The holidays can be a stressful time: there are places to go, presents to wrap and parties to plan. There’s ample evidence that stress has a negative effect on your body (and your metabolism). When your body is under stress it produces cortisol, a hormone related to the fight or flight response. This increase in cortisol causes weight gain, decreased metabolism and even depression.
This holiday season, don’t let stress get the better of you. Give yourself time to relax – you’ll be leaner for it.