Is Stress Making You Fat? Find Out Here What To Do!

Is Stress Making You Fat?

Hi. It's Mark Deacon here again. Just a quick video really to explain why stress might be making you fat or stopping you lose weight. It can also hinder your ability to put on lean muscle mass. If your goals are to get bigger and stronger or whether it's to lose weight, stress can seriously affect it in the following ways.
Most people either they're not getting enough sleep or they're too stressed, too busy at work, the kids are stressing them out, stuff like that. If your stress levels increase the body stress hormone cortisol will increase as well. Cortisol has been studied and has got a significant impact on the following things. I'll go through it and I'll go through how to try and combat that as much as you can.
First of all is your metabolism. It's been proven to slow your metabolism down. Obviously if you slow your metabolism down, you're going to burn less calories at rest and whatever you're doing. So if you burn less calories you can't eat as much before you start putting on weight and you're going to find it more difficult to lose weight. Which is an issue.
The other problem is that it can cause cravings. You're going to crave foods that make you feel better because you're stressed, which are generally sugary foods. You're going to crave sugary foods, have sugary foods. Your metabolism is going to spike up ... not your metabolism, sorry, your blood sugar is going to spike up and then inevitably fall down and you're going to have more cravings. It's a bit of a horrid cycle.
The third thing is, it affects your fat storage. As well as slowing your metabolism down, which is going to create more fat storage anyway, it can make it more difficult to lose fat. It can make your body lose weight and store weight in a disproportionate manner. You might have particularly stubborn belly fat and stuff like that, which can be caused through things like high stress levels, high cortisol levels.
It's also worth noting on that, it can be due to other things as well. Nutrient deficiencies, vitamin D, all sorts. It's not necessarily that but that is one thing that cortisol does do to you.
The fourth thing is blood sugar. It can create spikes in your blood sugar. Which obviously, I've been through this before, will surge, increase your blood sugar, it's going to drop off and you'll get more cravings again. It can also end up making you feel a bit burnt out, lethargic, tired. Obviously if you feel tired you end up going for things like caffeinated drinks and sugary things. Which is just constant compounding problems.
Stress and blood sugar. They're the main things really. You might find that if you're eating a healthy balanced diet, training regularly, you're still just not seeing the results you want. It might be down to stress, it can be other things but a lot of people it can be down to stress.
Ask yourself, are you getting enough sleep? Are you sleeping between seven and nine hours a day. If the answer is, "No", is there anything you can do? Can you come up with a routine, go to bed earlier. Is there anything you can do to really help that. It's one of the biggest problems, lack of sleep and cortisol levels.
The other is general stress. Find out what's triggering that stress in your life, general stress. If it's the kids, start planning a meal out every week or every other week with your partner. If it's work, start having more regular breaks at work. Instead of sitting at your office desk, go out for a walk, that can help.
There are other things that have been proven to significantly reduce stress levels, which are things like yoga, meditation, anything that's really breathing related. You don't have to sit there in a weird cult making funny noises meditating. You can just take five, ten minutes out to yourself and focus on your breathing. The old breathe in through your nose out through your mouth stuff. If you're actually sat in a quiet room with your eyes closed and all you're focused on is your breathing that has the same impact. Just a daily effort to reduce your stress levels and you might find that helps.
If you found this interesting and you want any more information about this, or any other things that I've spoken about in other videos, as usual feel free to message me. My e-mail address is or you can always shoot me a message on any of the social media platforms that you've seen this on. We're on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook but if not just e-mail me. It's
I've just completely forgot the most important part of that. I'm meant to be saying that one of the biggest proven ways of reducing those stress levels is exercise. Simply going and exercising can reduce your stress levels massively. There is a note of caution there. Three times a week of intense activity, for, say an hour is perfect. Any more than that you need to monitor yourselves because it can actually have the opposite effect. Too much exercise can make you burnt out and you end up increasing your stress levels as well.
Some people come to me they say, "I'm training every day, really hard, some days I go out and do twice a day." That can be sometimes a problem, you do need to rest as well. Three intense sessions a week and then on the other days just increase your activity levels and you should be fine. Things like cardiovascular work and a gentle jog's fine, you can't really overdo that. Things that are leaving you aching and sore the next day, you shouldn't be doing too much more than ... you can do if you want, but more than three times a week. After, make sure you're monitoring your stress levels on that one and it's not really needed unless you're after a specific result. For most people three intense sessions a week's fine.

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About the Author Mark Deacon

I'm co owner of nutricoachdiet with Celeste. Specialising in helping people reach goals I also run a full time martial arts academy and am a former world champion kick boxer so know whats needed to reach a goal and transform. Bit of a geek and a legend of a Dad if I do say so myself!!! :)

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