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Cortisol vs. Weight Loss: Breaking the Sabotage Cycle #TheFitHappyMinute

You might believe cortisol is the culprit sabotaging your fitness and weight loss efforts if you’re getting your guidance from social media.

And if you could just get your cortisol levels to where they need to be, everything else will fall into place — right? Like most things that affect health, it is more complicated than controlling one hormone, said Britni Vincent, a registered and licensed dietitian in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Cortisol may have some influence over how bodies retain weight, produce insulin, and what kinds of foods we crave, but it is one of many factors that influence weight, said Dr. Charlotte Hodges, chair of the surgery department at White Rock Medical Center in Dallas.

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