Lose Body Fat or Lose Weight? 6

Posted on June 23rd, 2010 by Mic in Female Fitness Resources, Fitness Model Nutrition Tips

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Hi,

This is part 6 of the lose body fat or lose weight series. We have looked at several hormones over this series.

As you have seen the most important role hormones play is keeping your body in balance to help maintain your health.

Today’s hormones are no different.

You have probably heard of these two; estrogen and testosterone, or the female and male hormones.

Everyone has some of each. The most masculine male in the world has some estrogen and the most feminine woman in the world has some testosterone.

And everyone has HGH or human growth hormone. Really tall people have more than really short people.

I point out that obvious fact, because it is one of the few times you can actually see what happens when a hormone gets out of balance.

With the right amount of HGH people fall into an average height for their culture. Too much and that person’s height goes overboard.

People over 7′ tall definitely have too much HGH. Now HGH doesn’t just affect height, but it is an easy one to see.

Testosterone is known as the muscle building hormone and fat burning hormone. More testosterone and the more muscular you are.

As men age their testosterone levels drop, especially if they don’t do any thing to counter this drop.

Their estrogen levels also rise. This has more to do with the food we eat. Eating non grass fed (natural) beef and chicken means you are eating lots and lots of hormones (mostly estrogen).

Do this over a life time and that is why you are seeing pretty big breasts on men (even younger ones) and soft muscles.

Estrogen or the female hormone also plays many roles. But, for our purposes, it helps more with fat storage.

Now, this is more important for women, because of their ability to give birth.

Women on average will burn 6-8% less calories after a meal then men will. This is because of the fat storing effects of estrogen.

This gets especially bad -for women- around premenopause and menopause time. During these times estrogen goes and little wacky and doesn’t want to burn any fat at all.

But, fear not, this only lasts for awhile. As the menopausal symptoms reside so does the wackiness of estrogen and you will find that weight/fat gain will drop off fairly quickly.

Okay, so far we have hit most of the hormones engaged in helping you lose body fat or lose weight.

The next post will will look at how to bring this all together to help you lose as much body fat as you want.

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