Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
How to Reduce Cortisol
We’re sure you got the message loud and clear that too much cortisol is bad.
Now, what should you do about it?
Because excess cortisol is caused by producing too much “bad” pro-inflammatory hormones, the best way to lower your levels is to reduce those hormones.
This means reducing silent inflammation.
If you’re following the Zone Diet and taking high-dose fish oil, you’re taking your first steps to reducing excess cortisol.
By keeping stable blood sugar and insulin levels, your body will secrete less cortisol when you’re stressed.
The EPA in the fish oil chokes off the production of pro-inflammatory hormones.
Without these “bad” hormones, your body doesn’t need to secrete excess cortisol.
High-dose fish oil also increases the production of serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone in your brain allowing you to deal with stress more effectively.
The stress is still there, but now you can handle the collateral damage coming from it.
Unlike our caveman ancestors, we have a pretty good idea when emotional and physical stresses are coming.
This gives you the opportunity to plan in advance.
This is especially true with respect to your diet.
If you know you’re going to be under stress, you have to double your efforts to stick to the Zone Diet.
This will prevent you from having the increased carbohydrate cravings coming with stress, because you’ll be keeping your insulin levels stable.
How many times in the past have you given in to cravings for carbohydrates like candy bars, potato chips, and pizza during stressful situations?
This type of emotional eating will quickly replenish a rapidly dropping blood glucose level caused by increased cortisol.
But, this type of self-medication puts you on a vicious cycle of a rapid increase in blood sugar and insulin, followed by a rapid decrease, followed by a craving for more carbohydrates.
The result is your body will keep pumping out even more cortisol to try to maintain stable blood sugar levels for your brain.
Trying to rigidly stick to the Zone Diet in times of great stress isn’t the easiest job.
Therefore, the best strategy to quickly address a very stressful period is to double your usual intake of fish oil.
The results will be almost immediate.
Once the stress passes, simply go back to your standard dose of fish oil.
High-dose fish oil and the Zone Diet are still your primary tools for fighting the collateral damage caused by too much cortisol.
But there’s also one other time-tested tool.
It’s called relaxation, which we’ll talk about in the next post.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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