Ask everyone if they know a hormone that causes the weight loss. Most people will say that the thyroid hormone. That is true, but did you know that there are actually six hormones that impact fat loss?
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This is the group that I refer to as “the fat loss of six”: thyroid hormones, adrenaline, glucagon, adiponectin, the androgenic hormones (DHEA and testosterone) and the growth and rejuvenation of the hormones (growth hormone, and acetylcholine). These super-performers to help us lean and strong in two important respects: They directly stimulate the metabolism, or the breakdown of body fat stores for energy, and stimulate fat-burning by supporting the growth of metabolically active muscles.
Here is how:
Thyroid hormones (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4)
The masters of your metabolism, hormones drive every cell in your body. It all starts with TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). TSH, in turn, stimulates thyroxine (free T4), which is then converted into triiodothyronine (free T3). When all three are functioning well and produced in the right amount, your metabolism is a fat-burning machine. And that is what we are aiming for!
Also known as adrenaline, adrenalin is responsible for the rpm’s you (think fight-or-flight response and the physical effects it has on your body). This handy hormone enables the body to release the fats and sugars that so that we have that burst of energy we need when we really need it.
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Think of glucagon as insulin is useful opposite: Instead of lowering the blood sugar level by transporting glucose from the bloodstream (and in the liver, muscle and fat cells) for storage as glycogen or fat, glucagon increases blood sugar by breaking down the fat and glycogen that was stored. We can take advantage of this amazing hormone by the exercise of the consume of proteins, or the experience of a dip in blood sugar.
Adiponectin is a long time not as well known as that of the previous three hormones—and that is really unfortunate. This amazing hormone is produced in and sent from your fat cells, but it also has a direct and reciprocal relationship with them, which means that it is produced by your fat cells, it actually helps burn fat! Even better, the higher your adiponectin levels are, the higher your energy and energy expenses. And because it increases insulin sensitivity, improves glucose tolerance and inhibits the inflammation.
The Androgenic Hormones (DHEA and Testosterone)
Let’s talk about sex, baby! And by that I mean that sex hormones. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone—yes, that is a real word, and a very important hormone) from the adrenal glands and leads the charge for estrogen and testosterone. A DHEA boost is definitely a part of your hormonal launched because of the ability to support metabolically active muscle growth.
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Muscle growth to fat loss, so the attending of DHEA, is a part of this program. DHEA will be the support of the immune system of your body, improving tissue repair and sleep, and neutralize the effect of cortisol (the stress hormone), among numerous other benefits.
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And testosterone? It is almost impossible to build muscle mass without enough of that hormone for both men and women and testosterone is also connected to an improvement in libido, bone density, strength, motivation, memory, fat burning and skin tone. Stimulating this dynamic duo is a big part of achieving your health and vitality goals.
The Growth and Rejuvenation of the Hormones (growth Hormone and Acetylcholine)
It is impossible to discuss fat loss and muscle growth without touching on the growth hormone, and acetylcholine. Released during deep sleep, growth hormone is almost magical in its ability to repair tissue and build muscle. The regenerative forces can make a big difference in your fat loss and muscle growth goals.
And when it comes to the communication with the muscles to stimulate their motor skills, coordination and tone, you need the right amounts of acetylcholine. Because we make use of this hormone when we exercise, the stimulation of the levels is necessary for maintaining strong, healthy and metabolically active muscles.
This article originally appeared on RodaleWellness.com.