There are days we feel hungry all the time. No amount of food or drink can satiate those weird hunger pangs. Ever wondered, why? A new research has found that people, who experience big dips in blood sugar levels, several hours after eating, end up feeling hungrier. As a result, they consume much more calories than the body needs in a day. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from King’s College, University of Nottingham and others. The findings were published in the journal Nature Metabolism. This study also highlights why some people struggle to shed those extra kilos even when they are on diet.
The researchers conducted the study on 1070 people over a period of two weeks. They collected data about the participants’ blood sugar responses and other markers of health, after the latter was given a standardised breakfast that included “muffins containing the same amount of calories but varying in composition in terms of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fibre,” reads a report on the official website of King’s College, London. The participants also had fasting blood sugar response test and wore stick-on continuous glucose monitors to measure their blood sugar levels over the entire duration of the study.
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After analysing the data, the researchers found that that some people experienced “significant ‘sugar dips’ 2-4 hours after this initial peak, where their blood sugar levels fell rapidly below baseline before coming back up. The ones who experienced extreme dip also “ate 75 more calories in the 3-4 hours after breakfast and around 312 calories more over the whole day than little dippers. This kind of pattern could potentially turn into 20 pounds of weight gain over a year,” the report further reads.
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Considering the above factors, we may conclude that there is a strong relationship between our blood sugar levels, the food we eat and our body weight. In other words, managing blood sugar levels may help control our body weight too.
Eat healthy, stay fit!