Nutrition Study: Matthew Vettese Says Afternoon Stress Eating is Dietary Disaster, Suggests Healthy Alternatives

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A new report from CNN confirms that stress-induced “binge eating” during the afternoon or early evening is a major cause of dietary problems and significant weight gain, but nutritionist Matthew Vettese offers ways for avoiding carbohydrate overload.

Eating the wrong kinds of foods and later feeling sick because of it is an experience most of us know well, but a new CNN study suggests that the opposite can also hold true—that certain foods can make us feel better, at least temporarily. The nutrition study notes that junk foods, such as potato chips and ice cream, offer a “fast-track to happiness,” but also that a “carb overload” can ultimately “wreak havoc” on the body. CNN speculates that afternoon snacking and easy access to junk food are the causes of many dietary and weight gain problems, but nutrition expert Matthew Vettese says there are practical efforts that can be taken to ward off the problem.

Matthew Vettese confirms that the CNN study offers important insight that many consumers may benefit from hearing. “It is certainly true that eating certain foods can have a soothing or comforting effect, which is why so many of us reach for chips or for that extra cup of coffee in the afternoon,” says the diet expert. “Just because something makes one feel good does not mean it is actually good for the body, however, and the things we do to feel better may really be making us feel worse.”

Nutrition expert Matthew Vettese points to the CNN study’s insight into what makes afternoon snacking and stress-induced “binge eating” so counterproductive. In particular, the study shows that overloading on unhealthy foods can actually suppress the immune system, a finding Matthew Vettese says is radical. “A lot of times we flood our bodies with junk when we start to feel ill, but that can actually make things much worse,” he cautions.

The best path to avoiding these unhealthy dietary effects, according to Matthew Vettese, is to recognize the problem and end the pattern. “These foods not only taste good, but prove to be addictive over time,” he comments. “Once we start eating donuts or potato chips as an afternoon snack, our bodies start to crave them, and it becomes hard to end the cycle, even though it makes the body feel worse and worse.”

The nutritionist endorses a suggestion from the CNN report, which is to substitute a different kind of stress-relieving afternoon habit. Rather than relieve midday stress or cope from a hard day by binge eating, Matthew Vettese recommends making it a habit to go for a short walk, a healthier alternative that has the same stress-reducing effects. He also adds another suggestion of his own, which is simply to take junk out of the equation. “If you know you are prone to afternoon snacking, keep less carb-heavy snacks, like fruits or veggies, close at hand, and avoid the allure of the sweet and salty stuff.”


Matthew Vettese is a nutrition expert and dietary consultant whose passion is for helping his client find safe and natural ways to lose weight and stay trim. He is also a strong proponent of organic gardening, and offers his clients home gardening tips.


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