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Happy Sunday purples!
I learnt something the other day that I knew, but until I heard it verbalized, I didn’t know that I knew. Do you know what I mean? It probably sounds weird, so I will explain. I always knew that overeating was not necessarily a case of just being a glutton, or being greedy or whatever other way you want to describe it. I also knew there were things going on in our bodies and brains that cause some of us to overeat. Well the other day I watched a video that explained the science behind all of this stuff and I thought that I would pass it on in the hopes that it might help someone.
So, apparently back in cave “people” days, if food was plentiful and a cave person put on a bit of fat, the fat cells would produce Leptin. Leptin is a hormone which helps to regulate appetite by signaling the brain that it is full and that it is time for the body to move. Our ancestors didn’t have a problem controlling their weight because of this natural process of the body. Unfortunately, this is not the case for a lot of people in modern times, and there is a scientific reason for it. In some people, while they may have plenty of Leptin circulating in their body, the natural effect of it is being blocked, impeding the signal to their brain that they are full and so they keep eating and eating and eating.
I can hear you asking the question……what blocks the effect of Leptin? Here comes the interesting part. There is another hormone that is produced naturally in the body that most of you would be familiar with…..Insulin. Increased levels of Insulin in the body can block the natural process of Leptin and cause people to overeat. Now comes the REALLY interesting part. What causes increased levels of Insulin in the body? Wait for it……drum roll please…….you actually know the answer……eating too much sugar and flour! We all know that too much sugar and flour is bad for us, and this is why. An added problem is that the more sugar and flour you eat, the more you want. They are very addictive!
I don’t know if I was the only one who got an “aha” moment out of hearing this information this week, but if I was and you already knew it, then take it as a reminder. Too much sugar and flour in our diet can increase our Insulin levels to the point where it reduces the ability of Leptin to control our appetite, causing us to eat more than we should. I am not suggesting that you never have any. Where would be the fun in that? However, foods containing flour and sugar should definitely be “sometimes” foods, for very good reason!
Have a great week everyone!
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