Here is where the cycle of fat spins out of control: When you have chronic stress, your body increases its production of steroids and insulin, which…. Increase your appetite, which… Increases the chance you’ll engage in self gratification and pleasure eating in the form of high-calorie sweets and fats, which… Makes you store more fat, especially in the fold of the lining in the abdominal cavity that connect the stomach with other organs, which… Pumps more fat and inflammatory chemicals into the liver, which… Creates a resistance to insulin, which… Makes your pancreas secrete more insulin to compensate, which… Makes you hungrier than a muzzled wolf, which… Continues the cycle of eating because you’re stressed and being stressed because you’re eating!
As you increase the intensity of your exercise, the typical body utilizes a higher percentage of carbohydrate-fueled energy rather than fat-fueled energy. Some incorrectly interpret this to mean that as you increase exercise intensity, you are no longer burning fat, but burning only carbohydrates. Since the total number of calories burned during higher-intensity exercise is larger than the number of calories burned at lower intensities (even though a slightly higher percentage may come from carbohydrates than fats), you are almost always using (burning) more total fat than if you worked at a lower intensity.
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