Eating Refined Carbs Makes You Hungrier

Sounds silly, but this article describes what I find when I eat certain foods.

But veteran dieters know something that some researchers apparently don’t: Certain foods seem to fuel the appetite like pouring gasoline on a fire. Some people find that once they start eating bread, cookies, chocolate, potato chips — or leftover Easter candy — they lose all sense of fullness and find it difficult to stop…

After 23 years of treating patients — some of it espousing liquid diets — Dr. Aronne has concluded that refined carbohydrates and foods with high sugar and fat content promote what he calls “fullness resistance.” They interfere with the complex hormonal messages the body usually sends to the brain to signal that it’s time to stop eating. People feel hungrier instead.

This happens in part because refined carbohydrates raise blood-sugar levels, setting up an insulin surge that drives blood sugar down again, causing rebound hunger. That insulin spike also interferes with leptin, the hormone secreted by fat cells that should tell the body to stop eating. Obese people have loads of leptin, but it either doesn’t get to the brain, or the brain becomes resistant to it. “This is not a failure of willpower, it’s a physical mechanism,” Dr. Aronne writes. The body also becomes resistant to insulin, setting the stage for diabetes.

I threw away a homemade cookie at work today because I just knew that once I ate it that I’d want more. Fighting off the wheat and sugar cravings is a nuisance and usually takes about two days for me. It does help me stay away from that kind of food just because I know that I’ll want to indulge more.

That cookie looked good today, but I held off on eating it at our staff meeting and figured I’d eat it as dessert with my tuna salad lunch. Running errands after a physical therapy session, I decided to pick up some hot wings and eat those for my dessert  instead of the cookie. Wings aren’t perfect, but at least I won’t fight cookie-carb cravings tomorrow.

I don’t agree with all the “diet” advice in the article  — egg whites and not whole eggs? Give me a break. Still, it’s nice to see info on how we eat causing overeating problems and doesn’t assume that obesity is all about laziness and overindulgence. Sometimes it’s what we eat that makes us want to eat more. Once I upped my protein intake and cut the refined carbs and sugar I just don’t get crazy hungry like I used to do.


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