Having trouble losing weight? Pounds mysteriously piling on? Stress could be the culprit.
Cortisol forces your body to hold on to fat stores and even relocates fat to your belly and deep into your abdomen. It also slows down your metabolism, eats away at muscle mass and weakens the immune system. This causes weight gain, and the abdominal fat around your organs puts you at higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
To add insult to injury, cortisol fuels cravings for high-calorie, high-carbohydrate, fatty foods. Studies show women under stress with high cortisol levels tend to eat more. When stress continues, your appetite continues to rev in high gear while your metabolism crawls along. So as your body hoards fat due to high cortisol levels, your increased food intake is creating even more fat to store. It’s a vicious cycle.
Chronic stress also makes it harder to stick to healthy living habits, like regular exercise and eating nutritious foods. And it zaps your stores of important nutrients such as B complex vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc, leaving you tired and more prone to illness as your metabolism slumps.
The bottom line is you must manage and reduce stress to be able to lose weight, maintain energy and protect your health.
1. Exercise consistently.
Short bursts of high-intensity exercise with periods of rest between have been shown to help reduce cortisol levels while improving your mood in minutes. Intense bursts of energy followed by recovery time teaches your body how to better use stress. Think circuit training or jumping jacks followed by push-ups.
2. Sleep peacefully.
3. Eat healthy foods frequently.
4. Fuel right.
Another way to boost your weight loss efforts is with Reliv’s Slimplicity® Weight Loss System. A delicious Slimplicity shake combined with Accelerator Capsules cranks up your metabolism, keeps your appetite in check and fuels you with nutrients and ingredients to help you lose your belly. Just replacing one meal a day with a shake is an easy, stress-free step to a slimmer you!