WORKOUTS THAT WORK
Doing loads of exercise but just not seeing results? The culprit could be stress and the stress hormone cortisol W that’s implicated in weight gain. “Our body doesn’t differentiate between real and perceived stress,” says Ben.” So, when we engage in highintensity exercise, putting our body under a lot of stress, it can lead to a ‘fight or flight’ response. This results in the body ‘holding onto’ weight in case we need to keep ‘running away from danger’.” If this sounds familiar, low-intensity exercise that calms your nervous system, such as gentle walking or yoga, might be better for your body. HIIT and bootcamp-type workouts can be great, but Ben recommends scaling them back to 20 minutes or so twice a week.