Skipping meals or going on a detox that requires you to stick to just water for a day or two may seem like a good idea. But what happens to your body when you skip a meal? Is it all good? Whether your goal is weight loss or a “cleanse,” here’s how going without any food for long stretches feels on the inside.
If you're gaining fat despite all measures, check whether your body has low levels of thyroid hormones. This can slow down your overall metabolism. Also check if you have too much insulin or an imbalance in estrogen and testosterone levels. This could make you store glucose as fat. Plus, high cortisol or leptin levels can make you overeat. Avoid refined foods and exercise well to use up glucose better.
Sprinting, an anaerobic exercise, burns more fat at a higher speed—about 200 cals in 2.5 mins—than jogging, an aerobic one. It boosts metabolism and helps build lean muscles faster with the testosterone and the growth hormone it helps release. And as it triggers a faster release of endorphins, it's more effective in lowering stress. Restrict sprinting to 3 days a week and avoid it if you have heart or respiratory problems.
Eat protein-rich foods like lean meat and casein shake to burn more calories. You should sleep for at least 7 hours to keep your cortisol levels low and your appetite in check. So also have tryptophan foods like turkey and melatonin foods like cherries, both of which improve sleep quality. Avoid fatty food, sweets, ice creams, caffeine, and frozen food in the evening. Meditate or relax to calm your nerves for good sleep.
Cortisol imbalance due to stress can manifest into palpitations, low energy, brain fog, night sweats, BP spikes etc. Moderate and regular exercise including yoga can get your stress levels down. Get adequate sleep and avoid screen exposure at night. Stay positive and laugh out loud. Consume foods with Vit C, take magnesium supplements and treat yourself to a massage.
Meditation reduces cortisol levels. -Stress stimulates production of cortisol, decreases the monthly surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) which is responsible for triggering ovulation. Meditation helps reduce this. It also reduces insulin resistance and improves sex hormone balance both of which equally contribute to one's fertility.
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