The #1 Sign of High Cortisol – The Stress Hormone? What is the best way to know if you have high cortisol? What is cortisol? Cortisol is the main stress hormone and if cortisol is too high there are a lot of problems that could happen in your body.
Here are some symptoms when your cortisol is too high.
High sugar stimulates insulin and insulin will do two things. Insulin is a fat making hormone but it also prevents the burning of fat. If you are in a chronic stress state, your body is not going to be able to get you into ketosis because of high cortisol and the high sugar and the high insulin so it is going to be really hard for you to get in the state of fat-burning if you have high cortisol.
It all depends on what is happening with your insulin and cortisol hormones.
• Acute Stress (Short Term) – lowers insulin, which means you may lose weight.
• Chronic Stress (Long Term) – increases insulin, which converts glucose into fat. You would gain weight.
The body‘s response to long-term stress is to spike cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol has the potential to increase insulin, which releases glucose from your liver and dumps that stored sugar into your bloodstream. Insulin has to take it into storage as fat. That is why some people gain weight.