The 9 Fat Burning Hormones

Fat burning hormones



Recently I tried doing some home renovations. After watching numerous episodes of design shows I became convinced that doing the work I required was as easy as 1,2,3!

However, as you probably already know, nothing in life is as simple as it seems.

This is also true when it comes to losing body fat.

We are all aware of the importance of a calorie deficit when it comes to designing an effective fat loss program. Nobody can dispute the equation of calories in – calories out.

However, fat loss just isn’t that simple.

There is a huge elephant in the room that rarely gets noticed whenever discussing a fat loss program- hormones.

Various hormones in your body can affect the type of fuel you burn (fat or sugar) and from where on your body the fat is taken from (stomach, hips, thighs etc). If you are serious about dropping pounds of fat from your stomach, hips, thighs and everywhere else then you need to pay attention as these 9 hormones are crucial to fat burning and getting the look you want:


Adrenaline causes you body to begin burning fuel and is the “messenger” that triggers other hormones and fat release. If adrenaline is released in the presence of high leptin or insulin (2 hormones we will discuss in a moment) the body will burn sugar preferentially over fat. When you eat in a hormonally balanced fashion you can help adrenaline burn fat instead of sugar. The best way for you to release adrenaline is through high intensity exercise. I cannot overstate the importance of exercise in a fat loss program. Caffeine will also increase adrenaline by a small amount (good news for you java lovers). Just keep it black, organic with no cream or sugar.


While often demonized, cortisol can be good or bad depending on the situation. If cortisol is released in the presence of high insulin, low testosterone and low growth hormone it acts as a fat storing, muscle burning hormone. If released in the presence of high testosterone and GH it will enhance fat burning and muscle preservation. Meditation, deep breathing, adequate hydration and stress management are some of the best ways to manage our cortisol.


This hormone signals hunger and causes your stomach to growl. Protein and fiber together with the right exercise program are needed for keeping this beast under control.



Helps to burn fat and works in the liver to help regulate sugar and fat usage. Your insulin to glucagon ratio is a big factor in determining whether your body will burn or store fat. Protein foods help stimulate the release of glucagon.


Insulin is a storage hormone. High insulin levels cause extra calories to be stored as fat while inhibiting the fat burning process. Refined carbs are the biggest contributor to high insulin levels.


Leptin controls your day-to-day feelings of hunger. A resistance to leptin can cause insatiable hunger and extreme over eating. When on a “diet”, leptin will decrease faster than fat mass resulting in decreased metabolism, thyroid and immune system function. Women produce 2-3 times more leptin than men however during dieting leptin levels drop much faster in women. This may explain why women have a harder time losing fat than men. Dieting lowers leptin and a weekly “cheat” day is one way to correct this. I explain the right way to do this in my Calorie Cycling ebook.


Testosterone and HGH (human growth hormone).

These two hormone powerhouses are muscle building and fat burning hormones. They cause us to be lean and muscular and work with cortisol and adrenaline to make sure fat is being burned and not stored. Resistance training using the correct rep and set protocols is one of the best ways to increase both.


Thyroid stabilizes your metabolism and acts like a weight “thermostat” helping you to maintain a weight “set point”. An underactive thyroid can indicate a deficiency in Leptin. Women are far more likely than men to have hypothyroidism (low thyroid). Low thyroid makes losing fat very difficult. Some dietary strategies can help to raise thyroid such as getting sufficient iodine, not eating excessive soy protein and avoiding extended periods of very low calorie intake. Be sure to speak to your primary care physician if you suspect you have a thyroid deficiency.


For many people, their hormonal system is in need of repair. Doing so will require the right types and amounts of foods as well as the correct type and amount of exercise.

Both of these are given to you in the form of a personalized plan with my ebodi weight loss coach system.

I hope you enjoyed this article and I welcome your comments and feedback!

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

2 Responses to “The 9 Fat Burning Hormones”

  1. Kenton Filas says:

    Getting frequent muscle aches is common if you are doing some bodybuilding stuffs. If the pain is just too much, i just take some OTC pain killer.^

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  2. admin says:

    Hi Rachel

    Thanks for your kind words. The most important factor in losing fat is calorie balance however the story does not end there. Hormones certainly play a significant role in how our bodies respond to a diet and exercise program. I have seen several cases where an underactive thyroid was the problem. Some common symptoms may include:
    Unexplained weight gain
    Muscle aches
    Increased sensitivity to cold
    Pain or swelling in your joints
    Pale, dry skin
    A puffy face
    Brittle fingernails and hair
    Elevated blood cholesterol level
    Muscle weakness
    Heavier than normal periods

    I would recommend a trip to your ND or MD for some testing. If you suspect you have an underactive thyroid here are some nutritional points to consider:

    - Eat zinc containing foods that boost the immune system such as raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds, nuts, mushrooms, chick peas and lentils.
    - Iodine is good for the thyroid. Choose foods that contain iodine such as salt water fish, sesame seeds, seafood, kelp, dulse, asparagus and sea salt.
    - Avoid drinking and cooking with tap water as chlorine interferes with iodine.

    Best of health,

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