Fat Loss Exercise? YOGA!
“Burn Belly Fat” has to be one of the most popular search terms on Google these days.
Most men want sculpted abs, and most women want a slim waist, and a sexy belly.
Nothing wrong with that.
I do my best to keep visible abs year round — along with trying to
be super healthy.
The problem is that both women and men forget about the #1
factor that makes your body store fat around the waist.
– It’s NOT overeating…
– It’s NOT sugar or processed foods…
– It’s NOT a lack of exercise…
The one offender that can nullify your fat burning efforts and leave you with stubborn belly fat is your cortisol hormone.
Cortisol is your stress hormone that is released by your adrenal glands in order to regularize your blood sugar, blood pressure and immune system.
It’s all fair game… until you live in the year 2013, where most
of us are stressed ALL the time.
And I’m not just talking about feeling stressed because your boss is a jerk or because of the heavy traffic on your way back home…
Sources of chronic stress include:
– Lack of sleep
– Negative thoughts and worry
– Sugar and carb-heavy processed foods
– Caffeine abuse (more than 2 coffees per day)
Pretty much sounds like what we all have to cope with every single day, isn’t it?
That’s why most people’s adrenals are burnt out, and why their excess cortisol leads to a cascade of side effects, like…
– Excess belly fat
– Serious drop in testosterone (important for men AND women)
– Bone and muscle loss
– Low libido
– High blood sugar and insulin resistance
How To Slap Your Cortisol In The Face…with Fat Loss Exercise
Cortisol is a pretty wild animal, but it can be tamed.
Reducing stress from your diet and cutting out sugar and processed foods will help, but will only get you so far.
To take control of your cortisol levels, you need to learn to unwind and relax every single day — for at LEAST 5 minutes.
Meditation is one way to do it. Just close your eyes and focus on your breathing for 5 to 20 minutes.
I go to the dry sauna after my workouts at least 5 days of the week to help reduce my stress. It’s great quiet time and lots of research shows how beneficial it is to reducing cortisol.
Fat loss Exercise is also a savior, and has been shown to reduce
But the #1 most effective stress-killer and fat loss exercise is yoga.
Because it combines meditation, breathing, stretching and exercise — All at the same exact time.
A study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that people who practiced yoga at least once a week lost an average of 5 pounds.
In contrast, the participants in the same study who didn’t practice yoga gained a whopping 13 pounds.
Now you can probably see why I recommend this so highly:
Have an awesome day,