Everybody knows stress can have terrible effects on the body, but it seems most of these effects are way harsher than we would expect. In case you are worrying excessively when it comes to food, you’d better stop doing it, as it does you a lot of damage. A recent research performed on mice revealed stress had the same negative effects as a diet rich in fats.
Stress has a huge impact on metabolism
For the study, researchers analyzed the changes suffered by the bacteria present in the mice’s guts. Whenever these bacteria are affected, the metabolism suffers drastically as well. Therefore, they subjected the mice to intense stress, and looked at the behavior of the gut microbiome in such conditions.
The results were interesting and worrying. When confronted with stress, the microbiome suffered changes and came to resemble the bacteria present in the intestines of an obese mouse. This happened even though the mice hadn’t been subjected to any diet change.
However, the interesting results didn’t stop here. This shift was prevalent in female mice, while male mice didn’t exhibit the same change in the bacteria levels. However, when the levels of anxiety increased, they became more sedentary.
Relaxation is a key factor in weight loss
Even though the study was performed on mice, the results can be easily correlated to humans. An older study published in the journal Obesity discovered a strong link between high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and a bigger waistline and BMI. Therefore, the key to losing weight is to relax.
Although people don’t always take this into consideration, if they are often stressed, they gain weight more easily. This mechanism is left out since prehistoric days, when high levels of stress increased blood sugar and helped humans run away from predators. Now, this mechanism is no longer productive, and higher blood sugar levels lead to obesity and an unbalanced metabolism.