Here's a little insert from the Daily Mail via Jillian Michaels, she says:
I'll start with the bad news: studies show a clear link between cortisol, a hormone your body releases when you're stressed, and excess belly fat. Back when we were being chased by lions in the jungle, cortisol came in handy helping us run faster now, when the boss starts to push your buttons, or you're running late — these "fight or flight" hormones have nowhere to go, and our bodies stay in stress mode, corroding our organs and glands until our systems shut down. Individuals who secrete the most stress-response cortisol also have the most fat on their bellies, and are more likely to experience regular spikes in carb cravings.
Now for the good news: there are at least half a dozen ways to regulate your body's production of cortisol — and not one of them is a sit-up! From changing the types of proteins and grains in your diet to the time of day you eat, to how much caffeine you're taking into your body each day, you can dramatically affect the amount of cortisol that lingers in your system and see a slimmer, flatter belly!
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