• 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.