Every time you lose your temper your body is stressed. It thinks that you are in some kind of danger, and as a result it goes into a survival mode. It sends off hormones into the bloodstream to help you defend yourself, even though you are not in any real danger.
Your body has the ability to return to its natural state when the stressful situation is over. But because we live in such a high-stress society, our bodies may not always have a chance to recuperate before the next stressful situation comes along. This can lead to chronic stress and excess hormones, which can be very harmful to your body, and hinder you in your weight loss. One of these hormones that is produced is called cortisol.
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone simply because it is released in higher amounts when you lose your temper, or when you experience any form of stress. Cortisol is not a bad hormone as it can help to regulate the metabolism, blood sugar and blood pressure. Additionally, a small increase in cortisol can give you a quick rush of energy, numb the pain and momentarily heighten your memory.
However, when you are constantly trying to keep your temper down, your body continues to remain in survival mode, and the levels of cortisol keep rising.
Excess Cortisol and Weight Loss
Excess amounts of cortisol will have a negative effect on the body in several different ways, especially when it comes to weight loss. One way is that it slows your metabolism down so that you will not be able to lose as much, and may even gain weight, even though you have not increased your calorie intake. This in turn can cause you to become even more stressed. Therefore, it is important that you learn to tame your temper in order to avoid the production of excess cortisol in the first place.
Cortisol also naturally makes you want to eat, as food is comforting in stressful situations. But not only does it tempt you to eat, it also causes you to crave foods that are high in unhealthy fats, sugars and in salt. On top of that, you eat more than what you normally would.
It is important that you make a conscious decision and go against your cravings at this time, and opt for healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, or dark chocolate. These will help to calm your temper and reduce your food cravings as well. If you opt for junk foods you will only help to feed your temper instead of taking control over it.
You should always help your body to reduce the high levels of cortisol after a stressful situation. One of the best ways of doing this is with exercise. Not only will it reduce cortisol levels, but it will also calm your mind and increase the production of another hormone known as serotonin, which helps to make you feel good.