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Over 40? It's The Stress That's Making You Fat. Read.

May 11, 2017

The past two days women have been fighting me, in text, lol, that they need more estrogen, as doctor's told them, because their Cortisol levels are too high.

There is no scientific reason that more estrogen, which if you're overweight, you definitely don't need more of, you have plenty already, will dissipate your Cortisol.

You make your own Cortisol high. It's a reaction to stress.

These are the symptoms of high Cortisol:

Weight gain
Bone and muscle loss
Foggy thinking

It's your menu. It's your menu. It's your menu.

Look what Cortisol controls.

This is from a fantastic blog from Dr. Peeke...copied verbatim.

"Have you ever noticed that after eating salty food your appetite and hunger increase and you find yourself grabbing for more food?

In other words, is it possible that consuming salty foods can lead to increases in hunger (and weight gain) along with thirst?

The answer is YES thanks to two new studies hot off the press. Here's the low down.

1. THIRST: Yes, we're stimulated to drink more water when we consume salt. BUT that is only because certain mouth/brain receptors are activated resulting in a limited amount of water consumed to dilute the salt. HOWEVER, the new news is that we're more like camels.

The majority of water generated when we're either without water or consumed a higher salt intake, comes from WITHIN our own bodies.

Yep, like the camel who generates water by breaking down fat in his hump, we break down fat in our liver and elsewhere to make the water that dilutes the salt. It's NOT from our own external water drinking.

This is an INSIDE job!

2. HUNGER: The higher the salt in the diet, the hungrier most people feel. What?

We thought salt was only associated with thirst.

Here's what's really going on and it's tied in with the fat breakdown I just mentioned.

Keep in mind that this is a brilliant survival-based reaction to high salt intake or lack of water.

High Salt Intake (or lack of water) results in:

  1. Cortisol (stress hormone) levels increase
  2. Cortisol stimulates fat breakdown in liver/body
  3. To create more internal water to dilute the incoming salt
  4. This takes energy to do, and you've lost fat fuel
  5. To compensate for these burned calories, cortisol stimulates appetite/hunger
  6. This cascade is something newly discovered and it's blowing kidney specialists' collective minds.

3. THE PROBLEM: Clearly we already know that a high salt diet may, for some individuals, be associated with higher blood pressure.

HOWEVER, we now know that a higher salt intake leads to abnormally elevated CORTISOL levels and that means TROUBLE because constantly elevated cortisol levels lead to bone and muscle breakdown and loss, as well as other metabolic problems including Type 2 Diabetes.


Be mindful of your salt intake. This is an individual issue.

For instance, I don't particularly like salt so it'a not a big problem for me.

However, if you observe that your appetite/hunger really increases with a salt consumption, perhaps you might want to adjust your future servings so that you don't over-activate this survival-based cortisol-induced mechanism. And, of course, keep well-hydrated throughout the day!"

For help changing your cravings so that you can change your food without dieting, suffering, or counting calories, check out and see how I did exactly that for myself at age 45, losing 40 pounds, without dieting, counting calories, or suffering.

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