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