Why You Sometimes Crave Sugar & FatAug 01, 2022
Why do we sometimes suffer from intense cravings for sugar and fat? But almost never for broccoli? 😩 It's not necessarily that you lack willpower...stress and the resulting chemical changes are usually to blame.
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You need to know this little nugget because we all experience these cravings. But today, let’s dive a little deeper to look at exactly what’s happening.
WHY DO I CRAVE SUGAR? AND FAT?
Cortisol’s job is to replace lost energy during the fight-or-flight process, and it means business. It wants to do it in the most efficient and effective way possible. It makes us seek out the most energy-rich sources of food: sugar and fat . The reason we crave “comfort foods” such as chips, cookies, fast food, burgers, pizza, and chocolate when we’re stressed out is that Sneaky Pete is on the hunt for calorie-rich foods.
We eat large amounts of high-fat, high-sugar foods in an attempt to comfort ourselves, but the double-edged sword is that they ultimately add more stress to the system in several ways.
First, eating excessive amounts of food results in excessive amounts of glucose, especially when the food is high in sugar. And in turn, excessive amounts of glucose require excessive amounts of insulin to get blood glucose levels back down into the ideal range. And you know what happens next—insulin sensitivity decreases and more stress is placed on the pancreas. To add insult to injury, much of this excess glucose is processed and stored away as fat around the abdominal region. Excess fat—particularly around the midsection—also places more stress on the body’s joints and systems.
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