Roddy is just rattling off the "secondary" catabolic hormones, except for estrogen which is a "secondary" anabolic hormone. In that article he neglected to mention the primary catabolic hormone; glucagon - the direct antagonist of insulin, made in the master adrenal gland, the pancreas, along with insulin. Glucagon controls and also does the job of many of those secondary catabolic hormones,
*it breaks down protiens, like cortisol (it will even engage the help of cortisol if the dietary protien load is big)
*it converts/releases liver glycogen, like adrenaline. (it will even engage the help of adrenaline if glucagon can't keep up with glucose demand)
*it frees up fatty acids from triglycerides.
When doing all this, there is no percieved health detriments, glucogan is a normal healthful (critical) hormone. it can do all its work without negatively impacting the body, provided that the body has recently endured an anabolic state (insulin, ingested carbs and protiens etc)
What doesn't sit well with me is that he implies that these secondary hormones are BADDDD, and to a certain extent he is right. If cortisol and adrenaline are abnormally high, there is something wrong. And I'll tell ya what it is.... Your primary catabolic hormone has failed or its substrate has been depleted, your body has now engaged its secondary catabolic hormones to help overcome this "NOW" stressful situation by catabolising itself instead of stored ingested energy sources.
To alleviate this BADDDD catabolic state (high cortisol, adrenaline etc) the advice coming from peat and therefore roddy is that we should exist in an antagonistic anabolic state (hence the high sugar intake) permanently. In a way it is better than living in a permanent catabolic state (Ie VLC) but i don't believe it is optimal, It is my belief that obesity, cancer and diabetes is the "end game" of living in a permanent additive anabolic state, even more so, specifically when the body is constantly anabolising second rate nutrients like PUFA's and fast carbs. What I believe to be optimal is constant cycling from anabolic to catabolic states. You add to your body then take away from your body in equall amounts, If you want to add muscle mass be in a anabolic state slightly more, If you want to lose fat be in a catabolic state slightly more.
YB I hope you don't mind but I think I can read your hormonal tea leaves.... you have high cortisol and adrenaline from all those years of calorie restricting (your body needed glucose and it can't get it from fat stores you where trying to CICO off). You have high estrogen because you needed extra anabolic help to counteract the constant breaking down of body protein (catabolic state), estrogen is the females anabolic hormone, it gives females extra anabolic help when they are growing 2 bodies instead of one. I think estrogen can also be high in females (and some males) that have their primary anabolic hormone insulin, failing from overuse (ie insulin resistance) or insulin can't keep up with the anabolic load (filling the muscles with glycogen, replaceing used liver glycogen, repairing muscle cells) derived from all the bloody exercise they are doing.
So there we have it. My hormone theory. Obesity what is it? just a person being in a constant anabolic state (permanent insulin production). How do we lose fat? well the only way is to get out your catabolic hormones (specifically glucagon). How long do I use these catabolic hormones for? not long or else your body will start using its "stress" hormones that break down the body for life saving energy. How do I get into an anabolic state? thats easy, eat carbs or alot of protien. How do i get into a catabolic state? another easy one, eat nothing or a little bit of fat and protien, maybe some "slow" carbs might also help you get catabolic quicker.What about ketosis? ketosis only reduces your glycolitic load (it doesn't eliminate it) you still need to produce glucose from some where (your body) just your body don't need to eat as much of it self. I eat Peat, but you reckon im gunna get cancer, fat and diabetes? your only mildly anabolic, all the high quality, slow release carbs and protein your eating is enough to not lead you down the disease path that alot of westerners face from constantly adding shit to their body with out taking it away.
Im sorry this reply is a bit confusing and a mish mash. I was really trying to get across the following point.
All our hormones are in place for a reason, There aren't good ones and bad ones. They are all equal and either complemantary with others or opposing others. Please don't bash up my much beloved, extremely important, catabolic hormones.