Watching your weight creep up ? Are you thinking about how you can lose weight quickly? You no doubt know the basics – eat clean and exercise. But did you know that there are additional weight loss methods that work?
One great way to lose weight is through massage. A regular schedule of massage can help you shed unwanted body fat – and there’s no time to start like the present.
Here’s how massage can help you lose weight: by reducing cortisol.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that directly affects the way the body stores fat. When you have high levels of cortisol in your body, your body is more likely to store fat in your abdominal area. Excess stomach fat, aside from throwing off the sleek lines of your swimsuit or tux, has been linked to high “bad” cholesterol, depressed immune and thyroid function, and heart disease.
To top it off, cortisol increases appetite. If you’ve heard of stress eating, the hormone cortisol is the culprit. When you’re under stress, you naturally crave sweet and fatty foods – thus gaining weight.
The key is to reduce cortisol in the body. That’s where massage comes in. A study published in The New York Times found that both deep tissue and light Swedish massage lowered levels of stress hormones, like cortisol. Keeping your cortisol and stress levels low is key to weight loss, and massage is one great method.
Massage, not food, as a treat
Massage can be a different reward as well. If you’re prone to treating yourself after a hard day at work by eating a bowl of ice cream or having a few beers, consider substituting a massage after a stressful day. Not only are massages calorie-free and stress-reducing, you’ll be happier just anticipating a massage at home from Zeel that evening.
We know it can be hard to fit massage into your busy schedule (that’s why Zeel is on demand). But if your goal is to lose weight, make time for massage.
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.