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
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.
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.
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