2016: Relaxation as a weapon in the weight loss wars

Are you under too much stress?

The stress response system is subconscious; it responds to stimuli and nothing else. Emotional stress, physical stress, financial stress, relationship stress -the body does not differentiate between sources of stress. They all cause the body to produce cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone that breaks down muscle, worsens insulin resistance, and promotes the storage of fat!

Since caveperson times, stress meant a life or death situation. It was intense and infrequent, and the cortisol release was arresting and extreme enough to improve the chances of survival. Today, our body responds to a stack of paperwork the same way. Traffic jams are like rival war bands. A nagging boss is like a rampaging dinosaur, only on a daily basis. Take a step back from your life and take stock of your stress levels – they may be holding you back metabolically from shedding those pounds that stubbornly attached themselves to your stomach, hips and thighs.

Chronic levels of stress mean constant high levels of cortisol that affect the body in some of the following ways:

Find what brings joy, serenity and calmness.  The key is to indulge your stress management habit often and regularly.  This is not only important for mental calm and clarity but for decreasing cortisol levels and fat mass.

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Whereas the calorie counting model is old news, exercise is fabulous at helping to manage cortisol and insulin resistance to help manage weight and reduce fat mass.

 

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