Ghrelin: What to Know About this Hunger Hormone

Ghrelin hormone is a hormone that sends a message to your brain to eat. Regardless of whether you are hungry or not, under mysterious circumstances, the Ghrelin hormone sends signals to your brain to eat.

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Are you up for the challenge of cutting back your weight? Yes? Then after cutting your diet down to your desired weight, can you maintain that weight number? You see, the last question is the hardest question of all because frankly keeping your desired weight is more difficult than merely losing weight. In this article, we will take a closer look at the Ghrelin hormone and how it is related to weight loss.

Anecdotal and medical journals both say that in just within one year, a person may regain back all of the weight he purposely lost to get his or her desired weight. The factors that play a significant role in determining weight gain is attributed to the “hunger hormone” (Ghrelin), diet, and lifestyle of the person. Now we know that getting back into your regular diet and lifestyle means getting back into your old weight. What we want to know though is how the “hunger hormone” works in this whole business.

The Mechanism Of This Hunger Hormone

The mechanism of the Ghrelin hormone is quite simple. Your stomach regularly produces it. When your stomach is empty for quite some time, the Ghrelin hormone is produced. Then, it travels through your bloodstream, up to your brain on the region where your hypothalamus is located. Once your hypothalamus is triggered by the message of the Ghrelin hormone, this is the time when you feel hungry or have the desire to snag a special snack. There are other types of messages the Ghrelin hormone sends, some of it includes your sleeping, waking cycle, the taste sensation, some emotions, and many more.

Naturally speaking, an increase in the production of the Ghrelin hormone has a relative increase in the frequency and gravity of your hunger pangs. This, in turn, will increase the number of macronutrients in your body. Included in the macronutrients are calories that increase your body mass or weight. With that being said, you can use this hormone to your advantage in maintaining your weight.

The solution to decreasing your weight is relatively simple. Decrease the amount of Ghrelin hormone in your gut. The lower the amount of Ghrelin hormones are, the fuller you will feel and will let you most likely not to have hunger pangs. If you want to gain weight, you can use the Ghrelin hormone to your advantage too; you can increase the amount of it in your gut. This may sound strange and weird, but frankly, this works. It helped a lot of people in the past year who are struggling with diets and weight. Most of these people used it for medical and clinical reasons. Be careful with this method though as it alters the natural mechanism of your body. Intervention from an expert is needed in this procedure.

So how do we control the amount of Ghrelin hormone in your gut? How do you increase or decrease them?

The Ghrelin Hormone: How Does It Increase?

The Ghrelin hormone typically increases when your stomach is empty. However, the frequency, factors, circumstances, and amount of increases depend on the person. In fact, it does not choose which is which at all. Logic tells us that people who have above the line body mass is said to have a rapid increase of the Ghrelin hormone in their gut. Studies tell us that the increase and decrease of the Ghrelin hormone are primarily dependent on the person. Some leaner persons might have a rapid frequency of Ghrelin hormone release in the stomach while above the line body massed people might have a tad bit normal frequency of release. However, these studies also show us that and although some above the line body massed people that have a comparatively decreased Ghrelin hormone in them might be a little bit more sensitive to it than most other people.

studies suggest otherwise. Studies tell us that the increase and decrease of the Ghrelin hormone are primarily dependent on the person. Some leaner persons might have a rapid frequency of Ghrelin hormone release in the stomach while above the line body massed people might have a tad bit normal frequency of release. However, these studies also show us that and although some above the line body massed people that have a comparatively decreased Ghrelin hormone in them might be a little bit more sensitive to it than most other people.

In general, when you start a diet, your Ghrelin hormone increases regardless of whether you are fat or lean. This is the body’s natural response in battling hunger. Another factor why it is hard to lose weight while on a diet is the constant decrease of leptin, the fullness hormone. The reduction of Leptin is associated with the increase of the Ghrelin hormone. Which is almost every time a person tries to undertake a new diet? These are all-natural responses of the body is adjusting to the new diet. They make it hard for the person to lose weight, aren’t they?

A smaller span of diet means, the stiffer the amount of food intake. Which means the double the increase of the Ghrelin hormone and the lower the production of the leptin hormone. A hard diet indeed. The longer the diet, vice versa. Now that we know how the Ghrelin hormone increases, let us get to know how it can be decreased.

There seem to be no drug, supplement, fluid, diet or pills that could alter down the amount of Ghrelin hormone in your gut. One thing is for sure though, extreme diets like anorexia and obesity can lead to drastic changes in your Ghrelin hormone level. Try not to overdo it by drastically changing your diet with rather extreme effects. If there are no external chemicals or drugs out in the public that can alter your Ghrelin hormone level, you can at least try to avoid or practice the following:

1. Sleep

Sleep deprivation is said to increase your Ghrelin hormone level and makes it harder to undertake a specific diet. Sleep enough but not too much.

2. Eat Food Rich in Protein

Adding more protein to your diet makes you less hungry. Thus, helping you eat less and lose more. Adding more protein in your diet means your Ghrelin hormone level is reduced to at least a bare minimum.

3. Avoid Drastic Kind of Diet

The longer the span of nutrition, the higher the probability that it is healthier. Avoid drastic diet because they might have an adverse effect on your Ghrelin hormone levels.

The Bottomline

Your Ghrelin hormone is your best friend and not your enemy in maintaining your desired weight. It is a vital part of you being a human. Without this, your body would not know if you are starving or not. Your body needs refueling when it is empty, and that is the big responsibility of the Ghrelin hormone. Having said this, Ghrelin hormone has a significant role in determining your diet’s success. Avoid extreme foods, they might work, but it might have some adverse effects on your hormones.

Reference

  • Rudy Mawer, MSc, CISSN on June 24, 2016
  • Ghrelin: The “Hunger Hormone” Explained
  • Healthline

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