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It’s OKAY to be Overeat Occasionally, Research Suggests

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes cases have been growing in number worldwide within the past 3 decades. This is largely caused by overindulging in high-calorie foods such as eggs, pasta, chocolate, and cheese. Overeating impairs blood sugar control and insular levels. With these things in mind, it can be said that overeating is bad. However, overeating is not bad in itself. It is bad when overeating is done for long periods of time, as this research paper suggests.

Although the amount of visceral fat that surrounds internal organs increased substantially, short-term overeating did not have a significant effect on the men's weight or fat mass. In addition, fasting levels of blood sugar and C-peptide--an amino acid the body releases in response to increased production of insulin--did not change. This finding was surprising because fasting levels of endogenous glucose--new glucose the body produces in addition to what it has already stored for future use--increased during the short-term trial.

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