Crying and releasing emotion over your ex ‘can help you lose weight’

Crying and releasing 'real emotion ' over an ex can help you lose weight, it has been claimed.

Scientists have found that emotional tears contain hormones which increase cortisone level.

The hormones prolactin, leu-enkephalin, and adrenocorticotropin (also called ACTH) are produced when we are under a lot of pressure.

By crying, the hormones are released which reduces our cortisol levels – a hormone linked to stress, it is reported.

The body then gets a signal that the stress is over and therefore we don't need to retain fat, Bright Side reports.

It's only tears caused by real emotion that has the effect, the report says.

On average, people cry around 16.5 gallons of tears in their life, scientists believe.

A past study from the University of Minnesota , US, found that crying can also help with healing, boosting immunity and reducing levels of anger and stress.

Professor William Frey, who worked on the study, previously said: "We feel better after crying because we are literally crying it out.

"Chemicals that build up ­during emotional stress may be removed in our tears when we cry.

"Unalleviated stress can increase risk of heart attack and damage certain ­areas of our brain.

"The human ability to cry has a survival value."

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