14 Hormones That Help in Burning Fat

Anabolics and hormones to create a muscular body

14 Hormones That Help in Burning Fat

  1. Insulin: In the hierarchy of hormonal influencers for fat loss, insulin still reigns as “King” according to current evidence. This hormone, in relation to others, is most strongly influenced by carbohydrate intake and excess consumption of food, which causes an increase in blood sugar. High levels of chronic insulin eventually cause your body to become resistant to this hormone, which means you will have difficulty burning fat.
  2. Glucagon: It can be thought of as a good twin of insulin because these two hormones, in a healthy body, work together to keep the sugar and energy needs in balance. Glucagon has the opposite of insulin because at higher levels in the body it allows it to burn fat instead of storing it. If insulin levels are low then glucagon may start to help burn body fat.
  3. Ghrelin: This hormone is called the hunger hormone because levels increase in the body when you are physically hungry. If you are a little hungry then you are probably burning the excess fat in your body.
  4. Thyroid hormone: Produced by the thyroid gland, it helps to manage the body’s metabolic processes, including its potential for fat burning. This hormone is extremely sensitive to your lifestyle choices, including sleep (how long and how deep you sleep), nutrition (types and amounts of food), stress (acute or chronic), and exercise (longer intensity moderate or shorter of high intensity), etc. It influences every system in your body as you feel your inner and outer environment. Unfortunately, your thyroid gland is prepared to think that food will be scarce. That is why when someone is on a diet of eating less and exercising more, their thyroid will cause their body to slow down their metabolism.
  5. Cortisol: Known as the stress hormone, produced by the adrenal glands, it has a split personality in the body. In other words, it is not all bad or all good. Acute stress on the body tends to cause a short-term increase in this hormone. It prepares the body to fight or escape stress. Cortisol is released with HGH and testosterone and becomes an influence on fat burning.
  6. Leptin: The fuel gauge of our body is leptin. From fat cells, this hormone tells the brain how much fat there is in your body to burn. Leptin also helps the thyroid hormone. Unfortunately, overeating causes the leptin message in the brain to be ignored. This is also known as leptin resistance.
  7. Human Growth Hormone (HGH): Helps build muscle and burn fat at the same time. That is why it has the reputation of being an anti-aging hormone. Works closely with cortisol and adrenaline in order to keep you lean, strong and young. Lack of sleep and sedentary lifestyle makes this hormone almost non-existent in the body.
  8. Adrenaline: This hormone is secreted by the adrenal glands quickly when you exercise, and prepares your body to start burning fat. This hormone influences all other hormones, -especially HGH, cortisol and testosterone-to get into fat burning mode. It has a close working relationship with cortisol.
  9. Testosterone: This hormone helps give men their V-shape. With women, it’s the right mix of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, which helps it give its shape. There are testosterone receptors throughout the male and female body, and as such, influences your state of well-being, lean mass, bone strength, and energy levels. Although testosterone has a stronger influence on the male body than the female body, women with very high levels can see and feel its negative effects.
  10. Estrogen: This hormone tends to have a stronger influence on the female body than the male body. However, men also require adequate amounts of estrogen to maintain a healthy body, yet at much lower levels than women. It is considered both a fat storage and fat burning hormone. Research indicates that this hormone allows women to deal with stress better than men.
  11. Progesterone: estrogen partner again, the bodies of men and women are influenced by progesterone. It also helps to decrease the negative effects of cortisol, thus indirectly contributes to the burning of fat.
  12. Incretinas (GLP and GIP): are secreted by the endocrine cells of the small intestine. They tell the body if there is more fat and sugar in the meal or more lean protein and vegetables in the meal. More fat and sugar in the meal causes the small intestine to release more GIP than LPG, and more protein and fiber in the diet causes more LPG release than GIP.

Eating more protein and vegetables influences the delivery of a stronger signal of GLP compared to GIP helping to burn fat.

  1. Neuropeptide Y: This hormone has a close relationship with cortisol, the stress hormone. High chronic levels increase energy consumption and fat storage of food as well as increase the number of fat cells in the body.
  2. Irisine: is a newly discovered hormone that is secreted into muscle tissue that has been exercised. It helps the body to burn excess fat, in addition to improving cognition and general well-being. It still appears to have anti-aging effects by stretching the telomeres.
Howard Fletcher