For many of us, dieting is an eternal battle. Now new research is showing it may also be an internal battle: Your eyes look at the chocolate, your brain says you want it, and then your stomach conspires against you.
Your stomach produces an appetite hormone called ghrelin, which increases your appetite and tells your brain it’s time to eat. Worse yet, high levels of ghrelin appear to make high-calorie foods look more appealing.
Plus, the more weight dieters lose, the higher their level of ghrelin. The hormone seems to prompt your body into regaining some of the weight you’ve lost.
But you can lower ghastly ghrelin levels by increasing exercise, getting more sleep, and filling your stomach with healthy foods. Those will keep your stomach from talking so much trash to your brain.
Here are some of my other blogs on ghrelin:
- Hunger hormones cause post-dieting weight gain
- Research links hunger, lack of sleep
- Study shows sleep deprivation leads to increased calorie consumption
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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