Which Hormones Affect Your Appetite?

Trying to live your healthiest life with so many conflicting sources of information available can be difficult. To top that off, there is still a lot of science surrounding the human body and health (especially the science around diet and language learning) that is not truly understood. One subject that is well-documented, though, is appetite suppression.

An easy way to think of weight loss and appetite suppression is calories in versus calories out. The direction that more calories are headed is where the weight will eventually go. This means that if you are eating more calories than you are working off, you will gain weight and vice versa. A clever way to hack this system is through the use of appetite suppression from hormones. This article will discuss various hormones that can affect your appetite and the options that they are typically available in.  

Supplement Use Gaining Speed

Everywhere you look it seems like there is a new advertisement for a vitamin or mineral supplement that you should try. Why is this trend becoming so popular? One of the reasons is that research continues to evolve regarding the advantages of a healthy diet for the human body. There is constantly new science being announced that discusses the effects of certain diets and how our bodies are able to break down the individual components. Vitamins and minerals are increasing as popular supplements because they can fill that gap between what our bodies need and what we can gain from healthy food sources. Some things are simply not available from food sources and must be taken via a supplement. As more people use these supplements, there are more reviews and reports of improvements in things like mood and energy, and the cycle continues.

Perks of Hormones

Hormones can be a great chemical to manipulate in order for us to reach our highest health potential. These chemicals can trigger many of our vital life processes, such as hunger and reproduction. When it comes to specifically focusing on appetite, there are three main ones to take a look at, and those are insulin, ghrelin, and leptin. There are also other hormones naturally occuring in the body that can indirectly affect our appetite and can be used under doctor supervision to help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

Insulin is a hormone produced by specific cells within the pancreas. This substance pulls sugar or simple carbohydrates from your bloodstream, such as glucose, and turns it into energy that you can use throughout the day. As your insulin levels drop, your body responds by producing something called ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone. Having higher levels of insulin, so long as you are within the appropriate range, can leave you feeling fuller and satiated after a meal.

Ghrelin and Leptin

These two hormones work on a sort of see-saw mechanic. When your insulin levels are low, the production of ghrelin is triggered. This increases your appetite and encourages you to eat to gain more fuel for your body. Leptin is a hormone that works to inhibit the action of ghrelin and is triggered by glucose metabolism. This hormone will be the one to tell you that you’re full and should stop eating. Other things can impact these hormones as well, such as lack of sleep and a properly functioning body mechanic. Those who are diagnosed with issues like diabetes can experience much more trouble keeping these hormones regulated.

Injections versus Pills

When it comes to making this decision, it’s important to remember that your doctor is ultimately going to be able to give you the best advice. It’s also important that you listen to what your body tells you. If after a few doses you are still not feeling your best, then perhaps it’s time to change things up. In addition, some people consider injections a better option, and they aren’t necessarily wrong. It all depends on your goals and again, how your body reacts. Pills are going to take longer to be digested and absorbed within your body. It’s also possible that less of the supplement you take will be absorbed because of what is lost during the digestion and absorption process. On the other hand, injections have a more immediate effect. They are able to go directly into your bloodstream and start producing effects within fifteen minutes or less. Injections also have the ability to be timed better so that hunger isn’t striking during inopportune times, such as the middle of a workout.

Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin

A good example of a situation where injections may be better is with HCG. This is a hormone that is produced when a woman is pregnant, and it stimulates other hormones to activate. One use for this hormone is appetite suppression which leads to weight loss when combined with a specific diet plan. You can read more about the link between HCG diet hormones and appetite suppression.


As you can see, hormones play quite the important role in hunger, appetite, and making the fine balance between the two. Hormones like ghrelin and leptin work directly to keep hunger and appetite suppression mechanisms in check, while other hormones like insulin work more indirectly to help produce the same effects. In addition, there are a wide variety of ways to get these supplements into your body, providing you with the freedom to structure your lifestyle the way that best suits you. Pills may take a little longer to produce their desired effects but are easy and pain-free to administer. Injections hurt more to administer, but the effects are nearly immediate and can be useful in certain situations. The last thing to remember is that even though you will no doubt do your due diligence on research for various hormones and supplements, it is still best to discuss your plan with your doctor prior to getting started. It’s possible that you may have a health condition or are taking a medication that could interfere with the hormones, preventing you from getting the intended effect.


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