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Occasional overeating doesn't affect metabolism, study shows

Individuals who were asked to overeat for five days over 28 days had a slight increase in visceral fat, but no significant increase in fat mass or overall weight, as well as no changes in fasting blood glucose levels and insulin production, according to findings published in the American Journal of Physiology -- Endocrinology and Metabolism. Australian researchers looked at eight healthy young men, average age of 22, and found that "the body copes with short periods of overeating with additional carbohydrates and makes adjustments by shifting metabolism towards utilizing these excess carbohydrates," said study author Glenn Wadley.

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