Written by Michael Zajc, Exercise Physiologist at Homebush. Article from April 2017
Stress & Weight Gain
Is stress affecting your weight?
Have you ever gained weight during a stressful period of your life? Did you notice you were putting on the kilograms around your stomach? If so, there might have been a more complex reason behind this.
Weight gain during times of stress can be attributed to changes in the body’s hormone balances. Even if you are already physically active, having chronic high stress for long periods of time can prevent you from losing weight and even add weight on.
One particular hormone that affects our weight during stressful periods is cortisol.