Did you know that we have around 600 hormones within our body?
Each hormone has a unique function and that is, to take a specific message “chemical message” from one part of our body to another part.
Different glands produce these chemical messages with the intention to activate and regulate different functions in the human body.
It’s really an internal body language which creates hundreds of functions every day.
There are many things that initiate the activation of our endocrine system to produce these chemical reactions and it can vary from the weather, stress, thoughts and the food we eat.
There is no such thing as bad hormones. It’s just ideal to maintain an overall hormonal balance for your body to function at its best capacity. When these levels are not met, they can produce different side effects within the body.
This is how hormones relate to exercise, food and rest.
When you exercise, there are different hormones produced by the body. All of these hormones favour fat burning.
Here's are some of the fat burning hormones triggered by intense exercise.
Growth hormone – Intensity is a powerful simulator for growth hormone. This is the anti-ageing hormone. It’s the lean body mass producing. It prevents the breakdown of proteins.
Glucagon – it’s the opposite of insulin. It fuels the cells between the meals.
Testosterone – made by the adrenal glands, male and even female reproducing glands. It helps with muscle building and it follows growth hormone. If your glands produce growth hormone, testosterone is also present.
Adrenaline – is the hormone that releases the fat energy from your fat cells. It’s triggered by intense exercise.
The intensity, type, duration, frequency and resting periods of your training will determine how you can maximise and keep your body into the fat burning mode.
Even if you’re training every day, but don’t get enough rest and recovery your cortisol levels will be higher than usual and that could nullify some of those benefits you get from training.
Here's are some hormones that can trigger fat accumulation if they are not in balance.
Cortisol - the stress hormone. Everyone is familiar with this one.
Insulin - it clears our the sugar from your blood stream after you have a meal.
Estrogen - mostly dominant in females, but not exclusively.
You don’t need to remember the names or their specific functions.
TRAINING - All you need to remember is that all fat burning hormones are created during exercise and some of them also during sleep and rest.
REST AND RECOVERY is key. You’re not burning fat while you exercise but while your resting.
All fat burning hormones are using fat energy during rest. Without resting, you get little fat burn.
If you’re not resting enough and over stressing with work without exercising, your cortisol may be higher and nullify the fat burning effect.
EATING - If you consuming sugary foods, before, after or during the exercise, you will not burn fat. The sugars will be pumped into the muscles and used as fuel to exercise.
Snacking too often, especially on processed carbohydrates and sugary foods will spike your blood sugars and may cause excess of insulin release in the body. Too much of insulin spikes and fat burn don’t go to together.
Train well. Eat well. Rest well.