Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Metabolism 101

What Do Hormones Have to Do With Weight Loss?
by Jillian Michaels

So you know my new book, Master Your Metabolism, is all about hormones and how you can balance them. But you might wonder "What do hormones have to do with anything?" Let me explain.

If I were to ask you what your metabolism is, what would you say? I bet you would answer, "The way my body burns calories." If so, you would be wrong. That's one of the key things your metabolism does. But I'm asking whether you know what it is.

The answer is hormones! Your metabolism is your biochemistry. Some hormones tell you you're hungry; some tell you you're full. When you eat, hormones tell your body what to do with that food — whether to store it or burn it as fuel. And when you exercise, hormones tell your body how to move and consume energy stores, and how to boost or shut down different body parts. Hormones control almost every aspect of how we gain weight — and how we can lose it.

The endocrine system — the group of organs and glands responsible for releasing hormones that regulate key bodily functions — is sometimes compared to an orchestra. Each hormone is like an instrument. Playing together, in tune, they sound amazing. But what happens if, right in the middle of a concert, a violin suddenly goes wildly astray, twanging on its own? And then a clarinet starts shrieking? And then the pianist can't keep up? The music would sound like crap, right?

It's exactly the same with your metabolism. Your body can't work the way it's supposed to if any of your hormones is out of tune. Once one goes, they all follow. That's why you can't just focus on one hormone at a time when you're trying to balance your hormones — you have to work to get them all in tune and playing in the right key again. Next week, I'll talk about how you can play conductor and get all your hormones in harmony again — stay tuned!

It's All Connected

You've probably heard the words cortisol, human growth hormone (or HGH), insulin, and leptin — especially being thrown around on weight-loss infomercials at 1 a.m. Am I right?

Well, those words are the names of hormones that dramatically affect your weight and your health. So the weight-loss products that target them must work, right? Hardly.

The thing is, those bunk "treatments" focus on only one hormone at a time (if they even have any effect at all), which reflects a misleading view and provides an incomplete approach. Unlike the methods featured in those infomercials, my program is all about how you can naturally optimize all your hormones — without taking dangerous or expensive drugs.


  1. This is great. I never took the time to understand any of this (because I'm lazy??) but it's obviously important. Can't wait to learn more about it. Thanks Cher!

  2. I saw Jillian talk about this yesterday morn. Now saying that, you don't want me to start on HORMONES!!!!!! HA! They call me bit-h mama with all this perimenopause!!!!


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