#1 Keep this belly fat hormone low "Cortisol" Cortisol is a fat storage hormone that is released by the body in response to stress in your life. Cortisol isn't a bad hormone as it does have it's specific job to do for our bodies. However, cortisol increases appetite, sugar cravings, causes general weight gain and increases belly fat in stressed individuals. While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, it’s important that the body’s relaxation responses to be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture and life situations these days the body’s stress response is activated so often that the body doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal, resulting in a state of chronic stress. This is what causes that awful dreaded belly fat around our mid-section.
Normally, Cortisol is most present in the body at higher levels in the morning, and at its lowest at night. Although stress isn’t the only reason that cortisol is secreted into the bloodstream, it has been termed “the stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body. Small increases of cortisol have some positive effects: 1. A quick burst of energy for survival reasons 2. Heightened memory functions 3. A burst of increased immunity 4. Lower sensitivity to pain 5. Helps maintain homeostasis in the body
To keep the cortisol levels healthy and under control, the body’s relaxation response should be activated after the fight or flight response occurs. You can learn to relax your body with various stress management techniques, and you can make lifestyle changes in order to keep your body from reacting to stress in the first place. We are all different and will react differently to life's stressful situations. It's true that people with higher levels of cortisol in response to stress also tend to eat more food, and will eat food that is higher in carbohydrates which causes more belly fat.
It's so important for us to listen and pay attention to our body and know when we are reacting to higher stress levels. If we do this we can do specific things to lower the cortisol levels in our bodies to a healthy level. This will prevent the dreaded fat storage that seems to happen when we just cannot get our stress level under control. Learn to know when this is happening and take daily steps to make time for some of the relaxing techniques. Keep your cortisol levels in check with some relaxing techniques and stress releasing that will keep your mid-section slim and beautiful. If your not sure what relaxing techniques to start doing? Try some of the ones I listed below and maybe from there you can find some good ones of your own that will work for you. "Relax" Chill and make that belly slim, fit and healthy! 1. Journaling 2. Exercise 3. Yoga 4. Listening to Music 5. Breathing Exercises 6. Sex 7. Meditation ✿