May 25, 2017

The Truth About How Late Snacks Affect Your Body

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I stay up late binge watching movies and series that I follow. Netflix is to blame. Of course, when I’m awake I tend to get hungry, so I eat – this is normal, right?

Studies have linked late-night eating to weight gain, and I have read about his a long time ago. I think it’s time to set things straight. Does late-night eating really make us fat?

The answer is yes…and no. There is a number of contributing factors that cause weight gain. Reaching for sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks between meals cause insulin levels to spike and have a knock-on effect on appetite.

Scientist Dr. Christie Wilcox says: “High spikes in insulin lead to dramatic drops in blood glucose, which can cause your body to feel hungry sooner. Insulin actually triggers the storage of fats in adipose tissues, so sustained high levels of insulin promote weight gain. “Our bodies don’t break down fat while insulin is circulating. This means that if we eat food with high GIs that produce sustained insulin levels, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot, even if we eat fewer calories overall.”

In short, if we continue to snack on unhealthy food in between meals, we’re setting ourselves up for a ravenous dinner.

Sleep is another factor that largely affects appetite. Digestion finishes in three hours. Being upright helps digest properly because of gravity; on the other hand, lying down immediately may cause heartburn and acid reflux, affecting the quality of sleep.

In turn, the quality of sleep impacts how strongly the body reacts to food. A poor night’s sleep stimulates a craving for high-fat, high-carbohydrate food. To counter this, get seven to nine hours good quality slumber.

In summary, it’s really an assortment of what we do daily that affects weight gain. My suggestion – eat, drink (both in moderation) and be merry in front of the TV!

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Wayne B. | Pinoy Trends

Wayne is a mom to a toddler. She's passionate about breastfeeding. She loves movies and series, action, sci-fi and fantasy. Not so much on love stories. She is a kitchen scientist. Pet peeve: know-it-all.