Restorative Yoga For Weight Loss
Stress is harmful to our mental, emotional and physical well-being. The build-up of stress reduces our ability to be efficient, productive, clear-minded, content and stable. Stress is also an enemy to weight-loss. Stress produces cortisol, the hormone released when the sympathetic nervous system triggers a fight or flight response. Cortisol releases glucose into the blood stream to produce energy, which is necessary in the short term to meet unusual physical challenges and demands. But, the extended release of cortisol can contribute to the buildup of fat tissue and weight gain for the following reasons:
- It can produce insulin resistance. Insulin is designed to re-balance glucose levels. Insulin resistance disrupts the process of breaking down sugar in the blood, which leads to an increase of fat in the cells. Instead of being used for energy, the fat gets stored in adipose tissue.
- Too much cortisol increases appetite.
- According to Harvard Health, if stress persists, the motivation to eat also ramps up.