Are you in a place where no matter how much you workout or try to eat healthy you continue to find yourself at square one?

Stress could be the thing that is holding you back from reaching your fitness goals.

If you said yes to the above you might be experiencing adrenal fatigue.

6 reasons you might struggle with weight management

Nutrition and Stress

In an interview, nutritionist Jade Teta mentioned that starvation was the early human’s main form of stress. Not running from wild beasts or temperature changes in the environment.

Starvation. And Hunger!

Good Stress vs Bad Stress

A little bit of stress isn’t  necessarily a bad thing. The stress hormone cortisol, when delivered in small doses, helps us regulate our blood pressure and mobilize fat. Working out is an example of cortisol at its best. We even experience a small dose of cortisol in order to help us wake up from a deep sleep.

However, when stress is prolonged (i.e. sticking with a bad diet for a long time), cortisol remains elevated.  The result is elevated blood sugar and insulin levels. This leads to insulin resistance and adrenal fatigue.

The Impact of Stress on YOUR Health

On a severe level it can lead to heart disease and diabetes. Less severe outcomes could be the inability to absorb necessary nutrients and poor weight management.

Signs you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue:

  • ongoing tiredness
  • lack of vitality
  • acne
  • weight gain
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • increased susceptibility to colds and other infections
  • sugar cravings

NOTE: In severe cases some people might find themselves waking up with heart palpitations and cold sweats. This means that your body is so sensitive to cortisol that the simple act of waking up in the morning induces a full on panic attack which could last the rest of the day.

Recovering from adrenal fatigue

Developing reliable self-care rituals can help combat adrenal fatigue.

I’m not just talking about buying self help books and doing a spa day. I’m talking about addressing the root cause of your stress: externally, internally, biologically(physical), mentally and emotionally. Below are a few examples on how to recover from adrenal fatigue.

External

  • Be mindful of the people you surround yourself with
  • Be mindful of the information you consume

Internal and Nutrition

  • Plan/prepare nutrient rich meals for the day
  • Have emergency snacks in mind and on hand
  • Be sure to hydrate/Drink plenty of water throughout the day

Physical and Biological

  • Adopt good sleep hygiene
  • Find opportunities to move your body throughout the day

Mental and Emotional

  • Journal and Set your intention for the day
  • Listen to podcasts or music when commuting

For more examples from Alisa’s book click here.

Learn more about energy balance and Calories in vs Calories out with this Precision Nutrition Article.

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