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Why can I eat so much food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 11, 2011 at 7:20 PM

So I have been eating Paleo for about 6mo, and for the past couple weeks LC. One thing I have noticed is that I can eat a S*** Ton of food. It seems like when I sit down and eat, I could just keep eating and not stop. Often times I have to just tell myself I have had enough. Now, I don't constantly gorge myself....I just feel like I could. Any body else notice this? Does this ever change?

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on January 22, 2012
at 03:39 PM

I have no answer for you, but you're not alone. I just had 4 chicken drumsticks, 3 boiled eggs, a pot of full fat greek yogurt, a cup of broccoli, and a tray-full of kale chips... and I'm thinking I'm still a bit peckish.

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on August 11, 2011
at 10:49 PM

just a comment that it's normal for it to take 10-15 minutes for that satiety signal to kick in after you finish eating, not a sign of any dysfunction. Hence the common diet advice to eat slowly.

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:12 PM

i should also say that there's a difference between "feeling full" throughout your day, and feeling like you've eaten all you want at a meal. i always feel full, i.e. not hungry throughout the day. but when it comes to actually eating, i need to choose a point to stop. this has little to do with hormones or satiety in my opinion, and much more to do with psychology & emotion and the pleasure we can attach to eating. Good Calories, Bad Calories totally changed my life & my approach to diet, but gary totally misses this. there is absolutely an emotional component to this, beyond hormones!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:03 PM

i think answers will vary a lot depending on the individual. erik, i'm a former fat dude. i can eat a lot. this whole notion of feeling 'full and satisfied' is relative. some of us will always have to approach this with a bit more focus & a game plan. i'm one of those. i can't rely on some immediate body signal telling me i'm full. i'm glad that works so well for some people, but whether i'm eating fat & meat, or fruit and veggies, i don't get that sudden signal.

i have to eat at a slower pace, chew well, and remember to wait & drink a glass of water when i finish whatever portion i've made for myself. call it a leptin dysfunction, whatever you want, but feeling "full" doesn't kick in for me until 10 - 15 minutes after my last bite. i rarely if ever feel "completely stuffed, like i couldn't take another bite," as some people put it. i almost always finish whatever portion of something i put out, so i have to consciously plan this aspect of my meal.

and that's the way it goes!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:12 PM

i should also say that there's a difference between "feeling full" throughout your day, and feeling like you've eaten all you want at a meal. i always feel full, i.e. not hungry throughout the day. but when it comes to actually eating, i need to choose a point to stop. this has little to do with hormones or satiety in my opinion, and much more to do with psychology & emotion and the pleasure we can attach to eating. Good Calories, Bad Calories totally changed my life & my approach to diet, but gary totally misses this. there is absolutely an emotional component to this, beyond hormones!

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on August 11, 2011
at 10:49 PM

just a comment that it's normal for it to take 10-15 minutes for that satiety signal to kick in after you finish eating, not a sign of any dysfunction. Hence the common diet advice to eat slowly.

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on August 11, 2011
at 07:27 PM

How fast are you eating and how much do you chew your food? I notice that if I'm in a situation where I have to eat really fast instead of being able to savour my food a little and chew throughly, it creates that annoying feeling where your brain and mouth want more food, even though you're full and have eaten enough.

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on August 11, 2011
at 07:49 PM

The key to feeling full and satisfied is to really pay attention to how much stable fats you are consuming. Try eating a much larger amount of stable fats to boost your satiety. You should feel more full if you cook (preferably stir fry) with coconut oil (you can purchase at a supermarket). I fry my sweet potatoes in coconut oil and make Paleo-fries. You want to get as much animal fat and protein as you can from grass-fed sources. As has been mentioned, fat and protein make you feel full. Since protein is easy to get, I'm guessing you need more stable fat from saturated fat sources.

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on August 11, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I think that the sick, bloated feeling is often associated with fullness and satiety. Without all those carbs and NAD's (no bloat) it feels like you can eat forever. I think it takes some time for our true hunger and fullness signals to be reactivated.

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on January 22, 2012
at 03:19 PM

This is my problem...I am never satisfied and always feel hungry, even if I've eaten a pound of meat and a huge plate of veggies covered in fat.

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on January 22, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Here is your answer: FIBER. When you base your diet around protein and (usually) fatty foods like eggs and meat you are cutting out the #1 nutritional element that makes you feel full....FIBER. Yes protein is also known to supposedly make you feel full, but I don't think that is the case for everyone. I know in my case if I were to eat a steak I would be hungry half an hour later. Why don't you try eating more fiber and seeing if this healthy ingredient makes you feel full instead?
Fiber has numerous other nutritional advantages but making you feel satiated is one of the main ones. The average adult needs a MINIMUM of 20-35 grams of fiber a day, however your average American only consumes about 14 grams per day. I find 20 grams to still be way too low, and have talked with doctors who recommend far more per day, it is really an individual thing at times. I myself am female and consume an estimated 55 grams of fiber per day. Where is fiber found? Your answer there is plants. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and milk do not contain any dietary fiber. Search online for high fiber foods and you will find all your results are grains, fruits, and veggies. Lists online will also tell you how much fiber each food has. One thing is super important though, and that is to make sure that you drink the daily recommended amount of liquid per day or even more when you eat more fiber, as fiber absorbs water. So drink a lot! Good luck and I hope this has helped!

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:41 PM

I was like this too. 9 mos Primal now.

I think for me it was my body making up for years of malnourishment/malabsorption (14 years vegetarian.) Make sure your D3, magnesium and Omega 3 levels are dialed in.

And don't worry about it. Things will balance out in the big picture as you become more comfortable with the lifestyle & introduce more variety into your diet.

As mentioned earlier--emotional eating can play a big part in this.

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Same here. I can eat all day. Been paleo for 2 years now. I'm not overweight, probably a bit under, and work out about 4 times a week.

I have a weird eating pattern, but it works for me.

I like to "Veg it Up" on certain days and only eat vegetables on those days to keep my digestive system moving. I can eat a lot of pounds of vegs those days.

When I "Fat it Up", I eat protein/fat and a small amount of vegetables. Those days I eat a lot less because I feel full. So my suggestion, like many others, is to "Fat it Up."

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I am also this way, for a 5'6" woman I can eat "like a linebacker"...

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on August 11, 2011
at 07:29 PM

It comes and goes for me. Some days I am ravenous and others I can skip breakfast and lunch and couldn't be bothered.

Since I am just getting started, I haven't learned a lot of variety yet so my days are all very similar as far as what foods I eat.

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on August 11, 2011
at 07:25 PM

That sounds unusual. Typically fats and proteins have very high satiety levels. What are you eating? Is your gut very stretched from previous WOEs?

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