You have two primary stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline.
And when they get out of whack or go haywire, then things get ugly.
See, when you get stressed out, there’s a part of your brain – your hypothalamus – that sends an alarm signal to your body. In response, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol. (This is called the “fight or flight” response.)
Adrenaline increases blood pressure and signals your body to release extra energy (blood sugar) to overcome the potential threat.
Cortisol also mobilizes blood sugar for energy use, and basically shuts down your reproductive and digestive systems.
On the flip side, insulin is released to deal with the excess blood sugar and to return it the body’s cells for storage.
When you experience too much stress, without relief, including self-inflicted workout stress and emotional or psychic stress, your body is placed in a chronic “fight-or-flight” state.
So your sex drive drops and your digestive processes are basically shut down and your insulin levels become chronically elevated.
Among other things, this means your body no longer fully digests your food, so it stores it as excess body fat, which is why you see an increase in belly fat and lovehandle fat among other things when you’re over-stressed.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
In fact the solution, which I found, is quite simple. The key is to…