How To Program Your Hormones To Burn Fat

Six Tips To Burn Fat, Not Muscle

By JJ Virgin, PhD, Edited By PEERtrainer

One of my favorite sayings is:

"Your body is not a bank account, it is a chemistry lab".

Food is information and what you eat, how much you eat, how fast you eat, the mood you are in when you eat it and when you eat it ALL MATTER!

Your chemical messengers (ie hormones, neurotransmitters) are either going to tell your body to burn fat, lower inflammation, provide steady energy to your brain and body and rebuild muscle mass OR they are going to tell you to store fat, get inflamed, go on a blood sugar rollercoaster and burn up muscle.

I don't think there is any question which direction you would rather go is there?

When you take out potentially reactive foods including eggs, dairy, gluten, soy and peanuts and remove pro-inflammatory foods like juice, sugar and artificial sweeteners you will notice amazing changes fairy quickly because of the shifts in your personal chemistry lab.

Related PEERtrainer Article: How To Remove These Foods As Part Of A Detox Program

1. By reducing the glycemic load you lower the blood sugar response and therefore lower the insulin response allowing your body to use fat for fuel and have steady sustained energy. Increasing fiber and sticking to a moderate amount of high fiber low glycemic carbs like berries, lentils and apples also help with steady energy.

2. By eating protein at each meal you improve satiety by keeping ghrelin(the hormone produced by the stomach to trigger hunger) suppressed. Protein + fiber slows down stomach emptying and an empty stomach triggers that ghrelin response.

3. By making an oil change and eating the right types of fats (unprocessed oils such as olive, coconut, flaxseed, walnut etc) you also improve satiety through the release of the neurotransmitter CCK from the small intestine which tells the brain you are full. The right types of fat also lower inflammation and improve insulin and leptin sensitivity.

4. Protein triggers the release of glucagon which antagonizes insulin - so when you eat protein and carbs together you balance out these responses.

5. Gluten has been shown to cause both insulin and leptin resistance in people who are gluten sensitive. If you aren't 100% sure you aren't, then assume you are and do a gluten free challenge which I believe is the best way to find out if you are gluten intolerant(ie rather than lab tests or biopsies).

6. Eat every 4-6 hours, eat within an hour of waking up, stop eating 2-3 hours before bed: if you eat too often you keep blood sugar and insulin up which blocks fat burning, if you go too long without eating you raise stress hormones which breaks down muscle and if you eat too soon before bed you suppress ghrelin which in turn can suppress the release of growth hormone.

Ghrelin is highest at night while you are asleep and supports the release of HGH so go to bed full and not only will you lower your sleep quality you will also reduce your HGH output.

So the bottom line here? Follow my golden rules of meal timing, eat by the plate and eliminate potentially reactive foods to reduce inflammation, get rid of the cravings and lose fat fast. And if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments section below!


One very important thing to note about hormones is that they are very "sensitive." Small changes in your internal chemistry lab can have a big impact on your cell metabolism. Food changes can help a great deal and have a positive impact.

However, environmental chemicals and toxins have been shown to have properties that interfere with the way your body normally sends messages internally. Your can learn a little more about this on a PEERtrainer article: How Toxins and Chemicals Can Effect Your Endocrine System.

Green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, onions and mushrooms all have powerful properties to detoxify your body, which will help with programming how your hormones function. Adding these foods, and removing the reactive ones are key to balancing your hormones naturally.

New Research Shows Heart Hormones Help Burn Fat

Researchers have just discovered that hormones known as "cardiac natriuretic peptides" can help turn white fat into brown fat in tests done on mice. If you follow the advice outlined in this article, it can help create the conditions by which your body creates hormones for fat loss.

The subject of white fat vs brown fat has been highly controversial. In 2009, researchers published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine which not only showed that people had measurable levels of brown fat- it showed that obese people had lower levels of it!

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