Weekend Binge Eating – Insulin Resistance Can Occur in Only 2 Days!!
Obesity is very common in America, and is often associated with a group of health problems collectively known as Metabolic Syndrome. Insulin resistance is a key component of this syndrome. For those of us that have insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes as it’s otherwise known, losing weight to get fit is a hard task. You have to be diligent and stick to your eating regime to see long-term results. Sometimes though, we get those long weekend getaway trips, where we decide to just forsake the routine and live it up, or maybe we decide to stick to the regime for five days and treat ourselves on the weekend. During football season this is an easy trap to fall into, the tailgating at games, the parties for Super Bowl Sunday. What could it hurt, right? We’ll go back to eating healthy on Monday. You may want to rethink that idea. According to a recent study publish in Science Transitional Medicine, eating large amounts of high calorie food can cause changes to your metabolism that lead to a state of insulin resistance, which over time sets the body up to be more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. Get this, those changes can occur in as little as 2 DAYS!
When we eat, the body secretes insulin, a hormone that helps in the absorption of blood sugar into the muscle tissues in the form of glycogen. When the muscles are loaded with glycogen, the excess blood sugar is stored as fat. As we continually saturate our systems with insulin due to overeating, the body begins to develop a resistance to its effects. As a result of this, the body must produce more insulin to prevent blood sugar levels from becoming toxic.
In the study led by Dr. Geutnther Boden (MD) and Dr. Salim Merali (PhD) of Temple University in Philadelphia, a group of six healthy men were each subjected to a diet of over 6000 calories a day over a week long period with no physical exercise. After this period, the men gained an average of 7.7 pounds each. Most interestingly, though blood and urine analysis of the subjects showed that the bench markers for insulin resistance began to appear in as little as 1 to 2 days of excess nutrient intake!
Before you decide to go on a weekend binge, consider how far of a set back you are about to impose on yourself. Do you really want to waste all that hard work, and spend even more effort in your workouts just to hopefully break even?
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