Americans are more stressed and more overweight than ever. It seems logical that the two are related, so why not jump on the latest of the diet trends and pop that cortisol-blocking pill? Before you do, read on to navigate your way through this latest weight loss scheme.
The hormone cortisol is released in response to stress. Its secretion causes a series of metabolical processes with the eventual result of making us hungrier and prompting us to eat more. Most of the time cortisol levels return to normal before causing any real damage to our phsyique. It’s only when cortisol levels remain high that its affects can be seen as weight gain.
In some people, chronic stress can cause cortisol to remain at elevated levels. In such cases, people are not only eating more, but also storing more of what they eat. Cortisol appears to cause the body to store fat in the abdomen, as dangerous “belly fat.”
These people should consider cortisol blockers such as Cortislim, right? Guess again. There isn’t any scientific evidence that the so-called “cortisol reducing ingredients” found in these supplements have any affect on their target.
Even if the blockers worked, one should be cautious in taking them. Cortisol does more than cause us to increase our eating. It plays a vital role in other metabolic functions as well – including the cardiovascular system, and your brain. Minimize cortisol too much and it can have a negative affect on your body. Too little, and you can die.
So what’s the best way to reduce stress and lose those pounds around the middle? Old-fashioned diet and exercise remain the method of choice.