All people like snacks, especially if it’s a delicious bar or a 100-calorie pack of something tasty. According to celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque – snacking is bad for the body. What is the reason? How can you satisfy your hunger?
Most people prefer to fulfill their hunger by eating snacks like energy bars, juices, muffins and more. By choosing these foods, people do not look at the content of macronutrients in them. Kelly LeVeque says that this is a big mistake, because snacking isn’t eating to satiety – it’s a stopgap. What’s more, snacking can make you hungry after a certain time.
If you feel hungry, you need to eat real food, which includes protein, fat, fiber, and greens. When you turn off your hunger with enough of the right foods, you will learn to reset your body-brain satiety signals. The main thing is learn to eat when you are really hungry, not when you are craving for harmful snacks.
Kelly LeVeque says that the most common question among her new clients is: “Do you think I can go as long as four to six hours without feeling hungry?” or “Don’t I need to stroke my metabolism by eating every three hours?” Kelly always answers “NO” to all these questions. But why?
#1. The digestion process takes time
To digest food your body needs a lot of time and energy to break down food into molecules that can be absorbed and utilized. Complete digestion usually takes six hours or more. When you eat snacks in between meals, you slow down the digestion process, forcing your body to start it again. The fact is, snacking only leads you to weight gain.
#2. Your body needs a break
A 2014 study compared the biological benefits of eating five to six small meals a day against two larger meals (with the same caloric intake) to determine biological benefit on body weight, hepatic fat content, insulin resistance, and beta cell function. The study found that fewer larger meals reduced body weight, hepatic fat content, fasting plasma glucose, C-peptide and glucagon, and increased oral glucose insulin sensitivity. So, as you can see, breaks between snacks have a positive effect on our bodies.
#3. Your snacks are full of carbohydrates
Most people eat snacks that are full of carbohydrates. Your favorite chips, crackers, delicious bars fill you with blood sugar and cause the release of insulin. When you eat unbalanced meals with processed foods, your blood sugar quickly rises and falls within three hours, leaving you with low blood sugar but still full of insulin, which causes you to crash and crave more carbohydrates, releasing even more insulin.
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Insulin picks up glucose and transfers it from your bloodstream into your cells so that your nervous system, muscles, and other tissues and organs can utilize the glucose for proper functioning. However, after doing its job, insulin can stay in your bloodstream for 6 to 8 hours. In other words, insulin prevents the fat burning process, causing you a desire for products that will bring more sugar into the bloodstream.
Kelly LeVeque recommends to eat meals that turn off hunger and give the body the break between meals. Stop consuming “harmful snacks” that will flood your bloodstream with insulin and make you crave more harmful food later.
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