If you’re trying to lose weight, you gotta stop stressing…. easier said than done right… Well, I can’t say ‘stop stressing’ but I will say find a way to manage it. Be it meditation, prayer, watching a funny movie or punching a pillow, as long as you manage it.
Here’s why: Your body responds to all stress in the same way. So, every time you have a stressful day, your brain instructs your cells to release potent hormones. You get a burst of adrenaline, which taps stored energy, so you can fight or flee. At the same time, you get a surge of cortisol, which tells your body to replenish that energy even though you haven’t used very many calories. This can make you very hungry. Your body keeps on pumping out that cortisol as long as the stress continues. With your adrenal glands pumping out cortisol, production of the muscle-building hormone testosterone slows down. Over time, this drop causes a decrease in your muscle mass, so you burn fewer calories. Cortisol also encourages your body to store fat—especially visceral fat, which is particularly dangerous because it surrounds vital organs and releases fatty acids into your blood, raising cholesterol and insulin levels and paving the way for heart disease and diabetes.
Do not let your hard work go to waste….and for some ugly reason, no matter how good I was that week, when I stress about something, the signs always show in the belly area…Ai.
So, next time you feel overwhelmed about life rather holler at me asap or go for a walk, kick a ball with your kids, meditate, workout or scroll through memes…whatever you do, do not get sucked into the vicious cycle …and that is why I’m here for you.
We’re in this together!