Often when we experience weight gain we are quick to attribute it to “hormones” and actually we are not wrong…just the hormones we often think of…those produced by our thyroid gland are not the ones. The hormones leptin and ghrelin are the ones we should be thinking of. These two hormones help to control appetite, weight gain and weight loss.
What research has found is that lack of adequate sleep is responsible for the imbalance of these two hormones, which ultimately contribute to weight gain. Leptin is the hormone that signals to your brain to stop eating (appetite suppressant) while ghrelin sends the signal to continue eating (appetite stimulant). Individuals who are not getting an adequate amount of sleep have decreased levels of leptin and increased levels of ghrelin. This causes the individual to eat more during the day leading to weight gain.
So…if you are really looking for a great free weight loss aide…get your zzzzs.