Introducing adiponectin - the fat burning hormone
Hormones often make us feel like a slave to our own biology. However, hormones are not all bad news. They are essentially chemical messengers that help to regulate different processes in the body.
Introducing Adiponectin. Adiponectin is a hormone that burns fat.
It is an anti-inflammatory hormone – ironically produced in our fat cells – where it helps us to lose fat by improving our insulin sensitivity.
Here are 5 easy ways to optimise your weight loss potential by boosting your adiponectin levels
- Focus on fibre – fibre is a tried and tested winner in the weight loss field, and most of us don’t eat enough for good health. Research has shown that eating more dietary fibre can boost adiponectin levels significantly. Check out my ‘focus on fibre’ blog for more info on how and why to boost your intake.
- Eat more ‘good’ fats – we need some fats, which is why low fat diets are often not a good idea. We use them to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and make more hormones. Eating foods rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats like nuts, avocados, olive oil and oily fish helps to trigger the production of adiponectin.
- Exercise can raise adiponectin levels for anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Try to exercise at least 3 times a week.
- Turmeric has been found to fight inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity and raise levels of adiponectin. Add it to soups, stews, curries and roasted veg; or consider a supplement.
- Speak to a qualified nutritionist about the benefits of other dietary interventions and supplements, such as L-cysteine which has been shown to boost adiponectin synthesis.