The #1 Hormone Game Changer You’ve Never Heard Of

September 2, 2015
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

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Most of you are probably familiar with hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, growth hormone and thyroid. But I’ll bet you’ve never considered one of the most important fat burning hormones of all that’s the key hormone to fire up tummy fat burn.

This special “super hormone” that activates your body’s fat burning switch is already circulating in your blood stream. And the more you have of it, the more fat you will burn for fuel, especially from the abdominal area.

It’s no surprise then that low levels of this hormone have been linked with higher levels of obesity.

Still unsure of what I’m referring to?

Then it’s time to become familiar with adiponectin, which has been nicknamed the body’s “fat burning torch.”

To kick-start your levels of adiponectin and stoke those fat burning fires, there are many things you can do starting today to raise your levels naturally.

1. Increase your consumption of healthy monounsaturated fats. These “good” fats have been known to raise the production of adiponectin in your system. The magnificent monos can also lower inflammation, lessen cellular damage, elevate antioxidant absorption by 400%, and decrease your body fat (especially troublesome belly fat) while protecting your heart and liver.

Use olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocados, and avocado seed oil (at least 2 tbsp a day) for cooking, or as a salad dressing. All of these oils have rich stores of precious monounsaturated fats which are literally slimming miracles when used the right way.

I particularly like avocado seed oil for use on the grill when you need to brush veggies, chicken, fish, and meat. Avocado seed oil contains a very high smoking point near 500 degrees. And this delicious, buttery-flavored grilling and roasting oil is simply the best for making food nice and crispy when cooking at high heat.

When it comes to salad dressings, I’m still a big fan of using 100% extra virgin olive oil as the basis. This creates a dressing that triggers the production of major appetite suppressing hormones, to help keep you satisfied for up to 4 hours. One of my all-time favorites is a mixture of 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts olive oil with lots of fresh garlic, parsley, and a dash of mustard powder.

2. Increase your dietary magnesium intake. Eat more pumpkin seeds, almonds, and green leafy veggies like escarole, romaine lettuce and kale. Consider taking a targeted magnesium based supplement with the most highly absorbable cofactors for assimilation and utilization. Always aim for a 2 to 1 ratio in favor of magnesium to calcium. I’m a big fan of Mag-Key and think you will be too.

3. Consider intermittent fasting.  Last but not least, you might consider engaging in a new approach which is known as intermittent fasting. This type of fasting and eating has been demonstrated to increase adiponectin levels big time. Take a look at my One Day Miracle Juice Fast in Fast Track Detox Diet for one of the healthiest fasts out there.

It is Labor Day this weekend and with fall right around the corner, it’s about time to finally stop struggling with ongoing weight concerns.

Elevating your levels of adiponectin may be the missing link to help you finally take control of your weight and get off the weight gain merry-go-round with the coming season.

Have a restful, healthy, and delicious Labor Day weekend!

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Alesea

    By ratio 2 to 1 you mean magnesium to calcium? I read that it’s completely the other way around.

    • Ann Louise Gittleman

      Alesea – great question! We used to believe that the ratio should be in favor of calcium to magnesium, but the latest research shows it should be the other way around. You can refer to the research by Dr. Mildred Seelig, a renowned magnesium expert. You can learn more about her work here:

  2. Renee

    Thank you Ann Louise. This is great information. I will take your suggestions to take my fat burning up a notch.

  3. Lisa

    Wow, this is so interesting. Thank you for always keeping your readers so well informed. I am going to incorporate these changes.

  4. Tamara

    I was wondering what brands of avocado oil do you you recommend ? Thank you!



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