Did you know that in colder climates hedgehogs hibernate? The science behind how this is fascinating. Hedgehogs are omnivorous i.e. they eat both animal and plant foods. In spring their diet consists largely of snails and worms then in autumn they change to feast on ripe fruit, berries and nuts which are found abundantly. The sugar in the fruit leads to a rise in their blood sugar levels, which triggers the release of insulin which then decreases their glucose to the normal level. The rapid drop in glucose triggers further hunger and desire for sweet foods. Sound familiar? Who can’t resist another chocolate or two?
The hedgehogs muscle cells are quickly filled by the high calorie intake and the fat cells come to the rescue taking in the excess. The fat accumulates in readiness for winter and the expected reduction in food. The hedgehog is now ready to survive the cold winter months, with little or no food.
Similarly, when we as humans consume sweet and fatty foods, a winter padding mechanism will occur leading to increase weight and potentially obesity. The difference for us, in today’s world with the every present availability of food and no hibernation means the weight gain is maintained and potentially continues to increase if over consumption of food continues. Interesting correlation, isn’t it?
Changing your weight requires changing your eating habits and controlling your desire for sweet or fatty foods. A good weight loss program, such as the one I run, not only advises you what to eat but also guides you through changing your eating habits.
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