You know that stress hormone everyone talks about. Yes, cortisol. Cortisol makes losing weight extremely difficult, even frustrating at times. I’m sure many of you have been in the situation where you eat what you should and work out regularly, but the results are just not there. And there is a reason why that happens. That reason is cortisol.
Also called the stress hormone, cortisol is a steroid hormone made in the adrenal glands. The main purpose of cortisol is to control blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and regulate the metabolism. Cortisol has a direct connection to the stress response of your body, and that is fairly important for losing weight. When you are under constant stress, cortisol is released. However, too much of the hormone has a negative effect on your body, and the end result is abdominal fat.