Chronic stress might be linked to weight gain around the middle, but it’s unlikely that CortislimTM will melt it away. The ads for CortislimTM are correct when they say that chronic exposure to the stress hormone, cortisol, probably increases appetite and encourages fat accumulation around the waist.  Researchers at UC San Francisco found that women with the most belly fat were most overwhelmed by stressful tasks, most prone to day-to-day stress, and secreted more cortisol compared to women with less fat around the middle. However, there is no published evidence that CortislimTM reduces cortisol levels or even that lowering cortisol leads to weight loss. 

Even if Cortislim worked, you never, ever want to chemically regulate cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone necessary for life; you die if it drops too low or are sleepless and anxious when it rises too high. Besides, cortisol is linked mostly to visceral body fat, the fat that lies deep under muscles and surrounds the viscera, or vital organs, not the soft, pudgy fat you pinch at your waist and that prevents you from wearing that tight little black number during the Holidays.

Then there is the issue of whether or not Cortislim works. There is no scientific evidence to support any of Cortislim’s claims that it controls cortisol levels, significantly boosts metabolism, or regulates insulin. Some ingredients might do more harm than good. For example, the active ingredient in bitter orange peel is synephrine, a stimulant comparable to the banned weight-loss aid ephedra. Chase it with caffeine in the green tea extract and you have a combo that could increase heart disease-risk and add to stress, not relieve it. The claim that banaba leaf extract might lower insulin levels is backed by a study on mice; hardly proof of an effect, let alone safety, in people. Beta sitosterol might lower cholesterol levels, but it won’t cause weight loss. The rationale for other ingredients in CortislimTM, from vitamin C to magnolia bark extract, are questionable and the dosages for every ingredient are guesses, at best. Even when a compound, such as green tea or vanadium, show promise in aiding weight loss or insulin activity, the effect is very small and there is no evidence they have any impact on weight maintenance. 

There is a solution to stress-induced weight gain, and it’s a lot cheaper than any pricy pill, powder, or capsule marketed over the internet or on television informercials. Cortisol drops when you boost endorphin levels with a massage, a walk in the woods, meditating, or a bike ride, which are great preventive measures to take before you are so tense that you overeat and pack on the pounds.