Sharing what “5 Days of Junk Food Can Do to Your Metabolism”
Junk food isn’t only a matter of weight gain; it might have far more serious consequences:
- The muscles’ ability to oxidize glucose is disrupted. Because muscle plays an important role in clearing glucose from your body after a meal, your muscles will either break down the glucose or store it for later use. Your muscles make up about 30 percent of your body weight, so if you lose this key player in glucose metabolism it could pave the way for diabetes and other health problems.
- After a normal meal, there are big increases in oxidative targets four hours after eating. That response is stopped after the five-day fat infusion. It doesn’t take a virtual month to experience the health effects of a poor diet. In fact, the changes happen after just one meal.
- When you eat a meal high in unhealthy fats and sugar, the sugar causes a large spike in your blood-sugar levels. This can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, but there are short-term effects as well, such as:
- Your tissue becomes inflamed
- Your blood vessels constrict
- Damaging free radicals are generated
- Your blood pressure may rise higher than normal
- A surge and drop in insulin may leave you feeling hungry soon after your meal
- There is strain on your digestive system, which is forced to work for hours to break down this highly processed food (ironically, most processed food is so devoid of fiber that it gets broken down very quickly, interfering with your blood sugar levels and insulin release).
When food remains in your digestive tract for such a long time, it will also impact nutrient absorption.
- Eating Processed Foods is Linked to Chronic Disease. There is a greater risk of metabolic syndrome than those who ate less, regardless of their overall diet or exercise habits.
- Refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods quickly break down to sugar in your body. This increases your insulin and leptin levels, and contributes to insulin resistance, which is the primary underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.
- When you eat junk food you are not just feeding yourself… you’re feeding your microbiome, too! Your body’s diverse army of microbes is responsible for many crucial biological processes, from immunity to memory to mental health, so feeding it wisely, with fresh unprocessed and naturally fermented foods, is crucial to your overall health and well-being.
- Junk Food Is Incredibly Addictive. Your body is designed to naturally regulate how much you eat and the energy you burn. But food manufacturers have figured out how to over-ride these intrinsic regulators, designing processed foods that are engineered to be “hyper-rewarding.” Processed foods stimulate such a strong reward response in our brains that it becomes very easy to overeat. One of the guiding principles for the processed food industry is known as “sensory-specific satiety.” “Studies suggest that fatty, sugary foods promote excretion of the stress hormone cortisol, which seems to further stimulate appetite for calorie-dense foods. And the big post-meal spikes in blood sugar are more likely in people who don’t exercise or those who carry weight around their abdomen. All of it makes it tough for people to stop eating junk food once they’re in the habit. ‘The more you eat it the more you crave it. It becomes a vicious cycle!
Food for thought! But even 1 meal may make this difference!! We are here to assist in developing healthy habits. Your choice, but it seems simple enough to understand how crucial these choices might be!!