If you're obsessed about losing weight, one of the best things you can do to reach your weight-loss goals is to stop obsessing in the first place. A new study from UCLA finds that when people stress about how much they weigh, they release fat-depositing hormones that not only add pounds, but also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers found that when subjects were rejected from what they thought was a "shopping psychology" study because they wouldn't fit into designer clothes, they had higher cortisol levels than those who weren't excluded. "Experiencing weight stigma can sort of trigger these processes that ironically make you gain more weight," says senior study author Janet Tomiyama. "And that could put you at even more risk for weight stigma."
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