The REAL cause of your belly fat: biochemist reveals how stress can lead to bloating – and how to remedy this forever
- Biochemist Dr. Libby Weaver revealed why we suffer from & # 39; cortisol spreading & # 39;
- The expert said there is a huge connection between stress and poor digestion
- She said you can control your appetite through controlled breathing
- Dr. Libby also recommends that you place your knife and fork between two bites
If you eat the right things and train like crazy but still arrive, it might not be so much what you put in your stomach, but rather the bad instructions you give your body about burning fat and losing weight.
The acclaimed biochemist Dr. Libby Weaver said that although you may think it is as simple as & # 39; calories in, calories out & # 39 ;, in fact many people & # 39; pull the wrong levers & # 39; in their attempt to be slim and healthy.
& # 39; Despite good intentions, people are giving their bodies the wrong instructions when it comes to asking to burn body fat effectively & # 39 ;, she wrote to her blog.
& # 39; They unknowingly suffer from a large effect of too much cortisol. & # 39;
Dr. Biochemist Libby Weaver (photo) said that although you may think it is as simple as & # 39; calories in, calories out & # 39 ;, many people & # 39; the wrong handles & # 39; in their attempt to be slim
The first thing Dr. Libby said you should do is understand exactly what cortisol is and why it causes unwanted fat around your belly (stock image)
What is cortisol?
* Cortisol is the body's most important stress hormone and & # 39; your built-in alarm system & # 39 ;.
* It works with certain parts of you to control your mood, motivation, and anxiety.
* Your adrenal glands – triangular organs at the top of your kidneys – make cortisol.
* It is best known to nourish your body's fight or flight instinct in a crisis, but you can produce too much if you are stressed.
So how can you regulate your stress level and the & # 39; cortisol distribution & # 39; lose what many of us suffer from?
The first thing Dr. Libby said you should do is understand exactly what cortisol is and why it causes unwanted fat around your belly.
& # 39; Cortisol is a stress hormone, and our body produces it when it believes we are experiencing persistent stress, & # 39; she said.
Whether this is your response to an overflowing inbox or task list, or your relationship with your finances and relationships, the production of cortisol comes about because you never give your body a rest.
And although you may not think your body is stressed, often by taking food away from your body after cortisol-induced weight gain, you only make yourself more pounds (photo: Dr. Libby)
Cortisol, Dr. Libby explained, is designed to save your life when food was scarce.
& # 39; It sends a message to every cell in your body that your metabolism needs to be slowed down so that those precious fat stores can sustain you until food supplies return, & # 39; she said.
And although you may not think that your body is stressed, often by taking food away from your body after cortisol-induced weight gain, you only make yourself more pounds.
Instead of following a diet when you feel stressed, Dr. Libby said that you should regulate your appetite and generally slow it down – chew every bite and concentrate on food (stock image)
Dr. Libby (photo) recommends that you use your breath to change your stress response and the day starts with 20 long, slow breaths before you get out of bed
What is the best way to regulate your cortisol levels?
* Eat slowly and chew your food well. Give the digestive processes time to work optimally.
* Put your knife and fork between two bites to promote digestion.
* Connect with your mind while eating and try to use this mindfulness to let you know when you are full.
* Use your breath to change your stress response and start the day with 20 long, slow breaths before you get out of bed. This diaphragmatic breathing lowers the stress hormone.
* Make sure you get eight hours of sleep every night – or as close to eight hours as possible.
Instead of being on a diet when you feel stressed, Dr. Libby said you should try to regulate your appetite and generally slow it down.
& # 39; Eat slowly and chew well on your food; Give the digestion time to work optimally & # 39 ;, she said.
If you inhale your food often, she recommends that you put your knife and fork between the snacks.
Dr. Libby also said you need to make contact with your mind while eating and use this attention to let you know when you're full.
Finally, she recommends that you use your breathing to change your stress response and start the day with 20 long, slow breaths before you get out of bed.
& # 39; If you breathe this way, you communicate to every cell in your body that you are safe, because breathing is superficial when your life is literally in danger, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Nothing reduces stress hormones faster than diaphragmatic breathing. & # 39;
To read more from Dr. Libby Weaver, you can visit her website and blog here.
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