STRESS AND YOUR RESULTS IN THE GYM!
In this day and age stress is everywhere. Work family, and social pressure are just a few of the main contributors to the daily cycle of stress we all seem to become used to. Stress affects your sleep, your moods and your food cravings so saying it can affect your results in and out of the gym whether it be building muscle or losing bodyfat is not a bold statement at all!
Below are the four major reasons stress can affect your body:
When your brain detects the presence of a threat, no matter if it is a snake in the grass, a grumpy boss, or a big credit card bill, it triggers the release of a cascade of chemicals, including adrenaline, CRH, and cortisol. Your brain and body prepare to handle the threat by making you feel alert, ready for action and able to withstand an injury. In the short-term, adrenaline helps you feel less hungry as your blood flows away from the internal organs and to your large muscles to prepare for “fight or flight.” However, once the effects of adrenaline wear off, cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” hangs around and starts signalling the body to replenish your food supply. Leading to possible bad food choices or eating more than you might normally eat.
When we have a surge of adrenaline as part of our fight/flight response, we get fidgety and activated. Adrenaline is the reason for the “wired up” feeling we get when we’re stressed. While we may burn off some extra calories fidgeting or running around cleaning because we can’t sit still, anxiety can also trigger “emotional eating.” Overeating or eating unhealthy foods in response to stress or as a way to calm down is a very common response.
Cravings and Fast Food
When we are chronically stressed, we crave “comfort foods,” such as a bag of potato chips or a tub of ice cream. These foods tend to be easy to eat, highly processed, and high in fat, sugar, or salt. We crave these foods for both biological and psychological reasons. Stress may mess up our brain’s reward system or cortisol may cause us to crave more fat and sugar.
Do you ever lie awake at night worrying about paying the bills or about who will watch your kids when you have to go to work? According to the APA’s “Stress in America” survey, more than 40% of us lie awake at night because of stress. Research shows that worry is a major cause of insomnia. Our minds are overactive and won’t switch off. Sleep is also a powerful factor influencing weight gain or loss. Lack of sleep may disrupt the functioning of ghrelin and leptin—chemicals that control appetite. We also crave carbs when we are tired or grumpy from lack of sleep. Finally, not getting our precious zzzz’s erodes our willpower and ability to resist temptation.
The hormonal triggers stress can set off will affect your body’s ability to recover, leading to poor muscle repair capabilities, fatigue, loss of progress in the gym and an upset person wondering what they are doing wrong!
Chances are if you optimise your methods of managing these stress hormones you will not only make the progress you are working hard to achieve but you will have a happier body for it!
Let’s look at a few of the products we regularly recommend for customers to assist in lowering cortisol levels, replenishing adrenals and helping them on the way to gaining some great results in all facets of life!
CORT RX BY ATP SCIENCE
Whether male or female you will be prone to experience some form of stress daily or multiple times throughout the day! Unfortunately, when it comes to losing weight, stress can be a massive road block in slowing down your weight loss success. The effects of stress can have a number of other negative impacts to your general health and wellbeing, whether it be weight loss or not!
ATP Science brings you Cort RX, an adrenal cortex support supplement to help you reduce the severity of your cortisol levels, spiked from stress factors. Cort RX by ATP Science has been designed to help you get your levels of cortisol back to a normal pattern throughout the day in order to help you get back on the right path to a healthier you.
ZMST BY ATP SCIENCE
ZMST contains zinc and magnesium as does ZMA but also contains the essential co-factor selenium. The enzymes that use zinc and magnesium and the functional actions enhanced by their supplementation need selenium. If there is a selenium deficiency they cannot function properly and ZMA cannot work as planned. Selenium deficiency is very common and is a cause for a lot of metabolic defects in today’s society.
Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium and Taurine (ZMST) are essential nutrients for individuals. Because of our modern lifestyles, these nutrients are often deficient in the Western Diet and have been depleted from our soils and not found in adequate levels in our foods. The deficiency of these nutrients can lead to a host of disorders that include cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, sleep disorders, mental health problems and even musculoskeletal problems like osteoporosis and muscle aches and pains.
TRY STACKING THIS WITH CORT RX FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS
ADRENAL SWITCH BY SWITCH NUTRITION
ADRENAL SWITCH™ is designed to SWITCH OFF your stress and SWITCH ON your recovery with the perfect combination of standardised Ashwagandha extract, highly bio-available Magnesium, Zinc, B6 and L-Theanine to regulate cortisol, increase strength and much more.
Recovery is paramount after every training or exercise session. If you are not optimising recovery, then you will never achieve your best results. SWITCH NUTRITION™ set out to develop the perfect adrenal formula by combining the above key nutrients with L-Leucine to SWITCH ON protein synthesis (muscle repair) and L-Glycine to SWITCH OFF muscle breakdown.
ADRENAL SWITCH™ contains ZERO artificial colours or sweeteners. With over 75% of our population magnesium deficient, it’s time to flick the SWITCH and maximise fat burning, muscle building and recovery with ADRENAL SWITCH™.
DRINK SLEEP GROW BY RICH PIANA
You’re already sipping BCAA’s All Day, but are you keeping your muscles flooded with nutrients while you sleep? That’s where DRINK SLEEP GROW COMES IN!
We all know the recipe for success in the gym: eat right, train hard, rest, and repeat. We also know that no matter how hard you train, your results will always come down to how well you fuel your muscles during the rebuilding and repair process.
There’s no such thing as overtraining. You’re either under eating or under sleeping.” – Rich Piana
RICH PIANA 5% NUTRITION have put together the best combination of Time Released Leucine, Growth Hormone Recovery Blend, and Joint Support – with hardcore lifters in mind.
- 6 gram BCAA Blend with Time-Released Leucine
2. 3,600 mg Growth Hormone Recovery Blend
3. 600 mg Joint Support Blend with Glucosamine and MSM
4. Full Profile of Essential Amino Acids
THE 5% RUNDOWN:
To keep growing in and out of the gym, you need to rest as hard as you train. Drink Sleep Grow is formulated with amino acids, time released leucine, growth hormone support and joint support to promote muscle building while recovering from the most intense training sessions. Train All Day. Grow All Night.