Why Bootcamp WILL NOT Help You Lose Weight
Are you trying to lose weight by doing a bootcamp style /crossfit / ‘kick your butt until you want to puke’ workout regime and getting nowhere? Are you already stressed? Do you have work, social, money, family life issues you are trying to deal with as well? I am here to tell you that you are wasting your time if you think you will lose weight by stressing your body out further with prolonged, unenjoyable, stress-promoting workouts. I explain below why bootcamp will not help you lose weight – and it’s surprisingly all about hormones.
Cortisol is the body’s principal stress hormone that also controls how your body processes carbs, fats, and proteins, and helps it to reduce inflammation. During stressful situations ie: life challenges, your body is programmed to engage in chemical reactions that create the fight-flight response. In human being’s early days when daily threats from predators were real this chemical response was very important. Today, your body responds in the same way to daily stressors, like financial dilemmas, rush hour traffic, work deadlines and family issues. Because cortisol is the hormone responsible for protecting you, its actions increase your appetite, tell your body to stock up on more fat, and break down materials that can be used for quick forms of energy, including muscle. So in other words, cortisol causes tissues to break down, including muscle, skin, and collagen, while at the same time assembling fat. ie: weight gain, wrinkles and cellulite!
How The Stress Hormone Cortisol Affects Weight Loss
For this reason, high cortisol levels can wreak havoc on the body, making it hard to lose weight, replenish cells, encourage the growth of new cells, and form new youth-building collagen. Excess cortisol over time can lead to increased abdominal fat, irritability and full-blown depression, bone loss, a suppressed immune system, fatigue, and an increased risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, and heart disease just to name a few things.
Excess cortisol also inhibits your body from burning fat for energy. Without an optimal ability to burn fat, sustainable weight loss becomes exceedingly difficult.
If you think I got this gig as a Celebrity Trainer by running my A-Listers through a ‘bootcamp’ or stressful cardio session – think again. A-list celebrities are high achievers, having extreme pressures on themselves and from outside sources, generating high amounts of stress in their lives. A stressful lifestyle needs management and balance. Workouts need to be Work-ins where the exercises you do give you energy – not work out the last of what you have left.
As a high achiever myself and like the many A-listers that have adapted my training techniques, I too have battled adrenal fatigue and extreme stress. Now, after conquering it, education, experience and a passion to help others move through this – I am ready to share with all of you my secrets to the most amazing, healthy, fit, toned, balanced, stress-free lifestyle you will ever lead. My celebrity clients and thousands of followers worldwide are grateful when I introduce them to this new way of working out and living. Be warned though, after you have experienced it – there is no going back.
Tips To Reduce Cortisol To Help You Lose Weight
1. Lay off caffeine.
When you’re stressed, caffeine increases the release of cortisol. People with diabetes need to be even more careful, as coffee has been shown to drastically increase blood sugar after a carbohydrate-rich meal. Caffeine is also detrimental to adrenal function and stability. Kick the coffee habit and switch to a relaxing, caffeine-free herbal or green tea. They are rich in antioxidants and still provide a warm, tasty morning beverage.
2. Exercise efficiently.
Long, slow jogs on the treadmill, bootcamps and any cardio over 45 minutes duration can actually increase the production of cortisol to an unhealthy level. In the beginning your body will be unhealthily shocked into losing some weight – but as soon as you stop it usually comes straight back on with added extra. Switch to short 20-30 min max HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and weight training sessions to gain the benefits of the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption – or afterburn effect. This is the effect which will have you burning calories long after your workout has been completed and without triggering the release of cortisol. A good yoga or Pilates class can have great work-in effects too. I have based my Celebrity Trainer 12 Week A-List Body Transformation Workouts on this type of training to help you lose weight effectively as well as prescribing it with great results to my A-List celebrities.
3. Get to sleep.
Your body needs 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night to recover from a day’s worth of stress.
4. Schedule relaxation.
Give yourself time to unplug and unwind every day. If you don’t take time to handle your stress, your cortisol levels will remain high. Meditation, journal writing and nature walks can all help you to unwind and relax.
So next time you are slamming your body through a bootcamp or an ill-managed personal training session – ask your body if it is happy and if the exercise is working you in or working you out of energy. If increasing your fitness and muscle tone is your goal, bootcamps will do it, but so will other training methods such as 20 minute HIIT and weight training without the cortisol trigger. So remember if you want to lose weight you need to Train Smarter, Not Harder.
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