Insulin-Like Growth Factors (IGF)
Insulin-like growth factors is a fat burning hormone that is stimulated by HGH. Its primary purpose is to provide fuel to your body in between meals. The way it does this is by releasing stored fat as well as stored sugar to create energy.
It works together with insulin. Insulin regulated blood sugar during a meal. Insulin is an important hormone that carries sugar into the cells. But after the meal and in between meals, IGF, or insulin-like growth factor raises the blood sugar level in between meals when blood sugar gets low it does so by breaking fat down.
It has the ability to break fat down to increase blood sugar
It is mainly secreted by the liver as a result of stimulation by growth hormone (GH), so human growth hormone is a prerequisite.
Almost every cell in the human body is affected by IGF-1, especially cells in muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidney, nerves, skin, and lungs. In addition to the insulin-like effects, IGF-1 can also regulate cell growth and development, especially in nerve cells, as well as cellular DNA synthesis.
In terms of creating a weight loss plan, the way this hormone comes into play is depended on the health of the liver. If the liver is weak, you will need to reduce the amount of times you eat to stimulate this hormone. It only is activated on an empty stomach.
Also with a weak liver you want to reduce the amount of fat and protein. The liver what processes fat and protein after it is broken down and excess protein and fat will stress it out.
When the health of the liver improves, then the person will need to increase the amount of times they eat and can incorporate protein again.