Your cortisol levels may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts!
Are you tired constantly? Over stressed? Not able to sleep well or get in workouts?
All these daily factors can cause your cortisol levels to get out of whack! And when that happens, weight loss will slow down or even stop, no matter what you do!
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Cortisol has catabolic effects on muscle. The overproduction of cortisol has even been linked to the aging of the brain. Cortisol is a hormone with good and bad effects on our bodies. On the one hand, you need cortisol for energy, but, on the other hand, if you have too much cortisol it can break down muscle tissue. The best time to have elevated cortisol levels is in the morning, since this helps to wake you up and get you moving! Conversely, your cortisol levels should be lower at night.
People who suffer from constant stress, either physical, mental or both, will have low morning energy, which is usually a sign of low cortisol levels and higher levels at night. Not good! If your body is constantly in this backwards state, then you will have low energy and depression!
There is much research and documentation pointing to the concept that the less cortisol you have, the more anabolic hormones you have. This translates into better muscle building in the gym! Which, in turn, means faster metabolic rates and faster fat loss!
Is it possible to control your cortisol levels? Sure!
The best way to begin recovery is a post-workout drink This is your basic aid in controlling the cortisol produced during training. Fish oil, Rhodiola rosea and Siberian ginseng are other supplements that can help lessen cortisols detrimental effects.
If regards to fish oils, Omega-3 raises serotonin in the brain. There have been numerous studies relating reduced depression thanks to omega-3s from fish oils.
You can get an Adrenal Stress Index test done, if you are curious about your precise levels. Most of the time, people know, by the way they feel, if they need help regulating cortisol levels.