Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:15:00 GMT | By Sarah Hecks
Is the gym making you fat?

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You have stuck resolutely to your fitness plan, making it to the gym even when you don’t have time, and working out vigorously when you get there.

All the effort, you might think, should mean you see pounds melting away. But a study by Birmingham University, UK and the University of Sutherland, Australia have found that aerobic workouts can actually increase the stress hormone cortisol, which increases stomach fat, and rushing to the gym to get there on time can increase this stress-induced hormone too.

Follow these tips to decrease your cortisol levels and to increase your fat-burning efforts at the gym.