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Can a High Protein Diet Make You ‘Old and Fat?’

If you’ve been going crazy with the protein supplements in the pursuit of gaining more muscle mass, you may actually be hindering your efforts at making any gains.  A recent study has shown that eating too much protein does not only alter the secretion of satiety hormones and the way our metabolism burns fat and blood sugar, but leads to elevated cortisol levels as well. 

Eating Too Much Protein Increases Cortisol Levels

Cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” or the “death hormone” (you’ll understand why it’s called that shortly) is a hormone secreted by your adrenal gland in your kidney as a natural response to stress.  In the short term, it increases focus, your immune system, dulls pain and increases glucose levels in the blood.  After about half an hour though, any benefits wear off, leaving you with the adverse effects of an increased catabolic metabolism (which leads to skin, muscle and bone degeneration) as well as an increased tolerance to insulin. 

Procrastinating on Getting into the Gym? Your Subconscious Could be the Culprit

Have you ever been shocked by the sudden creativity you’ve displayed when making up excuses for why you keep ditching out on the gym?  If you’re amazed at your mind’s resolve to constantly lie to itself about why you haven’t been following up on your new year’s resolution to get in shape, the problem may not lye in laziness, but in your mind itself.

Although there’s no way to know for sure what your inhibition is unless you see a therapist, the most common reason stopping people from going to the gym is the anxiety they associate with working out. 

Overcoming this anxiety is more than just simply forcing yourself to overcome it each time you want to work out.  You need to attack the source of your anxiety by breaking the negative associations your subconscious mind has with exercise. 

Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind

There are many ways to reprogram your subconscious into having positive associations with something that normally triggers anxiety.  They can either be by extracting negative associations from your subconscious or by implanting positive ones. 

Why Your Diet is Failing - 5 Diet Saboteurs

So you think you’ve been doing everything right with your diet, but your beer gut is still making its last stand.  Unless your “diet” consists of eating weight watchers TV dinners for breakfast lunch and dinner, you’re probably inadvertently doing something else that is stopping you from getting results. 

Here are 5 factors that could be inhibiting your weight loss goals that people commonly neglect.

 

 1. Binge Drinking

I don’t necessarily mean alcohol, even though beer does have a lot of calories.  A lot of people associate liquids with being devoid of any real calories since they’re not “solid food,” but many drinks these days can be enough to prevent you from losing weight, even if the solid food you’re eating is considered healthy. 

For instance, a 20 ml bottle of coke contains over 100 grams of sugar and 250 calories!  Try switching to caffeine pills or even fat burning supplements for your daily caffeine needs… even if you still don’t lose weight, at least you’ll have a whiter smile now.

Hit a Weight Loss Plateau? Anxiety Could Be Your Missing Link

Now just to make sure we’re on the same page, I don’t mean that getting more anxiety will help you lose weight, so don’t start giving yourself panic attacks thinking that you’ll wake up the next morning with a six pack. 

What I’m saying is that if you’re already dieting and exercising regularly and not seeing any results, your stress and anxiety that you experience throughout the day might be the missing factor that you’ve been leaving out of your diet. 

So why does stressing about fat make you fat?

Whenever you experience anxiety, your mind releases the hormones cortisol, along with epinephrine and norepinephrine (which handle the “fight or flight” responses in your brain).  Unlike the epinephrine brothers though, cortisol lingers in your brain for hours after you experience elevated levels of anxiety. 

Cortisol triggers your body to burn fat, but also causes a spike in your appetite as a consequence.  This spike in appetite, usually coupled with psychological factors linking anxiety and the urge to eat, is what leads to people overeating after they experience a stressful situation. 

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