Estrogen and Cortisol: 2 Hormones That Affect Belly Fat: Thomas DeLauer
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hey it’s Thomas Toole our your hormone professor here I’m going to talk about two of the worst hormones when it comes to accumulating fat in your body key words only when it comes to accumulating fat these are important hormones and they’re critical to everyday life let’s talk about how they relate to fat stick with me through the entirety of this video cuz I’m going to give you the solutions I want to make sure you watch the whole thing and also make sure that you hit the follow button and turn on the notifications so you see my videos whenever I go live but also whenever I do a new video here on YouTube I want to give a big shout-out to six-pack ABS calm because I did this video content for them before and ended up being such a hit I want to make sure I shared it with my awesome subscriber base so here we go we’re talking about estrogen and we’re talking about cortisol to kind of differ core moans then you were expecting you to talk about right you’re probably expecting me to talk about like adrenaline and testosterone and stuff like that but nope talking about estrogen and cortisol let’s talk about a little bit of science before I get into how you can fix this estrogen okay estrogen is not a bad thing linson control estrogen actually helps you burn fat it regulates some insulin properties and does some really cool things the problem is we live in a very estrogenic world that’s causing us to have a level of estrogen dominance and what that basically means is that our levels of estrogen are skewed and in women the levels of estrogen imbalance with progesterone are usually way off causing your body to be again estrogen dominant so how does estrogen actually work though why is it bad well first off let’s explain something called vino estrogens xenoestrogens are external factors that cause extra estrogen within the body non-biodegradable non natural forms of estrogen that enter our body and affect our hormonal state okay we’ve got things like plastics we’ve got things like pesticides we’ve got things like herbicides that we’re exposed to all the time that are affecting our estrogen levels we elevate our estrogen levels it does lead to fattening and here’s why simply put estrogen leads to estrogen sensitive tissues estrogen sensitive tissues lead to more estrogen and fat gain in that area if you’ve ever noticed how a woman gets more thick when they have high levels of estrogen or to go through hormonal shift or if you’ve ever noticed that a man when he has high levels of estrogen becomes very soft maybe this is something you’re battling with that’s usually an indicator of estrogen dominance and estrogen imbalance and the way that it works is like I mentioned we have estrogen sensitive areas of the body in women they’re usually the waist they’re usually the belly they’re usually the buttocks and a little bit of a breast then in men we have the waist and we have the breast tissues if you’ve ever heard of something called gynecomastia before or in other words male breasts that’s simply a high level of estrogen in the male that’s causing them to accumulate fat in an estrogen sensitive area like the breast why is this bad well because the vicious circle what ends up happening in those sensitive areas end up acquiring more estrogen more estrogen leads to more fat accumulation well fat cells are estrogen it and trigger more estrogen so then it piles on top of each other so you have fattening estrogen more fat gain more estrogen more fat gain and so on this wouldn’t be such a bad thing except that fat that is storing the estrogen sensitive areas is so crazy difficult to burn so there’s not enough calorie restriction and workouts in the world to really get rid of this fat tissue this comes an epicenter of hormones and the estrogen is going to hold on to the fat no matter what that’s why for women it’s so hard for them to lose weight around the waist and around the buttocks it just flat-out is difficult so how do we start fixing this issue well comes down to accepting the fact that we live in one of two worlds we live in either an estrogen promoting world or an estrogen inhibiting world estrogen promoting world is probably what you’re living right now you’re eating out of plastic Tupperware you’re using plastic silverware sometimes you’re eating non-organic food you’re eating non-organic herbicides and pesticides that are coming in your body and they’re increasing your levels of estrogen living life like we’re just supposed to then you’re living in a estrogen inhibiting world that’s where you’re making a conscious effort to not consume excess estrogens and I’m gonna explain what some of these foods are because if we can control the exhaust levels of estrogen we can end up feeling a lot better and end up changing our body composition really fast what do we have to look out for living in an estrogen promoting world you’re eating a lot of bad things but let’s talk about what you should avoid you need to avoid soy you need to avoid soy isoflavone you need to avoid non organic veggies okay you need to avoid meats that have extra hormones like rbst and growth hormone in them but really you need to avoid anything that has a soy isoflavone in it especially things that are processed with soy the processing aspect increases the availability of the xenoestrogens within the body by up to 50% something’s the difference between some organic edamame versus something that has a soy isoflavone in it is significant in terms of how it affects your body okay now the foods that you should be eating you should be eating a lot of foods that have high levels of what are called indels and flavonoids in them indoles are things like well indole-3-carbinol the indole methane which are basically things that are derived from cabbage derived from broccoli derived from garlic onion we want to eat foods that are rich in that so you can do a simple google search and say ind all rich foods or foods high in indle those foods are going to help eradicate estrogen and they’re going to stop the cycle that you need to stop in order to control that estrogen vicious cycle that’s occurring okay enough about estrogen let’s talk about that other hormone cortisol why is cortisol bad well that’s just it it’s not cortisol is good problem is we just have too much of it all the time it’s causing our body to freak out cortisol is a response to stress it’s not a stress in and of itself oh you’re elevating my cortisol levels stop don’t do that oh you’re going to get me stressed out my chorus our level to go up no embrace the cortisol embrace the inter cortisol because it’s helping you when it sees you get mad the cortisol brings you down the problem is we’re wearing out for to solve it’s constantly having to wear down our energies and wear down our stressors because we’re always stressed out it may not be because we’re running from a tiger but it’s because we’re running from our tax returns we’re running from our boss we’re still exhibiting that same course all response now what ends up happening when you’ve high levels of cortisol for extended periods of time three things and all three end up making you gain fat period one is it ends up taking stored triglycerides and mobilizes them and redistributes them as visceral body fat correct even have to change your calories you flat-out will redistribute fat in your body simply by having high levels of cortisol 155 pounds man over here 155-pound man over here one that has high cortisol is going to start to develop a belly the one that doesn’t have like cortisol is not ways to hip ratio inc
reases dramatically studies have proven that mic drop okay but how does it end up making matters worse well that visceral fat has high cortisol receptors which means that the cortisol that ynx up increasing from stress ends up triggering more fat accumulation which is up meaning more cortisol receptors which means more ability to absorb cortisol and stress there which means exponential growth to the abdomen additionally a dipa site baby fat cells mature being exposed to cortisol so you take a baby fat cell that can be eradicated and turn it into a nice happy dormant settled fat cell that doesn’t want to move okay then the other thing is we end up dealing with high levels of blood sugar all the time cortisol increases blood sugar but it increases blood sugar it makes us insulin resistant or at least have suppressed levels of insulin which means that blood sugars not getting into the cell blood sugar doesn’t get into the cell the cells start cells starve since signal to the brain tell our brain to make us hungry we eat more okay then the next one is the actual communication of cortisol and the hypothalamus in the hypothalamus we have cortisol receptors so that means when cortisol increases it directly communicates picks up the phone and talks to the hypothalamus hypothalamus says oh what’s up cortisol cortisol says hey hypothalamus what’s going on hey this dude’s stressed out let’s make a meet hypothalamus was like cool let’s make an e so it sends the signal down to the stomach stomachs growling you’re eating you’re getting fat period how do we control this well three simple things one is obvious get sleep okay sleep affects your cortisol hugely like dramatically get sleep even if you have to take a nap okay the next one is implement some meditation of some kind okay try five minutes use headspace use beautify use one of these apps but the big one from a nutrition standpoint try to take in one to three thousand milligrams of actual vitamin C preferably a soluble vitamin C right after your workout what that’s going to end up doing it can end up modulating cortisol levels been shown studies to reduce your salivary cortisol levels and help out with your ability to cope with stress coping with stress is what’s important if we can learn to cope with stress without having to jack up cortisol levels all the time we’re 90 percent of the way there so there you have two really interesting ways that you’re gaining fat and a few interesting ways you can start being a catalyst for making a change in your own life so make sure that you turn on that bell to turn on notifications you make sure that you’re logged in on my channel and comment leave a comment let me know what you think of this video I really want to engage with you and answer your questions as much as possible as always love doing these videos and I will see you in the next video
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Estrogen and Cortisol: 2 Hormones That Affect Belly Fat: Thomas DeLauer
Estrogen is known as the “female” hormone and testosterone is known as the “male” hormone.
Although they’re identified with a specific gender, both hormones are found in women and men. Women have more estrogen and men have more testosterone
It’s also the hormone that can be the most troublesome in the fat department
At normal levels, estrogen actually helps keep you lean by increasing the production of insulin, a hormone that manages blood sugar. When estrogen gets thrown off, though, it turns you into a weight-gain machine.
Xenoestrogens are fat-soluble and non-biodegradable in nature.
Unfortunately, accumulating estrogen is not hard. We are constantly exposed to estrogen-like compounds since the major sources of these Xenoestrogens are pesticides, detergents, petroleum products, plastic products, cosmetics, etc. (1)
The “thickening” of women’s bodies and the “softening” of men’s bodies are often related to excess estrogen.
When in excess, estrogen promotes the growth of estrogen sensitive tissues, leading to an increased size of adipose (fat) tissues in the waist, belly and other estrogen sensitive fat tissues
In men, fat accumulation is typically in the belly and chest; for women, in the belly, lower butt, upper thighs and sometimes in the back of the arms.
In some cases, excess estrogen causes feminization of men’s bodies with conditions such as genecomastia.
Estrogen sensitive fat tissues are also called “stubborn fat” due to their high resistance to fat burning. Generally, not even diet or exercise can help remove this estrogen sensitive tenacious fat.
Excess estrogen works in a vicious cycle. Estrogen promotes fat gain, and the enlarged fat tissue produces more estrogen within its cells, which then promotes more fat gain, and so on.
Back in the bad old hunter-gatherer days, the human species got a lot of use out of the hormone cortisol. That’s the stress hormone activated during the fight-or-flight response, causing our blood pressure to rise and heart rate to increase.
But in the modern world, there’s little need to either fight or flee. Yet the cortisol release remains functional in the species, only now it’s activated in response to the stressors of modern society (e.g., bad traffic, malfunctioning machinery, domestic discord) rather than natural perils or challenges to survival.
Repeated elevation of cortisol can lead to weight gain in 3 ways:
1) One way is via visceral fat storage. Cortisol can mobilize triglycerides from storage and relocate them to visceral fat cells (those under the muscle, deep in the abdomen).
Cortisol also aids adipocytes’ development into mature fat cells. The biochemical process at the cellular level has to do with enzyme control (11-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase), which converts cortisone to cortisol in adipose tissue.
Vitamin C is probably the best and most cost-effective supplement that you can take to balance high cortisol levels naturally.
Multiple studies have found out that vitamin C supplementation after exercise rapidly clears cortisol and that when vitamin C is administered before a stressful situation it blunts the stress induced rise in cortisol.
Ashwagandgha (Withania Somnifera) is an Indian herb commonly referred to as “adaptogen” because it is a compound that helps the body adapt to stress related stimuli
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