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“do Carbs Make You Hungry?” By James Barnum

“do Carbs Make You Hungry?” By James Barnum

(Click here to jump to a summary of this article.) We hear from a lot of people who believe that when blood insulin levels go up in response to a carbohydrate-dense meal, you wind up hungrier than you were before you ate. The idea is then, that eating carbohydrates can make you hungry, which will promote overeating, which leads to weight gain. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Insulin does not cause hunger. Ghrelin, “the hunger hormone,” is produced during periods of low blood sugar, when growth hormone levels are elevated and insulin levels are at their lowest (4). The hormone leptin inhibits the action of ghrelin and tells your brain that you’re full, and glucose metabolism is the primary determinant of leptin secretion in humans (3). Furthermore, a recent study by Wellhoener et al., has shown that the administration of insulin after feeding curbs appetite. However, it did not have any effect on satiety during fasting when blood sugar was low (2). These data support the idea that insulin can help control hunger. In short, carbohydrate metabolism makes you feel happy and full (5). While insulin may play a small role in keeping you from overeating, its job is to open up a channel to transport nutrients into cells. The video below by Dr. Bryan Walsh explains what insulin is, and how it works, better than anything else on the internet, so you should definitely give it a watch: [youtube=So Why the Confusion? A major problem with this whole scenario is that it only works like that when your body is functioning properly and you’re making the right lifestyle decisions. Leptin resistance will confound issues with hunger and make it difficult to lose body fat. Even when you eat an abundance of carbs, your brain won’t get the signal that you don’t need to ea Continue reading >>

Appetite Regulation And Weight Control: The Role Of Gut Hormones

Appetite Regulation And Weight Control: The Role Of Gut Hormones

The overwhelming increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in recent years represents one of the greatest threats to the health of the developed world. Among current treatments, however, gastrointestinal (GI) surgery remains the only approach capable of achieving significant weight loss results with long-term sustainability. As the obesity prevalence approaches epidemic proportions, the necessity to unravel the mechanisms regulating appetite control has garnered significant attention. It is well known that physical activity and food intake regulation are the two most important factors involved in body weight control. To regulate food intake, the brain must alter appetite. With this realization has come increased efforts to understand the intricate interplay between gut hormones and the central nervous system, and the role of these peptides in food intake regulation through appetite modulation. This review discusses the central mechanisms involved in body weight regulation and explores a suite of well characterized and intensely investigated anorexigenic and orexigenic gut hormones. Their appetite-regulating capabilities, post-GI surgery physiology and emerging potential as anti-obesity therapeutics are then reviewed. The overwhelming increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in recent years represents one of the greatest threats to the health of the developed world.1 Aside from the associated increases in morbidity and mortality, the personal, societal and devastating economic consequences have been well documented.2 Even modest weight loss achieved through currently used approaches can dramatically reduce these consequences, yet gastrointestinal (GI) surgery remains the only treatment offering sustainable weight loss results. Noteworthy, these res Continue reading >>

Making Hunger Hormones Work For Weight Loss

Making Hunger Hormones Work For Weight Loss

Control your appetite and control your weight. By understanding some of the hormones involved in hunger control we can more effectively lose or maintain ideal weight. With names such as leptin and ghrelin, our hunger hormones sound more like Elven characters from J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendarium, but these strange sounding little chemicals have a big impact on how much and how often we feel compelled to eat. Satiety is the feeling of fullness – similar to satisfied or satiated. Hunger needs no explanation. Our satiety hormones include insulin, leptin and cholecystokinin (CCK), while our hunger hormones include ghrelin and glucagon. These are the “feast or famine” hormones that tell our brain when to eat and when to stop eating. Insulin is a “storage” hormone produced by the pancreas in response to a meal. It responds to high blood sugar levels by opening up muscle and liver cells so that glucose may leave the bloodstream. It encourages excess glucose to be stored as energy that can be burned later. During and immediately after exercise insulin helps turn on protein building in muscle. During rest insulin encourages fat storage. Leptin is a hormone that is made by fat cells. When we have a full stomach or an extra few pounds leptin increases and sends a signal to the brain that we are full. It also speeds up metabolism. CCK comes into play as the stomach is distended with food, especially fatty or high fiber foods, causing the release of bile from the gallbladder and enzymes from the pancreas. CCK also slows stomach emptying and informs the brain we are satiated. Ghrelin is made by an empty stomach and increases appetite while slowing down metabolism. Sleep is a very important suppressor of ghrelin, and poor sleep will increase ghrelin levels leading to increas Continue reading >>

The 3 Hormones That Regulate Hunger, Cravings And Satiety

The 3 Hormones That Regulate Hunger, Cravings And Satiety

The 3 Hormones That Regulate Hunger, Cravings and Satiety Weight loss isnt as clear-cut as eating less and exercising more. Even though the cut calories or count calories approach to losing weight has been a staple in our culture for some four plus decades it is quite evident, due to the fact that society is getting bigger and sicker as a result, that this approach has been very misleading. The first step in changing this phenomenon is to understand that the human body is a complex biological system. Every time you consume a food, your body is evaluating that food as good or bad, nutritionally supportive or hormonally disruptive. It comes down to basic biology not math. Will those calories support letting your body do what its designed to do automatically by stabilizing harmonious hormone balance, or will they throw your body into hormonal havoc? If people were to understand the reason why theyve gained weight, or the cause, then losing it would be much more comprehendible. Without understanding the CAUSE, a solution seems out of reach because its like trying to solve a big mystery. But, when we understand causation the solution makes perfect sense. Controlling hormonal balance is the driving force behind having your body in a homeostatic state. There are many hormones that are produced within our body, but 3 in particular are associated with the regulation and reaction to hunger, cravings and satiety which can ultimately lead to weight gain. Lets look at our 3 hunger, cravings and satiety hormones Insulin is touted by many nutrition professionals as a fat storing hormone. Although this is true, its only true to a varying degree. Insulin is more accurately described as a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the Continue reading >>

Fasting And Ghrelin Fasting 29

Fasting And Ghrelin Fasting 29

Home / Fasting , Health and Nutrition /Fasting and Ghrelin Fasting 29 Ghrelin is the so-called hunger hormone. It was purified from rat stomach in 1999 and subsequently cloned. It binds to growth hormone (GH) secretagogue receptor, which strongly stimulates GH. So, for all you people who thought that eating makes you gain lean tissue, it is actually the opposite. Nothing turns off GH like food. Of course, food provides the nutrients needed to grow, so in fact, you need both feeding and fasting cycles to properly grow. Not all feeding, and not all fasting. Life lies in the balance of the two. The cycle of life is feast and fast. Ghrelin, has also been found to increase appetite and weight gain. It also antagonizes the effect of leptin (in rats at least). Leptin, as you might recall, is the hormone produced by fat cells which turns off appetite and makes us stop eating. Ghrelin turns on appetite. So, if you want to lose weight on a long term basis, you need to tune down ghrelin. So, how to do that? As we discussed last week, eating all the time sounds like it will turn off hunger and ghrelin. But thats far too simplistic. Surprisingly, the answer is the opposite fasting. Lets look at this study Spontaneous 24-h ghrelin secretion pattern in fasting subjects . Patients undertook a 33 hour fast, and ghrelin was measured every 20 minutes. Heres what ghrelin levels look like over time. There are several things to notice. First, ghrelin levels are lowest at approximately 9:00 in the morning. This corresponds to the measures of the circadian rhythm which find consistently that hunger is lowest first thing in the morning. Recall that this is also generally the longest period of the day where you have not eaten. This reinforces the fact that hunger is not simply a function of not Continue reading >>

Chemical Messengers: How Hormones Make Us Feel Hungry And Full

Chemical Messengers: How Hormones Make Us Feel Hungry And Full

The need to find fuel to generate energy is a profound drive within the biology of all living organisms: we all need food to survive. So it’s not surprising that our bodies have such a complex system to control food intake, driven by hormones. Hormone levels also change when we lose weight. As much as we battle to trim down via diets and eating patterns, they’re also the reason most of us will regain the weight we lose – or more. The body’s system for regulating food intake is coordinated by the hypothalamus, which is located under the midline of the brain, behind the eyes: Within the hypothalamus are nerve cells that, when activated, produce the sensation of hunger. They do so by producing two proteins that cause hunger: neuropeptide Y (NPY) and agouti-related peptide (AGRP). Quite close to these nerve cells is another set of nerves that powerfully inhibit hunger. They produce two different proteins that inhibit hunger: cocaine and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) and melanocyte-stimulating hormone (αMSH). These two sets of nerve cells initiate and send hunger signals to other areas of the hypothalamus. So, whether you feel inclined to eat or not depends on the balance of the activity between these two sets of neurons. But what determines which set of neurons dominates at any given time? The activity is mainly controlled by hormones that circulate in the blood. These come from tissues in various parts of the body that deal with energy intake and storage, including the gut (which receives and digests the food), the fat (which stores the energy) and the pancreas (which makes hormones that are involved in energy storage, such as insulin). Hormones in the blood Let’s take a closer look at how each of these blood-circulating hormones work. Ghrelin is made Continue reading >>

"hunger Hormones" Are A Thing, And Yes, You Can Control Them

Pinterest Kelly LeVeque is a celebrity nutritionist, wellness expert, and health coach based in Los Angeles, California. Before starting her consulting business, Be Well by Kelly, she worked in the medical field for Fortune 500 companies, eventually moving into personalized medicine, offering tumor gene mapping and molecular subtyping to oncologists. Kelly’s client list includes Jessica Alba, Chelsea Handler, Kate Walsh, and Emmy Rossum. Guided by a practical and always optimistic approach, Kelly helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals, and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life. We're thrilled to have her as a contributor for THE/THIRTY! This month, she schools us on "hunger hormones" and how to deal with them. Hunger is caused by a complicated chemistry of numerous hormones that have the ability to override our “willpower” and drive us to eat. Below is a condensed, high-level summary of a very complicated interplay of how the body strives to keep itself fed and balanced, whether it is given food or not. Normally, these hormones work harmoniously, balance each other, and maintain blood sugar balance, so we never feel too hungry and eat more than is necessary for proper functioning. Understanding how to eat complex meals to manage your hunger hormones instead of fighting to not eat is the premise of my book, Body Love, and the way my clients learn to eat. They learn to become aware of their hunger, stress, and reward hormones, and diligently shut them down with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Instead of snacking, they naturally ditch the diet mentality and easily fast four to six hours between meals in a balanced blood-sugar state. Eating the right mixture of clean, nutrient-dense protein, fat, fiber, and greens helps you eat Continue reading >>

Your 'hunger Hormones'

Your 'hunger Hormones'

If there was a hormone in your body whose chief job was to make you feel hungry, most of us probably wouldn't be too keen on it. (I don't know about you, but having a healthy appetite has never been a problem for me.) But if there was a hormone that decreased our appetites, we'd order buckets of it! Well, let me introduce you to some hormones that do just those things: the "hunger hormones," leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone, made by fat cells, that decreases your appetite. Ghrelin is a hormone that increases appetite, and also plays a role in body weight. Levels of leptin -- the appetite suppressor -- are lower when you're thin and higher when you're fat. But many obese people have built up a resistance to the appetite-suppressing effects of leptin, says obesity expert Mary Dallman, PhD, from University of California at San Francisco. Here's what we know so far about the "hunger hormones" and what we can do to help control our appetites. 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 he or she is overeating. Sure enough, ghrelin levels have been found to increase in children with anorexia nervosa and decrease in children who are obese. German 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 proc Continue reading >>

Appetite Control: Understanding Your Hunger Hormones

Appetite Control: Understanding Your Hunger Hormones

Imagine you are out to dinner with a friend and the bread arrives at your table. You are not very hungry, but you think, “l’ll just have one little piece.” A few minutes later, you realize you have eaten three slices before your meal even arrives. What’s going on here? Even though you are not physically hungry, your body gave you the signal to eat. That’s the work of three hormones in your body that control hunger — insulin, ghrelin and leptin. They are important because the way these balance can impact your weight and health. Insulin Insulin is made in the pancreas and allows cells to take sugar or glucose from the blood stream to use as energy. Approximately one-third of the population inherits a resistance to respond properly to insulin, which prompts the pancreas to secrete more insulin if you eat a meal high in refined or “simple” carbohydrates such as white pasta or white bread. When the insulin does not respond normally — allowing sugars to enter the cells of the body — you can experience insulin resistant hunger. Rather than being physically hungry, you might experience it as a “gnawing” desire to eat. If you consume meals high in refined carbohydrates on a regular basis, that are not balanced with respect to protein and good fat, you may continually crave carbohydrates. “Just One...” Think back to the restaurant example with the bread, or perhaps a recent party where you have helped yourself to a few chips, only to find that you ate a good portion of the bowl. Again, even though you were not physically hungry, your body gave you the signal to eat. In these situations, you know what you are “supposed” to be eating, but your body continues to give you the signal to eat more carbohydrates. Running on Empty The more refined carbohydr Continue reading >>

9 Foods That Shut Off Your Hunger Hormones Fast

9 Foods That Shut Off Your Hunger Hormones Fast

There’s a crybaby in your gut. It’s called ghrelin, otherwise known as the “I’m hungry” hormone. When your stomach is empty — or thinks it is — it secretes ghrelin, which causes hunger by sending signals to the brain, urging it on to a search-and-destroy mission aimed at any nearby bags of Doritos. Your belly’s babysitter: Leptin, an appetite suppressor 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, researchers say. The result: your hunger doesn’t shut off naturally, and you continue to eat even when you’re full. The same factors that lead in insulin resistance—high-sugar, high-calorie foods lacking in protein and fiber—can also cause our brain’s appetite-suppression mechanisms to go awry. But fortunately, some foods have the opposite effect, improving our hunger management not just in the short-term, but over the long haul as well. To whittle your middle down to a flat belly, eat more of these 9 foods that turn off the appetite tap fast, and keep it off for hours. 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. In a study of 21 men published in the journal Nutrition Research, half were fed a breakfast of bagels while half ate eggs. The egg group were observed to have a lower response to ghrelin, were less hungry three hours later and consumed fewer calories for the next 24 hours! Bonus: Egg yolks contain choline, a nutrient with powerful fat-burning properties. To discover your next favorite breakfast, check out the Ultimate Zero Belly Omelet. Ghrelin is suppressed when your stom Continue reading >>

Hormonal Regulators Of Appetite

Hormonal Regulators Of Appetite

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA Received 2008 Nov 11; Accepted 2008 Nov 18. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Obesity is a significant cause of morbidity and mortalityworldwide. There has been a significant worsening of the obesityepidemic mainly due to alterations in dietary intake and energyexpenditure. Alternatively, cachexia, or pathologic weight loss,is a significant problem for individuals with chronic disease. Despite their obvious differences, both processes involve hormonesthat regulate appetite. These hormones act on specificcenters in the brain that affect the sensations of hunger andsatiety. Mutations in these hormones or their receptors can causesubstantial pathology leading to obesity or anorexia. Identification of individuals with specific genetic mutations mayultimately lead to more appropriate therapies targeted at theunderlying disease process. Thus far, these hormones have mainlybeen studied in adults and animal models. This article is aimed atreviewing the hormones involved in hunger and satiety, with afocus on pediatrics. Obesity is a significant cause of morbidity andmortality in the US and worldwide. Obesity in adults and children increases the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus [ 1 ], cardiovascular disease [ 2 ], andnonalcoholic fatty liver disease [ 3 ], as well as psychosocial and socialdisturbances [ 4 ]. Significantly, obesechildren have an increased likelihood of becoming obese adults compared withchildren who are not obese [ 5 ]. Continue reading >>

Ten Tips To Tame Your Hunger Hormones | Article | Poliquin Mobile

Ten Tips To Tame Your Hunger Hormones | Article | Poliquin Mobile

When it comes to achieving optimal body composition, getting your appetite under control is a deal breaker. What a lot of people dont realize is that sensations of hunger are tightly controlled by hormones and neurotransmitters in the body. These chemical messengers are not only influenced by energy availability, but also by reward-driven factors and stress. This means that your environment plays a primary role in how much you eat. For example, simply having a meal with a group of overweight friends will increase how much you eat. This article will help you understand how hormones influence hunger. With this critical information, you wont need an expensive pill or a deprivation diet to lose body fat. Instead, you can create a lifestyle that helps you control hunger and achieve optimal body composition once and for all. Ever wonder why some days you feel like you could eat the entire refrigerator whereas others youre not hungry at all? Is it your stomach size? Stress? The weather? It all starts with your stomach: When empty, your stomach experiences contractions, which remind you to eat. Then, the hormone ghrelin is released from the GI tract. Ghrelin has a two-fold effect on increasing food intake by directly stimulating appetite and causing the release of brain transmitters that amplify the hunger effect. Ghrelin also acts on the limbic system, which is the reward center of the brain. This is important because in addition to the physical hunger you experience, which ensures the body and brain have the energy necessary to keep you alive, you also experience a psychological-driven emotional hunger. In science, this is known as the hedonistic drive to eat. It is a pleasure, reward-associated mechanism that underlies the desire to eat mainly high-carb, high-fat foods desp Continue reading >>

Leptin, Ghrelin, And Weight Loss. Here's What The Research Has To Say.

Leptin, Ghrelin, And Weight Loss. Here's What The Research Has To Say.

It’s a grim statistic: Most people who go on a diet and lose weight end up regaining that weight within a year. Doesn’t sound too promising. Why does this happen? Well, there are many reasons. The big one is that people view a “diet” as a short-term solution and don’t really change their behaviours — which is why our Precision Nutrition Coaching program focuses on sustainable, permanent change. Another reason is that our bodies have appetite- and weight-regulating hormonal mechanisms that try to maintain homeostasis (aka keep things the same) over the long haul. When we consistently take in less energy (in the form of food) than we expend through basal metabolism and activity (as in a diet or famine), our bodies respond by making us hungrier. Our bodies don’t generally want to change. They like everything to stay the same. If we try to change things, our bodies will respond with compensation mechanisms, such as revving up our appetite hormones. Two important hormones that shape our appetite and hunger signals are leptin and ghrelin. Let’s find out more about leptin, ghrelin, and weight loss. Hormonal control of appetite and body fat Leptin and ghrelin seem to be the big players in regulating appetite, which consequently influences body weight/fat. When we get hungrier, we tend to eat more. When we eat more, obviously, we maintain our body weight or gain that weight back. Both leptin and ghrelin are peripheral signals with central effects. In other words, they’re secreted in other parts of the body (peripheral) but affect our brain (central). Leptin is secreted primarily in fat cells, as well as the stomach, heart, placenta, and skeletal muscle. Leptin decreases hunger. Ghrelin is secreted primarily in the lining of the stomach. Ghrelin increases hunger Continue reading >>

Ghrelin - Wikipedia

Ghrelin - Wikipedia

GHRL , MTLRP, ghrelin/obestatin prepropeptide, ghrelin and obestatin prepropeptide Ghrelin (pronounced /rln/ ), the "hunger hormone", also known as lenomorelin ( INN ), is a peptide hormone produced by ghrelinergic cells in the gastrointestinal tract [5] [6] which functions as a neuropeptide in the central nervous system . [7] Besides regulating appetite , ghrelin also plays a significant role in regulating the distribution and rate of use of energy . [8] When the stomach is empty, ghrelin is absorbed. When the stomach is stretched, secretion stops. a It acts on hypothalamic brain cells both to increase hunger, and to increase gastric acid secretion and gastrointestinal motility to prepare the body for food intake. [9] The receptor for ghrelin, the ghrelin/growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R), is found on the same cells in the brain as the receptor for leptin , the satiety hormone that has opposite effects from ghrelin. [10] Ghrelin also plays an important role in regulating reward perception in dopamine neurons that link the ventral tegmental area to the nucleus accumbens [11] [12] (a site that plays a role in processing sexual desire, reward , and reinforcement , and in developing addictions) through its colocalized receptors and interaction with dopamine and acetylcholine . [7] [13] Ghrelin is encoded by the GHRL gene and is presumably produced from the cleavage of the prepropeptide ghrelin/obestatin. Full-length preproghrelin is homologous to promotilin and both are members of the motilin family. Unlike the case of many other endogenous peptides , ghrelin is able to cross the blood-brain-barrier , giving exogenously -administered ghrelin unique clinical potential . [14] Ghrelin was discovered after the ghrelin receptor (called growth hormone secretagogue ty Continue reading >>

The Hormones Of Hunger

The Hormones Of Hunger

I want to delve into the effects of diet and lifestyle on hunger and satiety signals in a series of upcoming posts. I am mostly interested in the hormone dysregulation that occurs during metabolic syndrome, but also in how to optimize diet, exercise, sleep and stress management to achieve an ideal weight. The feeling of hunger is regulated by a complex system of hormones that interact with neurotransmitters and neurotransmitter receptors within the hypothalamus region of the brain. These hormones essentially activate or deactivate specific neurons in the hypothalamus that control hunger. These neurons have receptors to Neuropeptide Y (NPY), the essential neurotransmitter in regulating hunger. The hormones can increase or decrease hunger either through binding the receptors for NPY or increasing or decreasing NPY itself. Essentially a hormone will increase hunger if its expression activates these NPY neurons whereas you will feel satiated if a hormone’s expression deactivates the NPY neurons. The interplay between these hormones and your brain is complex and only partially understood. However, what scientists do know about these hormones can help inform our decisions and compulsions regarding diet and other lifestyle factors. The AIP Lecture Series is a 6-week video-based, self-directed online course that will teach you the scientific foundation for the diet and lifestyle tenets of the Autoimmune Protocol. New hormones continue to be discovered and their roles in regulating appetite, satiety, metabolism and digestion continue to be studied. As the full list of hunger hormones grows, understanding the complex interplay between these hormones, the types of food you eat, and the amount of muscle and fat on your body quickly becomes overwhelming. I have tried to summarize Continue reading >>

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