Nutritionist Lisa Guy lists the five foods that will set you off on a calorie fest. You have been warned!
Hands up who has ever demolished a packet of biscuits without even realising? Processed junk foods that are high in fat and sugars are great at getting you to eat more and more. Giving into these foods can often open the floodgates to overeating unhealthy foods! Here nutritionist Lisa Guy lists 5 common trigger foods that can set you down the path towards an unhealthy eating fest.
When you eat chocolate you release the same chemicals as when you’re in love. You get an increase in endorphins, which are the brain’s pleasure chemicals. Chocolate also contains tryptophan, needed to produce serotonin, another one of our feel good hormones. No wonder chocolate is one of the most turned to comfort food.
2. Donuts and cake
When you eat sugary processed foods like donuts and cake you secrete insulin to help drop your blood sugar levels. This also relaxes your stomach muscles, which allows you to eat more before you start to feel full. These foods are low in dietary fibre too. Fibre makes you feel satisfied and full after eating, so you are less likely to overeat. Sugary foods also boost your ghrelin levels, which is the hormone that stimulates our appetite and increases our cravings.
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3. Greasy take-away foods
Eating greasy foods like fried chicken, hot chips, pizza and hamburgers can actually increase your appetite for days after. Eating these foods high in saturated fats can make you become resistant to the appetite-suppressing hormone leptin and insulin.
4. Sweet biscuits
Stopping at just one can be extremely difficult for many. Sugary treats like this can not only affect you emotionally but can affect you physically too. After eating sugary foods like biscuits your blood sugar levels go soaring, giving you a short burst in energy, only to plummet again soon after, leaving you feeling flat, irritable and craving more biscuits. If you give into your craving the vicious cycle goes on. The more of these sugary processed foods you eat, the more unstable your blood sugar levels will be, which in turn will worsen your sugar cravings.
5. Ice cream
You’ve heard about these foods being addictive, this is because when you indulge in these sugary and fatty foods your brain releases endorphins, which make us feel good. Even just thinking about them can stimulate the reward area of your brain to release dopamine, the same region that is activated when you drink alcohol or take drugs. This gives you a feeling of pleasure and enhances your awareness of the food even more, making the craving difficult to forget about.