How many of us have our “Christmas Pants” and our belts that can easily be unbuckled as we prepare to indulge in a big meal on Christmas Day?!
But what actually happens to your system when you overeat during the holidays?
Dr. Jay Kuemmerle, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University says that the main difference that relates to Christmas is the volume and constituents of the meal. In large part the high fat can lead to feeling very full and slower digestion. This can cause the stomach to expand to a greater degree, which can be uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable how? Well, as the stomach gets more distended from overeating, the growing pressure is relieved by releasing gas – that means some people will experience acid reflux and the urge to belch. Kuemmerle suggests thinking of the stomach as a balloon: It has some elasticity, but eventually reaches a breaking point and must relieve pressure.
Our bodies have a natural stopping point, but the brain is capable of overriding the stomach’s wishes to stop eating. That’s particularly true during a holiday meal, where variety and abundance are prized.
I don’t know about you guys, but I hate that feeling of overeating. My belly bloats and gets really hard and sore, so this year, my plan is to not let that happen.
Make sure to think with your brain and not your stomach. If you overeat, you will most likely regret it the next day. Make sure you are not starving when you arrive to your Christmas meal and try to go with the healthier options. It is ok to indulge but try indulging in small quantities.
For more tips on how to indulge while staying fit and fabulous this festive season head to https://www.slimsecrets.com.au/blog/?p=707
From the Slim Secrets Team, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xx