6 hormones essential for fat loss
Did you know that there are actually 6 hormones that affect weight loss? Here are these hormones: thyroid hormones, adrenaline, glucagon, adiponectin, the androgenic hormones and the growth and rejuvenation hormones (growth hormone and acetylcholine). They help us get fit and strong in two big ways: by directly stimulating metabolism, specifically breaking down body-fat stores and turning it in energy, and stimulating fat loss by supporting the buildup of metabolically active muscle. Let’s find out more details.
1. Thyroid hormones (TSH, free T3 and free T4)
These hormones are the masters of your metabolism, they drive every single cell in your body. It all starts with TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), which, in turn, stimulates thyroxine (free T4), which is then converted to triiodothyronine (free T3). When all three are functioning correctly and produced in the adequate amounts, your metabolism becomes a fat-burning machine.
Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is responsible for revving you up. This hormone allows the body to release all the stored fats and sugars, so that we have that burst of energy we need.
You can call glucagon insulin’s helpful opposite: instead of lowering blood sugar by transporting glucose from the bloodstream (and into liver, muscle and fat cells) for storage as glycogen or fat, glucagon raises blood sugar by breaking down the stored fat and glycogen. We can boost this magnificent hormone when we workout, consume protein, or our blood sugar is lower than usual.
Adiponectin maybe isn’t nearly as popular as the previous three hormones, but it makes wonders in your body. Fat cells are responsible for this hormone production and secretion, but it’s also got a direct relationship with them, which means that although it’s produced by your fat cells, it actually helps burn up fat. What’s even better is that higher amount of adiponectin results in higher energy and caloric expenditure. And because it increases insulin sensitivity, it also improves glucose tolerance and reduces inflammation.
5. The androgenic hormones (DHEA and testosterone)
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) comes from the adrenal glands and leads the charge for estrogen and testosterone. A DHEA is able to support metabolically active muscle growth, and muscle growth is key to fat loss, so attending to DHEA is part of this program. DHEA supports your immune system, improves tissue repair and sleep and neutralizes the impact of cortisol (the stress hormone), among a number of other benefits. And what about testosterone? It’s almost impossible to build muscle mass without enough of this hormone (for both men and women). Testosterone also helps improve libido, bone density, strength, motivation, memory, fat burning and skin tone.
6. The growth and rejuvenation hormones (growth hormone and acetylcholine)
Growth hormone and acetylcholine are also super essential for fat loss and muscle growth. Released during deep sleep, growth hormone repairs tissue and builds muscle. Its regenerative powers can make a huge difference in your fat-loss and muscle-growth goals. And you need the right amounts of acetylcholine to communicate with muscles to encourage their movement, coordination and tone. We use up this hormone during exercising, so boosting its levels is crucial for maintaining strong, healthy and metabolically-active muscle.