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How Hormones Can Affect Weight Loss In Women

Hormones are chemical messengers that affect nearly every system in the body. They regulate nearly every aspect of our body’s mental and physical functions. Read on to discover how exercise can turn the body’s weight loss hormones into powerful weapons in the battle to lose weight.

Growth hormone

Growth hormone is released by the pituitary gland and increases production during aerobic exercises. It decreases the body’s use of glucose as an energy source by using body fat instead. Growth hormone also improves the strength of bones, muscles, and tendons.

Testosterone

Testosterone is an important hormone in males and females. Females have approximately 10% of the amounts of testosterone as men but it still plays a critical role in muscle tone, metabolism, and decreased body fat. To increase testosterone in the blood cut out processed foods and exercise at least three times per week. Testosterone increases after about 20 minutes of exercise.

Estrogen

Estrogen increases the body’s ability to break down body fat as well as increasing the body’s resting metabolic rate. Ovaries begin to produce less estrogen as women reach menopause. Exercise increases estrogen levels in the blood stream and can remain at those levels for up to four hours post workout.

Glucagon

Glucagon helps regulate blood sugar levels from getting too high or low. It stimulates the body’s ability to break down fat and use it as energy. Glucagon levels increase after 30 minutes of exercise.

Endorphins

Endorphins are nature’s weight loss wonder drug. They block pain, decrease appetite, reduce tension and create feelings of joy. During long periods of exercise (over 30 minutes) endorphin levels increase up to five-fold compared to resting levels.

Epinephrine

This hormone increases blood flow from the heart to the correct areas of the body. It also helps the body use stored fat and glycogen within the muscles as fuel, which results in weight loss.

Research and testing has shown that hormones play an important role in weight loss. Exercising for just 30 minutes 3-5 times per week can kick weight loss hormones into high gear resulting in a slimmer healthier body.

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