A study conducted by scientists from the University of Florida found that chronic stress hinders the body's ability to lose weight by stimulating the production of the protein betatrophin responsible for reducing the body's capability to break down fat, reported Daily Mail on Thursday.
"Stress causes you to accumulate more fat, or at least slows down fat metabolism," noted co-author of the study Dr. Li Jun Yang, professor at the UF College of Medicine. "This is yet another reason why it's best to resolve stressful situations and to pursue a balanced life."
The researchers studied the body fat regulation properties of betatrophin on mouse and human cells and found that when mice experience metabolic stress, they produce a significant amount of betatrophin in their systems. In addition, their bodies' fat-burning processes were also found to have decreased noticeably.
Environmental stress on mice also increased their betatrophin production in their livers and fat tissue.
The researchers, therefore, concluded that betatrophin hampers the production of adipose triglyceride lipase, which is the enzyme responsible for breaking down stored fat.
According to Psych Central on Thursday, the latest findings on betatrophin's role in stress and weight loss are yet to be tested in a clinical setting, but one researcher recognizes its importance in the lives of humans.
"Betatrophin reduces the body's ability to break down fat, underscoring a link between chronic stress and weight gain," said Yang.
Daily Herald noted on Wednesday a few tips on how to handle stress - the fat-free way.
One is by addressing the root of the problem in order to avoid prolonging the stress. Another is getting in control of your bad habits, instead of letting it control you.
Decluttering your space and mind can also help avoid stress, as well as learning how to prioritize all your tasks at hand.
Lastly, ensure that you are getting proper nutrition and enough sleep.
"Stress keeps more than 40 percent of adults lying awake at night," reports the American Psychological Association. "To help ensure you get the recommended seven or eight hours of shut-eye, cut back on caffeine, remove distractions such as television or computers from your bedroom, and go to bed at the same time each night. Research shows that activities like yoga and relaxation exercises not only help reduce stress, but also boost immune functioning."