Hormones are the chemical messengers that carry specific or general messages from one of the body organs to the cell, with specific command to perform certain functions.
Without hormones, the body functions would come to a standstill. There are hormones specific to metabolism, energy creation, conversion, and utilization.
Energy in your body is stored in the form of body fat, with two hormones at play: fat storing and fat burning hormone varietie.
Your body contains more of the former than the latter, explaining why gaining fat is easier than losing fat. Proper hormonal balance is essential for normal and healthy body function.
Examples of fat loss hormone types are insulin, testosterone, cortisol, adrenaline, glucagons, adiponectin, ghrelin, thyroxin, human growth hormone (HGH) and Leptin.
Of all the fat burning hormones, Leptin is the most critical since it regulates energy intake and expenditure. Leptin is the fat burning hormone (messenger) that allows appetite and metabolism-related messages to reach the brain. More Leptin means less appetite, which in turn means less food intake.
With less food in the body, the system then summons more fat burning hormone to convert stored energy (fat) into other useable forms. Other aspects like physical exercise, occupation, situational environment, gender, pregnancy, lifestyle, and diet can complement the fat burning process. Therefore, if you really desire a trim, lean, and fit physique free of excess fat, then you must give each and every fat burning hormone a chance.
Activities or situations that cause fat burning hormone stimulation include brisk walking, fasting, swimming, cycling, and high adrenalin sports like rugby, formula one racing, skiing, and mountain climbing. Stressful situations that result in depressed appetite and poor sleeping patterns may also cause the body to generate fat loss hormone reaction. The opposite of these situations is likely to encourage fat storing hormones resulting in excess weight and obesity.
There are types of food known to encourage the body’s Leptin response. Knowing about such foods is an essential part of healthy dietary practice and recommended lifestyle. Any nutritionist or trained dietetic can advice on which food types fall in this group. Such foods are highly recommended for persons with nutritional disorders like diabetes, goiter, high blood pressure, and obesity.
The first thing you must strive to achieve is avoiding liver-straining food types like animal proteins, added fats, and alcohol. You must eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber whole grains. Highly refined grains, high fatty foods, and high alcohol intake actually suppress hormonal release. Drinking plenty of water is mandatory.
Some medications, especially for some chronic conditions actually depress fat burning hormone responses. For instance, sudden change of lifestyle from hyperactive to sedentary will most likely result in weight gain. This phenomenon is common with soccer players who suffer long-term injuries or retirement. As the demand for energy goes down, the body releases less of the hormonal varieties.
Any treatment that is likely to strain the liver or any of the endocrine gland (hormone-producing organs) is also likely to create a hormonal imbalance, a situation that can result in wither over production or suppression of fat burning hormone(s).