Why do some people snack when stressed?
The hormone that is triggered by stress is cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that has a function of regulating blood sugar to a certain degree.
If a person has low blood sugar, cortisol is released and helps the body turn protein, fat, or ketones into sugar. This is called gluconeogenesis (Sugar – new – making something or making new sugar)). The body is making sugar out of non-carbohydrate sources. This happens in the liver.
Stress raises cortisol. Cortisol releases sugar, and there is a spike in blood sugar. Insulin kicks in and pushes the blood sugar down (hypoglycemia), causing low blood sugar. Now, the person will get hungry, crave carbs, and snack. When they snack, they’ll raise the blood sugar, and the whole cycle will start over.
Two things that can trigger cortisol:
2. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
When you have stress, you have cravings for sugar. When you eat sugar, you have cravings for sugar. It is the same symptom from two different triggers.
Stress is like eating sugar. It can cause you to crave sugar.
Stress can also lower willpower. Here are some tips to relieving the cravings.
A few tips to overcome the habit of snacking when stressed:
1. Never ask yourself what you’re in the mood to eat.
2. Ignore the body when it demands refined carbs and sugar.
3. Stick to consuming low carb foods. See the Carb Manager link below.
4. Take vitamin B1 (nutritional yeast). (Reduces cortisol.)
5. Take MCT oil or tallow capsules. These fats with satisfy your hunger. It will give you energy.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Stress Eater? WATCH THIS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTpoerLeJXs
Want to learn more? Please watch Dr. Berg’s video,Once you start eating carbs, you can’t stop https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=750400639171965
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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