In the human body there are six hormones that have more of a tendency to help you burn fat and three that have more of a tendency to help you store fat. Below is a list of these hormones, what gland they are made in and what their function is.
Fat Burning Hormones:
Thyroxine – Also known as T4 is made in the thyroid. Some of the things it is vital for is metabolism, brain development, mood, and body temperature. Increased T4 levels can cause insomnia, weight gain, and cold intolerance. T4 is converted to T3 in the liver. T3 is the active form of T4.
Testosterone – Testosterone is made in the ovaries and testes. It keeps your bones healthy, helps brain functions and your sex drive. Elevated testosterone levels may cause weight gain, abnormal hair growth, and PCOS.
7 Keto DHEA – This hormone is made in the adrenals and helps with your metabolism. It converts energy to heat instead of storing it as fat.
Glucagon – Glucagon is made in the pancreas. This hormone helps to control blood sugar levels, helps with the conversion of amino acid into glucose and breaks down stored fat.
IGF -1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1)- This is made in the liver and helps support normal blood sugar levels and metabolism by helping fat burn for fuel instead of glucose.
Fat Storing Hormones:
Cortisol – This is made in the adrenals and is the stress hormone of the body. When your body is under stress cortisol becomes elevated and raises your blood sugar. As a response your pancreas will release insulin to bring your blood sugar down.
Estrogen – Estrogen is made in the ovaries and testes. It helps with brain function, metabolism, bone health, sex drive and skin health. Elevated estrogen can cause weight gain, fatigue, bloating, and decreased sex drive.When you are working out in the gym like Arnold and biking like Lance Armstrong but the weight is still not coming off it’s usually a result of an imbalance between any one of these hormones.
Standard blood test are usually not super accurate for looking at all these different hormones.
However, 24-hour cortisol urine analysis can give a very good indication as the amount of cortisol that you are truly producing.
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