Training Tip of the Week

Don’t Stress

Stress can make you fat! This is because stress actually effect’s our hormone levels.

Cortisol has been called the ‘stress hormone’ because excess Cortisol is secreted during times of physical or psychological stress.

Cortisol is an important hormone with many actions in the body, from the maintenance of blood pressure, to the provision of energy for the body.

Cortisol stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for energy, stimulates insulin release, and the maintenance of blood sugar levels.

When we’re under stress the fight or flight response is triggered in our bodies, leading to the release of various hormones.

Whether we’re stressed because of constant demands at work or we are really in danger, our bodies respond like we are about to be harmed and need to fight for our lives. To answer this need, we experience a burst of energy, shifts in metabolism and blood flow, and increases in Cortisol levels.

Too much Cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally experience.

Increased levels of Cortisol can make you crave unhealthy food, and excess nervous energy can often cause you to eat more than you normally would.

Stress even affects where we tend to store fat. Higher levels of stress are linked to greater levels of abdominal fat.

Stress can be unavoidable. So try some positive coping mechanisms.

What’s the best coping mechanism for stress? You guessed it – exercise!

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