Fitness coach, Robin Du Toit, explains how our cortisol levels are affecting our weight management.
According to a report done by IHRSA, the fitness industry revenue in 2018 was a staggering $94bn.
The term “weight loss” is one heard in daily conversation, but so is the word “stressed”.
According to fitness coach, Robin Du Toit, people aren’t correlating the two factors together to form a healthier lifestyle.
“The reason most people struggle to lose weight is a factor doctors do not consider enough, and that someone’s cortisol levels. Known as the ‘stress hormone’ because excess cortisol has been linked to promote weight gain within the body. So, if you are stressed out, you are producing too much cortisol, which in turn can prevent weight loss and actually encourage weight gain,” said Robin Du Toit, fitness trainer and founder of Artisticfit. Not only does stress enhance the production of more cortisol, but it also encourages emotional eating and overeating as part of a coping mechanism. But it isn’t just stress that causes an excess of cortisol in the body.”
“Stress may be a factor contributing to more cortisol within the body, but there is also a range of diseases and conditions that can produce abnormal levels. It is important for people who are experiencing weight gain even after changing diet and exercise routines, to see a doctor about their cortisol levels. Doctors don’t always think to make the connection,” added Robin.
Lowering cortisol levels for those who are experiencing a higher gain due to stress need to look at the ways they reduce the amount of stress they currently experience.
“One of the best ways to lower cortisol levels, to ultimately enhance weight loss is exercise. Forming a solid exercise program will help lower those high cortisol levels while at the same time, promote the burning of calories. Practices, including meditation and other forms of relaxation techniques, will also help,” concluded Robin.
Keeping motivated and on track with fitness goals can be challenging. Incorporating a Personal Trainer or some accountability is the best way to stay focused on a solid exercise routine.
Artisticfit is an online training and coaching service with online custom programing and regular check ins to help those looking to lose weight or for athletes and actors looking to tailor their body. Founded in 2014, Artisticfit is a personal training company that doesn’t just cater to the general population trying to lose weight, but also for pro athletes or actors trying to get into specific shape for a role or sport type.