Drinking calories makes you fat!
If you’re thirsty, drink water. If you like fruit, eat it, don’t drink it. That way you’ll eat the right amount of fibre and the fructose in the fruit will be absorbed and metabolised as it should be.
Are you still hungry? How not to over eat
Have you ever wondered why you still feel hungry having eaten a good lunch? Or maybe wondered why your body doesn’t tell you when to stop eating? Actually, your body will tell you when you’ve had enough and you’re full – if you let it!
As food passes through your small intestine it releases a hormone called peptide YY, or PYY. This signals to your hypothalamus that you’re full. It’s your satiety signal. The problem is that your small intestine is 22 feet long. The food has to travel a long way before the full signal is generated.
In your evolutionary past.
The food your ancestors ate contained lots of fibre so it would pass through the gut quickly. It was also probably quite tough and took time to eat. Today, processed food is easy to eat. It takes no time at all to eat a meal, and as it contains very little fibre it passes through your gut slowly. It takes a long time for the PYY signal to be activated, which is why you don’t feel full, and you keep eating. This is another example of being out of sync, another symptom of your evolutionary mismatch.
If it takes about 20 minutes from the time you start eating for PYY to be activated, the best way to get over this problem is to eat slowly. Take time to chew your food, avoid processed foods and eat food that contains lots of fibre – fruit and vegetables – and let your body speak to you!
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