You May Be 'Stomaching' Stress More Than You Think

September 1, 2014 12:40 PM

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You May Be 'Stomaching' Stress More Than You Think

Do you ever find that no matter how much you exercise regularly or eat healthy, there's that bit of stomach fat you just cannot get rid of? You may think you got dealt a lousy genetic hand when it came to fat distribution, but what you might not know is that chronic fat around your midsection might be due to stress.

One of the hormones released in response to stress is cortisol. (1) It plays a critical role in restoring balance in the body, and we wouldn't want to live without it. Historically speaking, the stress response was all about fighting and/or fleeing, and we did a lot of it. When we did, it utilized t...

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