Thursday, August 11, 2022
Cold Thermogenesis

Heat to Reduce Food Cravings & Appetite?

Today on The People’s Scientist podcast, I share a fun hypothesis that heat may be able to reduce our appetite and food cravings. The hypothalamus of our brain regulates both our body temperature and our appetite/eating behavior. When we are hot, our hypothalamus may become inhibited to reduce our appetite. The reason being? When we eat, we produce heat. So we don’t want to produce more heat by eating when we are already hot. Whereas, the opposite holds true. When we are cold, our hypothalamus may become activated to increase appetite and food craving so that we can eat to generate heat. Can we leverage this knowledge to help us curb our appetite and eat healthier? Tune in to hear my ideas!

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