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Get A Handle On Cortisol, or It Will Put Love Handles On You

Most people in the fitness and bodybuilding industry know that hormones are important to build muscle and reduce body fat.  Of these hormones, testosterone and growth hormone are kings.  However there is another hormone that is important to know about. It is cortisol, a steroid hormone that is termed “catabolic” because it has the opposite effect to testosterone, growth hormone and even insulin.  Cortisol breaks down muscle tissue instead of keeping it anabolic in order to build it up. 

 Although bad for muscle, some people think cortisol is good for fat reduction since it catabolizes tissue including fat.  People that make the claim that cortisol is good for fat loss don’t do their research very well and only read part of the studies.

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