Commonly referred to as the ‘hunger’ hormone, is secreted in the stomach when hungry which triggers the hypothalamus to notify you that you’re hungry. In obese or overweight people, studies have shown that post-meal, ghrelin only decreases slightly hence the hypothalamus fails to read the ‘I should stop eating, I feel so full’ signal which can lead to overeating. To improve ghrelin function and sensitivity, consider the following:
– Always try to eat protein-rich meal especially during breakfast to promote satiety.
– Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks with meals as they mess up the ghrelin response connection with the brain.
neuropeptide Y is a hormone produced by cells in the brain and the central nervous system. It is mostly secreted during periods of food deprivation, stress or fasting. It is an appetite stimulant. Levels of NPY are boosted when under stress which will likely lead to overeating and abdominal fat gain. It is recommended than you load up on protein contents as less protein-rich diets increases release of NPY which causes hunger and increased food consumption. Fasting should be periodic and it shouldn’t be for more than the duration of 24 hours. Feeding the friendly bacteria in your gut by eating soluble probiotic fiber is a great way to reduce NPY levels in the body.
I believe the ways talked about in this article will go a long way in aiding weight loss if stuck to and followed religiously. Weight loss can be achieved naturally with minimal effort, discipline and the best diets to consume in simple terms. Hormones are powerful tools to achieving the body you desire, so fixing the hormones that control weight and getting to know the ways you can do that is huge step in the right direction.
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