Fat Burning Trigger #3: Protein

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Protein is a powerful trigger for fat burning hormones if it’s not in excess. Protein stimulates two hormones—glucagon and growth hormone. Now, there are two factors that should be discussed. The first one involves the amount of protein. If you eat too much protein, insulin (fat-making hormone) can be triggered. Excess protein can create nearly the same insulin response as refined carbohydrates.

Your body can only absorb a maximum of 50 grams of protein at one sitting; this is about 7 ounces of steak. But that is if you have a healthy liver. Most people with resistant weight have unhealthy livers and can’t digest even close to that in one sitting. So, with liver problems, eat less protein. If the thyroid is slow, the liver will not be able to process large amounts of protein.

This is why the liver and thyroid are combined into one eating category. The best thing is to eat smaller and more frequent protein meals—four to five times per day. However, if a person is mainly a Liver type, it’s recommended they consume only three meals per day with no snacking in between, except during the detox phase. This is because the liver’s hormone, IGF, is stimulated between meals when the stomach is empty.

IGF stands for insulin-like growth factor, which is a hormone the liver produces to regulate blood sugars between meals by releasing stored fuel (such as fat). It works in a similar way to growth hormone and is even triggered by GH.

If the liver is damaged and this hormone can’t work, the pancreas is forced to pump out more insulin, which could lead to diabetes. So insulin and IGF work in tandem, insulin regulating the blood sugars during meals and IGF regulating blood sugars between meals. You will be starting out with minimal amounts of protein, especially during the detox phase, then increasing it as needed (if your body craves protein). The more damaged the liver, the less protein it can process. Eating high quantities of protein does not allow the liver to heal; that is why the detox phase is vital to start the process. The liver is also responsible for removing waste from the consumption of protein.

The key is to consume an adequate amount. Protein amounts depend on the body type or weakness. For example, a Liver or Thyroid body type requires a lot less protein and can’t tolerate large quantities. In Liver cases, the processing or breaking down of protein is inhibited by a damaged liver. The way to stress the liver is to give it lots of protein at one sitting. A Thyroid body type also has difficulty with large amounts of protein because of slow metabolism. The Thyroid case works very slowly and the breakdown of protein is also sluggish. With the Liver and Thyroid body types, I would recommend using around 25 grams of animal protein per day.

On the other hand, Adrenal and Ovary body types normally require additional protein (50–75 grams per day). An adrenal weakness can be very destructive in the breakdown of body proteins (muscles). This needs to be compensated for by adding more protein than is being broken down. The Ovary body type comes from an overabundance of estrogen, which makes fat. Increasing protein in the diet can trigger fat-burning hormones (like growth hormone) to counter the excess estrogen.

The second important factor with protein is consuming it in its whole form. Just as there are refined carbohydrates, there are also refined proteins. These would include protein powders and protein bars. Instead, consume whole eggs, raw nuts and seeds, cottage cheese, meat, fish, chicken, etc. Consuming overly cooked protein can also be hard on the glands. This would include overdone beef, sausage, hot dogs, roasted nuts, milk (pasteurized) and peanut butter. If you eat peanut butter, eat some raw nuts during the day. In other words, if you eat cooked protein, balance it out with some raw protein. Raw proteins would be raw nuts, raw seeds, tahini butter, rare steak, sashimi or sushi (without the rice), and eggs that are runny. Yogurt and cheese are fermented and/or cultured and are considered partially raw; they have live enzymes. Of course, you wouldn’t eat raw chicken meat. Hard-boiled eggs are okay to eat anytime.

Protein can increase the fat on your body, but realize that nearly all of your body is made from protein and some of it needs to be replaced. However, through initially decreasing protein and letting the liver heal, the body will become a lot more efficient at using protein through the help of growth hormone.

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