If you’re currently on a weight loss diet and are feeling frustrated by the day at the level of progress that you’re making, the problem may not be your current program or the amount of effort that you’re putting in.
Far too many people are quick to place blame on themselves, thinking that the primary reason behind their lack of progress is because they either aren’t being strict enough with themselves or because they simply aren’t using the right diet plan.
But, could there be more to this?
Is there a chance that something else might be at play?
The answer may just surprise you.
Stress is something that many of us do experience to large extents on a daily basis and also something that very often we tend to completely overlook. After all, stress is unavoidable, right?
Well, in the case of fat loss, if you want to see optimal results, you had better find some way to get a handle on stress before it takes a hold over you.
Let’s look at why stress is so detrimental to your results.
High Levels Of Cortisol
The very first reason why stress is going to be a fat loss killer is because of the fact that it will actually cause the body to release very high amounts of cortisol. Cortisol is known as the ‘stress hormone’ and is essentially responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response.
The problem comes though when stress is high all the time. When that occurs, then you’re going to be faced with the risk of lean muscle mass loss, a slowed metabolism, and a general sense of feeling unwell.
Excess Water Retention
Second, the next problem with a high level of stress on an ongoing basis is the fact that this can also cause the body to retain excess water. As you already know if you’ve ever had a meal that was high in sodium the night before, water retention can quickly mask any fat loss progress that has taken place.
In fact, you may step on the scale to discover that rather than losing weight, you’ve actually gained it. Not quite what you were hoping for.
If you’re chronically stressed out, you may deal with this water retention on a regular basis and this may very well make it seem as though you’re no longer losing body fat.
Finally, the last reason why being stressed out is bad for fat loss purposes is because when you’re very stressed, you also increase the risk of Central Nervous System (CNS) burnout.
Just like your physical training places a high level of stress on the body and can weaken the CNS when not enough rest is given, when you couple high levels of physical stress with high levels of mental stress, then you really have a problem on your hands.
If your CNS becomes burnt out, this could in fact keep you from performing your workout sessions and make it harder to lose body fat.
So as you can see, stress is something that you must get a hold of. Doing whatever it takes to decease the stress levels in the body will be critical. This could be taking a kickboxing class to release your anger, journaling about whatever seems to be troubling you, or talking with someone who will support you and offer words of encouragement.
Do whatever it takes to gain control over your stress because it will make a difference in your progress.