I had really never considered the relationship of our ancestry to our innate ability to store fat. Do you know our body is full of shortcuts, pathways, and methods that are like passages to good health, a better body, and a new you? Have you ever wondering why some people upper body gets thinner, but their legs seem to stay the same size?
I find this is a great article to read.
Rather than think about how to exercise to burn away fat in your love handles, hips, or low backs, you can certainly cut fat storage in ‘problem areas’ when you know how to properly manage 3 key hormones:
As it said, cortisol is a stress hormone, everyone has it, the most common symptom for that is waking up between 2-3am at night, even if you fall back asleep. If you have higher cortisol (i.e. you’re stressed out and have been for a while), it’s a good bet that you’re storing more belly fat that you need to be. The best thing you can do for this, according to Roman (Final Phase Fat Loss), is fight cortisol with growth hormone by Lactic Acid Training, and work on your stress directly.
Stress leads to increased levels of cortisol, cortisol leads to increased belly fat storage, increased belly fat storage definitely leads to more stress … and around and around you go.
Sugar cravings may be the worst curse for its users. Insulin is a hormone related to the amount of sugar you consume and how well your body processes this sugar. The most common symptom for increased levels of insulin on the body is love handles, although when insulin sensitivity becomes a disorder (i.e. Diabetes), there are much more serious consequences.
* Estrogen (yes, guys too)
Estrogen is a sex hormone. Men and women have it, but in varying amounts. Increased estrogen stores, relative to testosterone, are linked with lower body and low back fat storage patterns. This stuff leads to low back fat, thunder thighs, and cankles, not to mention, man boobs and an indirectly lower metabolism.
To offset cortisol, you need to produce growth hormone (which in turn will fight belly fat)and there are certain ways to train for this.
To fight estrogen, you have to make sure your testosterone levels stay at their normal range and NOT drop. Performing density training will do this-AND help fight lower body fat.
Finally, to manage insulin more effectively, you need to produce IGF-1, which will also help you lose your love handles. And to do this, you do dynamic training.
These training styles are all represented in Final Phase Fat Loss as is the entire hormonal response training philosophy.
See, while we can’t STOP our bodies from “trying” to lose fat by lowering hormones as we get leaner, we can fight back using other hormones; and, with the right training program, we can win. It’s time.