When your body goes against your efforts and stores fat “naturally”, losing weight becomes difficult. So it is important to boost hormones that activate the fat burning process!
When the body is deprived of food, and therefore calories, it stores fat. However, you can control this process by stimulating fat burning while controlling fat storage in the body.
Testosterone, the sex hormone that burns fat!
Hormone of desire in men, testosterone is an androgen hormone that helps burn fat and loses weight. Testosterone facilitates muscle development, which helps burn fat. It is the fact that this hormone eliminates fat while increasing muscle mass. Testosterone stimulates the metabolism of fat and regulates the glucose and insulin levels in the body.
Testosterone is present in women’s body also, but in very low rates. This hormone is primarily a male sex hormone, which is the reason why, men:
- Burn fat more easily than women
- Have more muscle mass
- Lose weight easier
Hormones responsible for fat storage:
Insulin is a hormone that has the role of reducing blood sugar during the metabolic process. But when insulin is excessively secreted by the pancreas, it is called hyperinsulinemia. Namely, an excess of insulin causes a storage of fat by the body thus weight gain.
Moreover, when consuming foods rich in carbohydrates, they turn into glucose which is introduced in the bloodstream. This leads to increased sugar levels in the blood. Blood glucose then needs to get its optimal rate by triggering the production of insulin, which in turn stores excess of glucose as fat in muscle tissue and liver.
In times of stress, crisis, anger and sadness, stress hormone is secreted, causing a strong desire to eat, usually food rich in fat and calories, to counter this stress. Result: weight gain!
Cortisol, or stress hormone, is a hormone whose secretion is triggered in periods of psychological or physical stress. To assist the body and help control stress, cortisol secretion occurs, which stimulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats leading to a large sugar levels in the blood. In turn, this high sugar stimulates the production of insulin leading to fat storage and increased appetite.
This is the female sex hormone. Estrogen prevents you to lose weight because it promotes fat storage, especially during pregnancy.
Estrogen contributes to weight gain by water retention and increased production of fat mass. The latter is mainly stored in the buttocks and thighs. Recall that in women, fat constitutes about 25% of body mass.
All these hormones, and others like adrenaline, increase and promote the production of fat, preventing weight loss and increase the risk of overweight and obesity.
Here are 3 steps to lose weight and burn fat:
Step 1: Avoid insulin resistance
If your body is resistant to insulin, you will definitely notice substantially increased fat storage. To avoid this, just avoid sugar consumption.
This is simple to do, just do not consume sugary processed foods (cookies, candies, chocolates, sodas) and consume natural foods (fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish) and natural sugars such as organic honey.
Step 2: Decrease cortisol production
To lose weight, you also need to reduce cortisol production. Keep in mind that cortisol is secreted due to stress and mental and physical anxiety. So you should learn how to control your stress.
Consider adopting relaxation activities such as yoga and meditation to help relax your mind while minimizing the side effects of nervousness that stimulate the production of cortisol.
Step 3: Stimulate the production of testosterone
But avoid testosterone “false supplements” as tablets or injections. To increase your testosterone levels and thus burn fat more quickly, simply do sports!
This means that women should try to lift heavier weights to increase muscle mass, and do more cardio exercises. All these activities will help you lose weight and burn fat fast.
Hormones play an important role in burning fat. By following these steps, you can boost your body’s ability to burn fat. Note that if your body is struggling to maintain its hormonal balance, body fat becomes important.