Go A Little Hungry; Benefits of Ghrelin

Understanding the role of ghrelin, often dubbed the "hunger hormone," can transform your approach to weight loss and overall health. While ghrelin is notorious for increasing appetite, it also triggers several beneficial processes in the body, including fat burning, improved sleep quality, and muscle growth. Discover how intermittent fasting, mindful eating, and strategic meal timing can harness the power of ghrelin to enhance your fitness journey. Dive into the science-backed benefits and practical tips for leveraging this hormone to achieve your health goals.

Ghrelin, one of the hunger hormones, gets a bad rap because nobody wants to be hungry when trying to lose weight and reduce caloric intake. However, ghrelin actually signals the body to do some very beneficial things for fat loss and overall health.

Try going a little hungry at times. Have at least three hours between meals. Practice intermittent fasting. Exercise on an empty stomach. Don’t eat until you are completely full; aim for 80% fullness. Go to bed mildly hungry: eat your dinner earlier and keep the meal smaller. If you’re feeling truly hungry, have a little protein before bed. (My company has a great solution called the Bedtime Belly Buster.)

Studies have found several benefits of the ghrelin hormone:

  • Activates fat-burning hormones
  • Increases autophagy: recycling parts of damaged cells so they don’t replicate poor copies
  • Brain benefits
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Increases HGH production
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Anti-inflammatory effects

When ghrelin is increased, it helps the body put on muscle. Ghrelin stimulates the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland, which, unlike ghrelin itself, breaks down fat tissue and causes the build-up of muscle. In clinical studies, mice without ghrelin lost muscle, while mice with added ghrelin gained muscle.

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Suzie Huening

Certified Epigenetic & Human Optimization Coach| Physcial Therapist Assistant| Figure Pro| Mindset Mastery Certified| Amazon International #1 Best Selling Author| Biohacker

About Me

I am forever in the pursuit of the Art of Well-Being. I started my health and fitness journey back in the early 80s, during college, as an aerobics instructor (big hair, leg warmers and headbands…oh yeah!!). I later became a personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder…which eventually evolved into health club ownership and a variety of jobs within the health and fitness industry, including getting a degree in Applied Science Physical Therapy. However, as a military spouse (now retired Vet spouse), my license was only good in one state, and that career was short-lived due to moves. 

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