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Cortisol and Weight Gain

Cortisol - Appetite Stimulating Hormone


You probably heard that there is a link between cortisol and weight gain. What exactly is cortisol and what is the link to your weight? Does cortisol affect appetite?

Cortisol - Appetite connection

Do you find yourself reaching for comfort foods and sweets more often when you are stressed?

The reason might not be all in your head. That is, it may not be your lack of willpower. According to professor Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., the author of The Cortisol Connection, "cortisol also drives your appetite, especially for things that are sweet, fatty and comforting."

Cortisol also lets your body know to hang on to weight and to store more fat in your abdomen. Plain and simple. That is the basic connection between cortisol and weight gain.

That is why loosing weight and especially around your middle is so difficult during stress. What can you do about it?

If it is the hormone cortisol that drives your appetite, naturally, you would want to look at ways to control cortisol.

How to Control Cortisol

Is it possible to control cortisol?



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