We all know that working out and eating healthfully is the best way to lose weight. However, there are two important – and much more mysterious – factors in both weight maintenance and weight loss. Those important factors are two enzymes living in your body, called Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL) and Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL). Their primary function is to control both blood sugar and fat, and they both control the different fuels your body needs to function.
Though Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL) is difficult to pronounce, the purpose of LPL is much easier to understand. Insulin uses this enzyme to convert blood sugar into fat. Some fat storage is necessary, but if your body makes too much insulin, the excess blood sugar will go straight to your liver. These blood sugars are converted to triglycerides. Triglycerides made your liver work very hard, and end up being stored in your abdomen as belly fat. Most of us don’t want – or need – more fat around our waistbands.
The body is helped by Lipoprotein lipase to produce and stock up on fat. You might think that LPL is the “bad boy”, hindering our weight loss goals, but it also serves and important purpose. Let’s say we are having a famine, and you are left without food for a long period of time. LPL cushions your organs and provides necessary fuel to keep us alive in these situations. Your body can sense when it needs to use stored fat.
Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL) – yep, you guessed it – is an enzyme stimulated by specific hormones. The main hormones it is sensitive to include Leptin, Adrenaline, T3, IGF-1, Growth Hormone and Glucagon (just to name a few!). If your body produces these hormones in quantity, HSL lends a helping hand to the fat burning process in your body. It’s the “good guy” in weight loss and maintenance.
Just as you can’t go up and down at the same time, your body also can’t utilize both LSL and HSL simultaneously. Based on some bodily rules, our system decides whether it needs to burn up fat or store it for the future. Your body uses Leptin to make this decision. Our fat cells use Leptin to either burn fat for fuel or energy. Leptin also controls how and when we feel hungry. Our communication between the brain and our body is affected negatively by toxins around our brains, which is why it’s so very important to detoxify as the first step on the weight loss path.
Inflammation is another influencing factor. Prostaglandins, a body-produced compound, causes swelling after stress or physical injury. They control which enzyme – either HSL or LPL – will rule the roost.
Krill oil is a great way to help your body make anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Krill oil also has two-pronged strength as it helps you recover more quickly from stress and injury as well as helping your body to burn fat. Of course, fat burning is key to weight loss!
At the risk of stating the obvious, it does bear repeating that one of the most effective and important ways you can encourage weight loss is by reducing the amount of stress in your body. When we say the word stress, most of us think of emotional stress. I am not just talking about that kind of stress. Physical stressors – like exhaustion, injury, disease, illness, must be managed. Any of these can cause your pro-inflammatory prostaglandins to kick in. It also causes more fat storage.
Making peace a primary goal is very important. Peace can counter stress, worry, anxiety, and other emotions. Stress hinders our ability to lose weight. More importantly, stress also causes inflammation. Out of the Top 10 Killers in the United States, Inflammation is involved in 8 of them.