Signs of hunger are sent by the hormone ghrelin. Ghrelin tells you when to eat. During the day, hormone levels rise and fall and are at their lowest after eating.
Weight loss is becoming a priority for many people these days – be it fitness enthusiasts or those suffering from chronic diseases which can be best controlled by losing a few kilos. People also succeed in achieving their weight goal and then try to maintain it. And according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, there are some surprising changes in your appetite after weight loss. Keep reading to know what it is.
weight loss and appetite
When it comes to weight loss, the first step is to manage your diet—and one way to do this is by reducing calorie intake, which is greatly influenced by appetite patterns. Hunger signals are sent by the hormone ghrelin – which also regulates rest and managing it well is the key to reducing belly fat. So for those who try to increase levels of this hormone, losing weight is important, says a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
For this, 300 people classified as obese were assessed for their body mass index (BMI). It was found that they all had lower levels of the ghrelin hormone than those with a normal BMI. Low levels of ghrelin are associated with high blood pressure, high body fat percentage, and greater-than-normal abdominal fat.
Divided into three groups, participants had different approaches to diet combined with regular workouts. All of this resulted in weight loss regardless of diet, and in addition increased ghrelin levels. This reduces belly fat and increases insulin sensitivity. Those following the diet – green leafy vegetables, green tea, fruits and those who did not eat red meat – were most affected.
Senior authors of the study revealed that weight loss can have a positive effect on ghrelin levels and reduce the risk of metabolic disorders and diabetes. In addition, there are benefits to intestinal health, less liver fat.
How does weight loss affect appetite?
After you’ve lost weight, there’s a way to make sure your ghrelin levels have risen without going through a hormone test—and that’s hunger and awareness of fullness, which have a reflective effect on appetite. Often referred to as the hunger hormone, ghrelin tells you when to eat. During the day, hormone levels rise and fall and are at their lowest after eating. In obese people, leptin levels are higher and ghrelin is lower, a link that may seem beneficial in origin but can actually worsen appetite. However, when there is the right balance, one is not only successful in losing weight but also in enjoying a better metabolism.