Low Calorie = High Stress

The next time you consider drastically cutting calories in an attempt to lose weight, chew on this. A study out of University of California, San Francisco found that cutting calories increased production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which is linked to added belly fat. Researchers randomly assigned women to 1of 4dietary groups.

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The next time you consider drastically cutting calories in an attempt to lose weight, chew on this. A study out of University of California, San Francisco found that cutting calories increased production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which is linked to added belly fat. Researchers randomly assigned women to 1of 4dietary groups.

The women who were asked to limit their calories to 1200 daily and record it were found to have higher levels of cortisol. Why should you care about this? Well, cortisol tells the body that it is in a state of stress and as a survivial mechanism, the body holds onto weight as much as possible. That translates into less weight loss success for you. If you watched Steve's Unhealthiest American update, you know that I asked him to rev up his metabolism by actually increasing calories. Remember, the key is to understand is that quality of calories can mean more than quantity.

Focus on getting high nutrient foods and stop focusing on deprivation – your body will only work against you!

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...