The hormone ghrelin acts quickly to initiate hunger when your stomach is empty and tells you to “EAT”, the signal to stop is sent to your brain when your stomach is full. The more you eat your belly stretches, and that means, you guessed it, the more you eat, the more you can fit in your stomach before you get the signal to stop eating. Looking in the mirror can be a shock… what happened!
Well, thankfully we have the hormone Leptin (from Greek word “thin”). Leptin is a mediating hormone of energy balance, suppressing food intake results in inducing weight loss.
It is now established that obese patients are leptin-resistant.* Foods like unprocessed oats boost metabolism and decrease leptin resistance. High protein diets, vegan diet, low carb, raw food, all can be modified to support leptin and Ghrelin levels, this a highly effective in weight management program and can make the difference between losing weight or not. *Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17212793
Other factors that can contribute to weight management:
- High fibre foods
- Protein intake
- Stress level
- Leaky gut syndrome