I see time and time again those who put on weight despite a good nutrition plan and on point training. Its frustrating. Miserable and Bewildering.
Stress related weight gain or plateaus are becoming more and more frequent. Life is tough. Relationships can be hard. Lives are busy. It’s not always easy sticking to good nutritional habits. Wha about getting enough sleep, or enough sunlight, the boss, the kids, the bills….. Geez Louise!
Regardless of where it comes from, even whether its perceived or real – when the body feels stressed cortisol is released and cortisol sends out messages to the body to store fat
AS A COACH
As a coach I can help ensure nutrition is on point, but unless there is calm with minimal stress, fat loss results wont be easy. Fat loss quite simply, favors a stress free, hormonally balanced, metabolically healthy body.
STRESS – WHAT DOES IT DO
Stress regardless of the cause will significantly hinder a
body’s ability to get lean. In many instances significant stress can totally
shut down fat burning resulting in fat storing and muscle wasting.
Stress will increase cortisol production.
“In the presence of increased cortisol abdominal fat increases along with circulating fatty acids” –Dr Ray Peat
STRESS DOWN REGULATES METABOLISM AND SLOWS FAT BURNING
Cortisol suppresses mitochondrial respiration. This is what metabolism is all about. So in the presence of increased cortisol metabolic rate slows down. When metabolism slows down fat burning slows down. When metabolism is severely compromised fat burning comes to a drastic devastating halt, not what anyone wants when fat loss is their goal.
HIGH CORTISOL – METABOLIC AND HORMONAL DISASTER
Increased cortisol leads to a series of metabolic and hormonal disasters. Estrogen is increased, progesterone decreases, skin ages, brain cells are damaged, Inflammation occurs, protein (muscle) is catabolised and fat is stored in the abdomen and back. Excess estrogen also has many insidious carcinogenic, fat storing, mood destabilising qualities.
WHAT CAN CAUSE A STRESS RESPONSE
Stress is experienced differently from one to another and different experiences illicit different stress responses pending personal resilience.
But when trying to get lean, fit into skinny jenas, wanting to do a bikini model competition or even wanting to get rid of bloating, be aware of emotional stress, relationships stress, financial stress, being overwhelmed and too busy stress, not enough sleep stress, not enough sunlight, stress from excessive or exhausting cardio/training, feelings of depressions, anxiety or guilt, too much muscle meat, poor nutrition, restricting calories or carbs, lack of essential vitamins or mineral etc etc.
PROCOMPS PRO-METABOLIC MEAL PLANS
The 12 week boost and shred meal plan program, has been created based upon the research of endocrinologists using a unique combination of food that will help decrease cortisol, increase thyroid hormone functioning and reduce excess estrogen. Basically getting the body back to a hormonally balanced state that favours fat loss.
Consider your own 12-week challenge – with a difference. Not only to get lean but to reduce stress hormones and increase thyroid hormones. Read about strategies and which foods can help reduce stress hormones ( ie salt, simple sugars, calcium) and get a balanced body effortlessly.
Don’t hesitate to send us a message to ask about any of our program or the work ProComp specializes in to help create great looking, hormonally balanced bodies.