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Stress, Weight Gain, and What To Do About It!

Let’s just start by saying that stress, to some degree, is necessary and can even be beneficial. It can increase your productivity and drive, and even save your life when you need a quick response during an accident or other life-threatening situation. However, these quick bursts of stress are not what we’re covering today, we’re talking about long-term chronic stress.

Stress can come from work, relationships, kids, etc, and even use of caffeine and pre-workout can add to the body’s stress levels. Whilst nowadays the stressors that we usually encounter are more psychological than physiological (we’re not usually being hunted down by larger land animals..) they can still alter the performance of your body. The effects that cortisol (the stress hormone) has on the human body are primarily metabolic, but can also impact immune response, ion transport and memory. Long-term constant cortisol exposure from chronic stress can impair cognitive function, decrease functionality of the thyroid gland and associated hormones, and in turn increase abdominal fat. High levels of cortisol have also been studied to prolong wound healing.

The stress that occurs in the human body is triggered by change and affected by how your body responds to that change. Regardless of the situation you are in, chemicals will send a signal to your brain which releases cortisol. If the situation is fine, no worries. If this continues to keep happening extremely regularly, or if it is ongoing, the cortisol returns and blocks other neurotransmitters, mainly noradrenaline (the main neurotransmitter of the sympathetic nervous system) and serotonin (the happiness hormone), this can create an ongoing cycle of stress. Anxiety, insomnia and depression can be caused by chronic cortisol response such as this. 

The link between having too much cortisol and weight gain is that usually if we’re starting to get a bit hungry between meals, our body will release cortisol because our blood sugar has dropped. To help us get by cortisol activates amino acids, glucose and fats to maintain our blood sugar level, and the insulin that comes along with it increases glucose absorption in the cells. So cortisol is trying to be a good guy, but he just gets carried away sometimes, such as in the case of prolonged, or long-term stress. When both the cortisol and insulin levels remain elevated in the body the extra glucose starts to become stored as fat, usually around the abdominal area.

So what can you do to stop stressing so much? I’ve put a video on my channel of 10 easy and inexpensive things to do regularly to ensure that you’re keeping your cortisol levels in check. By reducing the constant stress you can help stop the bad side-effects that come along with adrenal imbalance.

References

Rosmond, R, Dallman, M, and Bjorntorp, P 2009. Stress-related cortisol secretion in men: Relationships with abdominal obesity and endocrine, metabolic and hemodynamic abnormalities. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Vol. 83, No. 6.

Dickerson, S, and Kemeny, M 2004. Acute stressors and cortisol responses: A theoretical integration and synthesis of laboratory research. Psychological Bulletin. Vol. 130, No. 3, pp. 355-391.

Epel, E, Lapidus, R, McEwan, B, and Brownell, K 2001. Stress may add bite to appetite in women: A laboratory study of stress-induced cortisol and eating behaviour. Psychoneuroendocrinology. Vol. 26, pp. 37-49.

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Product Review: Green Machine

By Beau

Having Fibromyalgia stopped me from training and I put on 12kgs and looked my worst. I've been able to manage that since then and have been at my best and lost 15kgs! Where I'm heading with this is that one of the symptoms I had was that it was causing me to be sick in the stomach, like really bad. My belly was churning and hurting and........I farted a lot. Rachel hated it. Sorry! I then found out that I'm lactose intolerant - I love ice cream and thick shakes and they're now things I've had to cut out of my diet.

I've been looking into Supergreens to help control my digestive system and get me back on track and because I love going in to ASN Brisbane I was interested in a product called Green Machine that helps:
*lower cortisol levels
*balance PH levels
*iron levels
*vitamin A C and B12
*and it helps overall energy and fatigue.

Ask any of my clients, since I've been taking green machine I've been in the gym training people and twerking like Miley, my energy levels have been insane. On a serious note though, so many people have digestive problems and need to get the right greens in their bodies to help lower cortisol to reduce stress, excess fat storage and the loss of muscle mass. So many people don't even know about cortisol and it slows down the weight loss process dramatically.

The thing that got me with this product is that it actually taste great! Some super greens just taste like liquified rabbit food, which means no one wants to have it and it sits in the cupboard like millions of other fad diets and supplements that you don't need. The fruity taste makes you want to have it everyday, which it should be along side healthy eating, training and other supplements.

 If you want to see what the best Supergreen is go to www.asn.com.au


PRIZE TIME

Because we love our followers, bloggers, friends and family we have decided to give away a tub of Evolve Green Machine!

How do you enter? Simple:
- Take a photo with one of our eBooks
- Tag @eatrunlift.me and @asn_brisbane
- Hashtag: #eatrunliftgreen
- Pop the photo on Insta or Facebook for us to find
We will draw the winner Tuesday February 3 (7pm AEST).

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