Your Eight Hormones and Weight Loss

There are many physical, mental, and physiological

benefits to regular exercise. One category of

benefits is the impact that exercise has on many

of your body’s hormones. Hormones are chemical

messengers within your body that affect almost

all aspects of human function:

1. Growth Hormone

– Stimulates protein synthesis (muscle tone/development),

and strength of bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. –

Decreases use of glucose and increases use of fat as a fuel

during exercise. This helps to reduce body fat and to keep

blood glucose at a normal level which helps you to exercise

for a longer period of time.

Release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland

in the brain is increased with increasing aerobic

exercise time, especially more intense exercise such as

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2. Endorphins

– An endogenous opioid from the pituitary gland that

blocks pain, decreases appetite, creates a feeling of

euphoria (the exercise high), and reduces tension and

anxiety.

Blood levels of endorphins increase up to five times

resting levels during longer duration (greater than

30 minutes) aerobic exercise at moderate to intense

levels and also during interval training.

Also, after several months of regular exercise, you

develop an increased sensitivity to endorphins (a

higher high from the same level of endorphins), and

endorphins that are produced tend to stay in your

blood for a longer period of time. This makes longer

duration exercise easier (you’re feeling no pain)

and it causes your exercise high to last for a longer

period of time after exercise.

3. Testosterone

– An important hormone in both males and females for

maintaining muscle tone/volume/strength, increasing

basal metabolic rate (metabolism), decreasing body

fat, and feeling self-confident. It’s produced by the

ovaries in females and by the testes in males.

– Females have only about one tenth the amount of

testosterone that males do, but even at that level in

females it also plays a role in libido and intensity

of orgasms. Production of testosterone in females begins

to decline as a woman begins to approach menopause

and in males it begins to decline in his forties.

Blood levels of testosterone increase with exercise

in both males and females beginning about 20 minutes

into an exercise session, and blood levels may remain

elevated for one to three hours after exercise.

4. Estrogen

– The most biologically active estrogen, 17 beta

estradiol, increases fat breakdown from body fat stores so

that it can be used and fuel, increases basal metabolic rate

(metabolism), elevates your mood, and increases libido.

This hormone is at much higher blood levels in females,

but the ovaries begin to produce less of it as a woman

begins to approach menopause.

The amount of 17 beta estradiol secreted by the ovaries

increases with exercise, and blood levels may remain

elevated for one to four hours after exercise.

5. Thyroxine (T4)

– A hormone produced by the thyroid gland, Thyroxine

raises the metabolic rate (“metabolism”) of almost

all cells in the body. This increase in “metabolism”

helps you to feel more energetic and also causes you

to expend more calories, and thus is important in

weight loss.

Blood levels of thyroxine increase by about 30%

during exercise and remain elevated for several

hours afterward – this period of time is increased

by an increase in intensity and/or duration of

exercise. Regular exercise also increase thyroxine

levels at rest.

6. Epinephrine

– A hormone produced primarily by the adrenal

medulla that increases the amount of blood the

heart pumps and directs blood flow to where it’s

needed.

– Stimulates breakdown of glycogen (stored

carbohydrate) in the active muscles and liver to use

as fuel. It also stimulates the breakdown of fat (in

stored fat and in active muscles) to use as fuel.

The amount of epinephrine released from the adrenal

medulla is proportional to the intensity and

duration of exercise.

7. Insulin

An important hormone in regulating (decreasing)

blood levels of glucose (“blood sugar”) and in

directing glucose, fatty acids, and amino

acids into the cells. Insulin secretion by the

pancreas is increased in response to a rise in

blood sugar as is often the case after a meal.

Typically, the larger the meal, or the greater the

quantity of simple sugars consumed, the larger

the insulin response. This is another reason

that it’s good to eat small frequent meals and

to limit consumption of sugar and of processed

bread, pasta and rice. The whole grain (non-

processed) versions of those products are a

much healthier choice.

Blood levels of insulin begin to decrease about 10

minutes into an aerobic exercise session and

continue to decrease through about 70 minutes of

exercise. Regular exercise also increases a cell’s

sensitivity to insulin at rest, so that less is needed.

8. Glucagon

A hormone that is also secreted by the pancreas,

but it’s job is to raise blood levels of glucose

(“blood sugar”). When blood sugar levels get too

low, glucagon is secreted and causes stored

carbohydrate (glycogen) in the liver to be released

into the blood stream to raise blood sugar to a

normal level. It also causes the breakdown of fat

so that it can be used as fuel.

Glucagon typically begins to be secreted beyond

30 minutes of exercise when blood glucose levels

may begin to decrease.

So, next time you’re exercising, think about all

the wonderful things that are happening to your

hormones. It might even make you want to do more

exercise!

copyright 2007 by Greg Landry, M.S

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Citricoma – One of the Promising Natural Weight Loss Remedies

There are tons and tons of artificial and natural weight loss remedies out in the market today. Females are usually the ones having to struggle with losing excess pounds. And why is this? It’s because of the way their bodies are designed. It is simply harder for women to shed off excess fats. It is not surprising why there are many weight loss products designed for women.

Since the late 80’s, more and more people have become conscious with their physical appearance, especially their weight. For some people, it is really difficult to attain a leaner and fitter figure. That is why weight loss products and supplements, such as natural weight loss remedies, are selling like hot cakes ever since.

Even when you look at the list of books that actually sell, weight loss books never go out of patrons. Publishers of such books rake in millions of profits each time they come up with new titles. It is not surprising since people really do want to look good.

A talk of the town in natural weight loss remedies these days is Citricoma. Developed by the same people behind Cortislim, it is a combination of know weight loss substances such as citrus polymethoxylated flavones and Eurycoma longifolia.

Citricoma, it is said, has many promising weight loss properties. However, despite of its convincing claims, there are those who are skeptical about its effectiveness in helping those who are trying to lose weight.

Citrus polymethoxylated flavones – such as tangeretin, sinensetin, and nobilitin – are known to be effective at lowering cholesterol levels in the blood; thus, promoting a healthier heart. Compared to other citrus falvonoids – which are well-known for its ability to control blood sugar levels and fats – it is believed that citrus polymethoxylated flavones are much more efficient in doing the work for as much as 3 times.

Eurycoma longifolia, on the other hand, is known to boost the energy level. If you have heard of Tongkat Ali and Malaysian Ginseng, well, this is one of their major ingredients. During the process of losing weight, eurycoma longifolia is found out to maintain the right levels of cortisol and testosterone circulating in the body. Low cortisol and high testosterone levels are great for suppressing the appetite. So when you are on a diet and the right levels of these substances are maintained, it is less likely that you will have pangs of hunger. That is why using citricoma will prevent the consumption of excess fats and boost the energy levels; thus, you get to burn stored fats, to be used as fuel.

How To Get Skinny – The Natural Asian Way

How to get skinny is probably the most frequent question I get from clients in my weight-loss programs. It’s a challenge that every woman who has struggled with her body has faced at some point in her life. The truth is that there are millions of Asian women around the globe who have skinny and lean bodies year-round…even just after giving birth!

Today you’re going to learn how to get skinny the natural Asian way, by using some easy-to-remember tips that Asian women use to drop extra pounds off quickly that you can add to your everyday routine.

How To Get Skinny – Fast And Easy Natural Solutions

For my new weight-loss clients I first begin with teaching them some fundamental basics about long-term permanent weight loss. Simple things that anyone can do right from day one to jumpstart their fat-burning potential. And while you’re not going to learn every Asian secret about weight-loss from a single short article, you CAN pick up a few tips that will get you on the road to your ideal body:

1. A Smaller Plate = A Smaller Belly – If you ever travel to Asia one of the first things you’ll notice is that the bowls and plates that families use are much smaller than the typical American size. This is important for a reason that isn’t hard to understand: You eat less food if your plate can’t hold more!

Try “shrinking” your dishes when you’re trying to stay focused while losing weight, particularly for dinner, you’ll find that it’s one of the most simple things you can do to answer your question of how to get skinny fast.

2. Water isn’t just found in a glass – Certain vegetables hold two advantages over regular foods, first of which of course is their superior nutrient profile, which helps our bodies stay healthy and functioning well. But for certain veggies like zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, and kale, there’s a second big advantage for those trying to figure out how to get skinny: They’re water-dense.

Water-dense vegetables will fill you up (and keep you full) much longer than other options, try to include them as a side-dish with main meals.

3. Cut the fruit juice and switch to REAL fruit – There’s an amazing thing that happens when we drink fruit juice from the typical store. Our insulin level skyrockets due to all the refined sugar in the drink, which makes it nearly impossible for another 4-6 hours to burn any fat…even if your diet is flawless.

Avoid this trap by only drink actual fruit juice that you personally squeezed. If that’s too much work, no problem, eat an actual piece of fruit instead…and enjoy the fiber within it that keeps you from being hungry. Always choose real fruit over anything processed, it will bring you closer to the answer to “how to get skinny” much faster.

4. No “Las Vegas drinks” when out to dinner – When you’re eating out, don’t be tempted to order a bottle of white wine, a large 16oz fruity cocktail, or any other big size drink that may contain alcohol or processed sugars. The answer in this area of how to get skinny comes in the form of ordering your wine by the glass instead, and sticking to cocktails that are less than 6 ounces in volume. You can ask the waiter for an example of the glass size if you’re unsure.

Often we overindulge on drinks and alcohol at dinner when eating out, and it not only inflates the bill it inflates our thighs! Stick to healthy water, tea, or other natural liquids when eating out and minimize the damage.

These basic tips can go a lot further than you may think on the road to getting skinny fast, if you make them a habit and practice each of them daily it wouldn’t surprise me to see you drop 10 or 15 pounds within a month or so. They’re that powerful in keeping you from the body you desire.

What If You Still Can’t Lose Weight?

If today’s tips don’t help you trim down your tummy fat or love handles for good, you’ll want to learn a more powerful secret free method that Asian women do to force fat off of their belly and thighs quickly…without starving or doing insane workouts.