Breaking The Cycle of Weight Gain
Before we can break the cycle of weight gain, we need to know why it happens in the first place.
We all know that we need to lower our stress. But let’s face it, the stress in our lives isn’t going to stop anytime soon. Sometimes, when we first feel stressed, our appetite can decrease for a moment. But as stress continues for any length of time, a hormone called Cortisol is released. And Cortisol increases our appetite and causes overeating.
When we are stressed, it triggers the release of a hunger hormone called Ghrelin. High levels of Cortisol and Ghrelin cause us to crave sugary, fatty, and unhealthy foods. And of course, as we consume more unhealthy food, it is stored as fat in our body. But as the fat gets stored in our cells, a hormone called Leptin is released.
Leptin is also known as the “satiety hormone.” This is because it regulates how many calories we eat and burn and how much fat we carry. (As we age, that fat is often carried around our abdomen, which is one of the worst fats to carry. More about this in a moment.)