Did you know that your NERVOUS SYSTEM 🧠 plays a major role in your metabolic health and weight?
It happens to be a significant reason some people struggle to lose weight and gain inches around their waistline. Here are some ways in which a dysregulated nervous system can contribute to poor weight control:
❌ Hormonal Imbalances: The nervous system plays a crucial role in regulating hormone production and release. When the nervous system is dysregulated, it can disrupt the balance of hormones involved in metabolism, such as insulin, cortisol, and leptin. These imbalances can lead to metabolic dysfunction and an increased tendency to gain weight.
😫Increased Stress Response: Dysregulation in the nervous system can result in an exaggerated stress response, leading to chronic stress. During stressful situations, the body releases stress hormones like cortisol, which can influence metabolism and sleep quality. While cortisol is essential for our survival, chronically elevated levels of cortisol can have negative effects on the body, including changes in sleep, weight gain (especially around the waist), and stimulate appetite and cravings (particularly for high-calorie and sugary foods).
💥Impaired Sympathetic Nervous System Activity: If the sympathetic side of the autonomic nervous system is constantly activated from stress (emotional, physical or chemical), the body struggles to shift into a parasympathetic state where it needs to be to promote rest, digestion, and healing - which all contribute to healthy weight management.
The autonomic nervous system will not allocate resources to weight loss if you’re constantly in a stressed state. Think about it: If you’re running from a bear your autonomic nervous system is focused on short-term survival, not long-term growth. If you want to stop weight gain or improve weight loss efforts you need to lower your stress response and help your mind and body shift out of fight-or-flight mode into a parasympathetic state.
🍔Disrupted Hunger and Satiety Signals: The nervous system also plays a role in signaling hunger and satiety. When it is dysregulated, it can disrupt the communication between the brain and the digestive system, leading to altered appetite regulation. This can result in overeating or poor food choices, which can contribute to weight gain.
😴 Impaired Sleep Patterns: A dysregulated nervous system can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to inadequate or poor-quality sleep. Sleep deprivation and disturbances can affect the production and regulation of hormones involved in appetite control, such as ghrelin and leptin. As a result, individuals with a dysregulated nervous system may not get the appropriate signals that they are full or hungry, which can lead to overeating.
Learn more: Click here to read more about the shocking impact that inadequate sleep and increased cortisol levels have on your nervous system and weight.