Do we have a hunger switch?

Diva - 18 Feb 22

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It is not your imagination, your body truly has a hunger switch. It is all related to hormones. You can effectively control those hormones and it can be beneficial and very helpful for your weight loss journey.

The first hormone we talk about is called ghrelin, otherwise known as the "I'm hungry" hormone. When your stomach is empty—or thinks it is—it secretes ghrelin. This causes hunger by sending signals to the brain, urging it on to a search-and-destroy any nearby food. 

Leptin is the second hormone that plays a big role. This is an appetite suppressant that signals to your brain when you're full and tells it to stop eating.

But just as we can develop an insensitivity to another food-related hormone, insulin, so too can we become inured to the power of leptin. The result: your hunger switch doesn't switch off naturally, and you continue to eat even when you're full. That's where natural remedies that reduce ghrelin come in.

Other neurological pathways also play a part in our eating behaviour, Ghrelin is released from the stomach when it is empty, and is detected by the lateral hypothalamus. The body system is made up of various systems. The gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, nervous system skeletal and muscular system these are just some of the systems in the human body that help it to run like a well oiled machine. In short, our bodies are so complex, it is like an inter dimensional galaxy!

What We Know About Ghrelin

Ghrelin, the appetite increaser, is released primarily in the stomach and is thought to signal hunger to the brain. You'd expect the body to increase ghrelin if a person is undereating and decrease it if they are overeating.

Researchers have suggested that ghrelin levels play a big role in determining how quickly hunger comes back after we eat. Normally, ghrelin levels go up dramatically before you eat; this signals hunger. They then go down for about three hours after the meal.But some researchers believe that ghrelin is not as important in determining appetite as once thought. They think that its role in regulating body weight may actually be a more complex process.

What We Know About Leptin

Of the two hormones, leptin -- the appetite suppressor -- appears to be the bigger player in our bodies' energy balance. Some researchers think that leptin helps regulate ghrelin.
Leptin helps signal the brain that the body has enough energy stores such as body fat. But many obese people don't respond to leptin's signals even though they have higher levels of leptin. In general, the more fat you have, the more leptin is in your blood. But the level varies depending on many factors, including when you last ate and your sleep patterns.

How to Control Hunger Hormones

There are ways to control our "hunger hormones," and curb our appetites. By  avoiding high-fat foods.

There are a few foods that you can look at having that will assist with this. 

These foods turn off your hunger switch not only in the short-term but over the long haul as well. To whittle your middle down to a flat belly, eat more of these nine best foods that turn off the appetite tap fast, and keep it off for hours.

1. Eggs
Breakfast is no longer considered a nutritional make-or-break, but waking up to a protein-rich meal can set your fat-burning pace for your entire day. 

2. Oats
 Eating oatmeal results in greater feelings of satiety than cold breakfast cereal. Why? The belly-filling power of insoluble fiber. By tucking into a bowl, you also trigger your gut to produce butyrate, a fatty acid that reduces inflammation throughout the body. Researchers discovered that those whose diets were supplemented with insoluble fiber had lower levels of ghrelin. So make yourself a decadent breakfast: Cook up some quick oats, then toss in some berries, some nuts, and a dash of cinnamon.

3. Fish
Fish has a ton of flat-belly benefits—it's high in omega-3 acids, which reduce inflammation throughout the body and allow leptin to communicate efficiently with the brain—and halibut is especially great. The Satiety Index of Common Foods ranks halibut the #2 most filling food. Halibut's high protein content and levels of tryptophan : the latter produces serotonin, one of the hormones that curbs hunger. Halibut is also one of the best sources for methionine, a nutrient that reverses the genes for insulin resistance and obesity.

4. Oysters
Resolve to do more prying to turn off your hunger switch. Oysters are one of the best food sources of zinc, a mineral that works with leptin to regulate appetite. Research shows that overweight people tend to have higher levels of leptin and lower levels of zinc than slimmer folk. Taking zinc supplements could increase leptin production in obese men by 142 percent! A half-dozen oysters only have 43 calories but provide 21 percent of your RDA of iron. If you have a deficiency in either of these nutrients, you're at higher risk of an increase in fat gene expression.

5. Apples
Apples are an excellent source of hunger-busting fiber.

6. Nuts
 The perfect combination of fiber, protein, and fat in nuts makes you feel full and satisfied and you end up eating fewer calories throughout the day, Eat a handful mid-afternoon. Almonds are great but if you love cashews or peanuts, go for it! If you're looking for volume when it comes to turning off your hunger switch, consider pistachios: a 1-ounce serving is 49 pistachios (159 calories) while you'll only be able to eat 22 almonds (170 calories) in the same serving size. On top of eating nuts as a snack, you can also add them to your carb-centric salads for a satiating boost of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

7. Jerusalem Artichoke
 Ghrelin is suppressed when your stomach is full, so eating satiating high fiber foods is a no-brainer when you're trying to reduce ghrelin levels. Leafy greens are an excellent choice but you should also look into Jerusalem artichokes, which contains almost twice as much fiber as kale (10.3 g per medium artichoke, or 40% of the daily fiber the average woman needs).  Other foods high in inulin that reduce ghrelin: Garlic, onions, leeks, and bananas.

When we eat, messages go out to various parts of our bodies to tell us we've had enough. But when we eat fatty meals, this system doesn't work as wel. Eating fat tends to lead to eating more calories, gaining weight, and storing fat. Researchers have seen some of these effects after only three days of a high-fat diet.

But researchers have shown that either a diet rich in either "good" carbohydrates (like whole grains) or a diet high in protein suppresses ghrelin more effectively than a diet high in fat. Something that might help (and certainly won't hurt) is to get enough sleep! Sleep deprivation was associated with an increase in ghrelin levels, appetite, and hunger. All in all, this adds to the huge amount of evidence showing that avoiding a high-fat diet is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy weight.

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