What just one “sugar splurge” costs your body

A couple of weeks ago I told you about a new study that showed how cutting sweet foods out of kids’ diets for just 9 days has an immediate, profound effect on reversing metabolic syndrome. Today, I read another new study that takes this theory and flips it around.

It showed that just one sugary meal can set off the chain reaction leading to metabolic disease in otherwise healthy people, and make it worse for those who already show signs of the disease.

This study out of the Netherlands involved two groups of men: 10 who were healthy; and 9 who already had metabolic syndrome. At the beginning of the study, both groups had their blood measured for different biomarkers of metabolic disease, such as cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Then both groups were given a milkshake and had their blood tested again.

No surprise, those who already had metabolic disorder tested abnormally as far as sugar metabolism, fat metabolism, and inflammation. But it was what happened next that surprised the researchers.

You see, for the following 4 weeks, the 10 healthy men were instructed to eat an additional 1,300 calories a day in the form of candy, cookies, chips, and other junk food.

And at the end of the month, the researchers found that the healthy men all showed signs of metabolic disturbances. Almost all of the biomarkers that were normal at the outset of the study had changed — and not in a good way.

It’s a stark reminder that all of those little snacks here and there still add up…You may not see the effects right away. But every cookie and every piece of candy is undoubtedly chipping away at your health. And eventually, all of those “just this once”s will catch up with you.

Don’t get me wrong. We’re all human — and bound to fall off the wagon occasionally. But this study shows why it’s so important to get right back on track. Not next week. Not tomorrow. But with your very next bite.

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. So make it count.

But don’t forget — it’s never too late to undo the damage you may have already done with one too many Ben and Jerry’s binges. In fact, my Metabolic Repair Protocol has step-by-step, targeted advice for reversing the kinds of changes the researchers observed in the men in this study. And I’ve seen it work wonders even in some of my most die hard “junk food junkie” patients.

So if you’ve ever struggled with cravings (and, let’s be honest — who hasn’t?), I encourage you to check it out. It includes the detailed advice I give my patients to help them overcome their snack attacks — and repair the havoc junk food wreaks on their metabolism.