BOOST Your #1 Fat-Burning Hormone

BOOST Your #1 Fat-Burning Hormone

 

 

In today\'s Article,  I want to talk  about the one solitary hormone that can either make or break your weight  loss  journey…

In fact, if you don\'t learn to control this hormone, you might as well forget about losing fat at all…it really is that big of a deal.

You see, back in my college days after struggling to lose weight over and over again no matter what I did, I finally stumbled upon the hormone that I now refer to as the \"Fat Burning Hormone\", and that hormone\'s name is “Leptin”.

“Leptin” (derived from the Greek word leptos, meaning thin), is essentially the \"master\" hormone that more or less controls EVERY other weight loss hormone in your body… and your ability to burn fat as a whole.

You see, when you have leptin on your side, fat loss becomes easy.  When you don\'t, losing even a single pound can become virtually impossible.

And here\'s the unfortunate news:  just about everyone is unknowingly fighting a losing battle with leptin each and every time they attempt to lose weight.  

You see, the REAL underlying reason you may have failed to lose weight in the past isn’t for lack of trying, you don’t have bad genetics, and there’s nothing physically wrong with you… the truth is that you failed simply because you didn’t know the simple ways to control your  #1 weight loss hormone…”LEPTIN”.

With that said, it\'s pretty easy to see why so many folks, and perhaps you\'re one of them, downright struggle to shed their unwanted body fat like I did, month after month, year after year.

Let me explain…

First, in order to burn fat, your body depends on these two things:

1) high levels of leptin
2) highly sensitive leptin \"receptors\" (which acts as the “lock” to leptin’s “key”)

Now for the bad news…

Anytime you go on a diet and reduce your calorie intake, leptin levels plummet and fat burning is dramatically reduced to a snail\'s pace.

Why?

Because leptin\'s main function is to protect your body against starvation, and in the midst of decreased food intake (i.e. dieting), your body unfortunately views your stored body fat as a huge asset to survival.

After all, body fat provides a vast supply of stored energy and warmth, both highly-valued resources when food is in short supply.

You see, when you go on a diet, your body isn\'t aware of  your hopes for a slim, tight waistline or your desire to drop 20 lbs in time for your high school reunion or summer beach season.  In fact, the only thing it does know is that your calorie intake is now below \"normal\"… and to your brain, that\'s a big red flag.

The result: reduced leptin levels and dramatically decreased fat burning.

In fact, research has shown that leptin levels drop by as much as 50% after just 7 days of dieting.  That puts you at only 50% of your fat-burning potential just one WEEK in to your fat loss plan, and it only gets worse with each passing day.

And if that wasn\'t bad enough, with every pound you DO struggle to lose, leptin levels fall even further, making it even more difficult for you to continue to lose fat.

Why?

Because, as mentioned, in the face of calorie restriction, your  body views stored body fat as an asset to survival. The more  fat you lose, the more \"danger\" your body senses, and the harder it is to strip away that next pound.

Hello, fat loss plateaus!

Now, I hate to continue to be the bearer of bad news, but the scenario I just explained is actually only HALF the problem.

The other unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of people are ALSO suffering from a condition known as \"leptin resistance\" due to years of high body fat levels and a diet full of processed foods.

“Leptin” resistance simply means that even at high levels, leptin is no longer able to properly signal fat burning to your body, dramatically decreasing its fat loss effects.

That\'s a pretty disheartening truth for the fat loss enthusiast, but the good news is that there are 4 somewhat odd, but extremely effective strategies you can begin using today that will ultimately end your struggle with leptin once and for all and finally allow you to experience the excitement of seeing a thinner waist, flatter stomach, and a more defined body when looking back at yourself in the bathroom mirror each morning.

 

We’ll Discuss These 4 strategies Later on.

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Your body\'s #1 fat-burning hormone, leptin, controls every other weight loss hormone in your body... and your ability to burn fat as a whole.

Needless to say, keeping leptin levels high and stable as you diet is an absolute MUST if you ever want to avoid constant cravings, metabolic crashes, and those dreaded fatloss plateaus that stop your progress dead in its tracks even when you are seemingly doing everything right.

Unfortunately, as a starvation protection mechanism, research emphatically shows that leptin levels drop by as much as 50% after just 7 days of dieting. You eat less, leptin levels fall, and metabolism crashes. That\'s just the way it works.

And even worse, you HAVE to reduce calories in order to lose weight -- there\'s no getting around that simple law of mathematics.

The truth is, unless you do something to \"recharge\" your leptin levels as you diet, you\'ll be stuck at just 50% of your fat burning potential after just one week of dieting, and it will continue to get worse with each passing day.

So what CAN you do to keep leptin levels high as you diet, so that your metabolism remains high and the fat keeps coming week after week?

Well, one of the top methods that I teach my clients is to embrace a technique known as periodic overfeeding, or more simply put, strategically \"cheating\" on your diet with all your favorite foods... like pizza and ice cream

... now that\'s good stuff 

Now, you may be wondering how in the world eating these \"bad\" foods can actually have a positive affect on your waistline, and it all traces back to leptin.

Recall that leptin levels are highly correlated to your calorie intake, and that after only one week of dieting levels can drop by as much as half, putting you at a dismal 50% of your fat burning potential.

And while that\'s clearly bad news for anyone looking to achieve a flat belly fast, there\'s also a glimmer of hope hidden in that unfortunate truth.

You see, because leptin is so closely related to your calorie intake, research also shows that periodically going OFF your diet and indulging in your favorite high calorie foods can give suffering leptin levels a much-needed bump in the right direction.

For this reason, I recommend to all my clients that they incorporate a weekly \"cheat day\" in to their nutrition programs--adding an additional 1000 calories or more in one day--and it\'s something you should definitely consider adding to yours.

The down side to cheat days is that the increase in leptin they produce is somewhat short-lived and leptin levels will again begin to quickly decline once you return to a reduced calorie diet.

Eat 30% more of THIS nutrient for decreased bodyfat



A recent study from the American Dietetic Association revealed that even though two groups of individuals ate the same amount of calories, individuals who at 30% more of one particular nutrient sported lower levels of body fat while the other group was clinically overweight and/or obese. Ouch!

What\'s this magical nutrient? Well, it\'s found in foods like:

Apples
Pears
Berries 
Beans
Avocado
Sweet Potatoes
Brown Rice
Artichokes
Sprouted Grain Bread
Oatmeal
Quinoa
Peas
Brocolli 

And a ton of other foods...

The nutrient is fiber, and I highly suggest getting your fair share (~30 grams a day) \'cause it packs a ton of benefits like:

**slowing digestion and gastric emptying to support stable blood sugar levels and decreased insulin output (this means more fat loss)

**signaling the release of hunger crushing hormones supporting feelings of fullness and appetite control

**promoting weight control independent of calorie intake (as the ADA study revealed)

Basically, it\'s one of those super nutrients that you should be aiming to consume with every meal, and it\'s found in abundance in most fruits, vegetables, and whole grains...so stock up, and eat up!

Fiber is also a critical nutrient in helping you stay \"regular\". 

You see, constipation is not simply \"not being able to go\", or only eliminating once a week...that\'s severe constipation. The truth is, a healthy digestive system should be eliminating after every meal.

A fat-fighting ingredient you NEVER heard of



What if you could eat FOOD and burn fat? Well, you can.

Fact is, there are many foods that have fat-fighting properties, and today we\'re going to talk about one belly-blasting food in particular that you probably never even heard of.

I\'m talking about: Resistant Starch.

Resistant starch (RS) is starch that escapes digestion and the small intestine and passes through the system while providing only HALF the calories of a typical carbohydrate. In fact, RS is now known as a third type of fiber, possessing numerous health and weight management properties.

First, resistant starch is low calorie and low glycemic, both great properties for those looking to shed some belly blubber. Even more, resistant starch has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in healthy individuals, individuals with Type II diabetes, as well as insulin resistant individuals.

Second, resistant starch encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the bowel, making it known as a \"prebiotic fiber\" that soothes the intestinal tract and aids in promoting regularity.

In addition to that, resistant starch has also been shown in numerous studies to increase fat oxidation and fatty acid metabolism.

But it doesn\'t stop there...consumption of resistant starch has also been shown to increase satiety and lower calorie intake automatically.

So yeah, you probably want to make sure you are adding this stuff to your meals.

But you\'re probably also wondering which foods contain resistant starch and how you can begin adding this powerful nutrient to your diet. Good question...here are some of the top foods:

1. Navy Beans (9.8g per 1/2 cup)
2. Bananas (4.7g per medium banana)
3. Yams (4g per 1/2 cup)
4. Lentils (2.5g per 1/2 cup)

Start the day with a banana and a protein shake, add some yams to your lunch, and incorporate some navy beans or lentils in your dinner meal...and voila, you\'ve got 15+ grams of resistant starch right there.

Avoid this TOXIC ingredient (check all your food immediately)



You know, we\'re surprised that there\'s still a LOT of folks out there who don\'t know that this stuff is pure poison.

We\'re talking about: Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

This ingredient is the code name for \"trans-fats\" and it runs rampant in fried foods and packaged goods...it also has been closely linked to these conditions:

Heart Disease...

High Cholesterol...

Alzheimer Disease...

High Blood Pressure...

Stroke... 

And how about this one? DEATH.

And that\'s even by consuming just a small amount daily.

What foods most commonly contain trans fats? Here are some of the most common:

French Fries - 14.5 grams of trans fat in the average medium sized order of french fries! Eat that every day and you won\'t be living long. Go with baked sweet potato fries instead.

Margarine and Vegetable Shortening - Anywhere from 30 - 40% trans fat...no thank you! Go with organic butter instead.

Fast Food - An original chicken dinner at KFC will reward you with 7 grams of trans fat, but it\'s not just the fried foods...it\'s even in the desserts! You\'ll find trans fat in almost all heavily processed foods, and there\'s very few foods more processed than fast food!

Donuts and other baked goods - BAD. Trans fat often in the batter and dough and then many times fried on top of it! This includes cookies, pastries, muffins, brownies, and just about every other baked good you can think of. Instead, go with true \"baked\" baked goods (not fried) and try some of the gluten-free varieties to avoid the wheat on top of it. We just tried a gluten free brownie mix made with rice flour and a pretty healthy ingredient profile...not bad for a sweet treat every so often!

Cereal (even most \"healthy\" varieties) - For example, Post Selects \"Great Grains\" contains 2 grams of trans fat per cup. NOT so healthy. Go with old fashioned oatmeal instead, or a true sprouted grain cereal that doesn\'t contain processed wheat.

Salad Dressings - Notorious for containing loads of partially hydrogenated oils and trans fat, steer clear of most store-bought salad dressings. Instead go with a homemade recipe that calls for extra virgin olive oil at the base.

And there are a bunch of others, but those are some of the biggest culprits. Again, read your labels and make sure you avoid partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated oils like the plague.

NEVER eat this salad dressing




In almost every case, you should steer clear of store-bought, packaged salad dressings. Simply put, the salad dressings that you find on the grocery store shelves are almost always filled with these fat-storing, health-damaging ingredients:

1. Denatured and trans fats. Most store-bought salad dressings are made with cheap, denatured and highly processed fats. If you see vegetable oil, canola oil, or soybean oil on the ingredient list, steer clear! These damaged fats can and will wreak havoc on your health and your waistline.

2. Excessive sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup. Store-bought salad dressings are notorious for packing in loads of sugar, including the #1 worst form, man-made high fructose corn syrup.

3. Artificial ingredients, colors, preservatives, and sweeteners. These man-made, unnatural ingredients are found in nearly every dressing, but especially \"light\" or \"low calorie\" dressings. Marketed as healthy or as a good choice for those look to drop flab, these waist-expanding ingredients won\'t get you any closer to your fatloss goals, and it comes at the expense of your health.

Instead, try these 3 home-made, natural and delicious fat-burning salad dressing recipes for a flat belly:

Sweet & Creamy Avocado Maple Dressing 

Ingredients:

1 avocado
1/4 cup Organic Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper (to taste) 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until creamy.


Tasty Green Onion and Cilantro Dressing

Ingredients:

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 cup of diced green onion
1/2 cup of cilantro
Salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.


Fresh and Light Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
1 tsp sea salt 
2 tbsp honey 
3 tbsp water 
1/2 cup of raspberries 
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender on low until well combined.


By swapping out what\'s in your refrigerator for these simple, quick and healthy salad dressings you won\'t sabotage your efforts to eat healthy with disastrous store-bought salad dressings.

Enjoy these for a flat belly!

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