While the hormone cortisol plays a vital role in the body, it could also be one of the reasons for that extra unwanted padding around your mid section. Our body is designed to deal with stress by releasing cortisol in a ‘fight or flight’ response; however, it is essential that our body returns to a state of relaxation afterwards. Remaining in a constant state of stress over long periods of time causes a higher and prolonged secretion of cortisol. This increased level of cortisol has been shown to cause various negative effects, one of which is an increase in abdominal fat. Finding ways to decrease the stress in your life will lower cortisol levels and ultimately help you with the battle against the bulge!
Incorporate some of these stress-relief techniques into your day!
1) Breathing exercises