Cortisol Supplements For Weight Loss
Cortisol Blockers: A Different Type of Weight Loss Supplement
We think of weight loss as a result of improved metabolic efficiency. If we eat less and move more, we’ll lose weight. If we eat the right foods at the right times, we’ll burn more calories. So we look for supplements that promise to speed up the metabolism, or for ones that help us eat less… but maybe we’re trying to solve the wrong problem.
Your MOOD is potentially linked to weight management. Stress, anxiety, and depression are often connected and very hard to overcome. There is evidence that these psychological conditions are associated with weight gain [1, 2]. Worse is the evidence that weight loss leads to increased cortisol output, the “stress hormone” [2, 3]!
"Wait… so if I'm stressed I'll gain weight... and if I lose weight I gain stress?"
In short – yes… but don’t be discouraged; it’s not that simple. Scientists are still trying to understand the stress-obesity relationship, and other research failed to find a link at all . Long-term controlled trials are lacking.
Forget about cortisol though, because science supports what we already know from personal experience: stress influences our food habits (emotional eating) [3, 5].
Weight-loss isn't the only reason you should be mindful of stress
Stress is correlated with all kinds of other problems: increased blood pressure, heart disease, headache, gastrointestinal issues, sleep problems, brain-degenerative diseases, accelerated aging, and premature death [6, 7].
Do you want to improve your quality of life? Would you like to maintain a healthy weight? Is living longer by reducing incidence of disease important to you? If yes, it’s imperative that you take measures to reduce your stress!
Reduce your stress with following effective strategies:
- Physical exercise
- Breathing exercises
- Meditative exercises
- Getting adequate sleep
- Eliminating alcohol, drug, and tobacco consumption
- Using prescription medications for anxiety and/or depression
If you got at least some of the above stress-reducing techniques already implemented in your life, then it may be time to consider adding Ashwagandha Root Extract.
What Ashwagandha can do for you
Ashwagandha has been clinically proven to reduce stress
Ashwagandha is a plant that has been used for thousands of years. Hundreds of research publications demonstrate the herb’s ability to combat disease and promote all kinds of health benefits. Stressed individuals that regularly consumed Ashwagandha in clinical trials had reduced their cortisol by as much as ~50% [8, 9, 10]. Stress and overall anxiety was also drastically cut down [8, 9, 11, 12 ]. One of the trials showed a staggering 77% reduction of symptoms over 60 days, in depressed people that were also stressed .
Ashwagandha may improve exercise performance, increase lean mass, and reduce body-fat
Promoting weight-loss by reducing stress is one thing, but Ashwagandha was also explored as a supplement for exercise. Compared with placebo, participants experienced greater improvements in exercise-related fatigue, performance, power output, and aerobic capacity. It’s therefore not surprising that the supplement group built more muscle and strength, and lost more weight and body-fat than the control group [13, 14, 15].
Individuals from another 12-week trial combined Ashwagandha with diet coaching, and experienced greater weight loss than diet coaching only group . Calories were not controlled in this study, so we can’t conclusively say that the herb directly causes weight loss.
Ashwagandha is studied for a plethora of other indications, but for the sake of staying true to the context of stress, cortisol, and weight loss, I’ll leave that information out. Side effects and toxicity were not observed at normal doses.
1. Studies show that elevated stress (cortisol) can lead to weight-gain or prevent weight-loss. Another problematic finding is that weight-loss can independently lead to elevated cortisol. Research on these matters give contradictory results, and so we still don’t know what’s what.
2. Regardless, we know that when we feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, we tend to eat poorly (emotional eating as we call it). This reason alone justifies the importance of managing stress for an improved physique.
3. Ashwagandha is an herb that has been clinically demonstrated to reduce cortisol, perceived stress, and anxiety, more effectively than other supplements.
4. Placebo-controlled trials have shown that Ashwagandha supplementation improved dietary behavior and overall exercise performance, which is likely why users became significantly more fit than non-users.
Wrapping the above 4 points together: if you’re often anxious, depressed, or just feeling stressed – and you’re dieting and exercising regularly – adding Ashwagandha to your daily routine is likely to accelerate your results.
We may need fat burners, weight-loss amplifiers, or appetite suppressants to help with progress, but many of us could be misinterpreting the obstacles we’re facing. Make sure that it’s not stress itself that’s holding you back.
Ashwagandha is not the only supplement clinically proven to reduce stress
Ashwagandha is among the best, but certainly not the only supplement that can reduce stress/cortisol.
Would you like the answers to these questions:
1. Where can you find a quality source for Ashwagandha?
2. How should you dose Ashwagandha?
3. What other supplements can you try (or stack with Ashwagandha)?
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