Dr. Oz Discusses Using Hormones for Melting Belly Fat Fast
“What if I told you that there was something secretly sabotaging your fight against fat? Well, for many of you there is—and it’s your hormones,” says Dr. Oz as he discusses how that your hormones can be used toward melting belly fat fast by resetting your fat loss hormones.
In a new episode that augments previous episodes where Dr. Oz explained how that imbalances of the thyroid hormone and the stress hormone cortisol can lead to fat deposits that are nearly impossible to get rid of through diet and exercise, Dr. Oz adds on 5 new hormones to the list and tells you how to make your hormones work for you rather than against you.
The 5 hormones discussed are: Ghrelin—the hunger hormone; Leptin—the craving hormone; CCK—the satiety hormone; insulin—the fat blocking hormone; and, irisin—the movement hormone.
“When you learn how to manipulate these magical hormones to work together, your fat flab, ripples, and rolls will melt away,” says Dr. Oz as he explains that an imbalance of certain hormone lowers rather than raises your metabolism. However, by resetting your hormones so that they work in concert with each other, these same hormones can melt your fat fast.
With Dr. Oz is special guest Natasha Turner a naturopathic doctor and author of the weight loss book “The Hormone Diet.” Dr. Turner explains that few people know that it is our hormones that controls every single aspect of how a body loses weight such as with metabolism, cravings, feelings of satiety, etc.
She tells viewers that you cannot just count the calories that go in minus the calories that go out, but that you have to take into account your hormones if you want to lose weight through diet and exercise.
“If you don’t add hormonal balance to that formula you will diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, you will not be able to lose weight or keep it off,” says Dr. Turner who adds that she had personal experience in the past with a weight loss problem that was due to a thyroid hormone imbalance.
She states that when she tackled her weight problem with diet and exercise, that she actually gained weight rather than lost weight. That it was not until later that she realized her dieting and exercise increased her stress hormones, which suppressed her thyroid hormone even more—leading to additional weight gain.
Dr. Oz tells viewers that one of the jobs of hormones is to determine whether your body needs to hold onto fat by storing it or to let fat go by metabolizing it. But, the hormones rely on being balanced with each other, and when just one hormone becomes imbalanced it escalates an imbalance in other hormones that then leads to weight gain. He states that before you want to reset your hormones and regain balance, you need to know if you have really do have a hormone imbalance by answering the 5 following questions:
1. Is your hair brittle, thinning or falling out?
2. Do you experience gas, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea or constipation?
3. Do you feel anxious, stressed-out or fatigued?
4. Do you skip meals?
5. Do you have belly fat?
Dr. Turner says that if a person answers yes to 3 or more of the above questions, that they do have a hormonal imbalance and that these individuals will have a difficult time losing weight and keeping it off. While aging does lead to some normal imbalances of hormones, she states that stress from many sources is the top reason why our bodies are so out of whack hormonally.
To get a body that is suffering from a hormonal imbalance back to a balanced state, she proposes that hormones can be balanced through diet.
“You can change your hormonal state by your very next meal,” promises Dr. Turner, “…if you give your body the right tools, it will respond and you will know because you won’t feel the cravings, you won’t feel tired after eating, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll have less belly fat.”
Dr. Turner advises viewers that if they want to reset their hormone imbalance through diet, that they will have to adhere to the following rules:
1. Eat within 30 minutes to 1 hour of rising from bed in the morning.
2. Eat every 3-4 hours at the same time every day. If you wait too long between meals or skip a meal, then that will increase the stress hormones in your body. Furthermore, by eating at the same time, insulin levels will remain low resulting in less fat storage.
3. Never eat within 3 hours of going to bed at night. Dr. Turner explains that when you eat before going to bed, that your body temp increases slightly and prevents the release of hormones that burn fat when your body should be relatively cooler during sleep.
4. Get 35% of your calories per day from protein. As protein is being digested, hormones in the small intestine sends signals via the vagus nerve to the brain telling it that the body is full and thereby promotes a feeling of satiety within the brain. Dr. Turner advises viewers to eat protein at every meal and that the potion size should be about the size and thickness of your palm. However, make your protein choice low-fat—two whole eggs or 4 egg whites in the morning will keep you feeling full throughout the day.
5. Eat fat burning friend foods. Dr. Turner promotes eating 2-3 teaspoons of hemp seeds due to their GLA content that helps burn belly fat, and due to its fiber content makes you feel fuller. She also advises adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of cinnamon to your coffee because it stabilizes insulin levels in the body. For estrogen detoxification that leads to belly fat accumulation, she advises viewers to eat curry leaves as a way to cleanse the body of excess estrogen and reset the level of this hormone.
6. Sleep naked. Sleeping naked lowers your body temperature and promotes the release of fat-burning hormones.
7. Banish your fat-loss foes. Avoid taking artificial sweeteners because they actually increase your cravings for sugar and raise your insulin levels explains Dr. Turner. More surprisingly, however, Dr. Turner points out that even what are considered to be good carb sources can still raise the insulin and blood sugar levels of some people who are carbohydrate sensitive. She suggests that if you are doing all of the above and still finding your hormones are imbalanced and you are not losing weight, that you should remove your carb sources one at time separately to see which is causing you a problem. She recommends switching over to sweet potatoes, brown rice, Ezekiel rye and squash for people who are carbohydrate sensitive.
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