23 Jun Bust Belly Fat Caused By Stress
Chronic stress can lead to increased belly fat.
“WHY does this awful process occur?!” You might be asking…
Your body thinks it’s doing you a favor by adding more fat to your internal organs… for 2 reasons:
⁍ Fat around your middle is easy for your body to grab & convert to energy during a crisis.
⁍ Fat around your internal organs will protect you in times of stress or trauma [falling down]. I know, I’m not too happy about it either.
Guess what starts this process? 👀
Chronic levels of stress. 😲
AKA daily life right now! Your body releases stress hormones [cortisol] and they go to work releasing sugar & creating a craving to EAT EVEN MORE. 😂
While it may feel like you can’t fight this process, you can dial it down by trying 3 QUICK & EASY stress management tips!
❶ Get outside! Research shows that 5 minutes outside can help to drop your cortisol levels.
❷ MOVE. Adding some mindfulness movement [yoga or tai chi] for a few seconds can help reduce levels & production of cortisol.
❸ Breathe, deep! Get your stomach to expand on the inhale and flatten on the exhale. Studies show it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just focus on consciously breathing for 2-3 cycles of breath.
Fighting Belly Fat:
❶ Fiber. Research shows that people who increase fiber content end up reducing belly fat. Fiber helps keep you fuller, longer…. which can keep you away from stress-eating or eating out of boredom. Try to increase your cruciferous veggies [broccoli & cabbage] or add beans to your salads [@swbeans are my fav!]. Beans are a good source of soluble fiber & protein.
❷ Alcohol. SORRY! There’s a reason why it’s called a “beer belly.” High levels of alcohol have been shown to increase belly fat stores. When you drink, you usually end up eating about 30% calories more.
❸ Stress. Increased stress = increased cortisol. Cortisol can drive your appetite & lay down more fat stores into the belly area.
Need more tips and a program to help you stay accountable? I’m here to help! Find out more information here.