For those who are already stressed, cortisol is forever being pumped from your brain to the rest of your body. This releases glucose, which helps you dominate your problems in short order. The problem starts when we constantly feel stressed, and what happens when cortisol is consistently being released into the system. This imbalance of hormones deprives our cells of glucose, so our cells send a message to our brain to tell us that we need to eat. This is the start of the problem.
Telling our body that it needs to eat, the cortisol-belly fat cycle begins in earnest. Let’s break it down, step-by-step:
- We feel stressed, so our bodies release cortisol which gives us energy (provided by our cells)
- Our cells demand more glucose – so they tell our brain to feed them
- Based on these triggers in our brain, we eat
- We gain weight, and ultimately feel stressed about that weight gain
- The vicious cycle repeats itself, over and over again
Don’t get me wrong, though. Cortisol can be great when you are training, bodybuilding or going through intense amounts of exercise. When we’re breaking a sweat, cortisol works with other hormones in our bodies to help burn calories and shed pounds. The problem is that cortisol is not only released when we’re working out. While you want cortisol to be pumping when you’re at the gym, you don’t want it when you’re simply sitting at your desk.
Cortisol can create cravings for junk food, of all kinds, while shutting off the part of your brain that tells you it’s a bad idea to be eating that much in one sitting. In the wrong context, the release of cortisol can be damaging and destructive to your body.
There is hope, though, and that is in the form of adrenal fatigue weight loss. The following are a collection of tips I can say will help you combat a cortisol imbalance and the dreaded cortisol belly fat that comes with it. Of course, everybody is different, so these suggested dietary and exercise-based tips are going to vary based on the amount of effort and restraint you exercise.
If bodybuilders and athletes use cortisol to their advantage, why can’t you? There must be a simple way to help combat adrenal fatigue and cut those extra pounds out of your life for good. In fact, there is, so let me walk you through some of the best tips to help you reach your goals.
Help combat adrenal exhaustion today with the following tips…
Tip #1: Carb Cycling
The research is in, and carbohydrate cycling is gaining traction in scientific conversations around weight loss (2). Better than ketosis (3), the process of enduring times of low-carb intake alternated with periods of high-carb intake is a way to combat your cells demanding more and more food. Cutting down your carbohydrate intake from anywhere between 30-55% can help you reach your goals. It is also a way of avoiding weight loss plateaus (4), which can often be one of the most frustrating parts of any diet. Cutting down your carbs and allowing your body to burn off that excess fat, while replenishing with more carbs keeps your body in a steady rhythm when it comes to dropping that extra bit of weight.