What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Too Much
We have all done it many times – your body begins to register the fact that you are comfortably full, you eat past this point and are now uncomfortably full.
You continue to eat, and are now so full that it is all you can think about, and all that will ease your discomfort is a nap.
So what are you putting your body through each time you eat past the point of comfort?
- Your bloated stomach is likely a temporary effect on the overindulgence you have just experienced. However, this is due to the fact that an adult’s stomach can hold 2 litres of food, which can shockingly be stretched to four times this size, leaving space for 8 litres of food – no wonder you are nursing a curved abdomen. Large meals such as this can take up to four hours to travel to your small intestine for digestion, giving you hours to think about what you’ve just done!
- Digestion requires blood supply, which has to be taken from other areas of the body. This causes fatigue, which is likely the reason you are desperate for a nap after an excessive amount of food. If you chose to indulge in foods that are high in sugar, you will also experience a rise in blood sugar levels, which will lead to a dip in energy, leaving you feeling lethargic and in need of some rest.
- Leptin is a hormone that is produced by the body’s fat cells and is carried to the brain via the bloodstream. This will then trigger an alert in your brain that you are becoming full (this will happen much sooner than your stomach telling you). Therefore, listen to what your head is telling you!
- Regularly eating excess amounts of food will cause your body to produce greater amount, and therefore build up a stronger resistance. This resistance will mean that you will be less able to recognise when you are full – leading to a greater likelihood that you will overeat in the future.
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