Does Stress Affect Appetite and Weight?

Many people think that they respond well to stressful situations mentally, but they may be experiencing physical signs of stress that they’re overlooking. Some people might suffer from indigestion or constipation, muscle tension, headaches or sore eyes which can all be physical symptoms of stress.

Stress also impacts our appetite, the foods we are motivated to eat and how we store fat.

This is because of the hormones that we release in response to stress. Cortisol is the main hormone that is associated with long term stress.

Cortisol is our “fight or flight” hormone which means that when it is being released, our body is getting us ready to fight something or to run away. This was a great survival mechanism when the only things we needed to be stressed about were enemies or predators but these days, we’re mostly stressed about spreadsheets and e-mails which actually require us to sit still and be rational. Continue reading…