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The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health -- And What You Can Do About It
     

The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health -- And What You Can Do About It

by Shawn Talbott, William Kraemer
 

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Why does stress make you fat? What can you ultimately do about it? Shawn Talbott answered these questions in THE CORTISOL CONNECTION.

Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone, prompting our fight or flight mechanism when dealing with a highly stressful situation, like being chased by a lion. However, the human body was made to deal with short bursts of stress

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Why does stress make you fat? What can you ultimately do about it? Shawn Talbott answered these questions in THE CORTISOL CONNECTION.

Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone, prompting our fight or flight mechanism when dealing with a highly stressful situation, like being chased by a lion. However, the human body was made to deal with short bursts of stress (like being chased by a lion), not prolonged, continuous levels of stress (like mortgage payments, project deadlines, and traffic jams). This kind of stress causes the body's cortisol levels to rise, and scientific research has shown that high cortisol levels are associated with obesity, diabetes, fatigue, and even Alzheimer's disease.

This new edition describes the results of the latest research about the connection between cortisol and HSD, and cortisol and testosterone. If we keep cortisol and HSD and testosterone within normal ranges, we're able to maximize the metabolic effect of diet and exercise regimen – and improve weight loss.

In the first edition, Talbott introduced his SENSE program, that teaches participants how to manage stress and reduce cortisol levels. The program has been refined in the second edition with the help of the new research and the results of Talbott's test of the SENSE program over the past 5 years – he know it works. For the past 5 years, he has been actively researching (and refining and tweaking) this popular program to make it more and more effective in helping people to lose weight.

SENSE is a program that combines Stress management, Exercise, Nutrition, Supplementation, and Evaluation into a comprehensive and highly effective (yet easy to follow) program that delivers results. During these 5 years, Talbott has combined different dietary approaches with varied exercise regimens and myriad supplement combinations – until finding just the right combination that works best for the majority of people.

This edition contains 25% new material and a revised program to help everyone manage cortisol, stress, and their weight.

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Cortisol. Who knew! Too little, or none.. and you have Addison's Disease and cannot handle stress without medication. Too much? Weight gain, IBS, joint pain, hair loss, and more.

This book not only outlines the problems caused by stress, which causes too much cortisol to be created by the body, but how to cope with it. Not only will you be informed about what and how much damage can be done to the body by too much stress/cortisol, but there are recommendations on how to change it. Nutrition, supplements to take or not to take? And of course a healthy diet and exercise are the among the answers.

This is not a gloom and doom book by any means. This is a book that explains a problem, and gives simple and often enjoyable approaches to controlling stress and the overproduction of this hormone. Read a trashy novel, soak in a hot tub, give yourself days off each week..hey, I can do that!

Often books that you think you should read to learn something you feel that you should know about are dry and dull and agonizing to get through. This one has bits of humor ( humans are not zebras!) and it presents information in such a clear and simple way that I was able to zip right through the pages, and make my way through it in 2 sittings.

Even though I have read it cover to cover, you can be sure that this is one that will spend a long time on my nightstand. I want it to be available for quick reference and reminders of what I should be doing and looking for. Not just a good and informative read, but by all means, a keeper! - Kathleen Wagner, LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897935623
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
265
Sales rank:
406,851
File size:
958 KB

Meet the Author


Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., FASCM, is trained in sports medicine, health management, exercise physiology and nutritional biochemistry. As an Associate Clinical Professor in the Dept of Nutrition at the University of Utah for 5 years, he received the Outstanding Instructor award in 2004. Currently Dr. Talbott oversees educational efforts related to exercise, nutrition and dietary supplements in his capacity as President of SupplementWatch, Inc. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Institute of Stress. He maintains an active nutrition counseling and lifestyle research center, the Future You Institute (FYI) near Salt Lake City.

Dr. Talbott has authored three books, has published over 100 articles on nutrition, health and fitness, has served as a nutrition consultant for the Utah Jazz (NBA basketball), the US Ski and Snowboard Association, and the US Track and Field Association. As an athlete he has competed at the national and international level in rowing and triathlon. He lives close to Salt Lake City, Utah.

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