Feeding Your Hormones For Fat Loss part 2
In part 1 we talked about T3-T4, epinephrine and leptin and I gave you tips on how you can maximize these hormones to work for you. In part 2 we’re going to dive deeper into 3 more hormones that will help you go beyond your set weight point.
By set weight point I mean the point where your body is comfortable with it’s fat percentage. For some that may be the last 10lbs and for others it may simply be going from 13% to 8% body fat. Here they are:
IGF1 (Insulin-like growth factors) is a hormone that consists of 70 different amino acids. It’s primary function is growth but it also has another function IGF-1 prevents insulin from transporting glucose into cells. Our body usually uses glucose in order to provide energy for our cells and tissues to use in their daily processes. However, glucose in excess is stored into fat. If glucose uptake by fat cells is blocked, then glucose in the bloodstream is released and burned directly for energy.
How to boost IGF1:
Step 1: Get good quality sleep every night
Step 2: Take amino acids before you workout like, arginine, ornithine and alpha ketoglutarate
Step 3: Use short rest intervals in your workouts with higher volume
Glucagon and insulin are part of a feedback system that keeps blood glucose levels at a stable level. Insulin put’s fat in the cell and glucagon takes fat out of the cell. See my simple diet idea. Glucagon’s primary function is to help regulate blood sugar. In essence glucagon raises low blood sugar by releasing fat from fat cells and converting it to glucose to be used for energy.
How to boost Glucagon:
Step 1: Lower carbohydrate intake
Step 2: Consistent meals with moderate protein throughout the day
Though (I’m kind of cheating because this is not a hormone) I was going to put testosterone but I figured this one was better. The point is to give you the most effective hands on solutions I’ve tried myself. L carnitine’ s primary function in the body is to regulate fat oxidation (burning). L-Carnitine is responsible for transporting fat to the fat furnace in our cells called mitochondria. Unless fat makes it to the mitochondria, it cannot be oxidized, no matter how much you exercise or diet. (now you see why it made the list?). You’re body can make l carnitine but it needs key things for it to happen:
How to boost L-carnitine:
Step 1: Consume grass fed beef, the best source of l carnitine (Must be grass fed)
Step 2: Supplement with BCAA’s during your workout or/and Lysine
Step 3: Supplement with a vitamin B complex and vitamin C for maximum L-Carnitine production
Step 4: Keep carbohydrates/insulin low for proper absorption.
That’s it for the hormone series, I hope you learned something but more importantly I hope you put it to the test to get ripped.