Chill-Ax for a Flatter Stomach!
By Alya Alyssa Kattan
Well before I talk about how to unwind, let’s discuss stress and belly fat.
Did you know that stress can make you fat and less attractive? Well it’s responsible for giving us a pooch belly, for hair fall out, running havoc on our skin!
When we are stressed our bodies increase cortisol output. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland which signals the body to prepare to fight. Studies have shown that people who secrete higher levels of cortisol in response to stress tend to not only eat more but also eat foods that are higher in carbs than people who secrete less cortisol. Also high levels of cortisol have been linked to increased abdominal fat.
To keep cortisol levels under control, the body’s relaxation response should be activated after the fight or flight response occurs. Try the following:
Great Ways to De-Stress
- Do some Yoga
- Mediate or Pray
- Take a Bubble Bath
- Get a Massage
- Breathe Slowly and Deeply
- Listen to Music
Belly fat can be dangerous to your health. So make sure to make time to relax! Even 5 minutes of deep breathing can do wonders for your well-being.