Weight Gain and Cortisol
Weight gain and cortisol levels that are out of balance is a growing problem. America is a Nation that is crazy busy and we deal with stress on a day to day basis. Many have experienced weight gain and cortisol spikes. We run off of soda, coffee, and fast food. The typical American diet is high in simple sugars which causes the blood sugar levels to spike. There have been studies that have linked high sugar diets with high level of adrenaline and cortisol in the body. This is one of the reasons why weight gain and cortisol are directly related. Many people don't realize that when you eat a potato, bread, pasta or other complex carbohydrates, that many cause your blood sugar level to spike, which puts your body into sugar burning mode, rather than fat burning mode. No matter how much you diet or cut calories you won't reduce belly fat because your body is in a constant fight or flight mode.
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Combine that with environmental toxins, highly processed, sugary foods, every day stress, which all contribute to weight gain and cortisol levels, contributing to beer belly fat.
The Myth of More
We live a life that is about having more, more material things, a bigger house, nicer car, clothes, and more things. This need of having more in our culture is robbing many of us of our health and well-being. Causing major havoc on our adrenal systems, contributing to weight gain and cortisol levels, beer belly fat and excessive fatigue.
Fast Food Culture
In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2001, they spent more than $110 billion. Americans now spend more money on fast food than they do on higher education. It is no wonder that we have an obesity epidemic on our hands. That specifically weight gain and cortisol levels are out of balance.
Recent scientific studies have shown that high-calorie foods rich in fats, refined sugar and salt could reconfigure the hormones in the body in such a way that they make you crave for such foods and always leave you asking for more. Fast food is addictive; you get hooked on to it and continue consuming it in an uncontrolled way in spite of knowing that it is unhealthy. It provides an escapism, so a person doesn't need to deal with stress. The more you consume, the more difficult it is for you to opt for healthy foods. If you have seen the movie Super Size Me, you can see that fast foods can be the biggest contributor of beer belly fat.
Why do we live this way? Can we choose to live differently?
There is no simple answer to this question.
In today's society many of us are just trying to get by, survive and deal with stress as best we can. To survive in a Nation that is extremely masculine (driven by goals of productivity, output and efficiency). We have all been conditioned to to follow this model. To get a good job, work hard, buy our dream home, car, go out to eat, and consume products that will make our lives more efficient and easy. Lets face it we are creatures of habit. Many times our habits are created by what is available.
We have now moved into the decade where to meet monthly expenses, families need to rely on 2 incomes. What that has meant for American families, is more time working, running errands, and less family and down time. Slowly over time, Americans have sacrificed their emotional, physical and health margins. A study released in 2005, by Families and Work Institute, Overwork in America: When the Way we Work Becomes Too Much, reports that one in three American employees are chronically overworked and experience excessive fatigue.
We live in a time where there is no time to stop, relax, and think. When we do have a moment of quiet time we automatically fill it with a task. This trend in the American lifestyle has created a culture of tired, frazzled, stressed out, depressed and anxious people. People don't have time to heal anymore, they barely have time to eat,let alone eat a healthy meal. Many of us don't know how to deal with stress. There is a instability in our day that prevents peace from coming into our lives. It is destroying our quality of life.
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