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Hungry after steak?!?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Here's my issue- whenever I eat a huge, delicious steak, an hour later, I have hunger pangs. Every time. It doesn't matter if its just the steak, or if its steak with veggies. And its when I eat big steaks-14-18 ounces, or bigger. I don't go steak crazy often, but I do love it, so when I eat it, I eat big. And then I'm hungry an hour later. What gives?

For the record, I don't notice it with other types of meat. Just steak.

Help!

45d24891f938031ba6b5b2c9e27ef7f0

(120)

on September 07, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Oh, I eat my steak rare. are rare as I can. I looove rare. But when I have steak, especially one that big, I tend to just eat the steak. Though tonight, I ate a smaller piece, fried in butter, with half an avocado. I'm still hungry. :( But then, I ate breakfast early, and did an unintentional IF for the rest of the day, until I ate at 9pm. I have such a jacked up eating schedule..

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on September 03, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Also try coconut oil. It's great for pan frying steaks. I know that doesn't answer your question, because that much steak would satisfy me for 6 to 8 hours. Perhaps after going paleo your body is catching up on lost nutrients.

45d24891f938031ba6b5b2c9e27ef7f0

(120)

on September 02, 2011
at 05:56 AM

I think I've always eaten steak the same way. Either on the Foreman grill, or pan fried, with some salt and pepper. I will say that its entirely possible that I have some psychological ramifications from SAD for so long. I'll keep working on it. :D

4fca5e11d50731edbf4cf2ec38691aa3

(961)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:33 PM

let's invent an insulin meter!

4fca5e11d50731edbf4cf2ec38691aa3

(961)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:32 PM

I am VERY insulin resistant. I had a hard time believing it myself. The satiating part is not a problem if your insulin does not prevent you from using it as energy , storing it as fat.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on September 01, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Are you kidding? That's a medium-sized steak. I don't think most people have a problem eating a steak that size and then staying satiated. It shouldn't cause a huge insulin release. It would be very cool if we could measure, I agree.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on September 01, 2011
at 07:55 AM

Interesting article!

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

(837)

on September 01, 2011
at 07:26 AM

It would be nice to have an insulin meter!

45d24891f938031ba6b5b2c9e27ef7f0

(120)

on August 31, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I usually pan fry it with butter. And yeah, you'd think that much meat would satisfy for a while.

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(39831)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:58 PM

Wow, that's weird. I won't get hungry for 7+ hours after a steak of that size.

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(19469)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Try it and give us an update! I love n=1 :)

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on August 31, 2011
at 06:28 PM

If you're cooking them in a pan, are you adding any additional fat? Coconut oil? Beef tallow? Lard?

45d24891f938031ba6b5b2c9e27ef7f0

(120)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I rarely eat overly lean cuts-the fat adds tastiness. but perhaps the next time, I'll eat a smaller steak and ad a side of avocado.

3e111d3d8cceaa39cc529884942698c1

(95)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:07 PM

I have to agree here. Try cutting down to 10oz and see what happens? You should also add some fat here, avacado or grass-fed butter should help you feel satisfied longer.

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(2944)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I'm the same! I don't know why either

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(19469)

on August 31, 2011
at 05:59 PM

What kind of steak are you eating? If it is an overly lean cut (such as a filet or lean sirloin) you could be putting down a lot of protein and not a whole lot of fat.

Protein, especially in excess (14-18oz would qualify) can stimulate insulin release via gluconeogenesis (the synthesis of glucose from glucogenic amino acids) and may explain why you get hungry so quickly after feeding.

Because of this, the seemingly paradoxical phenomenon of eating less and feeling more satisfied is possible.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Try it and give us an update! I love n=1 :)

3e111d3d8cceaa39cc529884942698c1

(95)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:07 PM

I have to agree here. Try cutting down to 10oz and see what happens? You should also add some fat here, avacado or grass-fed butter should help you feel satisfied longer.

45d24891f938031ba6b5b2c9e27ef7f0

(120)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I rarely eat overly lean cuts-the fat adds tastiness. but perhaps the next time, I'll eat a smaller steak and ad a side of avocado.

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4fca5e11d50731edbf4cf2ec38691aa3

on September 01, 2011
at 12:15 AM

!)Your steak is too big. 2)It causes an influx of insulin..3)insulin will not allow your body to burn it's own fat for fuel, 4)so when your muscles want food..the excess insulin is hanging around from the too big piece of steak you ate 5) your muscles can't get fed because insulin is a FAT storage hormone and will not let your fat out so you can use it...6) But your muscles are still needing energy, so they send a message that you need to eat.&) you get hungry.

Eat smaller pieces of meat every few hours..just cut it down to 4 to 6 oz... and eat the rest a few hours later.

I know..I am insulin resistant. This is my life. Gary Taubes has it down cold. I am no longer hungry. I have lost 25 pounds. As soon as I feel hunger, especially after eating, I know I have eaten too many carbs or too much meat. I wish they made insulin meters that would measure insulin in the blood stream like there are glucometers..that measure the blood sugar.

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

(837)

on September 01, 2011
at 07:26 AM

It would be nice to have an insulin meter!

4fca5e11d50731edbf4cf2ec38691aa3

(961)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:32 PM

I am VERY insulin resistant. I had a hard time believing it myself. The satiating part is not a problem if your insulin does not prevent you from using it as energy , storing it as fat.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on September 01, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Are you kidding? That's a medium-sized steak. I don't think most people have a problem eating a steak that size and then staying satiated. It shouldn't cause a huge insulin release. It would be very cool if we could measure, I agree.

4fca5e11d50731edbf4cf2ec38691aa3

(961)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:33 PM

let's invent an insulin meter!

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F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on September 01, 2011
at 12:37 AM

As others have said, if you eat too big portions you get an insulin response. This has been called the chinese restaurant effect, and theres an article on it here.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on September 01, 2011
at 07:55 AM

Interesting article!

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Efc27460255d03e72392883ca8a7b0d2

(134)

on September 01, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Depending on how you've eaten steak before you went Paleo. Was it chopped and wrapped in something? SAD not only has nutritional ramifications, psychological as well (i.e., only feeling full afyter eating out of a box, bag or sack).

45d24891f938031ba6b5b2c9e27ef7f0

(120)

on September 02, 2011
at 05:56 AM

I think I've always eaten steak the same way. Either on the Foreman grill, or pan fried, with some salt and pepper. I will say that its entirely possible that I have some psychological ramifications from SAD for so long. I'll keep working on it. :D

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on September 01, 2011
at 08:19 AM

Sometimes if I eat a meal of just meat, I will feel a bit noshy afterwards, even if I eat a lot. Though I can probably say the same thing about any meal consisting of just one food item.

My guess is that I am getting incomplete nutrition in the meal and my body is looking for something else, some vitamins or minerals or perhaps enzymes that are missing from the meal, but which you get when eating a side dish or a combination of foods. It is probably not a coincidence that virtually every meal prepared anywhere in the world is made up of a combination of foods.

You did not say how you like your steak done, but if it is on the well done side, you are missing out on a bunch of nutrients, and some people find well-done meat hard to digest, which may leave you feeling unsatisfied afterwards.

45d24891f938031ba6b5b2c9e27ef7f0

(120)

on September 07, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Oh, I eat my steak rare. are rare as I can. I looove rare. But when I have steak, especially one that big, I tend to just eat the steak. Though tonight, I ate a smaller piece, fried in butter, with half an avocado. I'm still hungry. :( But then, I ate breakfast early, and did an unintentional IF for the rest of the day, until I ate at 9pm. I have such a jacked up eating schedule..

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