Feeding Your Hormones For Fat Loss part 1

Feb 10, 2011

Though calories do matter when it comes to losing fat and gaining muscle I do find it a little bit of an over rated topic, what matters most and deserves the attention is hormone manipulation through food.

Our hormones are chemicals released by our cells or glands that send out messages that affect cells in other parts of the body. They are the messengers that control whether we get lean or fat.

As you would know (if you’re a regular reader of my blog) that the hormone called insulin is what I believe is the major hormone responsible for our accumulation of fat. You would also know (if you tried it yourself) that if you keep your insulin low by keeping your carbohydrates low you will not only start to lose fat but you will maintain it too.

So how can we manipulate our other hormones to get even leaner?
How can we strip off those last few body fat percentages?
How can we speed up this process?

Well, I’m here to help show you how, here are three important hormones when it comes to losing that unwanted fat:

T3 -T4:
The thyroid controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes protein, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. Selenium is crucial in both the production of T-4 thyroid hormone in the thyroid gland, as well as in the conversion of T-4 to T-3 thyroid hormone. Zinc is also needed both before and after these production and conversion processes. Zinc is necessary for the TRH hypothalamus hormone to stimulate the pituitary gland, which signals the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. The removal of gluten is also key.

Too boost this hormone:

Step 1: Eliminate gluten from your diet
Step 2: Add fish and nuts to your diet
Step 3: Supplement with 10mg of zinc

Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) is hormone that increases heart rate and participates in the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system. Why would we want to increase this? To help burn more fat during your cardio sessions. Chemically, epinephrine is produced only by the adrenal glands from the amino acids phenylalanine and tyrosine.

Too boost this hormone:

Step 1: Make sure you consume complete protein like whey or egg protein
Step 2: Perform interval cardio (30sec on, 30 sec off)
Step 3: Have a black coffee 20 minutes before your cardio

Leptin is an adipose derived hormone meaning it’s produced from your own fat tissue. It plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism. In simple terms when your fat cells are full, leptin signals the brain to tell it to stop feeling hungry and to slow down metabolism.

When someone is on a redistricted diet, leptin works against your goal to slow down your metabolism.

Too boost this hormone:

Step 1: Cycle your carbohydrates when dieting to keep the body guessing. I’ve found that one low carb day every 3-4 moderate days works best.
Step 2: Make sure your calories are not too low that your body feels deprived and enters starvation mode and make sure you consume many small meals throughout the day.
Step 3: Start taking fish oil

In part 2, I will go over three other key hormones and tips on how to maximize them. Stay tuned!

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