When we get stressed out in challenging situations our bodies produce more of the hormone cortisol, leading to more fat storage especially around the midsection. The best way to combat this is to prevent it.
What are you Stressed about? Is it frustration in your life? with your body? or with food? Stress and belly fat are directly related as chronic stress can cause an excess of the hormone cortisol to signal your body to store more belly fat.
These are the 3 best tips to overcome stress and therefore help you reduce stress related body fat.
It’s our mission to truly help you live lean, so let us know in the comments what you are stressed about and if any of our fitness or nutrition guides have helped you feel less stressed and helped you reduce your belly fat
A few things you can do to reduce frustration-in-life type stress: Read books, invest in your education and take time out to sit still and read or even just meditate. Some of my favorite educational, positive inspiring books are: Success Principles, Psycho Cybernetics, Release your Brakes, or Brad’s book Awaken the Abs within. These types of books are not just for entertainment, they stimulate positive thoughts in your mind and will help you lead a more productive life and engage in more successful behaviors leading to a less stressful mindset.
If it’s your body you are stressed about then our top recommendation is to get on a workout program that is specific for you goal. If you want to lose fat, do a fat loss program, if you want to build muscle, choose a muscle building program, etc.. you see the trend. A lot of workout & body frustration stems from the failure to choose workout type, time, intensity, or duration based on goal. It may actually be necessary for you to hire a trainer or enlist a workout buddy so you can stick to a structured workout program for at least 6 weeks.
If the stress is around food or eating: It may be time to better structure your nutrition plan. Many people overestimate the amount of calories they should be eating which leads to constant struggle and stress. Take a day or two to actually portion and measure what you eat and it may be surprising! Take what you learn from that experience and incorporate it into your daily eating. If you need help figuring out your macros and calories you can order a Custom Nutrition Plan through Live Lean Custom Coaching.
Planning ahead, asking for help, and investing in yourself are habits of all successful people. We trust and believe in you. Thanks for reading watching and getting involved with the Live Lean 365 mission!