Hormones play a massive role in how our body functions and each of them is responsible for a very particular job. While one makes us feel hungry, another does exactly the opposite. While one tells our brain that we need to store fat just in case, another gives us a signal to start burning it like there’s no tomorrow. The trick is to learn how to turn on the hormones that we want and switch off those that we don’t want.
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1. The hormone that makes you feel hungry
Ghrelin is the “I am hungry” gremlin. It’s the hormone that sends a message to your brain that it’s time to eat. The interesting fact is that reducing calorie intake stimulates ghrelin production, and even after being on a low-calorie diet for 12 months, its level is still high. That’s one of the reasons, why low-calorie diets don’t work for the long term. Our body just can’t get used to it.
What to do?
The good news is that intensive cardio exercises can drop your ghrelin level.
Cardio exercises can be almost anything — running, weight training, boxing, boot camp, as long as your heart rate rises up to a particular level. Achieving this level is important and there are plenty of different tools you can use to read heart rate. But there’s an easier way to figure out when you’ve reached it. If you’re breathing heavily and you can still speak, but you can’t sing, then your heart rate is probably at the right level.
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