Calorie Deficit = Hunger Surplus

Whether you’re losing weight and feeling better or not, your body doesn’t like being in a caloric deficit.

Why?

Because rain or shine, good times or bad, sickness or health, it’s business as usual. There needs to be enough available energy to power the various systems and processes necessary for you to survive. Meaning, regardless of what you decide to take in (or try to burn off), the lights need to go on, and the production line needs to keep pumping.

One of the hormones that elevates to make up for an energy deficit is ghrelin. Also known as, ‘the hunger hormone.’  The reason it elevates, is because your body is noticing a shortfall in energy coming it, and is trying to increase the likelihood of accessing more. Which it’s usually successful at.

The continuous administration of ghrelin eventually make you consume more calories, but it also decreases your metabolic rate and prevents fat burning as a back-up plan.  Because if it can’t get more calories, it needs to make sure less calories are burned (metabolic rate), and there’s a reserve fund for future use (body fat).

When deprived of food, animals employ various behavioral, physiological, and structural responses to reduce metabolism, which prolongs the period in which energy reserves can cover metabolism.” Annual Review of Physiology, 2006

Interestingly, blocking ghrelin messaging to the brain also leads to a reduction in food intake. Suggesting that if you can find a way to keep ghrelin low, you won’t overeat.

The only challenge, is that the foods that keep ghrelin low are also high in calories. Meaning, the only way for you to prevent this problem, is to STOP counting them.

Stay Lean!

Coach Mike