How Ghrelin Levels Can Wreck Your Weight Loss Plan


Woman Eating at Night in Bed

Ghrelin is a little known hormone that can have an outsized impact on your weight loss goals. If you are sticking to a healthy diet and exercising regularly but still have a hard time losing weight, chances are that high ghrelin levels in your bloodstream are at least partly to blame.

What is Ghrelin?

Ghrelin is the hormone that tells your body it is hungry. It is also responsible to regulating and distributing energy throughout your body. Unfortunately, this hormone also activates reward centers in your brain when you eat fatty junk foods.

The Dangers of Eating Before Bed

While there is nothing wrong with an occasional unhealthy treat, eating junk food before bed is one of the worst things you can do if you want to lose weight. Any food you eat at night is almost always stored as fat because your body does not have time to burn it off before you go to sleep.

If you are in the habit of grabbing a late night snack, stock up on healthy, non-fattening foods such as fruit, vegetables with a low-fat dip, low fat yogurt and grilled chicken breast. Better yet, avoid the urge to grab a bite to eat and just go to bed. Studies have shown that getting a good night's sleep lowers your ghrelin levels, thus helping you feel satisfied when you eat during the day.

It's never a good idea to starve yourself in order to lose weight, as this slows your metabolism and makes it easy for you to gain weight in the future. At the same time, you need to maintain a healthy diet if you want to shed pounds and keep them off. Eat a healthy dinner and either avoid bedtime snacks or grab something that won't be turned into fat when you go to bed at night.

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