By Rika Susan, updated 14 August 2014
Can it be that your hormones are playing a critical role in weight gain and your struggles to lose weight? Are there really fat-burning hormones, or is this just another weight loss myth?
Research results show that the link between hormones and weight issues is no dreamed-up myth! In fact, one scientific study after the other unravels more of the ways in which the hormonal workings in our bodies affect everything related to weight loss and fat-burning.
Now, this does not mean that we can sit back and blame it all on our hormones! :-) But, once we know how it all fits together in our bodies, we can do a lot to use the role of hormones to our advantage.
Struggling to lose weight? Learn how leptin, a fat-burning hormone, can help
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One of the hormones that has been in the research spotlight for quite a while, is leptin. In a minute you can check out 3 short video tutorials answering questions such as...
Before we get to that, let's take a look at some of the ways in which the hormones in your body could be impacting your weight...
- What is leptin?
- What does leptin do in your body?
- What exactly is leptin resistance and why is this such a crucial weight loss issue?
- Food cravings
- Appetite control
- How fast of slow your metabolism is
- How effectively your body burns fat
- The length of time you are able to work out
- Your body's ability to use fat as fuel when you exercise
On a side note...
Did you know that there is a specific fat-burning hormone that can make or break your weight loss efforts? When you go on a severe diet, this hormone plummets by as much as 50%! Read '23 Belly Blasting Foods' to learn how to control it and avoid a dreaded fat loss plateau (the plan even includes a weekly 'cheat day'!)
Weight Loss, Exercise And Your Hormones
One of the best motivations to increase your levels of exercise, may be to understand that every little bit of extra activity can help to boost certain hormones, which in turn may lead to more effective weight loss and fat loss.
Please note: If you have any health concerns or ailments or have been very sedentary, please talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.
For instance, in the case of endorphins (the feel-good hormones), exercise increases the levels dramatically. Better still, with regular exercise, your endorphin sensitivity is sharpened. So, the effect of the newly released endorphins is intensified and lasts longer. As endorphins are of particular importance in appetite control and reducing food cravings, you can just imagine how this can help you!
Another less well-known fat-burning hormone, is called adiponectin. Various researchers have shown it to play a crucial role in weight control. Adiponectin helps your body to use fat as fuel, helps with appetite control and can rev up your metabolic rate.
One study by Florencia Ziemke and Christos S Mantzoros, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that low levels of adiponectin can be linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
They found that adiponectin could be increased through body weight reduction and following a wholesome Mediterranean-type eating plan rich in plant foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts and legumes.
Omega-3 fatty acids can also help. Another important factor is regular exercise.
This is another hormone that may not be so well-known, but is crucial when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. It plays an important role in the hunger signals your brain receives, so appetite control becomes easier if it is at the right level.
This is a hormone that needs to be kept at a lower level. One effective way to do this, is through exercise.
When you go on a fad diet, your grehlin levels go up, causing you to crave food.
We all have white fat cells and brown fat cells. While white fat cells store fat, brown fat cells help with fat loss. So, we are looking for more of the brown fat cells and fewer of the white ones.
It is still early days for researchers, but studies are indicating that irisin might be a hormone that designed to help us to create more of these brown fat cells. It could also play a role in reducing insulin resistance.
This hormone is produced when we exercise our muscles! So, yet another good reason to get off that couch... :-)
5. Other Hormones Helped Through Exercise
The above list just gives a taste of the hormones that are actively involved in weight loss and fat loss and can be helped along through regular, healthy exercise.
Others include your growth hormone, estrogen, testosterone, insulin and epinephrine.
6. Leptin: Your Number One Fat-Burning Hormone
One of the main fat-burning hormones that has been in the news since around 1994, is leptin.
Believe it or not, it all started with an obese mouse and a researcher named Jeffrey Friedman. This researcher identified a particular hormone that was lacking in the overweight mouse and came to the conclusion that this was the reason for the weight gain in the mouse.
Jeffrey Friedman decided to named this hormone 'leptin'. Quite an apt name! According to the Colorado State University it is derived from the Greek word 'leptos', which means 'thin'.
Interestingly enough, both having too little and too much of this hormone can cause havoc in your body! So, it is not as simple as finding out how to increase leptin. In fact, having too much can really complicate things and be the cause of leptin resistance, as you will learn in Video Tutorial 3 below. Be sure not to miss it!
Video Tutorial 1: What Is Leptin? Avoiding Leptin Resistance (slides and music)
In the video below, you will learn...
- What leptin is
- 9 Things in your body affected by leptin
- How leptin gets to talk to your brain and what it says!
- What happens when there is a road block along the way
Video Tutorial 2: What does Leptin do? (slides and music)
In this video you will discover...
- Why leptin is the 'big boss' of the hormones
- How leptin and your brain teams up to help you with weight loss
- How fad diets manage to ruin this teamwork
- How a healthy diet can restore the communication
Video Tutorial 3: What Is Leptin Resistance? (slides, voice and music)
This is probably the most important message you will hear, so listen carefully to learn about...
- The inner workings of leptin resistance
- The disastrous consequences when your body starts to turn a deaf ear to leptin signals
- The 6 main causes of leptin resistance
- 3 Leptin resistance symptoms you may be struggling with
For more information on leptin, check out the freebie ebook mentioned in the video tutorials above: '23 Belly Blasting Foods' (email required). In the ebook you will learn how to control leptin. This is one of the secrets you need in order to avoid one of those dreaded, frustrating fat loss plateaus. The plan even includes a yummy, weekly 'cheat day'!