Stress eating, hormones and hunger
Updated: Aug 24
Stress does affect food preferences. Numerous studies have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both.
Stress increases cortisol levels, and these in combination with high insulin levels, may be responsible. Other research suggests that ghrelin, a "hunger hormone," may have a role.
Once ingested, fat- and sugar-filled foods seem to have a feedback effect that dampens stress related responses and emotions. These foods really are "comfort" foods in that they seem to counteract stress — and this may contribute to stress induced craving for those foods.
Of course, overeating isn't the only stress-related behavior that can add pounds. Stressed individuals also lose sleep, exercise less, and drink more alcohol, all of which can contribute to excess weight. Therefore tackling with stress may be the first step to own that gorgeous physique! Author: Dr. Meghna Mevawala (Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, PhD - Alternative Medicine
Consultant Clinical Nutritionist)