Ghrelin Levels – Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

I’m about to reveal to you a secret that you may not have ever heard of, but may be the exact reason why you’re not losing weight no matter how hard you workout.

  • Ever want to raid the fridge right after dinner?
  • Ever find yourself wanting a snack shortly after you’ve eaten lunch or breakfast?
  • Do you just find yourself always wanting to eat and never feel satisfied?

You may have high ghrelin levels.

Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

A Nerd Explanation of Ghrelin
A variety of hormones are secreted in the body to control the metabolic process and the signaling system within the body. Emotions, the feeling of hunger, satiety or the feeling of sleepiness are all controlled by hormones. Ghrelin is one such peptide hormone secreted by the P/D1 cells found in the lining of the stomach and by the epsilon cells of pancreas.

Ghrelin also known as appetite regulating hormone is secreted at higher amounts when the stomach is empty and its levels drop after having the meals.



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How Does Increased Ghrelin Levels Make You Gain Weight?

After a short note on Ghrelin, let’s examine the role of Ghrelin in gaining weight. If you wait a long time in between meals, then Ghrelin levels shoot up, sends hunger signals to the brain and thus, forcing you to have food. The Ghrelin levels drop down only after the stomach walls have stretched out,  or the stomach is full.

I often see people literally try to starve themselves. Then they complain and come to me and ask, “Why Am I Not Losing Weight?” I don’t eat much.

The truth is when they do, they eat huge portions, high calorie foods, and a bunch of sugar and salt. Total recipe for disaster.

So, the food you eat should be filling but low calorie and healthy to bring down Ghrelin levels and ultimately the appetite levels. If you’re eating high calorie foods then Ghrelin levels do not subside, you continue eating high amounts of food and this will result in weight gain and accumulation of fat in the abdominal region.

  • Stress increases in Ghrelin levels: Studies show that Ghrelin levels rise when a person is subject to a lot of stress. It continues to remain high until the symptoms of stress start to subside.  In a nutshell, stress has profound effect on Ghrelin levels.
  • Deprived sleep and increased Ghrelin level: Reduced sleep results in increased levels of Ghrelin. Increase in numbers of sleep hours is associated with reduced Ghrelin levels and thus, reduced appetite.

How To Decrease Ghrelin Levels?

why am i not losing weight

Ghrelin is everywhere and can be your worst enemy

If you’re gaining weight uncontrollably then you should think of a strategy to bring down Ghrelin levels. Not sure, how to decrease Ghrelin levels? Just take simple measures to keep triggers of Ghrelin secretion under control.

  • Eat fiber rich foods like vegetable soups and salads for a feeling of fullness faster. Once the stomach is full, cells lining the stomach stop secreting the appetite inducing hormone.
  • Ghrelin production cycle starts once in every four hours. Hence, to keep Ghrelin secretion under control it is recommended to eat little amount of food once in every 3-4 hours.
  • Sleep for at least seven hours a day as lack of sleep triggers Ghrelin production.
  • Take hard to digest proteins like animal protein. These proteins stay in the stomach for a long time keeping the stomach full and thus, inhibit Ghrelin secretion.
  • Stay away from stress as increased stress stimulates Ghrelin production and binge eating.
I know this is easier said than done, but the fact is, this is what may be keeping you from losing weight. We all talk about eating healthy and exercise as the main formula to lose weight. There are however, little things you should know about that can boost your results when you dig deeper in knowing how your body reacts to certain things.

With this understanding of Ghrelin, its role in weight gain, and an understanding that you must formulate a strategy to keep it under control, makes it easier to lose weight and improve your health.

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  • Alizah


    Hello Tony,

    I came across your website and I must say that I Love It!

    I heard of Ghrelin from Dr Oz and I started researching it but no one explained it quite as easily as you did and I wanna say Thanks for that.

    I workout 5 times a week (power walk/run 2 miles) and I am having problems losing weight. I know what you are gonna ask me, “How is your diet?” well let’s just say I quit all wheat products and I do not drink or smoke and I drink a gallon of water a day. I think that my age may be a factor (36 yrs old) and I was recently diagnosed with sarcoma so the stress is always in my body. I will continue to read your website so please keep posting.

    Thank You!

    • Tony Banawa


      I appreciate your feedback Alizah. Keep up the great work! You can create your own results with what you believe in your mind.

  • Hi Tony Banawa,

    Ghrelin is a new thing for me!

    I haven’t heard of Ghrelin levels before!!

    This post was really beneficial for all those people who can’t reduce their weight..

    Thank you so much for explaining this thing in so much detail…

    Wish you a happy and healthy new year 2013 🙂

    • Tony Banawa


      Hey Dhruv, yes I had to type your name slowly to make sure I got it right:) Glad to help any way I can. It’s something many people don’t know about and can help them reach new levels in their weight loss. Happy new year to you as well buddy!

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