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We’ve all seen those commercials on TV that warn of “stubborn belly fat” brought on by too much stress. The pills being hawked on these programs promise to block the stress hormone, cortisol.

Ever wonder if there’s any truth to what they’re saying?

Can women really get fat from being stressed? If you were to go without eating for an entire day, but were stressed out the entire time, does that mean you’d GAIN WEIGHT?

Sounds preposterous. But it’s TRUE!

The Truth

Cortisol is a corticosteroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland in your adrenal cortex. It’s your body’s modern-day answer to the “fight or flight” responses we had in reaction to stress (back when we were true hunters and gatherers).


– Increases blood pressure and blood sugar

– Breaks down lipids and proteins (in case you’d rather ‘fight’ than ‘flight’)

– Acts as a water diuretic hormone (leading to dehydration)

– Physically eats away at the pleasure centers of the brain (producers of norepinephrine, epinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine)

So cortisol DOES exist and is indeed harmful to the body if left unchecked.

When do you feel stressed?

Studies have shown that most women are more stressed than they truly know. In today’s modern economy, where women are becoming more likely to branch out on their own and start their own businesses, female entrepreneurs are often faced with multiple stress levels:

Child care, household finances, peace of mind, shared financial obligations with the spouse, and other such obstacles are creating more stress for women who own businesses.

Some symptoms of stress include:

trouble sleeping





lack of energy

lack of concentration

eating too much or not at all



higher risk of asthma and arthritis flare-ups


stomach cramping

stomach bloating

skin problems, like hives



weight gain or loss

heart problems

high blood pressure

irritable bowel syndrome


neck and/or back pain

less sexual desire

harder to get pregnant

Before You Buy a Magic Pill

Don’t place your order with the number on the bottom of your screen just yet…there’s a catch (isn’t there always?)

Most of these pills rely on dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a natural steroid hormone with calming affects on the central nervous system.

Possible Side Effects of DHEA:

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website (, possible side effects include, but are not limited to:

– Nausea

– Abdominal discomfort

– Fatigue

– Nasal congestion

– Headache

– Acne

– Rapid/Irregular heartbeats.

But Wait, There’s More!

Straight from “In women, the most common side effects are abnormal menses, emotional changes, headache, and insomnia. Individuals with a history of abnormal heart rhythms, blood clots or hypercoagulability, and those with a history of liver disease should avoid DHEA supplements.

By yanam49

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