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Your Stress Levels

Bad day? Reach for the chocolate and/or the red wine. When you have stress your body steps up its production of cortisol and insulin, which causes your appetite to increase, along with your chances of chomping down on high-calorie foods. But it's not only comfort eating that's to blame. Researchers have also found that stress triggers a hormone called Adamts1, which generates fat cells in the body. Not only will this add to the muffin top, but it also contributes to wrapping fat around internal organs like the liver and pancreas, raising your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And it's not just your stress levels you need to watch. Research carried out at the University of Michigan, found that having a stressed-out husband or wife can lead to weight gain - with 66% of husbands and 70% of wives at an increased risk of obesity. [Photo: Getty]

9 things that are secretly making you put on weight

You're working out like a demon, have culled the carbs, and synched your sugar intake *yawn* but no matter how clean and green you go, you just can't seem to shift those stubborn few pounds. These surprising slim-down saboteurs could have something to do with it…

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