Essentially, what happens is that when the body is under constant stress, it releases high levels of stress hormones (Cortisol) that flood the system. The Cortisol is part of the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response mechanism which is critical to survival.
These high levels of Cortisol stimulate glucose production in readiness for any sudden burst of physical energy required to handle a stressful situation or a threat. Excess glucose is then typically converted into fat which is stored by the body. Furthermore, the Cortisol can also increase the size of individual fat cells by encouraging them to store more fat.
And since the fat cells in the abdominal region have more stress hormone receptors, the result can be both increased weight with more fat around the abdominal area, and a slower metabolism.
Obviously, these are two very negative factors in any atempt to boost metabolism and lose weight. The last thing that we want is bigger fat cells in our abdomen, coupled with a diminished metabolism!
In addition to all of this, high levels of cortisol can increase the breakdown of muscle tissue leading to muscle loss, and, as we already know if you lose muscle your body becomes less efficient at burning calories
Yet this is, tragically, what happens to many people who experience constant stress, especially those of us who have to balance so many competing objectives, such as work, family, and other vital tasks.
The advice here is to ‘relax and chill out’, and there are some simple techniques that can, and should, be added to your life.
These include walking more, listening to relaxing music, meditation, yoga, eating non-stimulating foods (e.g. no caffeine, no sugar, and so on), and building a daily regimen that includes periodic time outs where you can re-center yourself and de-stress.
Remember: while relaxing is good advice for anyone, it’s important for you to note that stress negatively influences metabolism. So there is a link between how much stress you experience and your ability to break down cells and lose weight.
If you don’t take time out to relax because you don’t have the time, then you should realize that your stressed-out life is probably playing some role in your weight gain or your inability to lose weight.
For the ladies only!
Studies have demonstrated that the 2-week period prior to the onset of PMS is one in which fat burning capacity is at a premium.
This is ironic indeed; because that’s usually the period in which women don’t want to workout; because their body and its emotional computer are preparing for PMS. However, studies in Australia have shown that women were able to burn as much as 30% more fat in the 2 weeks preceding PMS.
The reason for this, researchers argue, is because this is when the female body’s production of estrogen and progesterone are at their highest.
Since these hormones tell the body to use fat as a source of energy, exercising during this time can really pay off. The body will be inclined to target fat cells for catabolism.
(click below to read more)
(1) Transform Your Metabolism Into A Calorie Burning Machine!
(2) ‘Low Fat Labels’ Separating The Facts From The Fiction
(3) Understanding The Mumbo Jumbo – What is Metabolism?
(4) How Metabolism Relates to Calories & Weight Loss – part 1
(5) How Metabolism Relates to Calories & Weight Loss – part 2
(6) Introduction to Strategies to Boost Your Metabolism
(7) Isn’t Cardiovascular Exercise The Only Thing That Matters?
(8) Adding ‘High Energy’ Burning Component to Your Exercise
(9) Why Variety in Your Exercise Routine is ESSENTIAL
(10) How Lifestyle Influences The Speed of Your Metabolism
(11) Getting Enough Sleep Actually Improves Your Metabolism
(12) Constant Stress Negatively Influences Your Metabolism
(13) Understanding How Calories Affect Your Metabolism
(14) Eat More to Burn More? And Don’t Forget Breakfast – part 1
(15) Eat More to Burn More? And Don’t Forget Breakfast – part 2