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The "science" behind my little fat belly...

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Another Spark is a book by Dr John Ratey & Eric Hagerman and is a must read for anyone interested in the benefits of exercise for long-term health, wealth and happiness.

I was introduced to this book by the director of London Youth Rowing when I was setting up a rowing project with inner city homeless kids a few years ago because he encouraged me to read it as it was relevant to what I wanted to do.

Anyway, one if the very interesting points he makes is the role of the stress hormone cortisol and here I paraphrase the message:

Cortisol wears many hats during the stress response, makes the body insulin-resistant so the brain has enough glucose. It also converts protein into glycogen and begins the process of storing fat and if continued (the stress response) for long enough we begin to amass surplus fuel (fat) around the belly. This sort of explains why over-exercising doesn't get rid of the slight paunch - our bodies don't get any recovery time...

So maybe having a rest day will help you tone your belly more than the extra hundred sit ups...

Anyway, am going to measure this and give it a go as I am almost at my goal and have a little bit of a fat belly.

Until tomorrow...
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    Thank you for explaining! I am having trouble getting rid of my tummy! I do have a day off once a week, though I walk most days. Its certainly something to think about, because I tend to work indoors every day or outdoors when the weather is good. Maybe I don't get enough rest!
    2168 days ago
    Hi Mark;

    Just dropped in to say hi and learnt something of value, thanks. We all stress over our belly and since it is so hard to get rid of it makes more stress. Hust stay healthy, happy and love life. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

    Smile Joyce
    2171 days ago
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    Thanks Mark, working at reducing the stress right now & the" LITTLE" belly fat. Lol.
    2171 days ago
    This blog is my 'Friday Favourite'
    2171 days ago
    Yep stress is a killer in more ways than one.
    2172 days ago
    Interesting stuff! Thanks :)
    2172 days ago
    I really believe this concept is a very commonly misunderstood tenet for training. We so often underestimate the importance of rest.

    Also, (and I completely am guilty of this) we tend to blow off dealing with the root cause of our body's stress, which causes the cortisol. From what I've read, even a few short minutes each day to quietly meditate or otherwise "decompress" can do wonders.

    Now if I could only remember to do it :-)
    2172 days ago
    Those six-pack abs are very elusive. I have read on the Internet that you can't get them from exercise. You have to lose total body fat and get it below 10% before the abs start to show any definition. When I was losing weight I noticed that my abdominal fat was the last to go.
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    2172 days ago
    Interesting Mark, thank you for sharing
    Have a great Thursday emoticon
    2172 days ago
    many thanks for that. Have a gr8 day. emoticon
    2172 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/8/2011 1:28:21 AM
    2173 days ago
    Thank you for the quick tip. I'm interested to see how your test goes!
    2173 days ago
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