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Weird benefit of having a good cry!

25 Jul, 2016 13:07:01

You probably already knew that crying is good for you mentally. A good crying session when you need it relieves stress and feels cathartic, helping you to deal with whatever rubbish thing is happening.

But it turns out crying has another weird benefit: it might be able to help you to lose weight.

Stress expert Dr Pete Sulack explained to PopSugar that your tears actually contain stress hormones, meaning that when you cry, your reducing the levels of these hormones in the body.

This impacts weight loss because one of those stress hormones is cortisol, which is a hormone that also happens to make your stomach cling on to fat.

Now, to be clear, that doesn’t mean you can replace your gym trips with a forced crying session.

As Yahoo notes, studies have shown that only tears that are caused by genuine emotions – not faked tears or those induced by onion-chopping – contain stress hormones.

So if you force out the tears, crying won’t have any benefits.