Cortisol reacts by dumping most of the energy as dangerous

Cortisol reacts by dumping most of the energy as dangerous

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How stress sabotages muscle building and weight loss goals

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Canada Goose online If it wasn’t for cortisol’s ‘fight or flight’ response, early humans would’ve been nothing more than ready meals for prehistoric predators however. Our environment and its stressors have changed dramatically since then (see http://www.canadagoosejacketoutlett.com many dinosaurs around here, do ya?), yet our hard wired ‘survival’ instinct has remained pretty much the same. And canada goose outlet shop this canada goose outlet reviews is where the problem lies. Canada Goose online

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Useful every now and again canada goose outlet toronto factory you hardly need to procreate halfway through HIIT but if your stress count is constantly in the red, you’re in trouble. Work long hours, face tight deadlines, regularly drink a lot of coffee and alcohol, and hit the weights room hard? Any one of those factors will send your cortisol flowing, whether you like it or not. And when combined, consistently, it’s a recipe for ill health.

(Related: What happens when I work too hard?)

“Our bodies think we’re in survival mode all the time,” explains Tony McCarthy, co founder of Truth Gym, London. “Unfortunately, this can make it very difficult to lose weight canada goose factory outlet through traditional diet and exercise canada goose outlet sale advice drop calories and train harder because they create more stress for the body.”

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(Related: 5 easy ways to boost your metabolism)

canada goose uk outlet With energy levels raging, and no way of burning it off because you’re at your desk rather than in a jungle official canada goose outlet your body releases (energy storing) insulin in an attempt to calm things down. Cortisol reacts by dumping most of the energy as dangerous visceral fat. For this reason, being chronically stressed can fast canada goose outlet store track you to a swollen belly, even if you eat like an athlete. canada goose uk outlet

2. Stress makes you crave junk food

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canada goose clearance Fat and sugartrigger the release of dopamine in the brain, which causes pleasure, “so people eat to counteract the negative feelings that come with stress”. Stress also takes the driving seat when it comes to food choices and portion control. In fact, it affects our brains in a similar way to alcohol, says Uxshely Chotai at The Food Psychology Clinic. canada goose clearance

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Canada Goose Parka “When we’re stressed or tired, our prefrontal cortex the part of our brain that makes conscious choices for us stops working as effectively,” she explains. “We’re no longer able to consciously control our food choices, and we have less willpower to resist the urge to overeat foods we wouldn’t canada goose outlet parka otherwise choose to eat.” Canada Goose Parka

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Over time, chronic stress damages your cells, making them resistant to insulin. This sends your hunger hormones out of whack, warping your brain ‘stop eating’ signals. Before you know it, you’re halfway through a multipack of Mars bars and still feel hungry. Unsurprisingly, this ‘insulin resistance’ is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.

The solution: Swerve caffeine, alcohol and sugar, and don’t wait until you’re ravenous to eat. Make meal prep your goose outlet canada greatest asset and you’ll sail canada goose outlet jackets through canada goose outlet canada the 3pm slump without reaching for the biscuit tin.

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canada goose store Whenever you do aerobic exercise or lift weights, you create microscopic tears in your muscle fibres, explains Chris Magee, head of yoga at London gym Another Space. During recovery, your body repairs the damage, making your muscles bigger and stronger. canada goose store

(Related: What better, weights or cardio?)

However, high levels of cortisol leads to “prolonged muscle tension, reduced blood flow and a build up of lactic acid,” he says, making your muscles “less elastic, and limited in their movement and growth.”

‘Hang on,’ canada goose outlet store uk you say. ‘Isn’t cortisol a powerful anti inflammatory?’ Well, yes, but some inflammation is necessary to promote healing, advises Dr Creaney. “Therefore, high levels of stress are likely to blunt the adaptive response to training.”

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