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Does Stress Cause Weight Gain?

By Lianda Ludwig In the news recently Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch told the world that he doesn’t consider overweight women to be ?cool enough? for their brand, and doesn’t want them shopping in his stores. Governor Chris Christie took his share of jokes and bashing after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Jokes from talk show hosts emphasized that he couldn’t...

Weight Fixation: "Waist" of Time

?The cruel irony is that although we become totally obsessed with the daily measures of how ?good? or ?bad? we are (refused dessert = good; didn’t have time to go to the gym = bad), there is no finish line. This weight preoccupation will never lead us anywhere. It is a maniacal maze that always spits you out at the same point it sucked you up:? wanting. We keep chasing after perfection as...

Hans Selye

?Stress is not a specific reaction.? The stress response is, by definition, not specific, since it can be produced by virtually any agent.? -Hans Selye? Long overdue, I finally got my hands on some Hans Selye, recently picking my way through The Stress of Life. I had always heard interesting and positive things said about Selye over the years, and became particularly interested in him after...

Belly Fat, Cortisol, and 11Beta HSD

Oh yeah, nothing like some good old fashioned 11Beta Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase. I know it was on everyone’s mind lately, so I thought I’d bring it up. Thanks to Shawn Talbott (shown left), author of The Cortisol Connection, as well as Jon Gabriel of the The Gabriel Method for turning?me on to this intracellular enzyme that takes inactive corticoids and converts them into cortisol,...