Stress can create many issues in the body, one of them showing up as weight gain or stalled weight loss. When we are stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisol which assists in our “fight or flight” survival response. This is a good thing from an evolutionary perspective, but in today’s high stress environment, people are often feeling stress too much and the process can not shut off. This leads to too much cortisol in the blood, which in turn can lead to a slew of physical issues in the body. Often they present as blood sugar imbalances, a decrease in muscle tissue, and increased fat, most often in the abdominal area. It is imperative to manage your stress for overall health purposes as well as to maintain a healthy weight.