Fat-Burning and Fat-Storing Hormones
As humans, we have six fat-burning hormones and 3 fat-storing hormones. OK, I know you’re thinking…”so, what’s the problem then“. The problem is this. If ANY of the fat-storing hormones are activated, you won’t lose weight. If you’re having trouble losing weight, or you’re just not feeling well, the problem may be with certain hormones.
You have to heal your glands and hormones to keep the weight off. But, unless you know what to do, you’re going to find it difficult. There are environmental hormones and chemicals that can ‘mimic’ your hormones and disrupt proper hormone function. Sadly, you are exposed to these environmental toxins on a daily basis. The meats that you eat are most likely grain-fed animals that have been given hormones. Chemical pesticides and insecticides can also act like hormones in our bodies. In fact, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has named these chemicals endocrine disruptors. One thing you can do is to eat only organic grass fed beef and other organic meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables.
Besides the toxins mentioned, hormones are also blocked by certain foods and exercise. There are certain hormone triggers you want to avoid and others you want to utilize to help you burn fat. By the way, the ultimate purpose in all of this is to BE HEALTHIER and feel better, not just lose weight.
What are the Fat-Burning Hormones?
- Growth Hormone– made in the pituitary, GH is a fat-burning and lean-muscle-building hormone. Growth hormone regulates fuel for your body between meals. It is active during the night while you sleep.
- Insulin-like Growth Factor– made in the liver, IGF is triggered by growth hormone and when the stomach is empty. IGF helps give the body fuel between meals by releasing sugar and fats that have been stored.
- Glucagon– has an opposing action of insulin and helps control blood sugar in between meals by using fat reseves of the body. It is stimulated by intense exercise and dietary protein. However, too much protein in the diet can raise insulin and negate the effects of glucagon.
In Part 2 we will give an overview of the last 3 fat-burning hormones and discuss some things you can do that will prevent these important hormones from being blocked from working properly.
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