For the men, the dream is to be tucked inside a muscular, ripped body with no pound of fat right?

While the ladies wish to be inside that lovely shaped figure, bearing the type of curve only the best and most talented artists can put it down on paper with a pencil.

These dream type of bodies is impossible to bring to reality with the pounds of fat hiding underneath your skin.

As a result, most of us have spent tremendous amount of money, energy and time in gyms, fat reduction programs, drugs and other things to get into shape and bring the dream body to reality, while a few have succeeded; achieving this goal, majority, after passing through these programs still remain as they were before with little or no progress. It’s so frustrating.

What could be the problem? Is it that the few that failed to shed their pounds of fat through programs are born to be fat laddened? Or, the problem lies within? Is it natural?

Well, this post will help clear the air surrounding these numerous questions.

There are some internal barriers barricading our success to shade off those pounds of fat. These internal barriers are mostly present in the form of chemicals called hormones and they include:

Adiponectin: 

Adiponectin is a protein hormone modulates glucose regulation and fatty acid catabolism. The hormone basically stimulates the body to burn fat which is to be used as fuel in the body when the level of glucose is not adequate enough to provide the body with the necessary energy it needs.

It is secreted by the adipose tissue and also from placenta’s in pregnancy; into the blood stream. The amount of fat in our body is determined by the circulation of this hormone that flows in our bloodstream.

Unfortunately, for our body, the more fat we have present in the body the lesser this Adiponectin hormone is secreted, so no breakdown of fat is taking place. That is why burning fat will be so difficult but easy to accumulate. We can employ various methods to boost the adiponectin in our body.

  •  Increased intake of magnesium in large quantity. Magnesium can be found in seeds, especially pumpkin seeds, vegetables and there are so many food supplements containing magnesium.
  •  Engage yourself in intermittent fasting continuously( fast for a day and eat a lot the next day). Note: Do so with your Doctor informed.

Ghrelin:

This is called the hunger homone because it increases your urge for food.

It’s secreted from the P/D1 cells lining the fundus(The portion of a hollow organ. Eg, stomach, uterus,eye; opposite or farthest to the main opening). The more ghrelin hormone you have flowing around together with your blood, the more hungrier you are.

The hard fact is that ghrelin hormone works directly on the hunger center of your brain by activating the brain’s reward response to highly addictive sweet, fatty foods. This increases your food intake at the worst possible time, usually at night, and ultimately makes you gain more weight.

Also, short sleep increases your ghrelin level and lead to more fat being stored in your body. As the hours of sleep increases, ghrelin level decreases thereby reducing appetitte and food consumption at night. So, sleep well and most importantly, avoid eating late at night.

Insulin Inbalance:

Insulin is the hormone responsible for converting excess glucose into glycogen which is stored in the liver. If the insulin becomes less effective, the level of sugar and glucose in the body increases drastically. This dosent mean you are suffering from diabetes yet but will soon turn to diabetes because your glucose regulator(insulin) is not functioning properly in lowering your blood sugar. When this is happening, the body’s sugar accumulates but trust our body, perfectly created with second options, the body will turn to converting the excess glucose into fatty cells which will come together to form adipose tissue and embed themselves underneath the skin especially the stomach(obesity).

But a recent study found that consuming 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a meal significantly reduces blood glucose levels for those people suffering from insulin imbalance.

Prescription drugs also exist which regulates blood sugar. Your Doctor should be the person to guide you on that.

Cortisol overload:

Your body produces cortisol in response to stress and ramps you up so you can be ready to fight or flee. This CAN be a good thing in dangerous situations when you need to be hyper-active and run for your life to safety.

But, the bad side of it shows itself when the constant stress we’re all subjected these days strikes. Stress elevates our cortisol levels far beyond what our body was originally designed to handle. The result is a quadruple setback on your waistline.

Excess cortisol increases your cravings for sweets and carbs, which can lead to overeating and constant hunger. Again, cortisol causes your body to actually BREAK DOWN your muscle tissue for energy which is absolutely bad for weight loss since the less muscle you have, the lower your metabolism will be and the more fat you’ll gain.

Elevated cortisol levels cause a larger percentage of fat to be stored in that area. What’s worse is that the more abdominal fat you have, the more cortisol you produce in response to stress, which then causes more abdominal fat to be stored.

Recent studies link high cortisol levels to depression in adults and children. And we all know that when you’re depressed, you eat MORE. It’s like a vicious cycle with no end in sight!

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