A recent study reveals that skipping meals activates a series of metabolic processes that can easily result in abdominal weight gain.
The research has been performed on mice and it consisted of offering them meals on different timelines, to see the reaction in mice’s metabolism.
It seems that for those who were fed a single meal a day, results were pretty much worrying. Mice that ate a single and consistent meal a day developed insulin resistance in their livers, which scientists commonly call a telltale sign of pre-diabetes. What happens in the body is that the liver doesn’t respond to insulin signals that try to keep it from producing glucose, the extra sugar in the blood which is stored as classic fat.
This is not the only conclusion they reached after feeding mice a single meal a day, without any additional brunches or snacks. These mice also lost considerable weight, compared with other groups that were free to chew all day long. Consequently, they were all put back on classic diets and their calories gain was similar to the other group that was fed on a constant basis.
Still, researchers have found that in the first mice group, there appeared a swollen chunk of fat around their middles, which weighed more for the restricted diet mice than for the ones who were benefitting from a normal feeding program. The excess of this kind of fat is strongly related to insulin resistance and risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
So, eating smaller meals or restricting your diet to a single meal a day can be an efficient way to lose weight but skipping meals can lead to serious malfunctions. Even if a restrictive diet is maybe the easiest way to go, when you come to think about that belly fat and the related health risks, it is definitely not worth it.
The extra belly fat is a result of a messy lifestyle and an irregular eating routine and in most cases, unhealthy food diet. It was credited by researchers to lead to a confused metabolic process in the body.
Normally, after a meal the pancreas produces insulin to help absorb glucose from food. When there is too much insulin in the blood, the liver happens to produce glucose to balance the system. Glucose is transformed in fat that is shown in our bellies, making us disgracefully skinny, or fat, depending on the case. So, we should all take greater care of our bellies and of our bodies, try to eat regularly and eat healthy. Any dysfunctional behavior in our daily eating routine leads to heightened risks of diseases, such as diabetes. Stay skinny and stay healthy with good food and constant meals!
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