Have you met Leptin and Gherlin?

Meet Leptin and Gherlin, your hunger hormones. They control how much you eat, when you eat and even what you eat. In a nutshell, they shape your appetite and hunger which can play a huge role when it comes to weight loss.

Gherlin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat. When you feel your stomach growling, that’s the gherlin telling you it’s time to eat. The more ghrelin your body produces, the more you get hungry.

Leptin, on the other hand, is the ‘stop’ hormone telling us to stop eating. This is the hormone we want more of when working on weight loss.

So it’s safe to say that more ghrelin + less leptin = weight gain

The question is, why would we produce more gherlin and less leptin in the first place?

One of the reasons would be lack of sleep. Not having adequate sleep each night can raise the production of gherlin and lower the production of leptin. No wonder, when we feel sleep deprived we tend to reach for foods, and not any kind of food, but the heavy junky fatty type. It’s because our hormones have fell off the wagon and are screaming for help. Higher amounts of gherlin and low levels of leptin will reduce the amount of calories we burn, slow down our metabolism and increase the fat storage in the body.

So what to do? Let’s concentrate on improving our quality of sleep. We will discuss sleep in more detail in our next blog, but until then, here is a great exercise you can try if you have a difficult time falling asleep:

The Waterfall Yoga Pose – also known as the ‘legs up the wall’ pose.

  • Lie down on the floor with sit-bones as close as possible to the wall
  • Raise your legs up the wall
  • Close your eyes, take deep breaths and relax

This pose is wonderful for helping you fall asleep; it relaxes the body, slows down the heartbeat, and calms the mind and the nervous system – all important aspects to a sound sleep.

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