The Hormones of Hunger - Insulin, Ghrelin, and Leptin
One of the largest things you can do to help Phentermine provide more effective weight loss is change your eating habits to control your hormones of hunger. These hormones work to control both how soon after eating you feel hungry, as well as how your body processes the food that you do eat.
Insulin - The Regulator of Blood Sugar
Insulin is the hormone of hunger that most people are bound to know about. It controls your blood sugar levels, how the body stores and consumes fat, as well as the amount of energy you have during the day. When your blood sugar is high, your body produces insulin to store the excess glucose (sugar) in your blood as fat in order to reduce blood sugar to healthy levels. Alternatively, when your blood sugar is low, your body converts stored fat to glucose to provide your body with energy. By controlling what and when you eat, you can control your blood sugar levels to cause your body to burn fat for energy, rather than the sugar you normally consume. Check out the Dr. Phen Plan to get a better idea of how to eat to control your Insulin levels.
Ghrelin - The Promoter of Hunger
Ghrelin works on the brain to make you feel hungry. Ghrelin levels rise when you haven't eaten in a while and cause you to feel hungry. Ghrelin levels fall after you eat, particularly as a result of eating proteins and carbohydrates. Because of how insulin works in the body, eating high protein, low carb meals will keep you feeling fuller longer as a result of lower ghrelin and insulin levels in the blood. Additionally, lack of sleep increases ghrelin levels, and also lowers leptin levels (more on the effects of that in the next section), which will increase your hunger, and can result in a desire to eat more than you should.
Leptin - The Inhibitor of Hunger
Leptin works on the body in the opposite way that ghrelin does. Leptin works to make you feel full after a meal and turns off your feelings of hunger. Low leptin levels can prevent you from feeling full while eating a meal, or can cause you to feel hungry shortly after eating, causing you to snack more than you should. Studies have shown that eating high carb diets can result in lower levels of leptin, and resistance to the effects of leptin, causing you to feel hungry more often or for longer periods of time. By lowering your carbohydrate intake, you can raise your leptin levels after eating and curb your feelings of hunger faster and for longer. Read more about this in the Dr. Phen Plan, and check out our Food Blog for great meal ideas.