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5 Weight Loss Hormones You MUST Know

You know that old saying, “When you’re hungry, eat a sandwich?” Well, it turns out that it’s not just a cute little saying. It’s actually the body trying to tell you something—and if you know how to listen, it can help guide your weight loss and overall health. The body sends signals in the form of hormones that regulate hunger, satiety (or feeling full), and metabolism. If these hormones are all off-kilter or imbalanced in some way, then your diet may never work as well as you’d like or your pants might get tighter than they should be!

You can’t change your genetics and there are so many factors involved when it comes to our bodies ability to maintain weight loss. But by becoming more aware of how our bodies react with certain foods and activities—and knowing how those things affect our hormones—we can better understand what works best for us when trying to lose weight or maintain wellness over time.”


Insulin is a storage hormone. It’s produced by the pancreas and secreted in response to high blood glucose levels, which means that your body releases it when you eat carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta. Insulin also promotes the uptake of glucose by cells.

This storage function is why many people think of insulin as a “fat storing” hormone: if you have an excess amount of carbs floating around in your blood (for example, because you just ate breakfast), then your body will produce more insulin than usual to store those excess carbs away in fat cells (in other words, they won’t get used for energy). In fact, some researchers believe that this ability to store excess calories from carbohydrate-rich foods was one reason why humans evolved over millions of years—it gave us an edge over other animals who couldn’t pack on extra pounds so easily!


Leptin is a hormone that helps regulate your metabolism. It’s released by fat cells, and it regulates how many calories you need to maintain your weight. Leptin is also released in response to food intake, exercise, sleep, and stress. The more leptin you have circulating in your bloodstream, the less likely you are to store excess calories as fat.

When you eat more than usual or put on weight due to overeating or lack of exercise, this stimulates your fat cells (adipose tissue) – this causes them to produce more leptin so they can suppress your appetite.

However, if you’re constantly under stress then this will affect your body’s ability to process carbohydrate effectively – which means that it can cause insulin resistance as well as preventing the release of growth hormones like HGH which could otherwise help prevent muscle loss during weight loss programs for example.


Ghrelin is a hormone that plays an important role in regulating hunger and eating. It’s produced by the stomach and increases your appetite, boosting feelings of hunger and causing you to eat more food. It works by signaling to your brain when it’s time to eat. Ghrelin also causes fat storage, which leads to weight gain and obesity over time.


When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol. This hormone is a response to stress and helps you cope with that stress by increasing blood sugar levels and providing energy for muscles to deal with the situation. Cortisol can be released in response to exercise as well, which is why many people who exercise regularly do not lose weight. Exercise causes your body to release cortisol and use it as fuel while strengthening your muscles, which means more calories are burned even after the workout has ended.

However, if you’re constantly stressed out or overtraining yourself (by exercising too much), this can lead to weight gain because cortisol breaks down muscle mass instead of fat when there’s not enough food available for energy needs—and it’s much easier for our bodies to burn off muscle than fat!


Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is essential for controlling behavior, motivation and feelings of pleasure. It’s also called the “feel good hormone” because it helps you to feel happy and motivated. Dopamine helps control your mood, movement, ability to focus on tasks, and motivation for food intake.

Dopamine is found in various parts of the body including:

  • Brain
  • Stomach
  • Heart

Dopaminergic neurons release dopamine into these areas when they detect an event that could potentially be rewarding (such as eating something sweet). This gives us the sense that activity was rewarding so we want to repeat it again in the future!

Hormones control weight loss and weight gain.

Hormones control weight loss and weight gain. They are chemical messengers released by the body that control many aspects of our lives, including hunger and fullness, metabolism, blood sugar and blood pressure.

Hormones also play a significant role in the storage or burning of fat. The more fat you have stored in your body (or adipose tissue), the higher your risk for obesity-related diseases such as diabetes or heart disease will be.


So there you have it, five hormones that control weight loss and weight gain. When we think about the body in terms of fat storage, it’s important to remember that not all our food is converted into fat. Some of it gets used as energy or stored in our muscles or liver as glycogen (more on this later). But most importantly, your hormones control every aspect of how your body processes food—and ultimately whether or not you lose weight!