If you have ever tried to lose weight and been completely stuck despite your best efforts, you may have been blocked by betatrophin – whether you knew what that is or not.
You know about exercise, you know about eating well but if you really want to achieve and maintain your ideal size, you need to learn more about betatrophin.
What is betatrophin?
Betatrophin is the enemy of dieters everywhere, even if you have never heard about it before.
Betatrophin is a peptide hormone that initially scientists had hoped would help people suffering from diabetes.
But alas, scientific research published this year proves that betatrophin inhibits an enzyme involved in fat metabolism.
Specifically, betatrophin suppresses adipose triglyceride lipase, an enzyme that breaks down stored fat.
The process of breaking down fat is called lipolysis.
Fat droplets are broken down by enzymes called lipases.
Your lipase levels are controlled by the levels of your circulating hormones.
For example, when your insulin levels are high you will have less hormone-sensitive lipase, thus resulting in less fat breakdown.
Lipase levels are greatly stimulated by hormones like catecholamines (adrenaline) and, to a lesser extent, glucagon, thyroxine and cortisol.
When you understand your body chemistry, losing weight then becomes not just a matter of exercising more and eating less but keeping your hormones in a healthy balance.
Contrary to popular opinion, losing weight is not just a matter of calories in, calories out.
As a scientific research paper summarized earlier this year, “Weight loss represents a clinical situation of improvement of glucose homeostasis and overall metabolic control.”
When does your body produce betatrophin?
Your body produces betatrophin under two conditions:
- Metabolic stress
- Environmental stress
Metabolic stress occurs when your hormones are out of balance. This may occur through constant over or under eating.
Environmental stress occurs when your life, emotions and thought processes are out of balance.
“Betatrophin reduces the body’s ability to break down fat, underscoring a link between chronic stress and weight gain,” said Li-Jun Yang, M.D., a professor and lead investigator in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine.
“Stress causes you to accumulate more fat, or at least slows down fat metabolism. This is yet another reason why it’s best to resolve stressful situations and to pursue a balanced life,” Yang said.
What can you do about betatrophin?
If you have been reading my blogs or newsletters, you know that I am a major proponent of stress management.
Here are practical steps you can take:
- Keep your blood sugar levels balanced to keep your insulin balanced. As a long-term nutritionist, I can teach you eating plans to help keep your insulin under control.
- Join my yoga and qi gong classes three times a week. You can find directions at this map. Or if you can’t make the classes, set up an appointment for one-on-one instruction.
- Make an appointment for a Reiki healing session to balance your energy. Call 678-612-8816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Practice breathing exercises. Follow directions for FREE in these videos I created to help you learn how.
- Go to bed with your lights out no later than 10:30 p.m.
- Resolve your sleep issues. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, set up an appointment for a medical intuitive reading with me to identify what you need to do to improve the quality of your sleep. Call 678-612-8816 or email email@example.com. You will not be able to balance your hormones until you can sleep normally.
- Meditate daily. I highly recommend the Insight Timer, a FREE app you can download at this link.
- Resolve the underlying issues that have kept you constantly stressed. Set up an appointment for a kinesiology balance or life coaching session with me. Call 678-612-8816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE 15-minute consult to find out how.
- Heal your adrenal glands. If you have adrenal burnout from constant stress, you must restore your energy to balance your hormones. Find out how by reading my Amazon No. 1 bestseller Unlimited Energy Now.
- Reduce or eliminate sugar, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, fried foods, gluten and other pro-inflammatory substances. If you are eating a pro-inflammatory diet you will be experiencing high levels of pain and stress hormones. Call 678-612-8816 or email email@example.com to set up an appointment to learn how an anti-inflammatory diet can eliminate your pain and lower your stress hormones.
- Resolve your digestive issues. Suffering from constant upset stomach is not just uncomfortable, it keeps your stress hormones constantly out of control. I’ve spent 23 years using natural healing remedies to help countless clients resolve digestive disorders.
- Exercise moderately every day for 30 to 60 minutes not just to burn calories but to release the stress in your body.
- Spend time in nature.
- Give yourself permission to have time every day to be quiet and process your emotions.
Constant stress explains why individuals who have not resolved their metabolic or underlying emotional issues often resort to gastric bypass surgery, which costs an average of $15,000 to $35,000.
Personal trainers are helpful, nutritionists can be educational, but why not resolve your core issues and get slim and healthy once and for all?
Resolve emotional stress, biochemical stress and structural stress and discover not only how easy it is to achieve and maintain your ideal size but how much better you feel by making your health and well being a priority.