A Slow Stomach for a Flat Stomach

What do whole fruits, fatty desserts, and a nagging mother have in common? These are some of the secrets to eating the foods you want to or thought you could never get away with eating, while still looking and feeling great. The speed at which your food is digested impacts its physiological effects on your body. We all know the difference in how you feel if you chug a milkshake as fast as you can compared to sipping at it, or the meaning of “food that goes right through you.” The speed of digestion can actually impact your hormones that control fat gain and loss. This is good to know if you’re interested in losing weight or maintaining fat loss.

So how is it that speed of digestion impacts body weight? The faster a large amount of glucose gets dumped into your system, the larger the insulin response. Although the exact mechanism of how this increases weight gain is still being debated, some of the best research suggests that an excess insulin response influences leptin, an incredibly important hormone that has a hand in regulating everything from satiety and hunger to your sleep schedule. Leptin resistance, which is thought to be a major contributor to the development of obesity, is probably driven by excess insulin which is provoked through ingesting large amounts of sugar or protein without mechanisms to slow their absorption. The takeaway is this: Continue reading