Too much food not so glorious!

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MANY people grab a latté, an energy bar, a juice or a muffin, without reviewing the macronutrient content, and thinking about what it will do to their hunger.

The answer is, not much. Snacking isn’t eating to satiety; it’s a stopgap, and, depending on what you choose, it might actually make you hungrier later.

If you’re hungry, eat a real meal, preferably full or protein, fat, fibre and greens, to biologically calm hunger. When you turn off your hunger with enough of the right foods, you’re learning to reset your body-brain satiety signals. Essentially, you’re learning how to eat only when you are really hungry, not when you are in a craving state.

Many of us think that we wouldn’ be able to go as long as four to six  without feeling hungry. Research shows that eating frequently is actually unhealthy, and detrimental to weight-loss goals.

Eating every three or four hours actually sets us up for not only exhaustion and premature ageing, but also less fat burning.

Digestion takes time

When you eat, you begin the process of digestion, which requires your body to expend a lot of time and energy, to break down food into molecules that can be absorbed and utilised.

Complete digestion usually takes six hours, or more. When you eat snacks in between meals, you tax your body. You are asking it to restart a process it has not yet completed from the last time you ate. Not only does this take energy away from other repairs your body is making, but it also leads to weight gain.

When your body cannot absorb and utilise food, it stores it as fat. In addition, restarting the process of digestion, by snacking, cuts short your body’s ability to burn fat in between meals.

Many of the snacks, including protein bars, that people reach for, are carbohydrate bombs. It doesn’t really matter if your carbohydrate bar, date-rich protein ball, crackers or chips are grain-free, gluten-free or vegan, they are raising your blood sugar, and causing the release of insulin.

If you eat unbalanced, quick meals with processed foods, your blood sugar quickly rises and falls within three hours, leaving you with low blood sugar but still full of insulin, which causes you to crash and crave more carbohydrates, releasing even more insulin.

Insulin acts like a cargo ship, picking up glucose (blood sugar) and transferring it from your bloodstream into your cells, so that your nervous system, muscles, and other tissues and organs can utilise the glucose for proper functioning.

Once the insulin has done its job, it can linger in your bloodstream for six to eight hours. In the meantime, it prevents the fat-burning process, driving you to eat, and making you crave what will bring your blood sugar back up.

You’re probably better off eating meals that turn off hunger, giving your body that well-deserved break between meals, rather than snacking on something that will flood your bloodstream with insulin, and have you craving more junky food later.



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