Many people don’t realize that our bodies actually produce many secret weight loss weapons all on their own, and when properly used, they are a major key to success with fat reduction. Let’s take a look at 8 very important hormones related to fat loss, and how each and every one of them play crucial role’s not only within out day to day lives, but also within weight loss in one way or another.
Ghrelin is that little person inside of your stomach that controls the conscious thought of hunger. This fat hormone is produced by your stomach and works alongside your brain to signal your body when you’re hungry. A big shocker, and something that many of us were unaware of until now, is that limiting your calorie intake, in efforts to shed a few pounds, causes an increase in this fat hormone. Studies have shown that even after up to one year of dieters using a reduced calorie diet, levels of ghrelin steadily stayed higher than those who didn’t follow this weight loss method. So when we boil it all down, it appears as if your body cannot and will not adapt to eating less as a means to a new lifestyle. You will never be able to trick that little ghrelin gremlin to stop sending hunger signals to the brain. Instead, to maintain a great physique, you can partake in a few intense exercise sessions per week to help decrease ghrelin levels. Since this fat hormone is a key factor to fat reduction, you may want to stick to exercise rather than skipping out on important meals.
Leptin the hormone also known as adipokine, is released solely from the fat cells in your body. This wonderful hormone interacts with your brain and promotes less hunger, and an overall heightened calorie burn. In order to heighten leptin sensitivity, you must ensure adequate sleep and an antioxidant rich diet loaded with berries, and red and green vegetables. As you lose weight, your leptin levels will become enhanced, causing more momentum and sensitivity. As you continue to lose weight and continue down a healthier path to success, leptin will become even more effective within your body.
Adiponectin is yet another adipokine hormone, but unlike leptin, as you become thinner, your fat cells will release more adiponectin. This hormone better enables the muscles in your body to speed up the production of body fat being broken down, turns carbohydrates into energy, boosts your metabolism, and curbs appetite. Maximize your adiponectin levels by replacing carbohydrates with monounsaturated fats such as; olives and avocados, also moving around more during the day (get up from your desk at least hourly to take a quick stroll around the office.
Insulin plays a key role during recovery periods after exercising, muscle building, and maintaining blood sugar levels. Insulin does however have it’s nasty down side. When your body’s carbohydrate intakes are high, insulin has free rein inside your body, it can slow or even completely stop the burn and breakdown of stored fats. As you may not have known, the link between carbohydrates and insulin is extremely strong.
The hormone glucagon is on the opposite side of the spectrum from insulin. As we already know, insulin is involved in the storage of carbohydrates and building up fat. Glucagon’s job is to release stored carbohydrates and fats into the body so they can be better used for energy purposes. Looking to maximize this wonder hormone? The best way to maximize your body’s glucagon release is to go for a low carbohydrate, protein rich, diet.
Cholecystokinin, also known as CCK is a hormone which is released from cells found inside of the intestine when you eat fats or protein. CCK has the ability to communicate with your nervous system and slow the overall rate of digestion. CCK creates that sought after feeling of being fuller for longer. In order to take advantage of this hormone, you must make sure you have a sufficient amount of fats and protein in each and every meal throughout your day.
This fight or flight hormone, takes charge of the burning of fat and is released into the body as means of energy. A great attribute that epinephrine can offer, is it’s proven success with suppressing appetite for periods of time. Regular exercise is recommended to really get the epinephrine kick started in your body.
Also known as “the fountain of youth”, this powerful hormone helps with total body fat reduction. The growth hormone collaborates with the body’s fat cells and persuades them to first break down, then ultimately burn fats that have been stored for energy. It is 100 percent possible to increase your body’s levels of growth hormone through a healthy balance of intense intervals of exercise and regular sleep.
Now that we have taken a look at how we can aid in weight loss from inside the body, it becomes far more obvious that our hormones play a huge factor in the body fat burning and gaining process. All and all, we must first become familiar with our insides before we can become successful on the outside.