Every month, our team gets together for a professional development session where we share knowledge and increase our skills so we can better serve clients.
Recently, team member and recent graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Kamala Sivasankaran led a very informative session about stress, hormones and weight gain. This is an important topic to understand if fat loss is one of your goals. So we thought we'd share some of the key points of her talk with you here.
When we think about stress, we usually consider the mental and emotional stresses that are experienced day-to-day. Things like work conflicts, getting the kids off to school, and bill payments can all put us in that stress mode. However, other factors like lack of sleep, poor air quality, and even anticipation of a fearful situation also create stress on the body.
When we are stressed, our bodies go into "fight-or-flight" mode - heart rate and blood pressure increase, immune system function goes down, and the blood flow to the digestive system slows.
In isolated moments of stress, the effect is not a bad thing. But chronic, low-grade stress that never fully goes away can have multiple negative effects, like bloating and indigestion. It can also cause a hormonal change that can affect your weight.
Here's a little info about the hormones that are released when you're under stress, and the effect they have:
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Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!