Stress, Metabolism, and Fat Loss
Something that is rarely talked about but makes a massive difference in how your body reacts to exercise is stress. You may be thinking to yourself, why am I not getting the results I want even though I am eating a low calorie diet and exercising consistently?
The answer to that can lie in how well you handle stress and how your body is reacting to it. You see in order to get the most results you have to understand your body. That means paying attention to the small things such as how your body reacts to certain foods all the way to what effects your sleep patterns.
Did you know that stress can slow down your metabolism and put your body in a state where it burns off your muscle and increases your body fat? Stress increases a hormone called cortisol.
Cortisol is hormone that during stressful times will affect your thyroid, your blood sugar, and worst of all increase your ABDOMINAL FAT.
Your goal is probably to lean up your stomach and have a fast working metabolism so you can wear the types of clothes that you want to wear or wear that bathing suit that you want to wear.
But if you are really stressed out at work or your relationships are rocky or are going through a tough time with your family, you may need to get a handle on your stress in order to start losing that weight and feeling better.
How to solve your stress problem
In order to solve your problems when it comes to stress and exercise, use stress management techniques. These techniques will not only help you lose weight and inches but also increase the overall quality of your life and happiness.
What is currently stressing you out and what can you do to help alleviate that stress?
Sometimes things that work are counter intuitive but can be the deciding factor in achieving your fitness goals.
Stress raises cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is a hormone that increases your body fat and decreases your muscle. The less muscle you have the slower your metabolism.
Reduce the stress in your life by learning how to deal with stress healthily and watch your belly fat start to melt away.