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Here’s a little science lesson for you about your ‘belly fat’ hormone.

Officially, it’s called cortisol.

This is a hormone your body releases to deal with stress. Unfortunately, high levels of cortisol have been linked to increased levels of abdominal fat.

stressed out

Want to reduce cortisol and burn more belly flab?

Here are three things that you can do, starting today:

1. Work less … New research shows that if you work more than 48 hours per week, the likelihood of consuming excess alcohol goes up dramatically.

Alcohol consumption increases cortisol, and together, they both increase belly fat

alcohol belly fat

If you’re looking to shrink your belly, trimming back your working hours while choosing calorie-burning exercise for stress relief — in lieu of alcohol — will work wonders for your waistline.

2. Don’t consume caffeine after 6pm … Caffeine can be a double whammy on cortisol levels, especially if consumed at night when it’s likely to negatively affect the quality of your sleep.

Getting quality, uninterrupted sleep each night is critical to reducing cortisol, so you’ll want to avoid caffeine in the evening hours.

3. Take time to unplug … A recent Canadian study showed that those who were constantly ‘plugged in’ to technology — eg- TV, smartphones, computers, etc — throughout the day were significantly more stressed than those who took time to unplug during designated time blocks each day.

get outside

These three things all easily fit into the Dot Come lifestyle, where you are the master of your time and daily stress becomes a thing of the past.

No matter where you are in life, these practices are simple and free to do. Commitment and discipline are vital for making positive changes in your life.

So don’t delay. Start today!

BioTrust co-founder Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT, is a five-time best-selling author and fitness personality who’s appeared on major television networks and has been featured in the pages of more than 20 popular national newsstand magazines, including Men’s Fitness, Woman’s Day, Maximum Fitness, Oxygen, Clean Eating, MuscleMag International, and Muscle & Fitness Hers.

 

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