Why Overeating May Not Always Be Your Fault

Why Overeating May Not Always Be Your Fault

Tips for Overcoming Sugar Addiction

Tips for Reducing Sugar Intake

Take Back Control!

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Yes. You read that correctly.  Overeating might not always be your fault.  I mean. Doritos anyone?

Overeating

All kidding aside, one of the things I hear a lot about it is that people can’t seem to control themselves in the presence of certain foods.   Usually carby, starchy, delicious stuff. I can’t say I’ve ever had anyone tell me they binged on grilled chicken. I guess it’s possible…

I thought I would actually take a minute to go all Bill Nye for a second and try to explain why our bodies might be working against us when it comes to overeating.   Now…don’t take this as a free pass to eat candy every day, all day.  We definitely all have some responsibility in the matters of our eating.  But there may be another nefarious reason at work.

 

Sugar and Carbohydrate Addiction Can Cause Overeating.  Why?

 

1. Your Insulin Levels are Out of Whack

America is full of processed foods.  We know this.  Sugar is everywhere.  We have created foods that are packed full of additives, sugar, starches…and they are lower on the protein and fiber end.   When we eat a food or a meal that is super high in sugar or carbs (with often little protein or fiber), that glucose (the digestive byproduct of these foods) hits our blood stream faster than a bunch of women at Starbucks the day the Pumpkin Spice Latte goes on sale.

The result is an extremely high spike in blood sugar….followed by a drastic drop (usually within an hour or so).  That drastic drop leads to that feeling you have that you just can’t function…you need a nap…your tired…and then you may be hungry again (even though your body doesn’t need any calories)

This constant up and down over time really has an effect on your ability to really understand your body’s TRUE hunger.

2. Your Ghrelin and Leptin are Out of Whack

Your what is out of whack?

Aside from these really sounding like the names of Trolls living under a candy coated bridge, ghrelin and leptin are the two hormones that tell you when you are hungry (ghrelin) and full (leptin).

Insulin regulates these two trolls.

DING DING DING.

If your insulin is out of whack…ghrelin gets secreted when it shouldn’t.  Leptin doesn’t get secreted enough.  Everything is all jacked up.

The result? Your body’s physiological response that makes you want to eat when you really don’t need to!

 

How To Fix the Problem

This is a loaded question – one that I could teach whole classes on.  In the interest of brevity and your need to keep moving with your day, I’ll keep the highlights short:

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25gm of added sugar per day (women – 6 tsp) and 35gm per day for men (9 tsp)

  1. Educate yourself on hidden sugars
  2. Work toward reduction or elimination of high sugar foods
  3. Ensure you are getting a balanced meal when you do consume sugars or carbohydrates (protein, fiber etc).  This will stunt that sugar spike I talked about earlier and keep your hunger levels more even keeled

Interested in more tips to SLOWLY and PAINLESSLY reduce your dependence on sugar? (thus regaining a normal sense of hunger)

Tips for Reducing Sugar Intake

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I’m interested in your struggle with this as well.  Do you find that your hunger levels are out of whack after eating any certain foods?  Or at certain times of the day?  Comment below!

 

Cheers!

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