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How can reducing stress help me lose weight?

Reducing stress may help with the battle of the bulge. Chronic stress boosts your blood levels of cortisol -- the "fight or flight" hormone. And cortisol encourages belly fat in two ways:
  • It triggers cravings for sugary, high-fat comfort foods.
  • It signals the body to store more fat in your abdomen.

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