First, some good news. Overeating occasionally may not have a bad effect on your body, according to the findings of a new research. As long as you don’t do it regularly, overeating will not have a significant effect on your weight or fat mass or even your blood sugar levels, says the research published In American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. So this basically means that we need not feel guilty about short-term overeating during special occasions like festivals or weddings or birthdays, as long as we are not doing it regularly. For the study, the participants’ diet consisted of 55 per cent carbohydrates, 35 per cent fat and 15 per cent protein. Their overeating indulgences included fatty and calorie-laden foods like chocolates and chips which added about 1,000 more calories to their usual meal intake. Overeating only caused an increase in the visceral fat, however, the fat mass, weight and blood sugar did not show any significant changes. It is important to note that chronic overeating can cause some damaging effects on health. Here are some of them:
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): One of the major organs to get affected by your bingeing is the liver. Overeating causes a buildup of fat in the lining of the liver which hampers its functioning. This could lead to an increase in the toxins as the liver struggles to dispel them out. This could also lead to gall stones, indigestion problems and lead to obesity which could, in turn, affect the liver.
Acidity and other digestion problems: When you load your stomach and food pipes with more food than necessary, you are likely to see the effects: acidity, bloating, indigestion, gas, stomach pain and heartburn.
Hiccups: When you tend to eat more, you tend to eat quickly as well. This is why you gulp in more air with every mouthful. This could not just lead to annoying hiccups but also bloating and burping.
Lethargy: Ever wondered how eating at an all-you-can-eat buffet makes you feel sluggish and sleepy? Overeating can actually make your brain dull. Your melatonin levels also rise which make you sleepy.