalance.

Energy level is also a key component of adrenal imbalance. When your energy is low, you’re more likely to make unhealthy food choices and have less desire to get out and exercise. But it’s important for women with adrenal imbalance to eat healthy foods to sustain their energy throughout the day and make an effort to lessen the stress burden on their bodies. This will help create the conditions for natural, lasting weight loss.

Release stubborn weight by balancing your stress hormones

What’s wonderful is that we can ease the body away from holding on to extra weight by supporting the adrenal glands, which are responsible for dealing with stress and releasing cortisol. The best way to restore the adrenal glands is by changing your eating habits, finding methods to cultivate calm, and using phytotherapeutic herbs to balance your body’s stress-response.

Our Weight Loss Resistance Package contains meal plans and specific guidance on balancing your adrenals, overcoming weight loss resistance, and reaching your best, natural weight. In particular, we show you what to eat, and also when to eat — because the timing of meals and nutrients is a key factor in helping to reset your adrenals. We also offer an exclusive herbal combination of astragalus root, Siberian ginseng, rhodiola, and cordyceps to boost energy and relieve your body’s stress symptoms. Let us help you lift the stress burden and lose weight for good!

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Last Modified Date: 10/19/2013