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08, Jul 2024

Whether you’re on a weight loss journey or just aiming for a healthier lifestyle, understanding the science behind appetite, hunger, and fullness is an essential first step. These biological processes play a crucial role in how we manage our weight and overall health.

In this brief article brought to you by The Wellness and Restoration Center, we explore the fascinating world of how our bodies regulate these feelings and how this knowledge can help us make mindful choices.

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Appetite vs. Hunger: What’s the difference?

Though often used interchangeably, appetite and hunger refer to different physiological and psychological states, and it’s important to distinguish between the two.

Hunger is a physical sensation caused by the body’s need for food. It’s regulated by complex interactions between the digestive system, hormones, and the brain. When your stomach is empty, it releases a hormone called ghrelin, which signals the brain that it’s time to eat.

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Appetite, on the other hand, is the desire to eat and can be influenced by external factors such as the sight, smell, or thought of food, even when you’re not physically hungry. Psychological factors, emotions, and social contexts also play significant roles in driving appetite.

The role of hormones in hunger and fullness

Our bodies rely on a sophisticated network of hormones to regulate hunger and fullness, all to ensure we consume the right amount of food for energy.

Ghrelin is often called the “hunger hormone.” When your stomach is empty, ghrelin levels rise and send hunger signals to the brain. Once you eat, ghrelin levels drop, reducing the sensation of hunger.

Leptin is known as the “satiety hormone.” It’s produced by fat cells and helps regulate energy balance by constraining hunger. High levels of leptin tell the brain that the body has enough energy stored. However, in cases of obesity involving leptin resistance, the brain doesn’t respond to leptin signals. This leads to to continued eating despite adequate energy stores.

It’s also worth mentioning insulin. Primarily known for regulating blood sugar levels, insulin also plays a role in appetite control. After eating, insulin levels rise, which helps store glucose and signals the brain to reduce hunger.

Psychological and environmental factors

Various psychological and environmental factors can also influence our eating behavior. For example, stress can significantly affect appetite and lead to overeating or undereating. Emotional states such as sadness, boredom, or anxiety can also trigger a desire for comfort foods, which are typically high in calories and low in nutritional value.

Environmental cues also play a critical role. The availability of food, portion sizes, social settings, and marketing all impact our eating habits. For instance, social gatherings often encourage eating more food than usual.

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If you would like to speak with a weight loss doctor regarding your journey, you can call The Wellness Restoration Center to get started. Our team is on standby to take your call or message today.

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