Hong Kong employees, in a frenetic working culture, are no stranger to the long working hours and chronic work stress. Many are even expected to be on standby 24/7 on weekends and holidays, and ready for WhatsApp messages or conference calls from colleagues and supervisors. A lot of people believe that an irregular or even stressful lifestyle leads to weight loss. In fact, work stress is the main culprit of weight gain.
Yes, I’m talking about stress-induced weight gain. When we are under pressure, our brain stimulates the production of adrenaline, aka stress hormones, a type of cortisol that increases our appetite. If this continues or the stress level is too high, excessive cortisol will be produced. Our appetite will increase dramatically and it’s easier to accumulate belly fat, ie. beer belly.
Beware of the following scenarios that are the leading causes of stress-induced weight gain:
How to deal with stress and fats:
Sonia Tsang – Senior Manager, Organization and People Development Division of a listed company; Founder and Executive Director of F8 Funding Limited