Weight gain can be countered by controlling the hunger hormone known as ghrelin, the Federal Center for Nutrition said.
The center explained that the hunger hormone “ghrelin” is a metabolic hormone that is produced in the lining of the stomach and pancreas, and it stimulates appetite and slows down the metabolism and fat burning process, according to the German news agency.
The hormone “Ghrelin” is secreted in abundance when exposed to psychological stress, lack of sleep or not eating for a long time, and it also increases the desire to eat fast food and sweets, and at the same time delays the natural feeling of satiety.
The hormone “ghrelin” can be controlled by eating healthy food regularly, as this contributes to maintaining the balance of the hunger hormone and blood sugar, which reduces severe hunger attacks.
For this purpose, it is necessary to eat main meals rich in proteins and dietary fibres, with healthy in between meals such as nuts and low-fat dairy products such as yogurt. Also, a harsh diet should not be followed, as it leads to an imbalance in the metabolism, and thus increases the secretion of the hormone “ghrelin”.
It is also important to maintain exercise and motor activities, as it combats psychological stress, which is one of the main factors leading to the secretion of the hormone “ghrelin”. This also applies to getting enough sleep, at least 6 hours a night.