April 25, 2016
The answer is yes, IF YOU FOLLOW MY 10 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL HEALTH (because healthy bodies don't like to carry excess baggage!)
TIP # 4: GET A GRIP ON YOUR STRESS!!!
This issue goes right to the heart of why I teach T’ai Chi Chih…it’s been both my own personal experience plus my experience observing many clients that you can exercise & eat JUST RIGHT, but unless you find a way to offload your stress you can still kiss your health goodbye!
Excess stress creates all kinds of domino effects in the body. Ever heard the phrase “It’s not what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you?” When stress levels are high the body produces extra Cortisol (a FAT BUILDING hormone) and begins to literally create stores of fat in several critical areas of the body.
Plus when Cortisol levels are high Serotonin levels in the brain are low so the pleasure centers of the brain demand that you to eat “pleasure fuel”…enter cravings for foods that are salty, high-fat, and sweet (the perfect combo to light up all the pleasure centers of the brain like a Christmas tree!)
And on top of everything else, Cortisol also inhibits the production of testosterone (the muscle building hormone.) Over time, less testosterone means less muscle mass and lower metabolism (English translation: your body requires less and less calories over time so you can’t eat as much without increasing bodyfat).
So how do you reduce stress?
LOTS of hard science points directly to MEDITATION as the number-one method for stress reduction (and what’s the MOST USER-FRIENDLY form of meditation? T’ai Chi Chih, of course…SIGN UP FOR MY CLASS TODAY!!!)
Meditation isn’t your thing? Here are some additional stress reduction techniques:
So take some time for yourself and RELAX…your health AND YOUR WAISTLINE will thank you for it!