Seriously…what the heck controls appetite? Wouldn’t we be gazzillionaires if we had a simple answer for this question? We would be able to abolish obesity and all the related disorders that go along with it…if only it were that simple.
The truth is appetite is controlled by a complex interplay of various hormones released in different areas of your gastrointestinal tract as well as your fat cells themselves.
A short list of some of the gut and other hormones that are involved in appetite control include:
Glucagon-Like Peptide 1
There are others but this list is some of the major players. But this list is to say nothing of the other controlling factors that do not originate from your gut or fat tissue but rather come from other area’s of your brain and are rooted in your emotional connection to food as well as your feelings of reward and pleasure.
The main brain structure that regulates appetite is being influenced on a constantly basis from other areas of your brain as well as your gut and fat tissue to send a complex set of signals to tell you to eat or not eat.
The two overriding driving factors that determine appetite can be classified as homeostatic and non-homeostatic appetite control.
In our modern obesogenic environment it has become the non-homeostatic controllers that override our control of appetite.
In today’s podcast, we talk about what the real drivers are for appetite in our modern society and what we can do about it. We’ll also discuss the direction research is going and how it is slowly uncovering more mechanisms and pathways that influence appetite.
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