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This sneaky thing is making you fat

You might have heard that stress kills.


Did you know it can also make you fat?


True fact.


When we’re stressed, our bodies release the hormone cortisol.


It’s part of the “fight or flight” reaction that served a super-important function in caveman times when our ancestors encountered, say, a saber-tooth tiger.


But it can be deadly in our modern world, leading to sugar cravings and overeating – which cause us to be overweight and want more sugar.


Which causes more stress.


Vicious circle, indeed.


Stress also causes a lot of people to indulge in “comfort foods,” which tend to be high-fat, high-sodium, and high-sugar.


How many times have you come home from a hard day and cracked open a bag of potato chips or polished off a pizza?