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Belly fat and cortisol.

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You can’t stress your way to good health or long term weight loss.”

We’ve been told that cortisol contributes to stubborn belly fat, but what is it, and how is it creeping into our lives?

“Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. When released into the bloodstream, cortisol can act on many different parts of the body and can help:

  • your body respond to stress or danger
  • increase your body’s metabolism of glucose
  • control your blood pressure
  • reduce inflammation.

Cortisol is also needed for the fight or flight response, which is a healthy, natural response to perceived threats. The amount of cortisol produced is highly regulated by your body to ensure the balance is correct.”

Source: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/the-role-of-cortisol-in-the-body

So some cortisol is good, it has regulatory functions in our body like waking up; this apparently is a person’s normal flow of cortisol in a typical day:

For the average person (i.e., somebody who rises at or around 6:30 a.m.), cortisol levels peak at:

  • 8 to 9 a.m.,
  • noon to 1 p.m., and
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Source: https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/scientists-just-discovered-best-time-of-day-to-drink-your-first-cup-of-coffee.html

So it’s not that you are trying to eliminate cortisol altogether, but rather not raise it unnecessarily or keep it elevated for too long because in addition to weight gain, it can also cause:-

  • high blood pressure
  • type 2 diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • disrupts other hormones
  • impairs sleep
  • impairs brain function causing brain fog
  • hampers the immune system
  • irritability and depression
  • inflammation

So if you have stubborn belly fat or any of the above symptoms, are you doing any of these things and keeping your cortisol unnecessarily high…

  • Waking up early without adequate sleep – persistent inadequate sleep leads to sustained cortisol levels.
  • Exercising first thing or early in the morning.
  • Exercising early in the morning on an empty stomach – double cortisol body shock
  • Exercising at any time of day on an empty stomach
  • Exercising early in the morning and drinking nothing but coffee – triple body cortisol
  • Dieting – going hungry for too long
  • Fasting
  • Difficult and/or prolonged cardio – like running, HIIT, Cross fit
  • Coffee first thing in the morning
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Low carb diets
  • Artificial sugar or sugar replacement like stevia – read my post specifically about this here.
  • Racing around, stress at work, stress at home, trying to do too many things and then on top of that pushing yourself to do stressful exercise like cardio, cross fit & HIIT.

Too many stories I’m reading where people are complaining of belly fat but then proudly say…

  • they workout first thing in the morning without food and have been doing it for years.
  • Or doing cross fit and love it but still can’t shift that belly fat.
  • Or had a stressful day at work, raced home to feed the kids and then went to a HIIT class?

All the while thinking they are doing the right thing to be healthy and pushing themselves to do hard exercise even when they don’t feel like it – because we’ve been told this is what we should do. Then they say something like “I didn’t feel like going but I’m so glad I did, I feel great now.” You only feel great because of stress hormones; whereas in actual fact your body is suffering and breaking down.

So your body can run on stress hormones for a certain amount of time, it may even be years but you are progressively damaging your body and heading for an eventual breakdown of health.

Stress itself hampers weight loss and raising cortisol is one of the ways it does it. So are you guilty of any of the above and hampering your own health and weight loss efforts?

Awareness,

 

Kristy x

 

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I’m not doing anything differently but I’m putting on weight!

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I had lunch with a friend recently, who like me, has been into the whole losing weight, trying to be healthy thing for years. She had tried everything too but had been in a good place for quite a while, believing she had found her perfect mix of exercise and eating without too much drama, and she had maintained her 20kg (40lb) weight loss for the longest time.

Until now.

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Banana Buzz Smoothie (hint, hint – coffee!)

 

SmoothiebananacoffeeSo I’m back from Cherry Blossom gazing in Japan and wow(!) what an amazing place that is for a number of different reasons. Will elaborate more in a coming post but for now, I just wanted to show you my latest breakfast-on-the-run creation.

With both more fruit and coffee coming back into my life, start the day with a Ka –BANGO!

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The switch from very Low Carb/Keto to Pro Metabolic eating.

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Ok, so I’ve mentioned a few times now that I have changed how I am eating.

The reason:

…my holy grail – low sugar and low carb – stopped working for me and the weight started to pile back on!

Oh no!

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Coffee Gummies

coffee, gelatin, gummies, gut health, ray peat, gelatin australiaNow that coffee has crept back into my life a little, it was inevitable that it would appear in some recipes. Added here, it gives a brilliant taste to the gummie lolly, which ends up all creamy, sweet and bursting with flavour.

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Slim Birdy does the Schkinny Maninny

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It sounds like a dance doesn’t it? Or at the very least a fad product in the weight loss world of which you should normally steer clear.

However I am pleased to report that Schkinny Maninny is none of those things.

When I first heard of it, I was totally skeptical. These are the thoughts that popped in my head…

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Caffeine… the final showdown…

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Image by www.elopepics.com

So it’s final… I am so ready now…

About three months have past since the actual time frame of my goodbye caffeine story. Read it here.

After my initial few weeks of swearing off it for a while and reaping the benefits of feeling calm, hydrated and clear in the head, I left it with a possible option to continue having my beloved black and chai tea albeit with some restrictions because caffeine is one of my psycho addictive foods and I know this.

As much as I wish this wasn’t the case, it so is and the result of the last three months has proven it to me yet again. Not that I needed proof but it’s more like that it’s hard to shake or stop something that you love and so you try and try every different possible way to enable it to stay. Or I’m a slow learner!

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It’s time to say good-bye to…

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What amazes me about my whole health and weight loss journey is that while I have come along way from the overweight days and have learned so much, the universe never ceases to amaze me further with new discoveries all the time.

Usually these revelations don’t come out of the blue but they build up over time and if I don’t get the message in the early stages where the discomfort is minor, it gets to a major discomfort stage to get my attention. Think pain, hardship, embarrassment, whatever – it just gets worse until you do something about it.

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