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Being Stressed Can Stop You From Losing Weight

Being Stressed Can Stop You From Losing Weight

You probably know it’s a lot harder to lose weight while you’re going through a stressful period; now science is coming up with some explanations.

Chronic stress interferes with weight loss for a number of reasons – comfort eating, drinking too much and not having the energy or motivation to exercise regularly. Basically stressed people aren’t as good at taking good care of themselves, because they have more pressing concerns. When you are stressed your adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol. If your blood level of cortisol remains elevated over the long term this promotes abdominal weight gain. High cortisol also worsens insulin resistance (syndrome X) and can trigger sugar and carb cravings, as well as increased overall hunger.

Now scientists have found a new explanation. Chronic stress stimulates the production of a substance called betatrophin, which reduces your ability to break down fat, even if you’re doing all the right things with your diet and exercise. This research was published in the journal BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. It was carried out by researchers from the University of Florida Health. They discovered that high levels of betatrophin suppress an enzyme that breaks down stored fat called adipose triglyceride lipase.

Chronic stress and inability to lose weight is something I see at my clinic all the time. Stress and emotional factors are a major impediment to successful weight loss in many people. I often say to my patients that rather than trying to focus on losing weight, they need to focus on being more calm and relaxed. Life is difficult and some level of stress is inescapable. You can help your body to feel calmer by exercising regularly, spending time in nature; being with your friends or pets and making time for hobbies you enjoy. Magnesium is a wonderfully calming mineral and that’s why I often refer to it as The Great Relaxer. In my experience there are very few people who don’t feel significantly better while taking a magnesium supplement.

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2 comments

  1. Dra,

    I feel very frustrated, because I can lose mine belly fat, I swimming 1500 meters/three times a week and take :
    Two tablets of Magnesium Citrate 400 mg, Two tablets of Potassium 200 mg, two tables vitamin D 200 ug, and three tablets of Omega 3 1500 mg, as food supplement.
    I have Fatty Liver, Diabetes 2 and high blood pressure. But I do fasting 16-8, for 8 months now, healthy food organic if I can. Regards, Manuel

    • Hi Manuel,

      Dr Cabot has recently released her 15 Day Cleanse – Two weeks to begin your journey toward improved liver health and function, utilising both supplements and a tasty, easy to prepare dietary regimen. Please go to http://www.drcabotcleanse.com to place an order.

      After completing the Cleanse, we recommend you remain on this style of eating and you can then begin the Maintenance plan that is available at the same website.

      While a change of diet is very important, supplementation is also important, and Dr Cabot prescribes

      Berberine – 1 capsule three times daily. To balance blood glucose, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce anxiety, alleviate depression, and support a healthy intestinal flora.

      Glicemic Balance – 2 capsules at the beginning of each meal, to effectively reduce the attraction of carbohydrate rich foods.

      Livatone Plus – 1 to 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 1 to 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster.

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      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritionist for Liverdoctor.com

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