You have likely heard of cortisol before, most often in a negative light and possibly related to stress and weight gain. While there appears to be a connection between high cortisol levels and increased abdominal fat distribution, there is still much to be determined by research.
Here is what we know and the factors you can improve to reduce the risk of cortisol causing weight gain or negatively impacting your health.
Cortisol is a hormone that’s naturally produced by your body and secreted by the adrenal gland. It serves many functions, including maintaining blood pressure, controlling blood sugar, and regulating your metabolism.
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!