Could stress be adding to your weight gain? Studies have shown that stress plays a major role in body fat.
When we are stressed our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. In short burst cortisol; promotes fat burning, increase energy and focus. Which is great if we are running away from a bear or fending off rattlesnakes. However, if we are under constant stress, cortisol levels remain elevated. The effects of prolonged exposure to elevated cortisol are; increased appetite, increase blood sugar levels, and increase fat storage.
The end result being that constant stress makes it difficult for our bodies to let go of excess body fat. That is why I want to show you three simple exercise techniques that will help lower your stress while building muscle.
I have already gone into details about the benefits of vitamin D here. But did you know that Vitamin D play a crucial role in weight loss.
Recent studies suggest that obesity and vitamin D are closely intertwined. The studies show that individuals who are overweight tend to have lower vitamin D levels. Researchers believe that this is because vitamin D is not going into the blood stream but is instead deposited into fatty tissue.
Unfortunately since vitamin D is a major factor in bone strength and thyroid* regulation, the decreased bio-availability of vitamin D impairs an overweight individual's ability to strengthen bones and increase metabolism. In other words, the more body fat an individual has, the lower the vitamin D levels in the blood, this in turn leads to lower metabolism, decreased energy levels, and weaker bones.
Just one more reason to make sure you are getting plenty of sunshine or taking your D3.
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*Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) is one of the major hormones produced by the thyroid and it plays a major role in energy and metabolism.