Weight Loss

There can be many reasons a person may have difficulty losing weight. It is not always just a matter of eating less and exercising although to lose weight both are necessary. Some causes of stubborn weight issues besides overeating and a sedentary lifestyle include: High Cortisol levels as a result of long periods of high stress, blood sugar imbalances, Thyroid issues and hormone imbalances.

High Cortisol Levels

The Body has a process in which it deals with stress physically. Long ago the body’s response to stress was an effort to get us moving and make decisions quickly when confronted with a dangerous situation. Example: Being pursued by a dangerous animal.

Now we have different types of stressors. We have obligations to family, to work and to friends and less time to dedicate to these obligations.

So what exactly happens physically when we feel overwhelmed?

Stress and Weight Loss


The body goes through a series of chemical reactions when under stress. The HPA (Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) system is activated. Stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine are released. The brain triggers the release of Cortisol, a stress hormone as well. This gets your heart beating faster, your respiration rate to go up, and your blood pressure to go up, all as a means to get the body in motion to effectively react to a perceived threat. This is called the flight or fight response which is an increase of certain body activity including an increase in the flow of glucose, stimulation of fat and carbohydrate metabolism and insulin release all in an effort to produce fast energy. However many of the modern threats today do not require real physical use of this energy and all this neat orchestration of chemical reactions our bodies produce during these times of stress goes unused and instead stimulates our appetite. Much of the weight gain due to stress and high cortisol levels occurs in the abdominal area. Abdominal fat is one of the most dangerous as there is a correlation to development of cardiovascular disease.

Finding better ways to effectively cope with stress is therefore should be considered an important component of weight loss regimens.

Low Thyroid


Low thyroid or Hypothyroidism can also be a contibuting factor in ineffective weight-loss efforts.

The Thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located at the base of the neck and it is very important to the body as it influences every organ system. It controls the body's temperature, greatly influences female hormones and metabolism rate.


Symptoms of underactive thyroid include:


  • Low energy / Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • depression
  • poor memory and concentration
  • Nervousnes
  • Hair loss, thinning


It is difficult to diagnose a thyroid problem. Blood tests can be inaccurate. It you suffer from ongoing fatigue, low metabolism and trouble maintaining your weight vist us at the store to learn about how you can achieve your health goals.




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