With the start of the New Year comes another year of weight loss resolutions. So, to help those who are dieting and exercising with little success, let’s discuss a piece of the weight loss puzzle that is often overlooked. We are talking about stress and how it triggers your metabolism to burn or store fat.
If you just took a 30-minute walk, you might have burned 200 calories. However, those calories may not have come from stored body fat. The body burns calories from carbohydrates, proteins or fats. Those who are successful in their weight loss goals are burning fats for energy - those who are not successful are burning carbohydrates and proteins (lean muscle).
Our metabolism is regulated by hormones. Stress triggers the adrenal glands to produce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Constant stress causes an over-production of these two hormones, which triggers the metabolism to burn carbohydrates and proteins, instead of stored body fats.
The body is designed to burn fats for energy throughout the day. However, as stress increases, or if we skip meals, or eat the wrong foods…we trigger our metabolism to burn carbs and lean muscle - not stored body fat! This interferes with weight loss and is a prime reason why many people also struggle with fatigue and cravings. Their metabolism is burning the wrong fuel!
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Dr. Len Lopez is a nutrition and fitness expert and author of To Burn or Not to Burn, Fat is the Question. For more information, visit Dr. Lopez’ website at www.drlenlopez.com.