Hormones are the most powerful chemical messengers in the body, and when it comes to weight loss they can make it or break it.
In addition to blood sugar control and insulin balance, hormones control metabolism and therefore are intricately connected to the amount of fat you gain or lose. In other words, burning fat and achieving successful weight loss is in fact partly a hormonal event.
Hormones Responsible for Weight Control
The three little hormones I want you to know about are:
- Insulin – Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas whose main role is to regulate glucose (sugar) levels and promote fat storage especially around the belly. Foods that promote the secretion of insulin include white refined flours and sugars.
- Glucagon – Glucagon and insulin are “enemies” and have opposing effects. In other words, when one is up, the other one is down. Glucagon is a fat-burning hormone and is secreted by the consumption of protein.
- Cortisol – Cortisol is your stress hormone. Unfortunately, cortisol and insulin are best buddies. If cortisol is elevated due to mild to moderate periods of stress (typically chronic stress), insulin is typically raised which can make weight loss difficult.
Sometimes the weight is gained due to the lowered levels of testosterone and HGH, but this happens together with the occurrence of other hormone deficiency-related disorders.
Testosterone Therapy for Weight Loss
T-hormone is often legally prescribed to treat testosterone deficiency (hypogonadism) or other medical conditions.
The treatment is known as testosterone replacement therapy and is performed under medical supervision. It can be administered as a supplement, skin patch, cream, or injection.
There is some evidence that replacement therapy can lead to weight loss in obese patients with testosterone deficiency.
One 56-week study in 100 obese men on a reduced-calorie diet found that injections improved weight loss by 6.4 pounds (2.9 kg) compared to those who didn’t receive any treatment.
While both groups lost muscle mass as well as a fat mass on a low-calorie diet, testosterone caused the significant muscle to regain during the weight maintenance period.
It leads to weight loss by promoting muscle growth, which in turn increases the number of calories burned. It may also reduce fatigue, enhance motivation and promote greater physical activity. All of these factors play a major role in weight loss.
Keep in mind that these studies examined the effects of replacement therapy in deficient men under medical supervision. There is no evidence that replacement therapy causes weight loss in healthy men with normal testosterone levels.
HGH Therapy for Weight Loss
When adults with an HGH deficiency resulting from pituitary disease are given HGH replacement, it improves body composition — increasing bone mass and muscle mass and decreasing fat stores.
The belief that HGH could facilitate weight loss gained traction after a study was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” way back in 1990.
That study showed that the use of synthetic HGH injections yielded an 8.8 percent increase in muscle mass and a 14 percent loss in body fat without the addition of exercise or any dietary changes.
The results of subsequent studies have not been as promising, however. While that’s the case, grown-ups who lack HGH because of a pituitary disease can experience increased bone and muscle mass and decreased fat when they’re given HGH replacement therapy.
Even people with normal HGH levels can experience improvements in their body composition with HGH, but the changes are more pronounced in people who have an HGH deficiency.
Sermorelin Therapy for Weight Loss
While some people ask whether using HGH for weight loss is a wise move given the sometimes minor results it produces in people with normal levels of the hormone, all hope isn’t lost. At our clinic, we use sermorelin to facilitate weight loss.
Sermorelin is an HGH-releasing hormone that tells your body to produce growth hormone by itself. More precisely, Sermorelin is a secretagogue that tells your pituitary gland to produce the growth hormone in its natural manner.
Used to fight the effects of aging since the 1970s, Sermorelin can also help you lose excess weight. Sermorelin assists with the development of lean muscles and breaks down fat while boosting the level of HGH in your body, among other things.
In addition to helping you lose weight, Sermorelin can strengthen your immune system, improve your endurance and help your body regulate other hormones better.
More any more concerns about Sermorelin, HGH, or testosterone therapy, please contact us here.