Stress isn’t just something you feel in your head. It’s something that moves all throughout your entire body.
As you may already know, under stress your body produces two hormones: adrenaline and cortisol.
Adrenaline is like “Gas”, and cortisol is like “wood”. The former quickly burns off the immediately available sugar in your blood, for “fight or flight”.
Cortisol continues to fuel the fire, pumping more sugar into your blood so you have energy to burn. The problem is that excess sugar coursing through your blood is meant to help you flee the saber-toothed tiger or battle the charging bull. It’s made to be burned off quickly as you either escape or attack.
When the stress comes in a more modern form — like a pressing deadline or a stack of unpaid bills — you can’t literally “fight back or flee” caveman style.
But without that burst of physical activity, you don’t have the chance to burn off this extra blood sugar, instead, it gets stored in your belly as fat.
Every time you feel anxious over those bills or deadlines, that’s fat added straight around your middle!
Stress also increases your cravings, which would explain why people eat more and badly when under pressure.
What’s worse is that stress actually reduces our testosterone and as men we need testosterone to help us burn fat, and perform many other activities!
But stress is difficult to avoid these days and often chronic, so what can we do to avoid it?
The good news is, you don’t need to quit your job and become a monk, there are lots of things you can do!
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