We’re aware of the obvious negative effects of overeating - extra weight. But most people aren’t well versed with how eating too much can affect other aspects of your life, too. So don’ As compiled from livestrong.com and fitday.com, take a look at these surprising negative effects of overeating and avoid doing so on Eid.
You still feel hungry
Emotional eating is when your hunger for emotional fulfillment gets turned into physical hunger for food. The only problem with eating for comfort is that while your stomach is getting filled, your heart still remains empty. Eating might make you forget about your emotional needs for a few minutes, or even an hour, but no matter how much food you eat your real needs never get met. The more you eat, the more your emotional hunger grows. As time passes, using food this way leads to feelings of defeat and depression. Looking for the real source of your hunger and addressing it directly will help restore your hope.
Your psychological growth gets stunted
When food gets installed as a coping mechanism it becomes a quick fix instead of finding a real solution. Once you get relief from food, you turn to it to deal with more and more problems. Suddenly, you’re eating when you’re overwhelmed, tired, bored, lonely, frustrated, irritated, or to deal with just about any uncomfortable feeling that arises. As time passes you no longer believe that you can handle life without food and even simple tasks suddenly feel too difficult to take on. The more you turn to food the more insecure you become. Psychological skills are like muscles. If you don’t use them, you lose them. Thinking things through and developing new skills will help you feel confident and efficient.
Your relationships remain unfulfilling
When food becomes a substitute friend or lover, it can become easier to eat than to deal with fostering intimacy in your relationships. Human relationships can be hard work but all people crave connection and food never replaces love. Perhaps you’ve found yourself eating when you’re lonely or to compensate for an unsatisfying relationship. As time passes you turn to food more and more to fill your relationship needs. The more you use food in this way the less motivated you are to develop new social skills, or to heal an ailing relationship. Doing the work to make your relationships more fulfilling will help you feel close and connected.
You undergo poor blood sugar control
Eating carbohydrates in excess, particularly refined carbohydrates can create a series of blood sugar highs and lows. Eat a large slice of cake with frosting, and your insulin levels are likely to rise significantly, paving the way for fat storage. Insulin rises because your body is working to decrease your blood sugar, which requires this hormone. Once the insulin triggered by carbohydrates takes the sugar out of your blood stream, you risk experiencing hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. These swings in blood sugar wreak havoc on the bodies systems, including the cardiovascular system. A pattern of overeating carbohydrates results in a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes for many people.
You experience brain fog
Another problem associated with over-consumption of carbohydrates is a decrease in cognitive functioning -- often experienced as “brain fog.” This phenomenon is related to falling blood sugar levels, which is an almost inevitable consequence of overeating carbohydrates after the initial insulin spike. According to the Franklin Institute, neurons are unable to store glucose, thus a bout of low blood sugar results. The effects can be confusion, nervousness and a general feeling of being “spaced out.”
You suffer from low self-esteem
People who suddenly put on weight tend to lose their confidence on their appearance and worry excessively about their social image. This causes them to lose self confidence and self esteem. They try to deprive themselves of the food items they love and in turn increase the urge to eat more.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2015.
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