Are You Suffering from the "I'm Starving" Hormone?

Knowing how to keep your hormones regulated is the key in maintaining your weight. If you find yourself craving foods constantly throughout the day, a hormone called ghrelin may be to blame.

Ghrelin is technically classified as a gene, but once activated, it produces a hormone that makes high-calorie and fat-laden foods seem almost irresistible. It is thought that when you are sleep-deprived, your body kick-starts the production of ghrelin, which is why some people who don’t sleep well may have a harder time losing weight. Ghrelin production also increases when the stomach is empty and needs to be refilled with food.

The fix:
Get a good night’s sleep consistently so that your body’s production of ghrelin doesn’t spike at night.

Inside tip: 
Eating less than 1,000 calories per day can trigger the production of ghrelin because the body won’t have access to enough food to keep the stomach full for long enough. Eat fiber-rich foods (they stretch the stomach so you stay full) at least every three hours because ghrelin is produced and secreted every four hours.