Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when you are under stress; cortisol fat is simply fat produced as a result of stress. According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), obesity and other diseases of modern civilization are due to an outpouring of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones.
When levels are constantly elevated it results in fat storage, which is difficult for the body to burn off. To get rid of the body fat caused by cortisol overload, it will take changing your eating habits, taking particular supplements, exercising and eliminating stress in your life.
- Stabilize blood sugar levels. Going too long between meals will slow your metabolism and can make your blood sugar dip extremely low. To avoid these effects, eat approximately every three hours. Protein will raise your metabolism by 25 percent; therefore balance each meal with protein, fat and complex carbohydrates. Eating every three hours will also slowly raise the blood sugar, thus reducing the levels of insulin and cortisol excreted by the body.
- Add beneficial foods, fats and fiber into your diet. This includes broccoli, kale, lemon, garlic, onions, lean proteins, omega 3-rich flaxseed oil and avocados as well as thermogenic spices like cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
- Add supplements to reduce body fat. Replenish vitamins and minerals that may be deficient for someone under stress. These include vitamins C and B-complex, magnesium and zinc, among others. The supplements have the ability to make your body less insulin resistant, calm your adrenal glands and help your body remove glucose from the blood. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal to help control sugar levels and reduce insulin requirements.
- Reduce or eliminate stress in your life. Stress is the pressures of life and how one perceives, believes, reacts and copes with these pressures. Take a warm bath with lavender oil, go for a power walk, write in a journal and/or meditate to relax.
- Get plenty of sleep. A study entitled “Sleep Linked to Gains in Abdominal Fat,” published by the National Sleep Foundation, in March 11, 2010, revealed a 32 percent increase in visceral fat in participants who slept less than six hours. Visceral fat is found in the abdominal cavity, surrounds the internal organs and is linked to an increased risk of heart disease as well as diabetes. To feel your best, get seven to eight hours of quality sleep per night.
- Regular exercise. Getting a healthy dose of regular exercise will burn calories, increase your metabolism, reduce the effects of stress and help you sleep better at night. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two hours and thirty minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise per week, along with muscle-strengthening exercise two or more days per week.
Check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet that may interact with any medications you are taking. If stress is constant in your life, get your blood pressure taken regularly.
Clean out your pantry and refrigerator of foods that are full of sugar, white flour and lack nutrition.
Plan a weekly menu of balanced meals, and fill your kitchen with foods that will benefit your fat-burning goals. Follow the Manna Diet as given in the new, free e-book.
Find exercises that you enjoy and put them on your calendar so they become part of your regular routine.
Eliminate caffeine, and drink a cup of hot Valerian root tea in the evenings to help you sleep better.
Things You’ll Need
Nutritional supplements (see list in step 3)
7 to 8 hours of sleep per night