What is adrenal fatigue, and will it cause you to gain weight? Watch this video to find out.
0:33 How the adrenal glands work
0:46 What is Cushing’s syndrome?
1:52 Cushing’s syndrome symptoms
3:25 Can adrenal fatigue actually cause you to gain weight?
4:54 Why does adrenal fatigue cause weight gain?
5:42 How does adrenal fatigue cause weight gain?
7:55 How can you fix the problem?
In this video, let’s talk about adrenal fatigue. The question I want to answer is this: can adrenal fatigue cause you to gain weight?
The first thing you need to know is that the medical profession does not acknowledge adrenal fatigue as a medical problem. They just don’t recognize it.
There’s a condition called Cushing’s syndrome, which is characterized by high cortisol or hypercortisolism. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and the adrenal glands are responsible for creating it.
The thing is, you don’t just wake up with this Cushing’s. It gradually starts and gets worse it worse. The starting point is adrenal fatigue—the same way that prediabetes happens before type II diabetes.
With a full-blown Cushing’s syndrome case, you can see these symptoms:
• Visceral fat
• High blood pressure
• Round face
• Red cheeks
• Buffalo hump
• Fat-collar bone
• Thin skin
• Decreased libido
• Low vitamin D
However, people with adrenal fatigue can also experience these symptoms, but they may not be quite as severe.
Let’s get back to the question, “Can adrenal fatigue cause weight gain?”
It really depends on how chronic it is. If you have an issue with chronic stress, as opposed to only having occasional stress events, then you can definitely have some weight gain. It also depends on the diet. If you have a bad diet and you have chronic stress, the situation is going to be far worse.
Why does cortisol cause weight gain? The purpose of cortisol is to increase your energy in stressful situations, like being chased by a tiger. However, when that energy (which is sugar in this case) isn’t being used—like those who work at a desk—it gets stored as fat. Even worse, cortisol converts your muscle into sugar, which can reduce your muscle mass.
Cortisol also has another function. Along with creating fat, it prevents the burning of fat. This means that you’ll have a hard time to get into ketosis.
The key is to start by figuring out where the stress is coming from. Then, you can work towards lowering it. Next, start on Healthy Keto and intermittent fasting. Finally, make sure you are getting plenty of vitamin D, vitamin C, and potassium.
Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
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Thanks for watching. I hope this video helped you better understand how adrenal fatigue causes weight gain.