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How does weight loss affect ghrelin?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

When an overweight or obese person loses weight ghrelin increases for a period of time until your body gets used to being a new lower weight. This is your starvation signal kicking in, it can't be avoided. Although, a dramatic increase in ghrelin and resulting hunger can be minimized if you lose weight slowly, and healthfully.

Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics
Ghrelin (hunger hormone) spikes when we lose weight. Why? Because your body only cares about survival. It wants homeostasis, or the status quo. Your body thinks losing weight is dangerous, so as you start to lose, you need to be extra mindful of your ghrelin function. Your body will fight back if you don't approach weight loss in a steady, sensible way, working with your ghrelin instead of against it. This is a fundamental principle to understand: you have to eat regularly to lose weight.
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