What Happens In My Body When I Overeat?

17 May

Regular reader Carrie asked this question, and I thought it was so interesting I’d share it here too.

So Carrie, what happens in your body when you eat more food than you need?

It depends what type of food you eat too much of:

  • Protein – this can be converted into glucose, if required, and then to body fat
  • Carbohydrates – converted into fat or nonessential amino acids
  • Fat – stored as body fat
  • Alcohol – cannot be stored in the body so must be eliminated.  It’s metabolism takes precedence over metabolism of carbohydrates, so when you drink lots of alcohol your body will store more carbs as fat

Basically, excess calories from any food type will lead to weight gain, so overcoming over eating is an important goal.


2 Responses to “What Happens In My Body When I Overeat?”

  1. Jillybean May 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi, great advice. I have found the book ‘Eating Less: Say Goodbye to Overeating’ by Gillian Riley really helpful to my clients who struggle with overeating for whatever reasons….habit, emotions, stress etc.

    • glyco247 May 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

      Hey Jill

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Yes, that book is a good resource. Glad your clients have been finding it useful!

      Katie 🙂

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