Reduced Sleep Leads to Increased Activation of Brain Areas Sensitive to Food

Background The obesity epidemic in the United States is due to an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure. Energy balance is controlled by a hormone system. This hormone system transfers information from the body to the brain. A reduction in sleep can affect the hormone system’s control on energy balance. Previous research has found higher […]

Changes in Hormones After Weight Loss May Explain Weight Regain

Background Many any people who suffer from overweight and obesity go on diets that restrict their calories, which initially leads to weight loss, however the majority of these dieters regain the weight. The body is able to detect a low amount of calories consumed, and will therefore increase levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates […]

Greater Weight Loss and Insulin Sensitivity with Carbohydrates Eaten Mostly at Dinner

Background Body fat has the ability to secrete certain hormones throughout the day which can regulate hunger, satiety, and the development of metabolic syndrome. Among the hormones secreted by body fat, leptin and adiponectin are involved in satiety and improving insulin sensitivity, respectively. Both can possibly be modified through altered carbohydrate consumption in order to […]