Secrets revealed, why weight loss and cortisol don't mix!

After the New year, you may consider dieting. Weightwatchers, slim-fast, slimmers world before embarking on that journey read these tips first.
WINDSOR, U.K. - Jan. 5, 2014 - PRLog -- Cortisol and weight loss diets just don’t mix!

Many men and women claim that dieting works........but the shocking facts are that 98% of all weight loss diets fail! The biggest issue is that people use dieting as a short-term solution for a long-term problem.

The reason is, believe it or not the body comes under huge amounts of stress both emotionally, mentally and physically after the Christmas period this leads to increased cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that the adrenal glands secrete in response to stress. Low calorie diets also trigger the release of cortisol that could lead to weight gain. Negative side effects include elevated blood pressure, a decrease in insulin response; blood sugar levels are out of balance and an increase in abdominal fat. However we all respond to stress in various ways some actually lose weight, others react to stress as to the production of increased cortisol by eating more carbohydrates in particular.  And it’s through this combination that weight gain is more likely.

End the cycle of piling the pounds back on

There are many different diet concepts and if you have weight issues there is a likely chance you have tried them all! Some people have had success; others have not. But the odds are that, even if you achieved your goal, you've gone back to your old habits and, over a short period of time, piled the pounds back on plus often ending up weighing more than you did originally.

The reasons for this are that weight-loss diets that radically reduce calorie intake by more than 500 Kcal and reduce vital nutrients. They also encourage people to feel guilty about food.

Food is our friend! It is a vital energy source; especially in building lean muscle tissue that can increase our metabolism and energy levels, helping you lose weight naturally.

The solution to weight loss should not focus solely on dieting, but instead should be based around developing good lifestyle changes and behavior habits that educate and teach you how to burn fat naturally.

Become a natural fat-burning machine through detoxification

The best way to describe detoxification is that it’s similar to getting your car serviced. Every year or every 20,000 miles your car will require a service. Included, as part of that service, is an oil change. By having your car serviced regularly, you can reliably expect to reduce your maintenance bills and that the car will last longer.

It’s exactly the same with your body. If you don’t get it regularly serviced and the oil changed, it will become less efficient and productive. Detoxification is great if you are feeling sluggish, have carbohydrate and sugar cravings, a poor metabolism, irregular bowel movements and poor energy levels. Detoxification is a great tool to help correct most digestive issues including a leaky gut, food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. All of these digestive problems are common after Christmas.

An increase in body fat especially around your stomach is also a clear indicator that you need to detox! Successful detoxification can also help to reverse insulin resistance as it can help remove the body’s waste products and help balance blood sugar (glucose) levels.

What are the benefits of detoxification?

·      Burn stubborn stomach fat

·      Control sugar and carb cravings, hunger and mood swings

·      Increase metabolism, energy levels and improve productivity

·      Eliminate fatigue and tiredness

·      Build self confidence and reduce stress

·      Reduce cortisol levels

What do I need to do for a good detoxification?

·      Foods that are rich in B Vitamins such as oysters, mussels, liver, caviar, mackerel, lean beef, lamb, Swiss cheeses (in moderation) and ducks’ eggs (chickens’ eggs are OK too but have less vitamin B12 in them).

·      Drink water in between meals

·      Include probiotics in your diet: probiotics contain friendly bacteria for your gut to its health and harmony. Probiotics can be found in yogurt mainly.

·      Stimulate your digestion by drinking hot water with a slice of lemon on a daily basis

·      Regularly use ginger in your cooking

·      Include a variety of berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and blackberries, in your diet.

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Adam Strong is a Personal Trainer, Athlete, Author and Transformation Coach. His company Xclusive Corporate Fitness specializes in working with executives and organizations in achieving peak performance in the corporate world. He has created a 12-step methodology that uses techniques in sports performance, fitness and nutrition by developing a competitive mindset and healthier lifestyles all necessary ingredients to be successful in the business world.

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