While healthy eating and physical activity are important when trying to manage weight, it’s also important to understand a process that’s happening inside the body that can make weight management difficult.
This is where a team of appetite hormones comes in. These hormones signal to the brain to help manage appetite, including hunger and the feeling of fullness. The body’s response to weight loss can make weight management as challenging as actually losing the weight.
Both the brain and these appetite hormones contribute to what, why, and how much you eat.
Did you know your brain is responsible for when and why you eat? It’s true. All day, your nervous system—which includes the brain—receives signals about your appetite from hormones that come from different parts of your body, like the stomach, intestines, and fat tissue. These hormones signal the brain to help manage your appetite, including hunger and the feeling of fullness.
Both the brain and these appetite hormones contribute to what, why, and how much you eat, including: for hunger, for pleasure, and reacting to these impulses the brain decides what action to take. But for people trying to lose weight and maintain it, changes in appetite hormones can make things tricky. That’s because when we lose weight by eating fewer calories, our levels of appetite hormones can change.
The hunger hormone called ghrelin increases after weight loss, while appetite hormones that help us feel full—including the ones you see here—decrease. When this happens, it may signal to the brain that we feel more hungry and less full, which causes us to eat more. This response to weight loss can make weight management as challenging as actually losing the weight. Now that you know the truth, learn what you can do about it. Visit TruthAboutWeight.com.
Ask your health care provider how appetite hormones may play a role in your weight management plan.
Now that you know more about the science behind weight loss, it’s time to talk to a health care provider about weight management. Not sure where to start? Complete a free TrueWeight® Report to capture weight history and future weight-loss goals.