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How successful is IGF-1 weight-loss?
Individuals looking for weight-loss may feel it’s an easy question to ask, but it’s not an easy question to answer.
So many individual factors can influence the efficacy of any drug, whether it’s prescription strength or over-the-counter, to provide desired results.
When gauging expectations for any type of weight loss associated with use of IGF-1, information is important.
Do you know how IGF-1 works in the body?
Do you know what it’s designed to do, and is promoting weight loss one of its extolled benefits?
What can you expect in regard to the weight-loss results?
HGH and IGF-1 Weight Loss Results
As we age, hormone secretions decrease.
As those hormone levels decline, women and men tend to develop a higher ratio of fat over muscle.
Growth hormone and IGF-1 can promote the retention of lean muscle mass, and for this reason may be recommended as a treatment for musculoskeletal disease processes or those that cause cachexia or muscle wasting such as AIDS.
For some, it may also trigger decreased storage of fat in the body.
How much weight can you expect to lose? In general, a few pounds.
In fact, products like HGH (growth hormone or GH) and IGF-1 are more effective, at least in regard to weight loss, on those with an already lean physique.
It is not intended nor beneficial for those who are overweight or obese.
Studies have determined that some IGF-1 treatments, in medical scenarios, actually resist weight loss.
Most studies regarding IGF-1 and weight-loss have been conducted on small animals, and may or may not be applicable to human usage.
A few studies have been conducted to assess benefits of GH or IGF-1 in weight loss following a weight-loss surgical procedure for obesity.
One determined that individuals who underwent such procedures with otherwise normal IGF-1 and growth hormone levels had greater success.
One study determined that obese men and lean sedentary men involved actually had a decreased response to growth hormone stimulation and in turn IGF-1 than relatively active men, which can also influence results.
Bottom line? IGF-1 is not especially beneficial as a weight-loss drug.
A number of claims left by users, mostly found on bodybuilding forum discussions, claim more benefits in gains of lean muscle mass over weight-loss.
Do IGF-1 weight loss results overweigh the potential for side effects and adverse reactions?
While some individuals are willing to take the risk, it’s important to be aware of serious side effects of higher than normal levels of any growth hormone or growth factor in the body.
IGF-1 is short for insulin-like growth factor-1.
It’s secreted by the liver.
These secretions are triggered by the presence of growth hormone. Growth hormone is generated in the pituitary gland, located in the brain.
Growth hormone makes things grow, so how can it contribute to weight loss?
Athletes, bodybuilders, and those seeking weight loss may be looking for faster and more effective ways to drop undesired pounds.
However, be aware of not only the benefits but the limitations of IGF-1 in this aspect of use.
IGF-1 has a reputation for promoting weight loss because the hormone does influence metabolism.
The degree to which metabolism increases will depend on a number of individual factors that include:
Weight versus height (overall body composition)
Exercise, types of exercise, and intensity and duration of exercise
It’s impossible to claim that IGF-1 weight loss success will occur with every user, because every user is different.
Dosage and frequency of dosage as well as other substances that may be taken along with IGF-1 can also influence results.
Anyone interested in IGF-1 weight loss should know that the product is not intended for non-medical usage. It’s a prescription-only drug, and therefore is typically only available from underground labs selling their product through black-market networks.
Note: A huge amount of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor products available on the black-market today are counterfeit, contaminated, or contain questionable ingredients that drastically reduce any efficacy or results.
Side Effects Associated with IGF-1
The risk of side effects associated with IGF-1 are not conducive to using or expecting IGF-1 weight loss benefits.
Side effects can be mild and temporary in nature, while others are more serious.
Some include interference with hormone production and hormone levels in the body and increased potential for the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol that causes an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Edema is also a risk.
Of greatest concern is the potential for growth hormone, due to its influence on other hormones in the body, to interfere with insulin hormone levels.
This can contribute to hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, both difficult to get under control.
Before considering IGF-1 weight loss expectations, use extreme caution. For most, appropriate diet, exercise, and resistance training will provide more benefits and do so safely.