CORTISOL aka MS STRESS EATER
native habitat The adrenal glands, located on top of your kidneys.
behaviour in the wild Can go feral in the presence of stress, or when you feel threatened – even if only because an idiot cut you up in traffic. She provides a burst of energy so you can react, then, once the danger has passed, your appetite is so ramped up, you simply have to replenish the energy you just expended (even if you didn’t expend much at all). Net result? Weight gain, especially around your middle.
tame her First, cut off her main energy supply: caffeine. As anyone who’s ever had a triple shot knows, this stimulant can increase cortisol secretion. Second, have a proper chuckle at the latest viral Youtube clip. Laughter – or even just the anticipation of a grin – can reduce cortisol levels by 39% according to a study by Loma Linda University in California.