Today, more than ever, weight loss is in the front of everyone’s mind. You are bombarded by information from the television, computers, newspapers, magazines and even on the box of your favorite foods. This is a very big epidemic and without the proper steps, it could completely envelop you (and your family, friends and loved ones). 50 years ago, the face of America was completely different. Overweight or obese individuals were few and far between. Today people who are overweight or obese are on the rise. It was easy to lose weight back then, add in manual labor or a brisk walk and change the way you eat. By including greens with your meat and potatoes you could see and feel the weight melt away. Today, however, weight loss is completely different. Back then, the term “sick” fat cells did not exist like it does today. In fact, back then, they were unaware that fat cells release powerful hormones which kept their weight in check. Now, due to our busy, hectic lifestyle, sitting for a good portion of the day, and easy access to calorie rich foods, we have now discovered that our fat cells indeed can become sick, more toxic, which could be causing our ever expanding waistlines.
Research shows, there are small, simple steps you can implement NOW which could put you on the fast track to weight loss. First, let’s take a closer look at what our own body does by learning about two hormones we produce called Adiponectin and Leptin.
Adiponectin and Leptin
There are a number of different hormones which are released from your fat cells that can help stimulate weight loss. Two of the more important ones are Adiponectin and Leptin. By working together, Adiponectin and Leptin could have the ability to stimulate weight loss, therefore helping your body keep your weight in check. Leptin, research shows, helps your body by controlling your appetite, energy expenditure, and energy intake. It is secreted by your fat cells and has the ability to communicate directly with your brain (in an area called your hypothalamus). When Leptin communicates with your hypothalamus it helps regulate your appetite by letting your brain know that you are full and at maximum capacity. However, when fat cells are toxic, Leptin is unable to communication with your brain. When you are overweight or obese, your fat cells produce even more Leptin, however, your body is unable to communicate with it, creating Leptin resistance. Research shows Leptin resistance can increase your appetite, cortisol levels, and resistance to other hormones which help control metabolism. Similarly, Adiponectin, is a hormone released exclusively from your fat cells, and helps to regulate glucose and fatty acid breakdown (catabolism). In overweight or obese individuals, Adiponectin secretion is decreased which could lead to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Losing weight, however, has been shown to increase Adiponectin levels which could potentially stimulate weight loss. Adiponectin and Leptin work together, and according to some research, this combination could reduce insulin resistance and your weight.
Now that you know what hormones can stimulate weight loss, you now need to understand the easy steps you can implement now to increase the levels of these powerful weight loss hormones.
Here are 3 Easy Ways You Can Implement NOW to “Cure” Sick Fat Cells
1. Move Your Body Throughout The Day
You have just learned that by stimulating your fat cells to release more Adiponectin you could stimulate even greater weight loss. Research shows, that the more you move around, fidget or exercise, the more it stimulates your fat cells to release Adiponectin. Increasing your physical activity could also increase your calorie burn, which could stimulate even more weight loss, therefore altering your Adiponectin levels- for the better. In fact, losing weight could increase both Leptin and Adiponectin, which could stimulate greater weight loss and alter the health of your fat cells.
2. Anti-oxidants Are Key
Anti-oxidants are powerful fighters on chronic inflammation and can be found in many different fruit and vegetable sources. Plus, research suggests, you can also find anti-oxidants in wine, coffee, green tea and cocoa. Anti-oxidants have the ability to scavenge free radicals, therefore rendering them useless. By reducing the activity of free radicals, you could reduce chronic inflammation levels, therefore allowing your immune system to function the way it is supposed to (instead of trying to fight multiple sites of inflammation). However, research shows that anti-oxidants could potentially stimulate your body to become sensitive to Leptin. Being overweight or obese can lead to Leptin resistance. Having an increased number of fat cells could increase your fat cells’ output of Leptin. However, your cells do not respond the way they should to the increased Leptin levels. Some studies suggest that including anti-oxidants may provide a way for your body to once again become sensitive to Leptin. This could lead to the regulation of your appetite, cortisol and energy levels that become altered when there is resistance to Leptin.
3. Get More Shut-Eye
Sleeping could be the easiest way to increase your fat loss and could start the process of turning your fat cells healthy again. In fact, many studies show that lack of sleep could be the exact reason why you are not losing weight. One study in particular, pointed out that even ONE night of bad sleep can alter your hormone levels which may prevent you from losing weight. Plus, lack of sleep has the potential to lower libido, decrease sex drive, lower testosterone, increase sleepiness and other potentially serious complications. Sleep deprivation has been linked to lower Leptin levels (lower Leptin levels increase cortisol, appetite, and weight gain), which could seriously put a damper on your weight loss goals.
Your Next Steps
Making small changes to your current lifestyle can dramatically change your weight and your attempts at weight loss. So make a small change in your lifestyle and stick to it! Including the three steps listed above could help stimulate your weight loss into the next level. Read this whole article over again tomorrow. It could also improve your health by potentially reducing your risk for metabolic syndrome, Diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
You owe it to yourself to stimulate your own weight loss.