Hormones And Fat Loss – Part 2 with Keith Spennewyn

Learn why your clients store fat and where they store it when this hormone comes into play...and what to do about it.

In recent articles I have established two factors. First, most diets do not provide good long-term results. Second, it’s not a simple calories in versus calories out formula. These factors are well known problems in the weight loss arena.

 


 

Leptin and Sustained Fat Loss

You might say that you have seen many people lose weight, especially in magazines and television programs. This is true, but you did not see them five years later. It’s certainly newsworthy when an overweight person becomes thin; yet the truth is, when it comes to losing weight, long-term success is quite rare and failure is often ignored by the media.
At the root of the problem we have pointed out that leptin has a lot to do with your success. I have reported that, although a reduction in fat mass reduces the leptin levels, the dieters hunger mechanism does not reduce. It does in fact, intensify. What has happened is the leptin makes the brain think it’s still starving, forcing us to eat and gain weight back.
The reduction in calories also stimulates the fat cell to absorb more fat from less food. That means that when we eat we store more fat, and when we go back to our old ways we are primed to gain more weight (it’s termed yo-yo dieting).

Then There’s Ghrelin…

Ghrelin, is a hormone known as the appetite increaser. It is released primarily in the stomach and is thought to signal hunger to the brain. It is released as a response to not eating enough, a problem often associated with heavy dieting.

German researchers have suggested that ghrelin levels play a big role in determining how quickly hunger comes back after we eat. Normally, ghrelin levels go up dramatically before you eat, blood sugars drop; this signals hunger.

 

Because hormones make weight loss more difficult, it stands to reason that we should be asking more questions about the influence of hormones on weight loss rather than following standard approaches that fail time and time again.

How do we combat this issue? Your first step is to determine how many calories your body needs, then make sure you do not eat less than that. It also means eating more quality foods to prevent the leptin response. Your next step is to exercise and increase your muscle; because muscle burns fat as a fuel.

Keep in mind that usual weight gains can also indicate other issues, a thyroid dysfunction might be one of those issues.

Start choosing quality foods over non-foods. Your choices include cutting out unnecessary sugars and processed carbohydrates. Since you are cutting out processed carbs, you will need to replace them with something. Quality fats are an excellent choice as are more vegetables and some fruits.

Here’s where most people say, wait a minute. Body fat is stored fat. So, eating more fat will make me store more of it. It seems logical. But it’s not that simple, nor is it true.

Sugar (Not Fat) Triggers Fat Storage

Diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) have been shown to cause weight loss in numerous studies. Yes, eating lots of fat with lots of sugar laden junk food will cause you to gain fat. But sugar triggers the insulin response which also triggers the fat cell to absorb more fat! Fat alone cannot trigger that same response.

It is best to eliminate your carbs for at least 30-days, then slowly add in small helpings of healthy carbs after the initial 30-days. Healthy carbs include sweet potatoes, rice and regular potatoes. My rule of thumb is simple, if they grow like that in nature (and man has not tried to tinker with it), eat it.

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18568083


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