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Stress and Weight

Bottom Line:

A recent research study found over 75% of people experience at least a moderate amount of stress every day!

Chronic stress is not fun to deal with, but did you know it can also affect your weight?

When you are stressed your body goes into survival (or “fight or flight”) mode which changes your hormonal balance. You don’t need to be running from a saber tooth tiger to enter fight or flight mode. Even everyday events like traffic and stress at work can cause you to have that physiological response.

Why it Matters:

Recent research suggests that chronic stress can result in:

  • high blood pressure,

  • changes in your brain,

  • and weight gain.

When you are stressed out, it is more likely that you will over-eat and less likely that you will get enough sleep and exercise. Stress causes your body to release cortisol, a hormone that can produce a build-up of fatty tissue and cause weight gain. Cortisol increases both your appetite and the amount of fat the body stores. By recognizing your stressors, and engaging in a few simple relaxation techniques, you can learn to reduce your body’s natural stress response.

  • The hormone Cortisol is released in response to stress and increases your blood sugar.

  • Chronic stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels.

  • An association has been found between increased cortisol levels and obesity.

Next Steps:

Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or even simple breathing exercises can help your body counter the stress response. Also, exercise has been shown to decrease stress levels substantially.

The next time you are feeling stressed out, take a moment to breathe a few deep breaths and try to get some exercise into your schedule that day. Not only will you feel better mentally, but your body will be able to reduce the amount of Cortisol produced which will limit your body’s fat storage and help curb any thoughts of over-eating. Staying fit and trim does start in your head!

A BIG 'Next Step' would be to come to our next Body Signals Workshop and learn how you can use this information in a practical way and get control of your weight once and for all. Here's the info:

Next Body Signals Workshop: Get 15 Pounds Healthier in 15 Weeks

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ~ 6:30PM-7:30PM @ New Beginnings Chiropractic Office

33 W Higgins Rd, Suite 620, South Barrington IL 60010 | 847-426-7008

Stay Healthy,

Dr. Kim Gibas


Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th ~ Stop by our office and pick a bunch of Massage & Spa Gift Certificates for Mom! Plus, we're having a Gift Certificate Discount Grab at our office Saturday, May 12th from 11AM - 1PM with reduced prices on gift certificates! Stop by and we'll treat you to refreshments, gift bags, giveaways, and mini massages, too!


Science Source:

Hair Cortisol and Adiposity in a Population‐Based Sample of 2,527 Men and Women Aged 54 to 87 Years. Obesity 2017

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