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Facebook is making you Fat

LIFE HACKS Is your Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc, making you fat?

What if the mere act of checking your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram was actually making you fatter!

Imagine, you are checking out your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram account when up pops a post about a political point of view you don’t agree with, or a post about a person who annoys you, or a message reminding you of something you need to do at work the following day or a pop up advert that just keeps on popping up, even though you have seen it a dozen times and you have no interest in the subject, then the chances are your body is producing Cortisol in response.

Producing Cortisol is a natural response, but, it can cause your body to gain excess weight (FAT). Cortisol production is part of your body’s natural fight or flight mechanism. Cortisol helps replenish your body after the stress has passed, and lasts longer in your system. The problem, according to Sean Talbot, Ph.D., associate professor with the University of Utah's Department of Nutrition and the author of the "Cortisol Connection," is that, "too often today's response to stress is to sit and stew in our frustration and anger, without expending any of the calories that we would if we were physically fighting our way out of a wild animal hunt (as our ancestors did)."

Unfortunately your neuroendocrine system doesn't know that you're simply, extremely “knarked” with a Meme that annoys you and not physically fighting or fleeing, so it still responds to stress with the hormonal signal to replenish nutritional stores making you feel hungry. This can lead to weight gain and a tendency to store "visceral fat" around your stomach and lower back. To complicate matters, the "fuel" your muscles need during the fight or flight response is sugar, a reason you crave carbohydrates when stressed, says endocrinologist Ricardo Perfetti, M.D., Ph.D., of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "To move the sugar from our blood to our muscles requires insulin, the hormone that opens the gates to the cells and lets the sugar in," says Perfetti. High levels of sugar and insulin set the stage for the body to store fat. “So people who are under stress, metabolically speaking, will gain weight for that very reason."

So, how do you overcome this? Firstly you need to limit your social media time. Some people now cannot simply sit and watch a TV program or a sporting event without checking every few minutes to see if someone on their list of “friends” has posted something “interesting”. The term “friends” is another interesting one, if someone constantly posts things that annoy/wind you up – delete them! Many people who claim that they have no time to workout still manage to spend an hour or more a day checking their social media!

If you don’t have time to go to the gym, but have 5 minutes here and there to check your social media then check out MICRO WORKOUTS. Doing Micro Workouts rather than seeing photo’s of what your friend had for dessert are an excellent way to

Facebook is making you Fatter

You can do many of these with no special equipment at all or you can invest in a set of resistance bands that you can keep next to you, or even take to work with you, to fit in a 5 minute workout instead of a 5 minute Facebook scan!

In addition doing the Micro Workout will actually help you to lower your cortisol levels AND help to burn away some of the stored fat that you have around your stomach from scanning previous social media posts.

If you randomly check your social media constantly throughout the day and you seem to be getting fatter, then consider limiting yourself to 4 or 5 checks and doing 3 or 4 Micro Workouts in the time slots previously reserved for looking at random Memes and see just how good you could look in 6 weeks all by making 1 simple change to your life!

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