Just one day of binge eating can screw with your body
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You eat healthily all week.

Monday to Friday, you’re chomping on Buddha bowls and complex carbs like no tomorrow. You’re down the gym after work every day. You’re sober.

Then come the weekend, you get your reward. After a Saturday night out, you like to sit in bed eating pizza, garlic bread, Kettle Chips and chocolate buttons, safe in the knowledge that your hangover will soon kill you and put an end to this state of misery.

But that’s fine right? One day of eating crap doesn’t have much effect on your overall goals when you’re so virtuous the other five or six…does it?

Well yes, apparently it does.

A new study suggests that just one day of chowing down on high fat good can mess with your body.

Just one day of binge eating can screw with your body

Researches gave 15 healthy volunteers a task that we’d all enjoy partaking in: for one day only, they go the m to eat a diet full of delicious high fat food – burgers, cheesecake etc. – totalling 78% more calories altogether than their normal daily requirement.

Then they measured their blood sugar and compared it to their levels pre-feast.

They found that their whole-body insulin levels decreased by 28%.

Insulin sensitivity is important because it looks at how well the body’s cells absorb sugar from the blood and converts it into energy.

So if your sensitivity is diminished, your body needs more and more insulin to help the body absorb the sugar. And eventually, your pancreas will reach its limit and wont be able to provide you with enough insulin to do the job in hand. Excess blood sugar then starts to build up in your bloods stream – and that eventually leads to diabetes.

Just one day of binge eating can screw with your body
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The conclusion?

Eating well over your RDA of fatty foods can mess with your body’s ability to process sugar properly.

‘Sustained over-production of insulin – by the pancreas – can lead to pancreatic dysfunction and an inability to produce insulin when it is needed,’ says study author Carl Hulston.

Now it’s worth saying that the researchers don’t know exactly what part of the diet in the study was to blame for the acute insulin disruption. It may have been the calories, it may have been the fat content. We don’t quite know. And we don’t actually know what the exact health implications are and over what kind of time period.

Its not clear if the effects of binge eating continue once you return to a healthy diet, for example.

But logically, one day of hungover binging every once in a blue moon isn’t going to kill you or give you diabetes. If it did, 99% of us would have died years ago.

But perhaps, if that’s your routine every single week, maybe consider giving your pancreas a break.

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