@ZipLine-- I'm not sure what the connection is between cortisol and weight gain. I think it depends on the individual. Someone who has high cortisol due to stress might experience increased appetite and gain weight, while another might experience the opposite and lose weight.
I don't think there can be a general rule that applies to everyone because we all experience different levels of cortisol throughout the day. I might have the highest levels of cortisol in the morning but you might have the highest levels at noon because of environmental stress.
So how do we know when our cortisol is high? It seems impossible without regular testing of cortisol levels and I don't think that's possible at home.
Does anyone know if cortisol causes more calorie-burning?