Dietary irregularities, sedentary lifestyles are thought to be the most common causes of being overweight. But you are hitting the gym more than 5 times a week. And have left all the tangy foods which were your passion a few days before. And you stuck on the labels – reading about the calorie value, most of the time. Still, the figures with the weighing machine are not changing. Surely you are doubtful about the quality and working of your weighing machine.
Sorry! You are looking for the sea in the desert!!
Yes, you are heading in the wrong direction.
The main cause of weight is diet and lifestyle. But there is one more thing which is equally responsible for the irregularities with the weight. And this leaves irreversible impacts on your body weight. This is neither your stomach nor your gut. This is your brain; more exactly this is your mind.
What is the relation of the brain/mind with fat metabolism?
This is the commonest question I have heard while talking about the role of the mind in obesity. Yes, this is true your brain doesn’t involve directly with the metabolism of fats. But more than the direct involvement, the mind has the capacity to direct and regulate this process of fat metabolism. When we look at Ayurvedic physiology it becomes clearer. Because the human body is an organization with millions of cells. And physiologically whatever these cells do. This is controlled by another thing- psychology.
So cells have psychology and this psychology decides a lot about the stress and other factors to these cells. Therefore every mental agony which brings stress to us can lead us to many problems.
Stress and Obesity
Every cell represents the working “block” of the human body. Thus these represent the working block of psychology too. How can we leave psychology on a side?
This stress can cause obesity with different tools some of the tools we are discussing here.
Stress causes Insulin Resistance-related abrupt weight gain and obesity. Various forms of stress release a steroidal hormone- cortisol this hormone may result in severe weight gain.
Insulin sensitivity decreases after certain stressful experiences. These experiences might be like surgery or trauma. Or these might belong to work/family/society-related mental and emotional stress. Insulin Resistance is an imbalance of glucose and insulin in the bloodstream. This is something like you have plenty of things. But you don’t have a tool to use these. What will it bring—affluence and storage and the same happens with obesity.
High level of cortisols
Stress causes an increase in cortisol levels which makes the liver release glucose into the bloodstream. This tsunami of glucose is an evolutionary response – to survive attacks by our predators – today, we have cortisol surges in response to daily stressors. This chronic and repetitive exposure to cortisol causes blood glucose levels to rise and when the body is not able to handle these tsunamis, it results in damage and this damage is excessive weight gain.
As glucose intensifies, it stimulates insulin production, which has a number of negative effects, one of which is inducing Insulin Resistance via increased noradrenaline.
Noradrenalin, a hormone, is a stress-response chemical, released under conditions of emotional upset. Further, glucocorticoids (such as cortisol) are also stress-response chemicals in some women. These hormones are also responsible for increased storing of abdominal fat and elevated blood glucose levels.
The final Words
One study demonstrated that people with elevated levels of serum cortisol (caused by chronic stress) developed abdominal obesity, Insulin Resistance, and lipid abnormalities.
Excessive levels of insulin signal our bodies to store unused glucose as fat throughout the body. This also causes a rise in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, the formation of artery-blocking plaque, and an increased risk of kidney dysfunction.
So this is the truth of the stress and ability of the stress- what impacts it can leave on our body. So next time you plan to reduce some extra kilos from your body, before hitting the gym just keep an eye on your brain and tell n train your brain to do what you want it to do.
The weight loss program with Sukhayu Ayurved is designed in the same way and this is the most comprehensive program to the date where we don’t ask you to do some exercises or some dieting alone, we train your body to shed off the extra pounds from not only your body but also from your brain. A good weight loss program should not be a program to starve and exhaust and exactly we never do such things in our Ayurvedic Program for Weight Loss!