No matter how much we try, we can’t completely avoid stress. Fortunately, there are proven ways to reduce stress, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise. We know that high levels of stress can impact everything from getting a quality night’s rest to an increase in fat in your abdomen region, commonly referred to as belly fat.
Stress can appear in many ways physically, but there’s also a hidden way it’s affecting important body processes such as your metabolism. To learn how stress is affecting our metabolism, POPSUGAR spoke with Avigdor Arad, Ph.D., RDN, CDE, director of the Mount Sinai PhysioLab.
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