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8 hormones that burn fats.

People always find it hard to shed pounds off, even if they followed strict diet, exercise 5 times a day and, the weighing scale still doesn't drops.
Hormones plays an important role in regulating our body composition, including fats, muscle and water. In this post, I am going to narrow down and only focus on the hormones that aids to melt fats away. 


Leptin is a type of hormone called an adipokine that is released exclusively from fat cells. Leptin interacts with your brain to get your body to eat less and burn more calories. The more body fat you have, the more leptin your fat cells will release. However, too much body fat leads to too much leptin being released—a condition called leptin resistance. When this occurs, your brain becomes numb to leptin’s signal.

To maximize leptin sensitivity, get adequate sleep and pack your diet full of antioxidant-rich berries and green and red vegetables. Losing weight also enhances leptin sensitivity and gives you some momentum, as the more weight you lose, the more effective leptin will become in your body.


Ghrelin is your hunger gremlin. It is produced in your stomach and, like many fat-loss hormones, works with your brain to signal that you are hungry. Reducing calories, in an effort to lose weight, causes an increase in ghrelin. Even after 12 months of a reduced-calorie diet, research shows that ghrelin levels stay elevated. In other words, your body never adapts to eating less and constantly sends the “I’m hungry” signal, which is why maintaining weight loss is often harder than losing it in the first place.

The good news: Intense exercise decreases ghrelin levels, making it a key component to fat loss and weight maintenance.


Insulin plays a very important role in your body and is key for recovering from exercise, muscle building, and maintaining optimal bloodsugar levels. However, when carbohydrate intakes are high and insulin is left to run wild in the body, it can inhibit the breakdown and burning of stored fat. Insulin and carbohydrates are very tightly linked. The more carbohydrates you eat, the more insulin will be released.

To optimize insulin for fat loss, aim to get most of your carbohydrates from vegetables and some fruit. Limit grains and starches to smaller portions directly after exercise.


Glucagon is a hormone that acts directly opposite to insulin. While insulin stores carbohydrates and builds fat, glucagon is responsible for breaking down stored carbohydrates and fats and releasing them so your body can use them for energy. Eating a protein-rich, low-carbohydrate meal is the best way to maximize glucagon release.


Short for Cholecystokinin, this hormone is released from the cells in your intestines whenever you eat protein or fat. But CCK doesn’t just stay in your gut. Instead, it communicates with your nervous system to flip the satiety switch while simultaneously working with your stomach to slow the rate of digestion. The end result is that you feel fuller longer. Take full advantage of CCK by making sure you have protein and fat at every meal


Known as a fight or flight hormone, epinephrine drives the burning of fat and its release for energy in the body. Epinephrine can also aid in appetite suppression. Exercise is the best way to turn on epinephrine release in your body, interval training in particular cranks up epinephrine.


Considered to be the fountain of youth by many, growth hormone also helps with fat loss. Growth hormone interacts with fat cells and coaxes them to break down and burn stored fat for energy.

Growth hormone can be increased through intense exercise like intervals or circuit training and sleep. To maximize the fat-burning effect of growth hormone, train hard and sleep well.

 I guess my growth hormone doesn't work anymore, it's better I work on the others and see whether it works.

 *There's some Leptin Coffee hyping around in the market recently, and I am curious thinking whether does it works? 

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  1. Thanks for the tip! =)

    I think my growth hormone has plunged to an all-time low too. I've heard that lack of sleep can mess things up with weight loss too.

  2. Great tips! I think it's true sleep is important to proper weight management. Now if only I could get enough sleep everyday.....

    1. Haha.. why can't you sleep enough? stress? or work-overload?

    2. There's just too few hours to do too many things.. hahah

  3. Norepinephrine.

    I reckon that's the easiest way to lose weight but with a lot of unhealthy consequences. I did lose a lot of weight accidentally while on it - looked like a skeleton, when I was on meth.

    There's a lot of thermogenics that activates NE (which combined with the inherent thermogenic properties makes you lose a lot of weight) - mostly amphetamine analogues, but caffeine does the job too, as well as pseudoephedrine. :)

    1. wow, Huai bin, you seem to have a lot of experience in this! ;D shall consult you when I see you.. ngek ngek~ ;P

    2. Haha! Well...I used to be on meth, quit already, now I'm totally clean. :)

      I'm still very interested in pharmacology and certain neurotransmitters though - strictly for knowledge now, not experimenting anymore. ;)

      Heh! Sure, I'll help out if I can but my background isn't in biology or chemistry, it's just a hobby of mine that I've carved out a niche in which (don't mean to boast) has gotten me even more experienced than my sister (who's actually a real doctor and now a specialist - cardiologist). It's coz I use myself as a lab rat.

      Cheers Eunice! :)

  4. I need more sleep... I haven't been getting enough rest, no wonder i'm putting on weight...

    1. I think this is the main point everyone is putting on weight, including me!!!;(

  5. Hmmmm...I certainly would need lots of those hormones. LOL!!!

  6. I'm getting fatter and fatter these days, really need to jaga! :P
    Thanks for the tips. :)

  7. Berries, berries, berries - how I miss fresh berries in the tropics.

  8. OK, I definitely need more sleep! Thanks for the post! : )


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