Everybody loves a big sugary drink next to their juicy hamburger, but researchers advise us to avoid such a combination next time. Adding so much sugar next to a meal high in proteins affects the balance of energy in the body, disrupting the fat metabolism and making you gain weight.
- If you consume a meal high in proteins together with a sugary drink, you gain weight more easily.
- The extra calories prevent the body from burning the fat.
- This leads to the metabolism slowing down and the accumulation of fat.
Adding a sugary drink to a high protein meal brings an unexpected surplus of calories. This causes about a third of these calories to remain unexpended, also slowing down the fat metabolism. A slower metabolism is the main trigger of body fat storage.
More precisely, such a drink accompanied by a meal with 15 percent proteins causes the body to leave 7.2 grams of fat unoxidized. During oxidation, the organism breaks down fat and prevents it from accumulating. Therefore, these 7.2 grams can now form deposits, leading to weight gain. Also, a meal of 30 percent proteins led to 12.6 grams of unoxidized fat.
Sugar is, indeed, a good provider of energy. However, the drink has many other calories. These are enough to neutralize the effect of sugar, and the energy surplus cannot allow the metabolism to be quicker. In fact, these results were surprising, as researchers weren’t aware this food combination can be that bad for the metabolism.
For the research, published in the journal BMC Nutrition, scientists looked at the effect of such meals on 27 participants of the average age 23. They measured how many calories they were able to burn in every minute. These extra calories contributed to the accumulation of fat. Also, four hours after finishing the meals, participants felt the need of eating something savory.
Therefore, think twice before ordering a sugary drink with those fries. However, researchers highlight the fact that the effects of such a diet are disastrous if it is followed over a longer period of time. Even so, consuming too many calories is bad for your health.
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