Can leading your daily life effect your workouts? Some people do not notice results when working out even when they have a good diet and a proper workout plan. So why is it easier for people to put on muscle than others? Some of you may have heard of different body types – Mesomorph, Ectomorph and Endomorph, but sometimes there is more to it than just simple body structure knowledge. Most people should be able to put on muscle even if their body is a skinnier frame, and those who have a heavier frame should be able to burn fat. Today we will look at the stress hormone called cortisol, which can impact any body type from achieving their goals.
Cortisol has been shown to have a catabolic effect on the body, which in turn begins to deteriorate muscle. Cortisol has also been correlated to adding fat to the body. When the body is under stress it will begin to release cortisol to protect itself. The body knows that fat is needed to survive so it will begin to store higher amounts of fat by increasing the amount of cortisol. To reiterate, if cortisol levels are higher they will also begin to shut down protein synthesis and create a catabolic state in the body. As you can see, if you are someone who is trying to lose weight or build muscle you need to have your cortisol in check.
Something to keep in mind is that cortisol functions as a steroid in the body. Cortisol can be called a catabolic steroid which makes it the opposite of what men want in anabolic hormones/steroids. The stress that the body goes through comes from food, and daily stresses of life, so diet can play a role in the regulation of cortisol in the body. Also know that working out with heavy weight and explosive lifts can help increase the anabolic hormones in the body, which can lead to a decrease in cortisol.
A study was done that showed that consuming carbohydrates with essential amino acids, before a workout, may decrease cortisol. If you are someone who doesn’t eat bread, you may want to try eating some fruit with EAA pills. For those of you who embrace the idea of consuming carbohydrates you can try Karbolic before a workout. It is loaded with amino acids, B vitamins and uses Karbolyn as a carbohydrate source. If you are less than 200lbs you can use a ½ scoop to a ¾ scoop. If you are over 200lbs then a scoop to a scoop ½ will be enough.
If you are looking to build muscle and you feel that cortisol is the reason why you are struggling then you can stack C-Bolic and Triazole to help regulate hormones by raising free testosterone and lowering cortisol production. This will help increase strength and muscle mass, while leaning out the abdomen area.
If you want to cut weight and feel that cortisol is a struggle for you then you can stack Lean FX with Stimulant X. This combination will give you long lasting energy that will last you all day and put you in a good mood.
Remember that working out may help with lowering cortisol, but after workouts, cortisol levels may raise. This is why working out for 45 minutes to an hour is optimal. If you like working out for longer than this than it is important to supplement with fruit in-between sets, or sipping on carbohydrates. Also know that after a workout cortisol levels may raise due to the stress that has just been raised on the body, this stresses the point of keeping your body fueled with EAA’s and carbohydrates immediately after a workout.