Not sure which one is worse, blowing a 17-0 lead against the division rival Steelers or getting decimated 33-7 by the Chicago Bears. Being a Bengals can be quite stressful to say the least and when your body is under large amounts of stress, it produces large amounts of cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when it is under heavy amounts of stress. Things like working out, alcohol consumption, and being a Bengals fan all increase levels of cortisol which can lead to storage in the midsection, bad sleep, and impair muscle protein synthesis.
Some things that have been a game changer in lowering my cortisol levels and have helped me with my stubborn body fat areas, better REM sleep, and muscle recovery.