HGH Fat Loss Results | What is Human Growth Hormone?

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You first question about HGH fat loss may be whether it’s true or not.

Otherwise known as human growth hormone, HGH is a very potent hormone that has the potential to do a lot of things in the human body.

Human growth hormone is manufactured in the pituitary gland of the brain.

This gland is also responsible for the production and secretion of other hormones in the body.

Human growth hormone is most commonly associated with growth and development of children and teens, mainly in linear bone growth, but it’s also essential for the development of muscle and growth of any cell in the body.

So how can it help with weight or fat loss?

What to Expect when Using HGH for Fat Loss

What can you expect when using HGH for fat loss? First, HGH is not a weight-loss drug.

However, due to its mechanism of action (enhancing metabolism), it can produce some weight loss.

This weight loss is most commonly seen in a person with an already lean body weight that only has a few pounds to lose.

A person who is overweight or obese would not typically achieve more than minimal results.

Very few scientific studies have been performed regarding specific HGH fat loss because it’s not designed as a weight-loss drug.

Harvard did conduct a small study in the early 1990s, composed of 12 older men. The results determined that 14% of those men did lose an average of 7 pounds. [1]

A couple of additional studies experimenting with low doses of growth hormone along with restricted caloric intake and exercise also displayed some weight loss, but again, it wasn’t HGH all by itself that did that.

Another small study (conducted in 1999) involved obese individuals ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s. The 12-week study did show some small benefits in visceral fat loss. [2]

Yet another study conducted in 2010 determined only modest results in visceral or abdominal fat loss when using low-dose HGH, with results similar to what one could expect with appropriate modification of exercise and diet.

What Else Does HGH Do?

Growth hormone is involved in a number of activities in the body:

Increases synthesis of proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle.

Metabolism

Digestion

Increases retention of nitrogen in muscles. Balances of nitrogen and oxygen in the muscles promotes growth and can increase stamina and endurance as well as aiding in the repair of damaged or torn muscle fibers.

Growth hormone, along with growth factors manufactured in the liver, along with testosterone, synthesized in the testes as well as in small amounts by female ovaries, is also responsible for growth and development.

Growth hormone and growth factors by themselves can trigger growth of cells, fibers, and tissues in the body, but it doesn’t make them stronger.

Testosterone, other hormones, and of course, a person’s lifestyle is responsible for that.

HGH Fat Loss a Myth?

HGH fat loss is not exactly a myth, but it’s not an end-all to losing more than a few pounds.

No drug, including specifically designed weight-loss drugs, work on their own. Adequate diet and exercise is essential for any kind of weight loss.

The same goes for increasing muscle tone.

Growth hormone, growth factors, and testosterone may provide a boost in such activities in the body, but not without effort on the part of the user.

What About Side Effects of HGH?

In the above study mentioned, a few benefits of HGH fat loss were identified, as well as the potential for even elderly individuals to increase lean body mass and bone density.

Side effects were also noted in this short-term study.

HGH, even in controlled medical scenarios, can cause a number of issues:

Destruction of otherwise normal hormone levels in the body. This disruption may negatively impact a number of body systems. One of the most serious is the potential for higher than normal levels of HGH in the body that increase glucose (blood sugar) levels. This can also trigger increased resistance or difficulty for the body to adequately absorb glucose. This side effect may eventually develop into Type 2 diabetes.

Edema or fluid buildup is not of great concern to most bodybuilders because it gives the appearance of bigger muscles. However, fluid buildup in the extremities and the joints is not only uncomfortable, but can be dangerous. Excessive fluid buildup caused by growth hormone can contribute to enlarged livers, spleens, intestines, and the heart.

Other side effects associated with growth hormone include bloating, difficulty sleeping, joint, muscle, bone, and nerve pain, and others.

Should You Take HGH for Fat Loss?

The risks involved with HGH fat loss, muscle building, and athletic performance may provide some benefits, but not without the risk of serious side effects and long-term dangers.

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