Most of us are aware of the issues that hunger causes during a diet, but did you know which hormones affect this and, most importantly, how they may be wreaking havoc with your long-term results?

There are several hormones that combine to control energy and food intake. Some function in a positive way, helping us stay full and control calorie intake, whereas others function in a more negative manner, telling your brain to overeat and increase hunger signals [1].

Of all the different hormones that regulate energy intake and hunger, two of the most common are Leptin and Ghrelin. Both of these hormones travel in our blood, across the blood brain barrier then send signals in the part of the brain known as the hypothalamus [2].

Leptin is known as the “good” hormone as it keeps us feeling full and helps us sensibly control our portion size and calorie intake. In contrast, Ghrelin is known as the “bad” hormone, promoting fat storage, over consumption, constant hunger and binge eating [1][2].

Studies have even shown that weight regain following a diet can be predicted by these 2 hormones; as you can see, they are a big deal for your physique! [3]

Here is everything you need to know about Leptin and Ghrelin…

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