I hear so many women tell me that they are doing everything I advise them.
They eat nutritious foods, exercise and cut out sugar and chemicals.
And still, they do not lose weight.
Their bodies are the same or worse. They may even have more fat especially around their bellies.
This is the point when I ask them, “Where are your stress levels?”
They start to tell me that they are overworked, always rushing and pressured to please everyone around them.
This is when I explain the damaging effects of being in a constant state of stress.
What Causes Belly Fat?
Stress can manifest in your body in many different forms.
Unfortunately, one of them is BELLY FAT.
When you live your life in a state of agitation, frustration and hyper responsiveness, this causes belly fat.
It is a sign that stress is taking over your body — specifically the nervous and endocrine system.
When stress affects your nervous system, you are unable to react clearly.
You become anxious, emotional and irritable.
This can bring you into a state of confusion where you cannot make the best choices for your body.
The endocrine system deals with the different hormones of the body.
Your body’s specific way to respond to stress is to release the stress hormone called Cortisol.
Your Adrenal glands are small glands located on top of the kidneys that are responsible for releasing this hormone.
In our modern world, this hormone is being pumped at a much higher rate, and the adrenal glands were never designed to do this.
Most women are pulled in different directions throughout the day, and you may feel that you need to fulfill many roles.
There are always people who need you and want to have your attention.
There is a sense of pressure to do what is expected of you.
What this does to your brain is to tell you that you’re in danger so you go into “fight or flight” mode.
This stressed-out state sends the signal to pump up the Cortisol.
All the blood floods into your brain because you need to think quickly and respond faster.
There is not enough blood going to your digestive organs, and you are not able to fully digest your food.
This can lead to digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating and yes, belly fat storage.
This is how excess Cortisol causes fat storage in the abdominal area.
How To Lose Belly Fat
Reducing the amount of cortisol in your body is one of the best opportunities you have to stop storing belly fat.
Now let’s be realistic… you can’t eliminate cortisol completely!
When released at the right time and at the right amount, cortisol is very beneficial.
It’s going to allow you to really focus and concentrate when you need it.
Pumping Cortisol all day long is the problem because it causes Adrenal fatigue.
You can avoid going to that extreme state by managing your stress levels in healthy ways.
Natural Ways To Relieve Stress
- Get a relaxing massage.
- Go for a walk.
- Laugh with a friend or see a funny movie.
- Have a bubble bath.
- Play with your kids.
Whatever you do, do it from a place of peace. Be gentle with yourself.
Remember, there is no such thing as “perfect”. We all have our experiences in life that give us stress. It’s about how we manage that stress daily that will determine how your body processes it.
We can study the science of fitness, exercise and nutrition but without addressing the stress epidemic, losing weight and eliminating belly fat is not going to happen.
When a woman is stressed out, it affects her entire body, choices and relationships.
Choose to manage your stress in a healthy way.
You will have a sense of peace and calm and this is the best gift you can give yourself.
The TrimTribe way teaches you the value of making time to clear your mind and calm your soul.
I believe that when the body is relaxed, losing weight comes naturally.
Witness your belly fat disappear when you follow this proven natural weight loss program.
Let me know how it works for you.
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