your day, and you exercise more you will most likely lose weight. There are
however other factors which often complicate this very simply equation. Two of
these factors are having too much bad stress and getting too little sleep. When
you are dealing with a lot of stress everyday whether it be personal or work
related your body goes into fight or flight mode. While in this state your body
naturally produces cortisol. This is a hormone which helps to store belly fat.
This was a good thing back when we were hunting for our food and we didn't know
when we would get to eat again........obviously we don't have that problem now!
If your body is constantly producing cortisol you will continue to store fat
(not a good thing if you are trying to lose weight). One way to help lower
cortisol levels before you eat is to simply take a few deep breaths while
preparing your food. Try it. You will notice a difference in how you feel
before you even sit down to eat. Another way is to engage in some type of
exercise every day even if it is only for ten minutes! Humans are meant to
move, we are not designed to sit all day going from car to office. Try even a
ten minute walk around the block after you get home from work or do intervals
of running on the spot combined with marching for one minute increments for ten
minutes. I promise that you will notice a difference in how you feel as well as
how you eat your meal to follow. Let's face it, there will always be stress in
this money driven, faster is better world. If you want to be successful with
your weight loss as well as your weight maintenance, you need to look at how
you are managing your stress. I invite you to begin with these two simple
Stay tuned for my next blog on sleep and weight loss.