I recently learned why we put on weight when we are constantly stressed and I wanted to share that with you! Cause- who isn’t stressed , right!?
Waaaaay back during the caveman times – we were happy little beings living in harmony with no work related stress, financial worries or trying to find a mate via 10 different apps! There was only one reason why we would be seriously stressed:
FAMINE! Because we knew it would take a loooong time to get food as it involved lots of gathering and hunting.
What happens when we are stressed
1. Under famine (stress) our brain sends a signal to our adrenal glands and tells them to produce the steroid hormone cortisol.
2.Famine produces cortisol all day long which stimulates the fat and carb metabolism for high energy to keep our important organs functioning.
3. For high energy production our cortisol keeps the blood sugar level high using glucose.
During famine- our body needs to produce energy all day long! The main and fastest energy source is glucose which you get via carbs and sugar.
Our brain does not recocgnize the difference between starvation stress and “modern day” stress. So, our brain wants lots of sugar and if possible convert that excess sugar into fat for future possibilities of famine as fat is our long term energy source!
Is our brain screaming: MORE FAST ENERGY PLEASE- GIVE ME MORE SUGAR!
As we are not in caveman days anymore, but in modern days with an abundance of carb choices we can actually stock up and eat that energy! Anytime we want. And we do! This is why you feel all over sudden a pang of hunger for something sweet or carby when you are stressed!!!!
Stress causes weight gain because our body thinks we are going to lack food in future! As a reaction to this thought we get hungry for starchy, sugary fooda s this is our fast energy source and therefore needed to keep put body organs going during starvation.
So we need to find ways to reduce stress in order to minimize our sugar cravings and avoid eating so much of it and in effect stop gaining weight!