This Is What Overeating Does to Your Body

Gaining weight is just one side effect; and it may not be the most serious


Most people have experienced it at least once before. For whatever reason—a holiday, special occasion or maybe just due to stress—they overindulge their appetite and overeat.

The expression “you are what you eat” is a cliché because it is true. The worse food you put in your body, especially in excess quantities, the worse you will feel.[slideshow:101913]

Unhealthy eating habits lead to inflammation, which causes oxidative stress, which is imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to detoxify their harmful effects, making you look and feel older.

Eating more than the body needs leads to weight gain. More than 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the CDC. This is the physical and obvious effect of overconsumption. But what happens on the inside?

Treating yourself to your favorite guilty pleasure will not ruin your diet, figure (or life), but it can sabotage months of hard work training and following a healthy nutritious regimen. You will not gain weight from one night of binging, but you may be teaching your body to accept unhealthy behaviors. This is risky.

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