Don't Make Big Decisions Fasting: How Hunger Hormone Changes Our Sanity

Another argument against intermittent and other fasting

Scientists have long known that the hunger hormone ghrelin (More about him) has much more power than just influencing our appetite. And now it is scientifically confirmed that the thickness of our wallet can depend on it.

Don't Make Big Decisions Fasting: How Hunger Hormone Changes Our Sanity
Don't Make Big Decisions Fasting: How Hunger Hormone Changes Our Sanity

Scientists from Harvard Medical School conducted experiments on women. A total of 84 female participants aged 10 to 22 were recruited: 50 with an eating disorder behavior with low weight (simply put, with anorexia nervosa) and 34 healthy participants in the control groups.

They measured the level of total ghrelin in the blood on an empty stomach and after a meal, and the menu was the same for everyone.

After the meal, the participants underwent several tests, for example, they were asked which they would prefer: $ 20 today or $ 80 in two weeks. The researchers reported that healthy girls who had higher levels of ghrelin chose $ 20. That is, they impulsively abandoned a larger profit in favor of a momentary gain.

At the same time, there was no such relationship among those suffering from anorexia. It should be noted here that in people with anorexia nervosa, resistance (immunity) to ghrelin is observed. That is, this hormone did not affect their financial decisions.

What conclusions should be drawn from this?

- Do not make money transactions on an empty stomach. And, given that the hunger hormone ghrelin is still fraught with many discoveries, it turns out that an empty stomach is generally a bad advisor. This is another argument against all kinds of interval and not only fasting.

- In addition to hunger, the production of ghrelin stimulates the violation of circadian rhythms. I.e you need to go to bed on time and sleep at least 7 hours.

- Remember, that elevated ghrelin promotes weight gain, moreover, precisely due to the accumulation of adipose tissue.

Alas, it is impossible to block this hormone, all manipulations lead to the opposite effect. Therefore, the only thing that can be done is to try to make friends with him.

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