You exercise regularly to maintain a healthy diet, but can’t you still get rid of the extra inches of your waistline? Surprisingly, the main reason for this may be stress! Yes! stress! This could be a criminal who puts those extra notches on your belt. Well, who do you say isn’t stressed these days? And you are right! Feeling stress is an increasingly common problem. There is no problem if the height of the graph is small. But how does stress affect the waistline? Let’s check!
What happens when I feel stressed?
When we are stressed, our bodies are in “fight or flight” mode. Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released, helping to respond to “dangers”, causing the heart to pump faster, muscles to contract, and sensations to sharpen. If the stress is too great, our bodies can always be in flight mode or flight mode, which can be a problem.
At limited doses, stress helps us stay focused, energetic and alert. However, high levels of stress can cause anxiety and depression, causing many medical concerns such as cardiovascular problems, immune system damage, type 2 diabetes, and even weight problems.
The effect of stress on the waistline
Glycogen is the energy stored in our liver and is mainly supplied by carbohydrates. When cortisol is released, glycogen is released, giving you extra energy to “escape from stressful situations.”
Our bodies have glycogen receptors, which are increased, especially when faced with high levels of stress to protect important organs around the abdomen. Glycogen is released to provide energy, but if not utilized, it is stored around our waistline and raises inches.
As stress levels increase, so does the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
And you unknowingly begin to face the following::
- Make bad food choices and increase fat cells in your body.
- Cortisol, a stress hormone, can reduce sugar content and reduce sensitivity to insulin.
- Increases the appetite that gives you those hungry pains. This means you’re more likely to reach for burgers and pizzas, which are high-calorie junk foods, and quickly fill your hunger and feel better. Therefore, stress can cause you to eat more than you need.
- Certain high levels of stress can cause increased levels of fat cells, which also increases the rate at which the body stores fat, leading to weight gain.
How can I control it?
- Indulge in exercise: It’s the best way to relax your body and mind
- Take a deep breath: You can quickly remove the pressure
- Balanced diet: Talk to your GOQii coach to help you make the right food choices.Do not skip meals as it can actually exacerbate the situation
- Say no to caffeine: Because it increases the production of stress hormones.
- Drink a lot of water: Dehydration may increase cortisol production
- Avoid processed foods: May affect gut flora, stress response, energy levels
- sleep well: Sleep deprivation and chronic stress can disrupt the production of stress hormones.
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