Stress can have an enormous effect on fat loss because it can lead to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause the body to hold onto fat stores, particularly in the abdominal area.
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress. Due to its nature it's often referred to as the "stress hormone." However, cortisol plays a number of important roles in the body, including regulating blood pressure, glucose metabolism, and the immune system.
Chronic stress may also lead to poor or even lack of sleep. This can have a negative impact on fat loss efforts, as well as an increase in appetite and cravings for unhealthy foods.
Additionally, stress can greatly interfere with physical activity and healthy eating habits, which are really important for supporting fat loss. It is so important to manage stress in a healthy way and to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular physical activity, in order to support fat loss. So if stress is not managed, fat loss is infinitely more difficult.
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