Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Weight Loss for Food-Lovers with Molly Zemek
Our topic on this episode of the Weight Loss for Food-Lovers podcast is hunger. Molly explains that there are two distinct types of hunger: real, genuine hunger and artificial, emotional hunger. While real hunger is evidenced by a physical sensation of emptiness, a growling stomach, and/or a headache, artificial hunger is spurred on by certain hormones in the brain being out of whack.
Since processed foods are typically high in calories but low in actual nutrition that the body needs, consuming them elevates the insulin levels in the brain and doesn’t allow the ghrelin hormone to properly signal hunger or the leptin hormone to properly signal satisfaction, causing a cycle of overeating. Molly describes the best way to get these hormones back to doing their jobs effectively: establishing an eating routine and adjusting the types of foods you are eating.