Secret Hormonal Trick Makes Losing Belly Fat Easy!

It has been scientifically proven that Individuals who are chronically under stress are more likely to have excess stomach fat.  Is this because “stressed out” people tend to “stress eat”?  Well this may be the case for a percentage of these individuals.

After all, stress eaters typically binge on sugar-laden junk foods during periods of stress, which of course would cause unwanted fat gain.

This would certainly explain the connection between being chronically stressed and being overweight in general.  But we know that even stressed individuals who are relatively lean still tend to have a disproportionate amount of belly fat compared to the rest of their body. 

So, if you are stressed, why does a majority of your body fat seem to find its new home right on your abdomen?  Studies have found an answer to that question. Researchers have found a link between high cortisol levels and increased abdominal fat.

For those of you who don't know, cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the adrenals.  It is considered “the stress hormone” and is released in response to stress in the body.

How does cortisol work its unfortunate “magic”? For starters, due to its effect on insulin metabolism and blood sugar levels, it promotes binge eating.

Perhaps even worse than that, cortisol almost completely eliminates the increase in your metabolic rate that normally occurs after eating a meal.  The obvious effect of this metabolic slowdown is that you will burn fewer total calories per day thus making you susceptible to gain more body fat.

But the negative effects of this hormone don’t stop there.

Cortisol also breaks down lean muscle tissue.  Since lean muscle tissue is directly responsible for your metabolic rate, breaking muscle down makes losing belly fat extremely difficult. 

This explains why a person with high levels of cortisol would hold more fat in general.  But what is the specific connection with cortisol and BELLY fat?

Well, it turns out that abdominal fat has approximately five times more cortisol receptors than body fat from other areas of the body.  Therefore, the more cortisol you have in your body, the more your body will want to have more receptors, thus prompting it to store more belly fat. 

It is also speculated that once cortisol has bound itself to the receptors found on abdominal fat, it prevents that fat from releasing fatty acids to be burned as fuel, even during a fat burning workout. 

In other words, the fat that lands on your stomach is "stubborn", and doesn't want to leave.  It has a vested interest in keeping your stomach nice and plump!

Alright, I hope that you are now convinced that keeping your cortisol levels in check is a big part of any successful fat loss program.  But how do we do that? 

Well, some supplement companies sell cortisol blockers.  The primary ingredient in these formulas is phosphatidylserine.  The bad news (and don't hold your breath waiting for the supplement companies to admit it) is that these formulas do NOT work.  They are a total
waste of time and money. 

Fortunately, there are some natural things you can do to keep your cortisol at an acceptable level.  Here are some effective strategies:

  1. Reduce stress- This may seem like it is easier said than done.  But any attempt to deal with life’s situations in a calm manner will help.
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  3. Reduce alcohol consumption- Alcohol intoxication will increase cortisol levels at a rapid rate.  Can anyone say “beer belly”?
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  5. Reduce caffeine intake- I know, I know...First no booze, and now no coffee!?!?  Look, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you simply need to drop that latte if you are serious about losing belly fat.
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  7. Eat small meals throughout the day- Eating one or two big meals per day puts unnecessary stress on the body.  This too leads to increases in cortisol.
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  9. Laugh a little (and preferably a lot!)- Most people don't realize that laughter can lower your cortisol levels profoundly.  So lighten up!
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  11. Don’t over train- Yes, the very training you are doing to burn belly fat can actually be encouraging your body to store it.  You need to balance volume with intensity and training with rest.
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So there you have it.  In addition to a sound nutritional protocol and a properly designed targeted training program, integrate these strategies and make losing belly fat easier than you ever thought possible!

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