Fat Burning Hormones -- how to trigger them
This page is about fat burning hormones and hormones in general. Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body. They travel in your bloodstream delivering messages to tissues and organs.
Hormones affect many different processes including metabolism (how the body gets energy from food), growth, development, and mood.
There are safe and natural tactics that we recommend to manipulate hormones for fat burning and weight loss.
Here you'll find what you need to increase metabolism for lasting natural weight loss.
The section further down this page is about hormones in general.
They are highly effective natural ways to manipulate fat burning hormones!
In part two of this section, we go on to give look at menopause and weight gain.
To understand the relationship between hormones and body fat it's important to begin at the beginning.
So, let's learn more about hormones in general.
The critical elements of the program presented here on our website are increasing lean muscle mass to burn body fat, eating fat burning foods, and eating smaller meals, with sufficient protein from natural sources, more frequently. These tactics will significantly boost your metabolism.
You will not be eating more food; you will simply be spreading it throughout the day.
For more details about feeding frequency to boost metabolism and the amount of protein required, read our page: 'Ways to Increase Metabolism.' You will find the page link right at the very bottom of the page.
Introduction to hormones in general
Muscular growth is neither predictable nor uniform. There's still a lot about the process of building muscle that remains unknown. There's also a lot still unknown about the endocrine system and how it works in relation to muscular development.
Glands or glandular tissues secrete hormones, which act like chemical messengers. They affect every organ system in the body and control many of the body's vital functions. The endocrine system is this complex network. There are many different kinds with a wide array of functions.
Many different glands or tissues (such as the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and parathyroid glands), as well as organs (like the kidneys) secrete them.
They travel through the bloodstream and exert their influence on body parts away from their origin. There are also tissues that produce substances similar to them (such as prostaglandins) that have specific, localized functions.
Since there are many different types with a wide array of functions, it should be no surprise that there are different ways of classifying them. A common way is by their chemical derivation. Consider two groups:
(1) The steroid hormones are derived from cholesterol. These pass through the cell membranes of their target cells to act directly on the nuclei.
They include the sex hormones (such as testosterone and estrogen), mineralocorticoids (which regulate the body's fluid and salt balance), and the glucocorticoids (which regulate glucose metabolism). Cortisol is the most important glucocorticoid.
(2) Others are derived from protein, peptides, or amino acids. They do not actually enter their target cells; instead, they attach themselves to receptor sites on the surfaces of their target cells and work in other ways.
They include insulin, growth hormone, and epinephrine (adrenaline).
The endocrine system is very complex and delicately balanced by an interconnected set of controls. The many different hormones circulate in very small quantities and have very specific target cells or receptors.
When the system becomes unbalanced, usually because of too much or too little of one or more hormones, health is compromised.
Symptoms are often dramatic and sometimes life-threatening.
There are many different kinds of endocrine disorders. Diabetes is the most common. It is caused either by a lack of insulin or by the body's inability to use insulin. Carbohydrate metabolism is the chemical process by which carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are broken down into glucose (blood sugar), which is the body's principal fuel. Insulin is essential in carbohydrate metabolism.
Thyroid disorders are another common kind of endocrine disorder. Thyroid hormone affects virtually all metabolic processes. An overactive thyroid ("hyperthyroidism") is caused by excessive production. Sometimes the thyroid is attacked by the body's immune system, which is the most common cause of underactive thyroid ("hypothyroidism").
In addition to diabetes and thyroid disorders, there are many other endocrine disorders; they include growth abnormalities, sexual development abnormalities, diabetes insipidis, parathyroid disorders, disorders of the gonads (testis or ovaries), and adrenal disorders.
If you suspect any such hormonal imbalances, your internist or other primary care physicians may refer you to an endocrinologist.
Unless you have a license to practice medicine, please do not rely on self-diagnosis of such imbalances. Only rely on a diagnosis made by a competent physician and not, for example, on one by a store clerk in a health food store or even a nutritionist.
Treatments to restore hormonal balance can sometimes be surprisingly simple—such as temporary amino acid supplementation.
To read more about hormones and amino acids, see the Ross and Larson books at the beginning of Part III on our free reading list.
You can find this in our 'Learning How. section of the website. You will find that page link listed on our site map/index.
Food is medicine
Often, food makes the best medicine.
In relation to fat burning hormones and how to lose body fat, the best natural tactics for obtaining and sustaining a well-balanced endocrine system are eating well, exercising well, and resting well.
The free program presented here on our website includes all that and more to help you optimize fat burning hormones and lose body fat in a healthy and natural way. You will find all the information you need is listed on the navigation buttons or on the sitemap/index.
Caution: despite the claims of many, over-the-counter glandular supplements are not an effective medicine.
These are extracts of animal thymus, adrenal, pituitary, and reproductive glands. Taking them can be dangerous because they can upset your body's delicate hormonal balance.
Please avoid products like DHEA.
Instead, focus on eating well, exercising well, and resting well.
The tactics on these three topics that we recommend on this website will help you lose weight by naturally managing the relevant hormones.
Here are 5 specific examples of fat burning hormones.
The first two examples are insulin and leptin. Their levels rise and fall together. Preventing your insulin level from spiking is a chief reason to keep your daily carb intake at 25 grams or lower on most days. This prevents fat storage.
Preventing your leptin level from going too low is a chief reason for one cheat meal weekly, which is all it takes to keep it at normal levels and prevent your body from going into starvation mode.
Here's an important third example: Too much stress leads to cortisol overload that causes cravings for carbohydrates, breaks down muscle, increases abdominal fat storage, and can lead to depression. Our important sections on breathing well and meditation will help you keep your cortisol level under control.
The fourth example of fat burning hormones is often neglected. The higher your level of ghrelin, the hungrier you are. The way to keep it down is to get plenty of sleep. Our page on sleeping well can really help. You can find that page on the sitemap/index.
The final example is this: the higher your level of adiponectin, the more fat you'll burn. To keep it high, ensure that you are ingesting plenty of magnesium and green leafy vegetables like (preferably organic) spinach. If you miss an occasional meal (as our hunter-gatherer ancestors did), such intermittent fasting can also help.
Four topics of concern
Four specific areas
Now lets' look at specific areas of concern in relation to fat burning hormones and how to lose body fat.
These four areas of concern are male and female aging, body composition, increasing lean muscle mass to replace body fat, and female menopause and weight gain.
This information will show you how to lose body fat and achieve permanent natural weight loss.
Related web pages to help you further
Books relating to fat burning hormones
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On most pages of our website, we aim to recommend the very best books available according to the topic of each page. We endeavor to make the best suggestions based on experience and our many years of work and research in the fields of health and fitness. We suggest only books that we have read and can wholly commend.
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