Cortisol: Weight Gain Cause

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I’m sure you’ve all seen the various diet product commercials asserting that cortisol, a naturally occurring hormone that is produced as a result of stress, makes you fat.  These products claim to eliminate cortisol and thereby contribute to weight loss.

I was intrigued, so I decided to do a little research on this concept and find out whether or not it was plausible.  After a thorough investigation, I’m not even sure if cortisol can be linked to being overweight.  Since I can’t verify that link, it leads me to believe that these products are questionable as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the amount of cortisol produced in a stressed person is not enough to cause weight gain unless there is some sort of associated medical condition.  Other reliable sources mention that cortisol leads to belly fat.

So, I admit that I’m confused on whether or not cortisol contributes to your weight.  Interestingly, I found a ton of studies about monitoring the cortisol levels of stressed children and other studies claiming that there may be a link between cortisol and depression.

My overall conclusion is that maintaining a consistently high level of cortisol is probably not good.  Studies indicate that it may be linked to chronic stress (which can cause a whole host of problems), a decrease in the mental development of children, depression, and maybe even belly fat.

My suggestion:  Do some research and talk to your doctor before drawing any conclusions for yourself.


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