A team of researchers from Cornell University, USA, suggests that people with dull taste buds choose more sugary beverages and that often leads to weight gain.
For the study, 51 volunteers drank an herbal tea with low, medium, or high content of a herb called Gymnema Sylvester, which is able to block sweet receptors temporally. After that, people in three groups were given a free choice of sugar for their other drinks. Without realizing it, people took about 8 to 12 percent sucrose in their drinks. This is the amount of sucrose in a soft drink or soda.
Senior researcher Robin Dando says: “Others have suggested that the overweight may have a reduction in their perceived intensity of taste. So, if an overweight or obese person has a diminished sense of taste, our research shows that they may begin to seek out more intense stimuli to attain a satisfactory level of reward.”
You try to control the amount of sugar in the diet, but even if you stay away from sweet soda, you eat more sugar than you think. It not only causes weight gain, but also negatively affects other aspects of health. However, sometimes you may not be aware of the negative consequences that the excess sugar intake may have for the body.
Perhaps the only danger you associate with the abuse of sugar is diabetes, and if you do not suffer from it, then you consume a healthy amount of this substance. However, this is not always the case.
It is true that the development of diabetes is one of the symptoms of consuming too much sugar. But before you reach this case, there are a number of side effects that can significantly complicate your daily life.
Signs that you eat a lot of sugar:
1. General exhaustion
Sugar’s influence can be compared with the influence of stimulants. First, you have a rapid rise in energy, but soon it falls below the normal level. Therefore, after the initial splash, you feel a fall. The general reaction to this type of fatigue is carbonated drinks or other stimulants that also contain a lot of sugar. This just starts the cycle anew.
2. The desire to eat more sweets
As we said earlier, it refers to a substance whose effect is similar to the effect of drugs. The reason for this lies in our origin as a species. We need glucose to survive. The more we eat, the more the brain tells the body to store.
3. Mood swings
The more you eat, the more you crave. This means that when you ate something sweet, you are in a better mood. On the other hand, when you do not eat sweets, you become irritable.
4. You gained weight
After your brain has received the necessary amount of sugar for its work, the body absorbs the residues in the form of fat. Because the pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin to digest it, your liver determines it as fat.
5. Your skin suffers when you eat a lot of sugar
Digestion of sugar requires insulin. This is a powerful substance that is released into the body in large quantities when you eat a lot of sugar. Many people are very sensitive to it, and their skin eventually becomes dry and flaky.
6. Your blood pressure rises
No doubt, you heard that salt is harmful to pressure, but do you know that sugar is even worse? The study showed that since it is more difficult to absorb, it puts a heavy burden on the heart. This, in turn, raises blood pressure.
A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that Christmas weight gain may last for months. The scientists found that in nearly 3,000 adults from across three countries there was up to 0.6% increase in weight gain during ten days after Christmas compared to the 10 days before Christmas.
Moreover, researchers discovered that by the following summer, the subjects taking part in the research had only lost about half of the weight gained over the winter holidays.
The Royal Society for Public Health in the United Kingdom notes that people in the UK can consume up to 6,000 calories a day, which is three times higher than recommended calorie intake. Also, these calories are hard to burn – burning off the calories from Christmas dinner would take 1 hour and 40 minutes of running, the scientists warn.
More information about the study is here.
A new study, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public, suggests that the brain interprets irregular dieting (so-called yo-yo dieting) as short famines and signals the body to store fat for future food shortages. As a result, it leads to weight gain.
The study was executed by a team of scientists led by Prof. Andrew Higginson, of the University of Exeter, and Prof. John McNamara, of the University of Bristol, (UK). The researchers used a mathematical model of animals (birds) that knows when food is in abundance or in scarce but does not know when it happens.
Prof. Higginson says: “Surprisingly, our model predicts that the average weight gain for dieters will actually be greater than those who never diet. This happens because non-dieters learn that the food supply is reliable so there is less need for the insurance of fat stores.”
More information here.
First moments after the waking lay the foundation for the choices that you make throughout the day. That’s why it is so important to establish right morning habits to eliminate the possibility of weight gain.
Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D., president of the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss, says: “The biggest mistake people make when they’re trying to lose weight is getting their day off on the wrong foot.”
Here are 5 common mistakes people usually do in the morning:
- Getting ready in the dark.
- Not making the bed.
- Skipping the scale.
- Eating low-calorie breakfast.
More information here.