7 Surprising Weight Gain Culprits

Are you accidentally sabotaging your diet?

7 Surprising Weight Gain Culprits

You think your diet is nutritious and your fitness routine is on the right track so why are you packing on the pounds or struggling to shed the weight? Read on to learn how aspects of day-to-day lifestyle could be interfering with your ability to lose weight.

Stress

When you’re experiencing a lot of drama in your life and stress is permeating your life, you might find that even eating a healthy diet isn’t translating into scale success. That’s because stress causes the hormone cortisol to surge through your body, basically saying, ‘We’re in danger! We have to get out of this situation! But, when you’re under constant stress in your work environment or personal life, that constant surge of cortisol messes with your body’s hunger levels. A University College London longitudinal study of over 2,500 men and women over age 54, those who had the highest levels of cortisol (found in hair samples) tended to be overweight and have more belly fat than people with lower levels of cortisol. Perhaps that’s because when we’re stressed we’re more likely to overeat and probably high-fat, sugary comfort foods. Find healthy ways to handle your stress, like exercise, talking to a loved one, reading, listening to music, or meditation.

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