Somatostatin which is a growth hormone affects several areas of the body by hindering the secretion of other hormones. I have a methodology around weight loss that it is not just about diet and exercise it’s about hormonal balance and imbalance. When you have an imbalance of hormones in your body you create an environment which is difficult for your body to lose weight or you create an environment where your body can actually pile on that fat.
Now all of us know people who do exercise every day, to do it the right way they eat food the right way, everything is done perfectly but yet they cannot shed that belly fat. One mistake that a lot of people make all the time, right from marathon runners to normal people every single day is what they consume post their workout and that is extremely important for you to understand.
For the last few years I’ve been observing marathon runners. Post their training runs and in between their runs they’re given a cupcake or it is an energy bar which is full of sugar. With all this high calorie food you’ll notice that most of the people consuming it they may be able to complete the marathon or their runs or their intensive trainings but they have that pot-belly. This is because of the high sugar consumption. This how it works. There’s a hormone called somatostatin. Somatostatin gets produced in the hypothalamus region of the brain which means when it’s produced your pituitary gland reduces the production of two other hormones. One is your TSH which is your thyroid stimulating hormone and the second is your human growth hormone HGH. HGH is the hormone that helps you build muscle, lean mass which in turn helps you lose weight and burn fat. An increase in somatostatin reduces the production of HGH and TSH thyroid stimulating hormone. Your thyroid gland doesn’t produce sufficient TSH and we get onto medication for a lifetime because we are causing a depletion of TSH because of the food that we eat post-workout.
Somatostatin is also produced in the pancreatic region and when somatostatin increases insulin decreases. It is also produced in your gastric region in the stomach. So when somatostatin goes up gastrin which is required for the digestion of food also decreases.
So this one habit of eating anything that’s rich in sugar or sports drinks within two hours, within two to two-and-a-half hours after an intensive workout makes our body store fat, reduces our HGH, reduces our TSH which is why people feel so fatigued after a run, even though they’ve eaten well, they feel so fatigued after a workout even though they’ve eaten well because you have created a deficiency of TSH and HGH.
So you see it’s all about hormones. You increase HGH, increase testosterone you lose weight, you increase muscle mass. You train the right way you develop the body which is parallel to the kind of training that you’re doing. But if you’re training endlessly and you’re not achieving your results these are the little things that you have to start looking at.
Elevated sugar levels deplete potassium, magnesium, copper and trace minerals in your brain and your body. That’s why marathon runners and trainers have spasms all the time in between their workouts or their rounds. Your sugar content is depleting your body of magnesium. Magnesium protects you from spasms; it protects you from muscle cramping.
So eat the right things while you train. Elevated sugar levels deplete glutei on vitamin C and vitamin E from your body. It depletes enzymes like AGE which actually protects you from tissue and ligament tear.
So the food that we eat can actually be damaging our bodies when it comes to our workouts. Keep sugar and all forms of refined sugar out of your post-workout for at least two hours. In fact it doesn’t even need to be part of your workout program. There are natural things as coconut water or lemon water with jaggery. The Himalayan pink salt makes for the best recovery drinks. Sugar depletes you of electrolytes which is what we need when we are running and training. So what you put in your system is actually setting you up for damage.
So be aware of somatostatin and this hormone. Do not consume anything that has refined sugar or high corn fructose syrup 2 hours post your workout and try to eliminate it from your life completely. Your body doesn’t need that your body doesn’t know how to handle it and these are the reasons why people don’t lose weight no matter how much they do.