Consumers around the world are reaching for HGH pills, powders, and injections in hopes of obtaining that perfectly defined, youthful and healthy body, but is there research to back the hype?
What is HGH?
Unfortunately, HGH production decreases slowly with age. By age 60, your HGH levels drop to 80% less than when you were twenty. HGH deficiencies often result in increased fatigue, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and decreased libido and stamina. Furthermore, low HGH levels are tied with increased weight gain and obesity.
The Link Between HGH and Weight Loss
Because low HGH levels are often linked with obesity, many individuals wonder if an extra boost of HGH could promote weight loss.
According to experts at WebMD, interest in HGH’s potential for weight loss originally stemmed from a 1990 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers observed that synthetic HGH injections triggered an 8.8% gain in muscle mass as well as a 14% loss in body fat without any change in diet or exercise.
Additionally, a systematic review conducted by Annals of Internal Medicine reports, “growth hormone significantly increased lean body mass and was associated with a near-significant trend toward decreased fat mass.”
Tips for Increasing HGH (and Losing Weight) Naturally
1. Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
2. Exercise Regularly
Lactate threshold training involves any form of intensive exercise that results in lactic acid accumulation in the muscles. If you “feel the burn,” you’re on the right track.
3. Get Adequate Sleep
Researchers observed that individuals who were deprived of slow wave sleep stages experienced a decrease in HGH production. “[HGH] release is related to the physiologic state of sleep itself and is not dependent of an inherent circadian rhythm. . . the data suggest that deprivation of SWS [slow wave sleep] results in diminished and delayed secretion of HGH in sleep.”
4. Eliminate Unnecessary Stress
Not sure how to combat stress? Try participating in a relaxing exercise such as yoga or tai chi. You’ll not only feel more connected with your body, but you’ll lose weight and optimize HGH production.
Work With Your Body
Many individuals are under the impression that the perfect body can be found in a pill (or a needle). After all, if your favorite celebrity found success by injecting HGH, why not you?
While increasing HGH levels is a great way to improve your overall health and body composition, you don’t need to follow celebrities’ examples to enjoy its benefits. By working with your body and using natural HGH increasing techniques, you can optimize HGH production while losing the extra weight – no expensive injections required.
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