GHRELIN aka MR FOODIE
native habitat The gut.
behaviour in the wild Working in tandem with leptin, this hungry chap regulates your appetite. When your stomach is nearing empty, he bellows to your brain that it’s time to eat, then, after you’ve munched your lunch, he chills for about three hours. But when you’re losing weight, your body thinks it’s starving (it doesn’t know you’re doing this on purpose), so it ramps up ghrelin production, increasing hunger to make you plump back up. One study found that overweight adults who lost an average of 30lbs had 20% higher levels of ghrelin in their system than they did prior to slimming.
tame him A full stomach will send ghrelin packing, so load up on bulky foods that are low in calories, like popcorn and broth-based soups. And while you’re at it, try tucking yourself in a little earlier at night. Even a little sleep deprivation can increase your ghrelin levels and lead you to store more body fat.