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32 Foods That Turn Off the Stress Hormone That's Making You Fat

Eat This, Not That! Logo By © Provided by Eat This, Not That! of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 33: By Dana Leigh Smith and The Editors of Eat This, Not That!No, you can't eat your emotions. But you can eat foods that are proven to fight back against that heavy, stressed-out feeling!Although a stiff drink may help you calm down and temporarily forget your woes, consuming just half a drink—a 6-ounce beer, a 2.5-ounce glass of wine or half a shot of liquor—can significantly increase your appetite by 20 percent, according to a study published last year. And just like that, you turn into an emotional eater, even if you didn't mean to!But you can eat your stress away, thanks to a whole bucket of foods—all rich in vitamin C—that counteract cortisol, your top stress hormone. Not only will you avoid derailing your diet, but putting a cap on cortisol means it can't trigger the storage of belly fat, which is one of the most frustrating effects of stress. Nosh on the foods below and then keep the smart choices going by familiarizing yourself with these 40 Flat-Belly Truths You Must Know by 40!

32 Foods That Turn Off the Stress Hormone That's Making You Fat

No, you can't eat your emotions. But you can eat foods that are proven to fight back against that heavy, stressed-out feeling!

Although a stiff drink may help you calm down and temporarily forget your woes, consuming just half a drink—a 6-ounce beer, a 2.5-ounce glass of wine or half a shot of liquor—can significantly increase your appetite by 20 percent, according to a study published last year. And just like that, you turn into an emotional eater, even if you didn't mean to!

But you can eat your stress away, thanks to a whole bucket of foods—all rich in vitamin C—that counteract cortisol, your top stress hormone. Not only will you avoid derailing your diet, but putting a cap on cortisol means it can't trigger the storage of belly fat, which is one of the most frustrating effects of stress. 

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