There is no quick fix to weight loss, weight gain or minimising hunger cravings etc, but there are legitimate ways and means to minimise hunger, control calorie intake and optimise the nutritional value of your diet. This can be done by increasing the amount of protein in your diet, and/ or through increasing fibre intake for example. We have long understood how hormones influence the desire to eat and drink, Cholecystokinin, leptin and insulin all play a major part in appetite control, but now researchers have found something new....
A central hub of brain cells may control the desire we have to eat, helping you to put the brakes on when it comes to fighting the temptation of food. A study in mice has revealed promising findings surrounding neurons in the brain that stop you feeding. The study entitled the Nature Neurosciences report sheds some light on the many complex nerve circuits involved in appetite control, and these findings may even help to develop therapies for obesity and anaorexia.
These cells may also be involved in feelings of malaise, nausea, bitter tastes and of course satiety (feeling of fullness). The researchers were able to stimulate the brain cells with a laser, which surprisingly led to an almost instant decrease in desire to eat. These cells are buried in a region of the brain known as the amygdala, an area also related to stress and fear...which sort of makes sense considering the abrupt suppression of hunger during times of fear.
BBC News Health, (2014). Brain cells can suppress appetite, study in mice shows. Retrieved 28th July, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28486092