Is your workout causing you to accumulate belly fat?

Is your workout causing you to accumulate belly fat?

Every time you exercise you are creating a hormonal response. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. These messengers control most major bodily functions, and where we accumulate fat.

When it comes to exercise, it is important that you follow these guidelines so that you can actually see results and use exercise to your advantage.

Less is More

Unless you are an athlete training for a specific sport or event, workout sessions should not last more than 45 minutes. Exercise is a wonderful stress-reliever; however, lengthy workouts can definitely crank up your cortisol levels and destruct muscle tissue. Researchers at the University of North Carolina have linked strenuous, fatiguing exercise to higher cortisol and lower thyroid hormones. Keeping your workouts shorter, though still intense, will help prevent excessive cortisol release and will also improve your recovery time.

Do your weight training first if your goal is fat loss

Always do your weight training first when your strength and energy is at it’s highest. A study from the University of Tokyo found that people who did a total-body strength workout before cycling burned 10 percent more fat than participants who only cycled. The researchers also found that less fat was burned and less growth hormone was released by the group that completed cardio first, followed by weights. TIP: Cardio in a depleted state with low glycogen (i.e.. post weight training or empty stomach)

Preserve your muscle – Don’t be afraid of weights

Incorporate strength training to your routine at least 2 times a week. It prevents loss of lean body mass that happens from dieting alone and/or aging, strengthens bones and connective tissue, improves coordination, balance and may help prevent injuries

Yoga isn’t for girls only

Yoga can bring the body back into its natural alignment, level out imbalances, strengthen physical weaknesses, and relieve stress. Numerous studies have shown that yoga can lower blood cortisol levels in healthy males and females. It’s also known to reduce adrenalin and stimulate our calming brain chemical GABA. Research from Boston University School of Medicine and McLean Hospital recommended yoga as a possible treatment for disorders often associated with low GABA levels such as depression and anxiety


Dr. Natasha Turner, Hormone Boost

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