How Stress can Slow down your Metabolism

Stress is unfortunately a common process in today’s society. Many factors such as the environment, lifestyle and personal problems contribute to someone feeling stressed and out of control.

The human body tries to deal with the stress in many ways. Our heartrate, breathing and blood pressure will increase, because stress activates the sympathetic nervous system (think flight or fight response). Your body thinks it is under pressure and is fighting for survival.

In this state, excessive cortisol (a hormone) is released. Cortisol increases the storage of fat around our abdomen to prepare for extended time without food. Abdominal fat can lead to many problems including diabetes and insulin resistance. In addition, it can increase your appetite which causes comfort and/or binge eating. Cortisol is also responsible for the breakdown of muscle mass.

Being stressed for extended periods of time can be very draining on your body and may lead to life-long complications. In this case, the prevention stress is much better than trying to cure it! One of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent stress is by exercise. Set yourself at least 20mins 3-5 times a week to have a break and try and work up a sweat. Your body and mind will thank you for it! 

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