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Where Do You Store Body Fat & Why?

Find Out How Your Body Really Works When It Comes To Fat Storage!

Posted by CurtisHigh1 - May 21st, 2015

Hormone Profile



Last year, I got myself to 5.5% body fat and the process of decreasing my fat storages taught me a lot about the factors that influence fat loss. One of my main leanings was how certain hormone levels can play a huge role in how much and where your body stores excess fat.


Just to illustrate my point, when I lowered my overall body fat to about 8%, I noticed that my upper body was storing a lot less fat than my lower body. After doing research, I realized that my lower body was storing more fat probably because I was drinking water out of plastic bottles which up-regulated my Estrogen Hormone making me store excess fat in my legs! When I then changed my routine and started drinking liquids out of BPA-free bottles, my leg fat literally disappeared in days!


This issue has even been proven by scientific research conducted under Charles Poliquin.


I am not claiming to be an expert on the topic but this experience has sparked my interest and, since then, I have been studying hormones and their effect on body fat . I thought it would be interesting to share my findings with all of you so you can have a better understanding of this dynamic. Remember, knowledge is key!


So Where Are You Storing Fat??


Below, you will see the findings of my research in the form of a list. Based on where you are storing fat, I specify which hormone influences the area and how you can dramatically change this to get rid of stubborn fat!


WHERE  
HORMONE
HOW TO REDUCE 
UPPER ARMS / CHEST
ANDROGEN TYPE
Boost your testosterone naturally by eating more protein and increasing magnesium, zinc and B vitamins. Flavonoids help reduce the conversion of male hormones to female hormones. These include quercetin, naringenin, chrysin, daidzein and genistein found in flax seeds, apples, berries, onions, soya products and green tea. Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in red wine, has also been found to help.
SHOULDERS / HIPSINSULIN TYPE l
To prevent the muffin top from progressing it’s advisable to consume more oily fish and eat a higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet as well as eating regular meals with additional fibre to stabilise blood sugar. and Gymnema sylvestre help to lower blood sugar.
RIBS
THYROID TYPE
Eating fish, onions, asparagus and seaweeds for iodine and poultry, fish, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds for tyrosine. These nutrients are required for the body to make thyroid hormones. Foods containing selenium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin B6 help the conversion of the inactive form of thyroid hormone (T4) to the active form (T3).
ABDOMEN
CORTISOL TYPE
Removing and reducing your exposure to stress will reduce cortisol and call for the reduction of abdominal fat accumulation. It is suggested one of the most common stressors is the consumption of foods to which we are intolerant. Suspect foods include wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, yeast and corn.By reducing exposure to these foods, you reduce the stress on the gastrointestinal and immune system, lowering cortisol.
BOTTOM / THIGHS
OESTROGEN TYPE
Studies have shown that sulphurophane and indoles found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage help to regulate liver enzymes that metabolise oestrogen. Other nutrients that are beneficial to oestrogen metabolism are phytoestrogens found in soy products and flax seeds. Oestrogens are also metabolised by the process of methylation in the liver so consuming foods rich in methyl donors such as B12, B6 and folic acid may also be useful.
KNEES / CALF
GROWTH HORMONE TYPE
Growth hormone can be boosted by the use of both glutamine and arginine supplements.


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Time_is_Muscle
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This info is Gold! @curtishigh1

CurtisHigh1  Edit  Delete  Close

Thank you mate! glad you enjoyed! was certainly an eye opener for me

Brolle81
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Nice article. I have one question though lower back does that apply under same as abdomen ? 

DanWynesFitness
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@curtishigh1 @jmboiradi really cool information! Look forward to reading some more of your stuff 

DanWynesFitness  Edit  Delete  Close

@curtishigh1 I'm doing great thanks you? Big things happening soon with TruePerformance, so excited for the next 12 months.

CurtisHigh1  Edit  Delete  Close

thank you dan! hope you are well and doing great with True Performance!

Erica_Stibich
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I looove this article @curtishigh1 . I am even adding it to our weekly Newsletter to all the members. Awesome info!

SittingPress
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Quick question on where I fall into play, I find my main area of fat aggregation is in the "love handle region and below. My upper abs remain visible while the area around my belly button, sides and back are fat and it continues downard. Is this area the admomen and bottom thighs or would that area be more bottom thighs? I ask because I gain very little fat even in a bulk in my upper abs which I would consider abdomen. - See more at: http://muscularstrength.com/article/Where-Do-You-Store-Body-Fat-Why#sthash.1sGEib6R.dpuf

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

sounds like you hold fat in the same place I do.  For me, I need to really cut down on carbs and do HIIT cardio 2 - 3 days a week.  My upper abs are always visible.. its the lower.

Scott_Herman
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Great article @curtishigh1!  Keep them coming!

jmboiardi
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Just a clarification on Oestrogen Types like Bisphenol-A and body fat.  Curtis is correct that this powerful hormone disruptor can affect not only body fat levels but also testosterone and insulin levels.  It is important to note, however, that Bisphenol-A leakage into foods and liquids is hastened by heat and acids.  This is why microwave containers and tin cans lined with Bisphenol-A storing acidic substances like tomatoes or fruit should be avoided.  Most Western nations have banned and/or limited its use for consumer goods.  All plastics have a numeric code within the triangle-shaped recycle symbol stamped on them or on their label.   Plastics with a 1,2,4,5, or 6 are Bisphenol-A free.  Plastics with a 3 or a 7 more than likely will contain the compound.  


Unfortunately, plastic is practically impossible to avoid in our daily modern lives.  The best ways to avoid or minimize exposure to Bisphenol - A is to do the following:


1) Do not use plastics with a 3 or 7 for storing food or liquid.  Do not allow plastic water bottles to sit in high heat like a closed car or room or use them if they have been exposed to high heat environments/situations.

2) Do not put ANY plastic in the microwave - even if it says "microwave safe".  Put it in a glass or ceramic container to heat

3) Do not buy canned foods.  Bisphenol-A is mandated to be removed for use in the can linings but not all canned goods and canning companies have met the U.S. Government deadlines yet.

4) Avoid plastics from China.  China has a history of using banned or suspect chemicals if they will save money in the manufacturing process.

5) Do not use Saran wrap or any other plastic wrap in the microwave (to cover food) or any other instance where heat will be applied.


Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

This just opened my eyes to the dangers of plastics even more.  Damn you Bisphenol-A!!

jmboiardi
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Excellent overview Curtis.  I too believe in natural manipulation of the two primary hormones to be big and lean - Insulin and Growth Hormone.  I am a huge proponent of Intermittent Fasting (IF) and this eating protocol has helped me get to 10% body fat at age 51.  Your hormone levels naturally start decreasing more rapidly at age 35 and older.  Exercise and proper nutrition - including plenty of essential fats - are critical to slowing this process down and helping to raise hormone levels.  IF has been the only thing that has truly worked for me in getting lean.  Your chart is an excellent example of what needs to be included (or excluded when aplicable) in your nutrition plan to be successful.

MattMiller
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this article was awesome!! my only concern is eggs?? I thought eggs were one of the healthiest foods? 

jmboiardi  Edit  Delete  Close

Matt,


Eggs are but some people are allergic or mildly allergic to them.  As a baby, I could not eat eggs due to allergies.  As I got older, this food allergy went away.  What Curtis has listed are the most common foods known to illicit an allergic response and thus bump up cortisol levels.  If you are not allergic to eggs, this will not apply to you.

MattMiller
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this article was awesome!! my only concern is eggs?? I thought eggs were one of the healthiest foods? 

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

Eggs are healthy.  I guess you just need to see how your body reacts bests to certain foods!