What Triggers Hunger Hormone Imbalances?

Did you know that hunger hormones control everything from your food urges to your eating habits and even weight loss? Two hormones are responsible for your hunger- Ghrelin, and leptin. To make changes in your eating you need to know how to manage your hunger hormones. Log on to https://bariatricbrooklyn.com/ and schedule your consultation now. 

As you know, obesity is a chronic disease that can cause excessive fat gain in the body which can lead to serious physical complications. Many factors lead to obesity. There is no cure for obesity but with treatment, you can manage your obesity. Treatment involves diet and lifestyle changes to reduce weight to manage obesity. In case you are on the verge of developing any complications then weight loss surgery is performed to reduce the weight and prevent its complications. Doral Health and Wellness has an advanced bariatric clinic that offers laparoscopic surgeries in bariatrics including Gastric Sleeve Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, and Sleeve Gastrectomy. 

Hunger hormones – Leptin and Ghrelin 

These two are the hormones that cause hunger.  

  • Ghrelin: This hormone is released by the stomach when it’s empty. It signals the brain that it’s time to eat. It is a fast-acting hormone that starts decreasing when you start eating and ends when you are full.  
  • Leptin: This hormone is released by your fat cells that signal the brain to stop eating once you get enough fuel you need to create energy. This hormone plays a significant role in energy balancing, energy production, and weight gain or loss. 

Triggers for hunger hormones imbalance 

Some triggers can make the hunger hormones go haywire. These triggers are: 

Crash dieting/ fasting: 

One of the strongest triggers; your diet influences the levels of these hormones. That is the major reason why crash dieting doesn’t work, instead, it makes these hormones imbalanced.  

Researchers have found that crash dieting creates yo-yo effects on your eating patterns or hunger hormones. First, you lose weight due to a low-calorie diet which reduces your leptin levels by 40%. Then, when you lose that much leptin, your body starts developing resistance to leptin, and ghrelin levels will get increased as a countermeasure. That’s how you get to square one.  

So, you need to be cautious before choosing a diet plan to follow. To make sure your weight loss plan doesn’t fail, eat a healthy and well-balanced diet rather than choosing starvation plans. Leptin levels fall extremely in both high and low-calorie diet intake. To maintain its levels is to make sure to maintain the right balance.  

Sleep deprivation:  

Sleep deprivation affects hunger hormones. When we sleep our bodies heal damaged tissues and regulate hormones to create balance in them. But this process does not happen properly when your sleep is not complete. Not only hunger hormones but the whole physical and emotional systems are affected by sleep.  

When the body works on weight during sleep, it affects your hunger hormones. If you sleep less, it reduces the levels of leptin and Ghrelin. If you sleep less than 8 hours, it can cause a 16% reduction in leptin levels. And ghrelin can increase by 32% in a single day of sleep deprivation (less than 7 hours). It also affects other hormones like cortisol which increases by 37% due to insufficient sleep. That’s why proper sleep is important to maintain your hormones.  


Stress is another factor that affects hormones, especially cortisol or hunger hormones. It also leads to obesity. According to Swedish researchers, it has been found that an increase in cortisol leads to increased leptin resistance too. And stress increases cortisol levels. That’s why people start binge eating whenever they feel stressed. Stress also changes your eating behavior as it increases Neuropeptide Y (NPY) levels in the brain. NPY relieves stress by eating as it treats eating as a rewarding activity.  

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