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- When you are stressed, your body sends a message to the adrenal glands to release more cortisol.
- Cortisol stops the hormone leptin being produced.
- Leptin sends signals that make us feel full.
- Without it, we are prone to overeating, and this absence makes us crave foods rich in carbohydrates in particular.
- When we experience long-term stress, cortisol and insulin remain high in the blood, and the extra glucose that isn’t needed for energy gets stored in the form of fat – primarily adnominal fat cells.
- Scientists have discovered that fat cells have special stress-hormone receptors for cortisol, but there are also seem to be more of these cortisol receptors on the fat cells around the stomach than anywhere else in the body.