Sleep and De-Stress Your Way to a Leaner You!
Posted: Fri 08 Mar 2013 at 11:47:06 AM by Jon
Some individual's hire a trainer, manage to eat a balanced & healthy diet, train at the correct intensities for months and still struggle to lose body fat. At which point I have heard trainers suggest that their client may not be doing everything they have asked correctly or even blame an over active thyroid for the situation as they have no other explanation.
The impact of stress and amount of sleep has been shown to have an effect on the body's ability to use fat as an energy source. There have been a number of studies over the past few years that have shown that the body struggles to burn fat if the body does not have at least 7.5hrs sleep per night.
Excess stress causes the body to produce high amounts of the hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol in the body have been shown to lead to a larger percentage of body fat being stored in the abdominal region, causes the body to break down lean muscle, increases cravings for sweet foods and carbohydrates and has been shown to lead to depression.
We always explain to our clients that their lifestyle plays a huge part in reaching their fitness goals. It is important that they develop healthy and manageable routines both at home, work, in the gym and in the kitchen. A good personal trainer is not only a trainer, motivator and nutritionist, but a "Lifestyle Coach" who understands all the environmental factors that are affecting each of their clients. Having that help to plan and adopt specific routines brings as much balance as possible to their daily lives. This in turn will mean that the client will have the best chance of reaching their fitness goals in a healthiest way!
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