Intolerances such as lactose and gluten can cause tummy troubles, but it could also be the result of overeating. Consuming more food than necessary can exert excessive pressure on your tummy, causing aches and pain. While it’s impossible to tear your stomach apart by overstuffing it with goodies, the effect of overeating can cause extensive changes to the anatomy of your stomach, stretching the muscles and increasing the amount of food you need to become full. Additionally, overeating certain types of food can cause stomach discomfort and weight gain.
Different types of food create different types of feeling in you. If you drank too much fluid, your overstretched stomach could cause some distress, but it will soon pass. However, overstuffing yourself with junk food is a different story. It takes time for your digestive enzymes to process fats, and you could experience a lot of discomforts. The food may exert pressure against your diaphragm, making respiration a strenuous venture. The breakdown of fatty foods can also cause acid reflux, which occurs when acid moves from your stomach into your throat, causing sourness in your mouth. Overeating junk food can cause constipation and problems with stool transition. In short, overeating junk food is a recipe for several hours of severe tummy troubles.
Continually overstuffing may cause stomach muscles to stretch which may result in acid reflux as well as pressure against the breathing muscle of the diaphragm. Overeating once in a while may cause some momentary discomfort, but it’s not enough to change the anatomy of your stomach as the expanded muscles will contract after the food has been dislodged from the stomach. However, a consistent binge eating behaviour will stretch your stomach muscles over time, and you may be left with an uncontrollable appetite. In addition to the discomfort of a bloated tummy, overeating could also lead to weight gain and all its ugly effects on your health.
Overeating can also increase your appetite, especially when you overstuff on simple carbohydrates. Simple carbs raise your blood sugar rapidly, causing a surge in the hormone insulin, which is released to deal with the excess sugar. As a result, your blood sugar plummets quickly too, making you feel hungry again when you awake in the morning, despite the heavy meal you had last night.
Studies have shown that junk food increases snacking behaviour, and can also lead to fat gain. Foods containing high amounts of refined carbs such as cakes, sweets, white bread, and other kinds of junk food are notorious for causing sudden elevation and fall of the blood sugar levels as they release sugar into the bloodstream rapidly. The aftermath is an uncontrollable rage of hunger that forces you to grab more junk food to fill in the gap until your next meal. Gradually, you are setting up yourself for weight gain.
Whatever the cause of your tummy issues, you can get some relief by taking an easy stroll, however, you should avoid lying down as that would increase the discomfort. For a long-term solution, become a conscious eater by eating slowly and chewing food thoroughly before swallowing to allow your body sense that is full before you overstuff it.