What are your best ideas for low­er­ing cor­ti­sol? It’s my worst en­emy for fat loss around my mid­dle.

Shape (Singapore) - - Get Fit - —@KRIS10LUVINLIFE VIA IN­STA­GRAM

I was ex­cited to get this ques­tion on my In­sta­gram, but it re­ally de­serves a deeper dive here. We of­ten over­look the im­por­tance of tak­ing a more holis­tic ap­proach to los­ing ab fat rather than solely track­ing calo­ries in and out. In fact, fo­cus­ing more on your hap­pi­ness can be just as key to achiev­ing a health­ier waist­line.

Stress arises in our lives pretty reg­u­larly, and it’s the X fac­tor that can (and will!) man­i­fest it­self in your body in var­i­ous ways. For one, it can lead to higher lev­els of the hor­mone cor­ti­sol, which en­cour­ages the body to park fat in the ab­dom­i­nal area – de­spite your ef­forts in the gym and the kitchen.

But don’t fret! How we han­dle, process, and move through stress can make all the dif­fer­ence. It’s about find­ing the calm­ing re­set but­ton your body will re­spond to. One tech­nique to feel im­me­di­ate calm is to switch off what­ever de­vice is in front of you for two quiet min­utes. You can also build re­set time into your day, so you know you’ll have a re­lease wait­ing for you, like a kick­box­ing class. My key stress re­liever has be­come nest­ing my home and work space. I get or­gan­ised, cre­ate ac­tual phys­i­cal space by de­clut­ter­ing, and write to-do lists.

Your hap­pi­ness is tied deeply to your health, so con­sider those ev­ery­day re­sets as im­por­tant as do­ing your work­out.

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