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Cortisol and Belly Fat
Basically, high cortisol levels increase belly fat. Studies have shown that an increase in cortisol increases the fat around the belly, increases your hunger (leading you to more cravings), and having high cortisol levels have been linked to low testosterone levels.
What Causes An Increase in Cortisol levels
Stress. Starvation. Sleep deprivation.
These are all things that can increase your cortisol levels. Try not to stress so much. When you feel stressed, take a couple of deep breaths and just try to calm yourself.
Please do not starve yourself. This does NOT help you lose belly fat. When you starve yourself, your body goes into starvation mode and just packs on more fat.
Get at least 8 hours of sleep a day. In this way, you will have a more productive and cortisol free day!
Products, Myths, and What Actually does work?
Is running in the morning good for you? Some advocates say yes and that your body is empty of food so that you will be burning directly from your fat storages. We are not sure if this is entirely correct but what we do know is that cortisol levels are highest in the morning which means your testosterone levels are much lower. This being the case, the morning MIGHT not be the best time to run!
There are tons of products on the market. We are currently testing some out and will come back with the results.
Cortisol and Belly Fat: The Scientific Version
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland and is normally known as the “stress hormone”. It reduces immune responses; and increases blood sugar and blood pressure.
Cortisol levels are the highest in the early mornings and lowest around midnight.
Effects of Cortisol
Cortisol helps restore homeostasis after stress. It counters insulin and promotes the breakdown of proteins and lipids. Too much cortisol secretion causes hyperglycemia.
Having high cortisol levels have been linked to having low testosterone levels. Also, cortisol tends to promote fat storage (especially in the belly area).
When a person does intensive strength training, the body enters a catabolic state. The body breaks down more and more muscle proteins as fuel because of an inadequate supply of carbohydrates. Cortisol and ACTH are released and begin to break down amino acids for the process of protein synthesis.