When you eat more than your body can handle it can actually stimulate a metabolic response in the brain that induces cravings to eat more. How? By switching off your receptor (leptin) in your brain which regulates your appetite causing your appetite receptor (ghrelin) to keep on releasing and telling you that you are still hungry. This then becomes a vicious cycle of elevated calorie consumption that can lead to obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance.
Inflammation is a huge part of every degenerative disease from Alzheimer’s to heart disease, and it’s a big part of obesity as well.
Here’s a rundown on how it works: There’s a structure in your brain called the hypothalamus which is like the command centre for regulating appetite, feeding behaviour, energy and body-weight balance. There is also a hormone in the body called leptin which has a lot to do with regulating appetite. Once you block this receptor through processed foods that contain fructose you will see for yourself how easy it is to overeat.
When you eat “clean fresh foods” your receptors will signal perfectly and tell you when you’re satisfied.
So what’s the big news? We’ve always known that eating too much makes you fat.
The news is that it’s not just that excess calories go right to your butt and thighs. That would be bad enough. But those excess calories actually upset and inflame metabolic processes that underlie disease.
In other words, push away from the table before you’re stuffed. You won’t get fat, you might just live longer, and you’ll probably protect yourself from some really nasty metabolic consequences.
Contact George Saragas, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutrition Specialist, from Get Motivated Personal Training for more information or to make an appointment on 0406515017