Did you know that your insulin levels are directly related to your stress?? The less stress you have (or the better you manage it), the lower your insulin levels. When your insulin levels are lower, you will find it easier to lose weight. Let’s face it, we all have stress in our lives, and sometimes it’s much worse than others, so we MUST find a way to manage it successfully.
What is the stress cycle? First, the excitation phase occurs when an event triggers the flight or fight response. At this time, your body secretes adrenaline, which puts you on alert. Immediately following that, your adrenals secrete cortisol, which remains in your body until the stress ends. Recovery, the third phase, occurs when your heart rate returns to normal, cortisol levels fall, and life calms down again. Unfortunately for most of us, we continue to be bombarded by stressful events, so we rarely reach the recovery phase, so our cortisol levels are consistently elevated. This leads to weight gain, insulin resistance, and eventually chronic health problems.
Did you know that certain foods and medications also cause your body’s cortisol levels to increase? Many of the foods are the same that directly increase your blood sugar levels, and ultimately your insulin. These foods include: Caffeinated drinks, high-glycemic starches and sugars, alcoholic beverages, and foods you are allergic to or that you have a sensitivity to. If your attempts at weight loss have stalled, then try cutting out some of these foods and see if that helps break your plateau. Combine your efforts at stress management with clean, low-glycemic impact eating and you will achieve successful weight loss.
The best way to manage your stress level is to control your body’s stress response instead of letting it control you. Here’s a 3-part approach that everyone can use. First, follow a low-glycemic diet and don’t skip meals. By doing this, you avoid cortisol-inducing foods. Also avoid caffeine and alcohol. Second, take fish oil or flaxseed oil every day. Research shows that fish and flaxseed oils can reduce symptoms of stress, and they aid in brain neurotransmitter function. Third, do vigorous aerobics exercise at least 3 times per week for 45 minutes. Vigorous exercise increases the flow of endorphins in your body and makes you feel good. By following these guidelines, you’ll be better able to handle stressful situations without disrupting your body so much.
In summary, to see greater results with weight loss, control your stress responses and follow a low glycemic impact diet. Not only will you lose weight, but you will be better prepared to handle any curveballs that life throws at you!
My favorite supplement for control stress? TLS ACTS.
TLS ACTS tackles stress-related weight gain by:
- Handling stress without sabotaging your weight loss
- Stabilizing emotional responses to stress
- Minimizing stress-related issues (weight gain, difficulty sleeping, etc.)
- Promoting healthy hormone levels & function
- Enhancing and stabilizing mood
Additional Benefits –
- Helps to reduce stress placed on the adrenals to perform, thereby helping to decrease the possibility of adrenal fatigue
- Helps to promote healthy levels of cortisol
- Helps maintain healthy levels of both serotonin and dopamine
- May help to support normal hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) functions
- May help support & maintain normal thyroid function
- May help reduce occasional fatigue associated with stress
- Promotes relaxation without drowsiness
- Supports improved mental clarity
- Most products on the market either focus on weight loss or stress. TLS ACTS addresses both, helping your body adapt to stress and helping you reach your weight loss goals. TLS ACTS Adrenal, Cortisol, Thyroid & Stress Support Formula works specifically to promote healthy adrenal gland function, cortisol levels and thyroid function to help control stress levels and minimize stress related weight gain.
- Gluten Free