I know this is a few hours early, but I want to be the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Tomorrow, you’ll probably be doing what I do: Loosening up the belt buckle and making room for seconds!
I’m sure you’ve read plenty of claptrap about a “healthy” holiday… watching what you eat… saying “NO!” to seconds… and limiting your dessert to a dollhouse-sized slice of pie.
Well, friend, you won’t read any of that from me!
If you want to let loose tomorrow, be my guest. Is it healthy? Heck, no – but if you work the rest of the year to watch what’s on your dinner plate, then you’ve earned yourself the right to toss the rules out the window and feast like a king for a day.
The key word in there? DAY.
If your Thanksgiving feast starts tonight doesn’t let up until January… if you plan to spend the next seven weeks cutting loose in diet-busting holiday revelry… you’re going to pay the price.
And the latest research shows how that’s one bill you could be paying off for years to come!
Overeating can short-circuit your gut’s signals to the brain – shutting down the hormone that’s supposed to let you know it’s time to stop eating.
In the new study, researchers let mice pig out for 14 weeks.
Every day was Thanksgiving for them!
But as they overate, their small intestines STOPPED cranking out the hormone uroguanylin. That’s the messenger that tells you to stop shoveling so much food down your throat.
This was a study on mice, of course, but your own gut – and your body’s response to food – works in pretty much the exact same way.
If you’re nodding your head right now… if you’ve found out the hard way that overeating regularly makes it easier to keep overeating… the study also has some good news for you.
Your brain never loses the ability to recognize the “fullness” hormone!
In fact, it creates MORE of the receptors needed to catch it – as if it’s desperately searching for some kind of signal to stop the madness.
And in the study, when the mice stopped overeating for a while, the small intestine went back to cranking out uroguanylin and shipping it back up to the brain.
That should make it a little easier to end those bad habits if you’re able to get over the hump, at least in theory.
So, if you’ve let yourself go over the years… if you’re an overeater… don’t feel too bad.
You’re hardly alone.
Let tomorrow be a celebration – eat up, enjoy the meal, and then turn over a new leaf on Friday.
If the mice can do it, so can you!