We all need to be aware that there is a stress/fat connection. The stress hormone called cortisol helps to maintain blood pressure, stimulate insulin, and to allow access to fast energy, and make it easy to access when you need it. Cortisol is engaged when you feel panic, or stress.
If constant stress is causing cortisol to constantly be engaged, it has been shown to negatively impact your health. It’s also been shown to cause fat deposits.
The deposit of fat around the belly and bottom is considered toxic fat because of the documented connection to cardiovascular disease. Fat around your mid-section actually ‘pads’ your organs (and not in a good way). It requires those organs to work harder to work efficiently. http://www.cincinnati.md/oh/cincinnati/con-article/657500/cortisol/shift_workers_show_rise_in_stress_hormone.htm ,
All these factors speak volumes to the stress relieving benefits of regular exercise help from a physician with physiological medication, meditation, yoga, or massage (who needs an excuse to enjoy this!). When reducing your stress, you’ll be reducing your waistline as well!
Thursday 04/19/12- Exercise Diary:
Pure Barre class- 30 minutes
Strength training- upper body, DVD- 55 minutes
Thursday 04/19/12- Food Diary:
1 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup onions, handful organic spinach (135 cal)
Whole wheat, low- calorie, english muffin [eggs served on top with a squeeze of lemon] (100 cal)
1/2 banana(frozen) (45 cal)
Whey protein shake (125 cal)
2 3/8 oz. Mahi-mahi (60 cal)
8 oz Salad- spinach, cherry tomato’s,brocolli slaw, asparagus, green beans (88 cal)
3 oz quinoa (130 cal)
whole wheat, low-carb tortilla, 2 tbls red pepper hummus (200 cal)
4 oz Chillean Sea Bass (290 cal)
1/2 cup brown rice, basil, peas (200 cal)
12 small asparagus spears (40 cal)
1/2 cup no-fat cottage cheese, 1/4 cup non-fat yogurt, berries (140 cal)
TOTAL CALORIES- 1829