Simply put, eating sugar tells the body to store fat. We’ll go into specifics below. But the bottom line: weight gain is not simply about how many calories you eat. It’s about the quality of calories we consume.
Insulin and Storing Fat
Eating sugar triggers the production of insulin.
Insulin signals fat cells to store energy. So, eating foods that increase insulin will signal the body to store fat. And storing too much fat can lead to weight gain and various other health problems.
Leptin and Feeling Full
Leptin signals that we are full. So high leptin causes our appetite to decrease. And low leptin levels signal the brain that we are starving and need energy.
Too much insulin, which tells the brain to store fat, can block leptin, which signals the brain to stop eating. This can potentially lead to storing excessive fat and overeating.
Other Effects of Sugar
Eating too much sugar may eventually cause the body to stop responding to insulin.
If the body stops responding to insulin, this could lead to:
1. Type 2 Diabetes
2. High Blood Sugar Levels
3. High Insulin Levels
4. Insulin production stopping