T Nation

Fat Storage and the Hormones that Cause Them

What hormones cause fat to store in specific areas? i.e. cortisol causing fat around the belly button. and what supplements can help regulate what hormones? Also, How do you know for sure if you are carb intolerant and how do you design a nutrition plan around said intolerance?

You may want to check out the fat loss round-table articles, they covered most of what you are asking.

Ok thanks. just needed a direction to go.

I was looking for info on this too, but didn’t really see anything in-depth in the “Fat Loss Roundtable 2008” article.

yeah I didn’t get much from it either. I did find some info elsewhere on the web but what I really want to know is what supplements help regulate what hormones.

I found some information on this so please correct me if this is wrong.

. For the fat on the back of your arms, herbal products such as licorice root, ginseng (which is most effective when taken 45 minutes before a meal), suma, holy basil and rhodiola rosea might be prescribed. For the fat stored around mid-axillary, a supplement of guggul, coleus root and bladderwrack algae could be recommended as it contains iodine that will strengthen the thyroid gland.

For the fat stored around the shoulder blades and hips, corosolic acid, R-form stabilized alpha lipoic acid and fish oils may be prescribed to control insulin. For fat storage on the thighs, indole-3-carbinol, phosphatidyl-choline may be recommended. The cortisol site on the abdominal wall can be addressed mainly with what traditional Chinese medicine practitioners would call Yin tonics.

In the Biosignature model, over 26 types of Yin tonics are used. The choice of a specific one is regulated by other factors than cortiso, such as the client�??s personality, levels of neuro-transimitters, exercise levels, circadian rhythms, to name a few.

Taking a well designed multivitamin/mineral helps out the overall process, as many nutrients act as intermediaries in detoxification of hormones and provide building blocks for all the neuro-transmitters. Male slanted formulas tend to work on correcting blood fat values. Female slanted formulas are more geared towards the detoxification of estrogens.