A common misconception is that eating fatty foods is the main cause of obesity. People often avoid fats while still consuming desserts, sweet drinks and diet drinks. Actually, sweeteners – artificial or authentic – are the worst culprits when it comes to obesity. While it is true that sugar has less calories per gram than fat, fats are more slowly assimilated into the body, causing a lingering feeling of being full. Sugar, on the other hand, is quickly turned to glucose, causing a sudden release of insulin to protect the body from sugar shock. This, in turn, makes you feel hungry again. It happens so quickly, in fact, that you may never feel as if your initial hunger has been satisfied.
So you eat more. In the end, people consistently eat higher quantities of sweets than fats to satisfy hunger, which is why sugar makes you fat. You are able to pack in much higher quantities of sweets than meats. Surprisingly, artificial sweeteners are even worse, though they contain no calories. They trigger the pancreas to release insulin, which causes increased hunger, binge eating, obesity and the risk of diabetes. Research studies have linked these artificial sweeteners with greater weight gain, due to how the artificial sweeteners trick the body into storing every available calorie and increasing hunger.
This excerpt comes from Dr. Frank King’s book, The Healing Revolution: Eight Essentials to Awaken Abundant Life, Naturally. Copyright 2013, Frank J. King, Jr. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.