Stressed people have trouble losing weight - WHY?
Put simply stress causes the body to produce ‘the stress hormone’ CORTISOL. Chronic stressed states result in prolonged cortisol production which causes HPA axis dysfunction resulting in various negative health outcomes such as:
Increased abdominal fat and weight gain.
Blood sugar imbalances (insulin resistance).
Reduced lean muscle mass / suppressed metabolism.
Suppressed thyroid function.
With all this in mind, It is easy to see why weight gain in a stressed out 40+yr old woman can occur when no changes to diet or exercise have been made. It is also easy to see why diets alone do not work or if they do they are shortly followed with weight gain.