Stress and How it keeps you Fat.

Jul 15th, 2013

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Stress and How it keeps you Fat.

Yes we all have some form of stress in our life, and no there is not a way to get rid of it all.  Oh how I wish there was a way to remove all stress, but there is not.  There is a way to remove daily stressors brought on by our daily life and work.  Lets first get into how stress plays a role in keeping you fat.  Stress triggers the release of a hormone called Cortisol; Cortisol breaks down muscle for energy.  So when you are continually releasing cortisol into your system your body is continually breaking down muscle and using it for glucose to supply your body for energy.  When the glucose (sugar) spikes in your blood stream happens then your pancreas release insulin to bring your blood sugar down.  This cycle continues over and over again, until you relieve yourself of undue stress.  Well as you keep producing these spikes in sugar and then spikes in insulin, your body begins to stop recognizing the need to shut off insulin production.  So you are now insulin resistant and you have type 2 diabetes, as well as additional fat.  Not only do you become resistant to insulin your body then begins to start storing the additional sugar as fat stores.   So you ask how do we get rid of these stressors in our life.  First and foremost take time out for you during your day.  This can be the first thing in the morning with prayer or meditation.   This time allows you to get focused and relaxes you from the start.  Also make a list of task that you need to accomplish for the day, list at least 5 items and make 1-2 fairly easy to accomplish.  If you do not complete all of the items by the close of your day, don’t worry just add them to the next days list.   Listen to relaxing music, music has been shown to change individuals moods and mindset.  Last but not least get sleep.  Try to achieve at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night.  When getting proper rest, people tend to wake up in a better mood and ready to take on daily task.

I hope these few tips will help you relieve your stress and also lose that fat.

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