"Ghrelin, the Cause of Hunger..."
"Ghrelin is a hormone that is created and released by the stomach. It is probably the reason why appetite suppressants are created in the first place..."
It is called the hunger hormone because it is found to be the signal given to your brain that makes you want to eat...
If this hormone release is increased, you will feel hungrier. If it is decreased, you will not feel as hungry. Pretty simple.
So what are causes of its increase and decrease?
Believe it or not, it is sleep.
When sleep is decreased the amount of this hormone is increased. When you review my “Energy Balance” page, I explain how energy is intimately tied to weight loss.
And how making your body more efficient at converting food to energy, it does not create fat and also burns fat for energy.
But in the case of this particular hormone, when energy is low, as in the case of reduced sleep, the nervous system is trying to create energy to make up for it. So it assists in creating the hunger hormone to get you to eat more to create more more energy.
Medical scientists from Stanford and other universities found that people who consistently slept five hours or less per night had on average about 15% more Ghrelin and 15% less leptin levels than those who slept 8-hour nights.
They also demonstrated that the less you sleep, the more you weigh, the higher your BMI, which means the higher your likelihood of premature death from any cause.
At high levels of "The Hunger Hormone" you can eat and never feel satisfied.
When I hear my clients talk about cravings for food, one of the first things I ask is how much sleep they get and it is always something like, “Sleep? What is this thing you speak of?”
I’ve noticed after a child is born, there is a reduction of sleep in most cases.
I also see this is the time where cravings and binge eating occurs more than ever. But, I constantly hear clients blame their lack of willpower.
So if you are trying hard to eat right but find it very hard, because you experience bouts of voracious appetite, there’s nothing wrong with your willpower.
In fact, I am anti-will power when it comes to weight loss. The cause is Ghrelin and the cause for the increase for Ghrelin is lack of sleep and infrequent eating.
Find a way to solve those two things and you will see a reduction in Ghrelin and a reduction in appetite.
A last note here is that this is one aspect of weight loss. To get the fastest and most permanent results I suggest not using only one thing to be successful with your natural weight loss.
It is best if you have a comprehensive program that addresses your entire lifestyle. The many books and diets out there tell you what to eat and how to exercise but they do not address the hidden sources of sabotage.
Using the information here is best used as part of a comprehensive natural weight loss program.
If you are interested in getting natural weight loss consulting that is tailored to you, you are welcome to get contact me for an initial consultation here: “Weight Loss Program”
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Over the past 10 years I have been losing weight and putting it back on just about every three months.
I finally took a much needed step and hired Yegyan to help me stop the yo-yo diet cycle. After 30 days I lost 11 LBS and was able to get back into my favorite pair of jeans. After 60 days I lost a total of 16 LBS. After 120 days, the weight is still off, my skin looks much better, and I actually have energy at 2pm in the afternoon! Lol
People always ask me what’s different and it really boils down to the education that I received from Yegyan. He put facts behind his food & nutrient recommendations so that I began to WANT to eat healthier foods instead of just forcing myself.
It’s been a lifestyle change and I couldn’t be happier to have officially said goodbye to the old (overweight) Nick.
Yegyan, thank you for all of your hard work and for our new friendship.
I hired Yegyan to help me with general health and energy. I wasn't so interested in weight loss.
But I endedup losing 14 pounds in two months. And this was also during Christmas!
I hardly have any sugar cravings (and I was a sugarholic. I mean fast food dessert breakfast lunch and dinner), and have deeper sleep than I ever remember and more energy throughout the whole day.
The days were like a struggle to make it through. Now I feel good, calm, focused and happy all day. It is more than I expected.
I CAN FIT IN MY JEANS – haven’t worn them for about 8 years!
I spoke to you about 3 weeks ago, and I wanted to thank you again for responding to my last e-mail so promptly, and giving me some feedback on what I've been doing. I really appreciate it.
I just wanted to check in and let you know about my progress... so far after about 2 1/2 weeks, I've lost about 10lbs. When I took my measurements, I would say that I've lost between 1/2" and 1" in most areas of my body
T. D. Long Beach CA Jun 25, 2010
There was a change today.... 4.5 lbs loss to be exact. :)
Charlene Mercer, Dohar
Last time I told you I had lost 20lbs in three months by changing my diet and aerobic activity in the form of brisk running. My waist has gone from 45" to now 38" and my weight 196lbs my height is 6ft.... and my waist is getting smaller again. This is great motivation!
...At 57 I don't feel I have both feet in the grave yet. Above all I don't want to become what I see lots of my friends starting to turn into wizened old men!
Anyhow thought I would just give you some feedback and thank you for a well written and thought out book.
Larry Manderson, MD. Ireland
Got your metabolism makeover e-book, and love it!
Went to doc's office: She decreased my insulin back down to 40 (yippee!) and was really pleased with my progress.... I'm happy with what you've helped me accomplish thus far.
I was shocked to suddenly realize that I was feeling good after so many years of daily headaches and stuffed up nose.
L. Liberty, Tacoma, WA
When I first started changing my diet a week ago, I couldn't believe it. I definitely started to feel the difference.
My mind was clearer. It felt like a fog was lifted. My energy was increased.
I wasn't dragging myself around to do things. I had a lot more energy.
Even my hair improved. It wasn't as dry as it was before I changed the way I was eating. It has a lot more body and not as frizzy and it was. I was using a special conditioner to make it less dry and frizzy. I don't have to use that anymore.
My skin is different also. I have been told so many times by a lot of people that I look younger. I even notice it myself. I don't look so worn out anymore. My skin has a different look to it. It seems like my wrinkles are not as pronounced. The rest of my body isn't as dry as it was, I don't use half of the lotions I did before.
I have lost ten pounds and 1 inch of my thighs and hips. My life is changing for the better. I haven't even started to exercise yet. But I don't feel that it will be as hard as it would have been if I didn't change my diet. I'll update you with my results.
Thank you so much for all of your help and the knowledge that you are giving me. What a difference a diet can make in your life.
I think once you get the knowledge on how food affects your body, the easier it is to change the way you eat. Knowledge it half the battle.
So many people eat the wrong way because they have been given bad information. There are a lot of people on diets that are really not eating the right way or eating the right things. They seem to gain the weight right back the minute they stop the diet. They feel hungry all of the time and get tempted constantly by the things they can't eat.
Well I don't feel deprived. I don't feel hungry and I haven't been tempted by anything, which is unusual for me.
Nobody ate more sugar and sweets than I did. I was always putting a cookie in my mouth. Eating chocolate or cake any chance I got. I thought it gave me more energy. I don't need that anymore. I never thought I would not want any sweets, but I don't. I feel satisfied, which is a great feeling.
Feb 2 2009
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Ye Gyan, I am now down to 128lbs from 156lbs!! You're great!! I can now wear anything I want!! I feel so much better at this weight! Wait until you see me. We need to take another after picture!
Jan 20 2010
C. DeHaan. Oregon
Jan 21, 2010...
My sister gave me your web sight she really praises you. She said I could ask you what I could do about my cholestrol.
I am 62 5'2 and I weight 135 lb my numbers are 246 Chol/146 tri/43 HDL LDL 176 The doctor wants to put me on medication I dont want to do that.
I have just started taking Guggal (2) 300mg, Beta-Glucan (1) 250 mg,Niacin 2 100 mg drinking (2) tablespoons of chlorophyll in water, eating oatmeal and drinking oat bran 2 tablespoons and garlic is this going to work do I need to do more. I do this everyday and I am walking at the gym They are giving me 30 days to get it down. I have thought about adding red yeast rice.
Jan 27, 2010...
Yegyan I got to bed on time last night I woke up a few min at 12 am but after that I stayed asleep the rest of the night … I have droped a few pounds and I feel so good. I am smiling right now thank you.
3 Feb 2010...
… Everyone is starting to tell me how good I look. My mom could not believe my size 8's are really loose.
I had got up to a size 10 and it was tight boy that came off quick.
I have tried for months to do what you have got me to doing. I am a Tarus born in April and my head is hard but
I am listening to you and doing as you say.
Yegyan I did not know if I should tell you this but I am. It has only been a few weeks and the changes in on the out side of me are turning 35 year olds heads. YES I have got 35 year old men after me.
I was trying to change my cholesterol I dont know if that has happened yet but now I have another thing going on.
I have got men after me from 35 to 70 years old. I am really having a lot of fun with all the attention I am getting I was not looking for weight to go so much but I am really liking this.
I am in jeans I have not worn for 10 years I look 10 years younger than I am. THIS IS FUN
If people dont belive it they can email me.
E. Powell, WA
At 48 years old, I had spent the better part of 25 years running, working out, eating healthy food, and taking care of my body. Being somewhat of an exercise junkie, I was certain I had all the answers.
I was frustrated that my body was stuck in a state of “I’m not budging, just try and make me.” I can honestly say that I thought I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing for myself and for my health, however, I was working in vain. What I wanted was completely eluding me.
I thought that at 48 I finally had the time, the space and the energy to have the body that I wanted, and dammit, I was going to get it.
I tried to tweak my diet and exercise routines in every way I could think of, but nothing was working.
Although I was keeping up a rigorous routine of daily exercising and relatively (at least that is what I thought) healthy eating, nothing was changing.
In addition to not feeling as fit as I should have been for how hard I was working, I literally had zero energy
Yegyan’s approach to diet, exercise and overall health and well-being are unlike anyone else’s. I have read countless books on diet and exercise. I have had personal trainers and diet coaches.
However, I have never felt as good or, in my opinion, looked as good as I feel and look today after following Yegyan’s advice and approach to repairing the body by correcting hormonal imbalances through nutrition and proper exercise.
I have lost those stubborn 6 pounds, 8% body fat and 12 inches overall. I am overwhelmed with excitement, not just because I look so much better, but more importantly, because I actually FEEL so much better. I feel more alive, more alert, more energetic, more rested, and healthier than ever.
L. Quintanilla, Aliso Viejo, CA
I listened to what you had to say about exercising and now can understand what I am doing wrong.
I have lost inches .... Thank you for helping me to understand that.
EVERYBODY was asking me what am i doing!!! and that i lost a lot of weight YAY!!!!!
today , my in laws came over for lunch .... it’s amazing how i could finally control my cravings that easy. THANK YOU YEGYAAAAAAAAAAAN!!
H. Abdul Rhiyad, Saudi Arabia
| Before I met Yegyan, I had been working out at the gym, but struggled to lose 10 pounds over a period of many months. |
When Yegyan and I talked about that, he explained that my heart rate should not go over 126 while working out in order to be burning fat. I had had no idea, so prior to that I had been working as hard as I could push it, out to 135 and even 140 and believing I was doing the best thing possible to lose weight in a healthy manner.
As soon as I began to keep my heart rate under 126 and increase the length of workouts as he had also suggested, the next 10 pounds came off much more quickly, and I was a believer!
Thank you Yegyan, for helping me to restore myself to fitness.”
Thank you so much for your consults and training. I read your book and though I was doing everything correct but the weight loss stopped even though other other symptoms like energy, sleep, flexibility relaxation were still improving.
After doing the coaching with you for 4 months I realized that there is more to this than meets the eye. You were able to spot many things that were giving me trouble. Better yet, you told me in advance what I would be running into. Not generally, but specifically me. From your experience you were able to tell me I would have a hard time with something and sure enough it was a brick wall.
Then you walked me through it every single day for three weeks straight.
There is no way you can put everything in a book.
I have reached my goal and know I have given myself the greatest gift - long-term health and knowledge.
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