Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands small glands located just above the kidneys, responsible for releasing vital hormones to the body.
Cortisol is known as a "stress hormone" because it's released by these glands when your body senses stress.
Like other hormones, it's vital to survival. However, chronically elevated levels of cortisol can lead to overeating and weight gain.
It appears that women who carry excess weight around the middle respond to stress with a greater increase in cortisol.
High cortisol levels can increase food intake and promote weight gain.
However, a strict diet can also raise cortisol. In one study, women who consumed a low-calorie diet had higher cortisol levels and reported feeling more stressed than women who ate a normal diet.
So how can you reduce your cortisol levels?
1) Balanced diet: Follow a balanced, real food-based diet. Don't cut calories to extremely low levels.
2) Reduce your stress: Focus on relaxing, avoid negative thoughts and stop worrying about the future.
3) Sleep more: One study found that when pilots lost 15 hours of sleep over the course of a week, their cortisol levels increased by 50-80%
Solution focused hypnotherapy can significantly reduce cortisol production by helping in managing stress and get you sleeping better which in turn will normalise cortisol production and lead to weight management.
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