Eating, hunger, and satiety are incredibly important processes in everyone’s lives. Our bodies are governed by the intake and regulation of food and nutrients, and even small changes in the natural schedule and balance of these finely tuned mechanisms can have far-reaching consequences. Slow down your metabolism and eat more than you need every day, for example, and it can quickly lead to a decline in health, mobility, and even emotions.
It’s somewhat surprising, then, that science has only recently started to understand what’s going on behind the scenes, and how hunger really works. Two hormones in particular— motilin and ghrelin—were discovered decades ago as factors in hunger and fullness, but it’s only in these past few years that we’ve realized just how significant they are.
These advances mean we’re starting to see hunger in a new light. It means that, while the traditional causes and mechanics of hunger are still factors, we’re no longer as helpless to stop them. It means that with a more complete understanding of our bodies and why we get hungry, we might be better equipped to fight against excess weight.
When you’re on a weight loss journey, keeping yourself informed is crucial. To learn more about why we get hungry, read this infographic!