Did you know that if you are under a
lot of stress, that your body actually produces hormones
that may promote weight gain? How does that work?
There is a so-called “stress hormone”
called cortisol that is released into your system along with
the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine that act as a
“fight or flight” response to situations that your body
perceives as a threat – or situations of high stress. Once
that “threat” is gone, the epinephrine and norepinephrine
levels go back down to normal while the cortisol actually
remains elevated over a much longer period of time. And if
you suffer from chronic or long-term stress, then cortisol
levels remain high too. This works great if you are a
caveman, but not so great in today’s modern lifestyle!
So why do you care about cortisol and
why don’t you want high levels remaining in your system for
extended periods of time? One of the functions of cortisol
is to act as an agent to get energy released in your body.
In the short term, it stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast
energy AND it stimulates insulin release which affects your
blood sugar levels. As noted before, a rise in blood sugar
levels increases appetite and decreases your body’s fat
burning abilities. So, eventually, increased cortisol levels in your body
due to poorly managed stress or chronic stress may stimulate
the appetite and cause additional weight gain or difficulty
in losing unwanted pounds.
In addition to the possible weight
gain, cortisol can also affect where you gain the weight.
Studies have shown that stress and increased cortisol levels
tend to cause you to deposit the fat into the abdominal area
rather than the hip area, which has been strongly correlated
with the development of cardiovascular disease including
heart attacks and strokes, depressed immune function,
accelerated aging and stomach ulcers.
Stress Reduction is Essential
Clearly, if one is to reduce cortisol
levels in your body for an extended period of time, then
managing the stress in your life is critical for success.
Being the human beings that we are, everyone has to find
their own method of stress reduction techniques that work
best for them. Here are a few suggestions:
- Recognize the causes of stress in
- Engage in some activities that
help reduce daily stress. For instance, meditation,
physical activity, attitude and outlook changes,
learning how to say "NO."
- Rest! Rest is essential for the
body to normalize itself. Deliberately choose to get the
amount of rest you need.
- Low glycemic diets are important.
Leaving out the excess carbohydrates and maintaining the
protein in your diet will help stabilize the blood sugar
to avoid the development of high insulin levels and
- Nutritional supplementation can be
an important addition to helping restore normal cortisol
levels. High quality B6 and essential minerals along
with magnesium can help tremendously (both Active 8 and
B-Active are excellent pharmaceutical-grade supplements
you can take). While cortisol plus insulin
magnifies the weight gain problem (2+2=5), the diet and
supplements we use in the Better Health Better Life Diet
Plan are designed to help keep both cortisol and insulin levels lower.
And remember, you’re always
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drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia) while on this
program. It is often necessary to reduce the dosage
of diabetes medications during the course of the
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Total Time: 4-1/2 hrs
Makes: 8 servings
1 cup sugar
1-3/4 cups fat-free (skim) milk
1 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product or 8 egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
fresh raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or
oven to 325°F. Heat 1/2 cup of the sugar in medium
nonstick skillet over medium heat 7 to 10 minutes,
stirring frequently with wooden spoon, until sugar
is melted and a light caramel color (mixture will be
very hot and could melt a plastic spoon).
Immediately pour sugar mixture into round pan, 8x1
1/2 inches; tilt pan to coat bottom. Place on wire
rack to cool.
remaining 1/2 cup sugar, milk, egg product, salt and
vanilla in large bowl. Pour mixture over sugar
mixture in pan. Place in rectangular pan, 13x9x2
inches. Pour very hot water into rectangular pan to
within 1/2 inch of top of round pan.
50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes
out clean. Remove round pan from pan of water.
Cover; refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3
hours or overnight. To unmold, run knife around edge
of custard to loosen; invert onto serving platter.
Top with fruit.
1/8 slice = 1 serving. Calories 150; Total fat 0g;
Carbohydrates 32 g, Protein 5 g, Sodium 160
mg, Cholesterol 0 g per serving.
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