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Only fully satisfied with red meat?

Answered on January 22, 2014
Created January 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Feel free to skip the rant and answer this: is it possible that not incorporating red meat in my meals is the reason I don't feel satiated? I think I'm not slacking off on my protein intake, but I'm a bit of a noob so any ideas are welcome. Since my goal is to drop 15 lbs (6.8 - 7 kg) by May (ortophedist's orders - spina bifida occulta), I'm trying to limit my calorie intake. I'm on a desk job and right now don't have the energy to restart my workout routines (detoxing is enough work for my system). I'm 24, 5'4", and 140 lbs (63.5 kg) (not sure how much information is necessary).

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I jumped back on the Paleo wagon earlier this week, and have been starving until yesterday, when I ate about 1 1/2 italian sausage, 1 medium sized pork chop, and about 3oz churrasco at a friend's bbq lunch (with about 1 1/2 cups rucula, I'm really trying with the greens). I ate until I was satisfied, and didn't feel the need to have dinner.

Monday morning I was late for work and couldn't have breakfast, just 1/3 of a red pommelo as midmorning snack; then salad (cherry tomatoes, purple cabbage, kale, bell peppers, cucumber) and 6oz tilapia; and a hearty tomato soup for dinner.

Tuesday I had two veggie omelette muffins (celery, onions, bell peppers, dried parsley) for breakfast and was starving after an hour and a half, so I had about 3 cups thinly sliced platain chips; then... well, read paragraph above.

Today's breakfast was boiled platain (mash, with some garlic and oregano for taste), and two left-over veggie omelette muffins; I was starving by the time I got to work, so I had a cracker as midmorning snack; lunch was the same as on Monday. An hour and a half later, my stomach's churning.

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on January 22, 2014
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Adequate intake of protein and (arguably) fat is known to be what puts the brakes on appetite. This is not restricted purely to animal protein only, and poultry, fish, plant proteins will all have a similiar effect if in sufficient amounts. If your not getting enough of either protein or fat (mostly protein), the body basically just says "moarrrr' until it gets it. I should also point out that healthy dietary fat (mono/polyunsaturates, omega 3's) in reasonable amounts are helpful not harmful in a weight loss regimen. A few references:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/ind-te070612.php

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/82/1/41.full

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