Introduction And Background
The workings of the appetite sometimes confuses because there are so many things you read online or in magazines where even the word appetite confuses you. But it is a simple mechanism that is interlinked with other mechanisms. The body has different parts which aim to work as one and each part affects the other in some manner, doesnâ€™t it? Appetite is no different. If people associate appetite with the stomach only, they are in for a surprise after reading this article after finding out how the appetite works and how many things have the capability of affecting it. Read on further to find out more about your own appetite and it might even help you in the long run for controlling it.
By the word appetite, you assume that it has to do with how much you eat. But it is so much more than just that. In the most normal way, when a person is referring to your appetite, they usually use words such as large or small to describe it. Those who have a large appetite will be accustomed to eating more and will probably have more space in their stomach and those who have a smaller appetite will probably eat less and become content more quickly. While this all does happen, has anyone ever wondered why the difference in appetites? Why does one person want to eat more while the other person wants to eat less? From where did the stomach size increase of the person who likes to eat more?
The Workings Of Appetite
Since the appetite plays a major role in gaining weight and losing it, you should understand how the appetite works if you ever want to maintain your weight or try and lose it. It just doesnâ€™t have to do with the stomach only, there are other things involved in this as well. But letâ€™s get to the stomach first.
You often blame your stomach for your appetite and although it is to be blamed, it is not the only part involved but we will get to that later. When you feel hungry, you usually experience certain pangs in the stomach. And then you eat to satisfy yourself. However, sometimes one eats more than usual and this way, their stomach expands a little to create more space to accommodate food. When this becomes habitual, the stomach remains extended now because it is a muscular bag and can expand. When the space becomes larger, you always have to eat more to satisfy yourself. And thus the appetite increases. This is why everyone keeps telling a person to lessen their portions and try and eat less in the beginning of a diet so that their appetite reduces. By this, they mean the size of the stomach so that the appetite reduces automatically!
As said above, your stomach is not the only thing that controls your appetite, it is your brain as well. There are hunger hormones that are being released from the brain that enable you to want food and there are satiety hormones that are being released from the brain that enable you to stop eating because you feel satisfied enough. Ghrelin is the hormone that brings about hunger in you while leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop. A scientific way to remember this is that ghrelin GROWS your appetite while the hormone leptin LOWERS it. It is used quite a lot in medical schools. These hormones are affected by what you eat as well, not only the mechanisms of the body. If you eat a lot of protein, it can considerably suppress the appetite. If you take in a lot of sweets, the insulin level in the body grows and that can increase your appetite. Thus, we should not ignore the fact that our brain has a part to play in the appetite as well, and that too a big one. People sometimes even monitor these hormone levels if they want to lose weight, especially during research trials to show their impact more or less on the workings of the appetite.
Your appetite is under your control, always remember that. It is your stomach and your brain and everything is in your hands. You have the power to try and suppress the appetite by learning the mechanisms behind it such as eating certain foods which can grow leptin levels and decrease ghrelin levels in the body or exercising to reduce the stomach size. You can even drink water before having food so that your stomach fills up a little somewhat and there is little space for food than there was before. The workings of the appetite are not a complicated procedure at all and understanding how to do it is also quite easy. It is the doing part that is a little tough!