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Why do carbs make me hungry?

Commented on September 19, 2014
Created September 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I'm currently tapering off a high fat diet and including more carbs in an attempt to drop my LDL (also switched to seafood/mono-unsaturated as my protein/fat sources) last night i ate about 2-300g carbs (cassava is dense!) about 3,000kcal in total for the day, now normally i can IF until midday the next day easily but today at 9am my stomach is rumbling already

Isit because carbs burn off faster than fat/protein so i'm left feeling hungry sooner?

 

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on September 18, 2014
at 12:39 PM

Probably not.  Most likely its due to the dietary a change, and your body being thrown out of homeostasis.

 

Evolutionarily speaking, a change to dietary input could signal a change to available food resources.  In many cases this could be due to scarcity.  So it makes sense that the body would react by up-regulating hunger until it's comfortable that it will get a regular "feed" of food.

 

I've noticed the same every time I made a major change -- but usually only lasted for a few days to a week.

 

 

 

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on September 18, 2014
at 01:40 PM

Yeah that makes sense, i've been at about 100g of carbs for a few weeks now but notice when i go upto 150-200g the next day i'm craving starch and much hungrier than usual, i feel better easting more carbs, much more energy & more satisfying meals. Not sure if you remember but i have xanthelasma (cholesterol spots made of small dense oxidized LDL) so i'm trying to find a balance between LDL being high on HFLC, and having lots of small dense LDL which can happen on high carb.

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on September 19, 2014
at 01:20 PM

Yes, I do remember.  How's it going?  when do you go back for another test?

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on September 19, 2014
at 02:28 PM

FYI, here's a study that highlights what I said:http://suppversity.blogspot.com/2014/09/can-you-get-fat-in-three-days-study.html

 

Despite over-feeding by 4500 calories, some of the participants LOST weight.  getting kicked out of homeostatis messes with the body.

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on September 19, 2014
at 03:23 PM

I've got my first appointment booked in 3 weeks time so should have a full NMR shortly after that, i'll post my numbers here once i get them. I'm currently eating 60/25/15 F/C/P exercising plenty and feel comfortable with it, will see what my numbers are like and adjust from there, i'm hoping i can stick around that ratio though. 

It is funny how in the past over a weekend where i've gone really high on carbs and calories (4-5000) it can appear like i've lost weight. Since going higher on carbs the last month or so i feel like i've actually lost fat and built muscle, my body comp has definitely changed.

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on September 18, 2014
at 05:46 PM

Carbs digest faster than fats and protein. Your stomach empties faster than you're used to. Once empty, ghrelin secretion starts and hunger ensues.

The carbs you ate enter your bloodstream quickly. This is great if you're exercising and metabolizing them, which also helps to distract you from the hunger. It's not so great if you're sedentary. 

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on September 19, 2014
at 08:54 AM

I usually eat my carbs at the end of the day and i always exercise before, usually lift a heavy weight for 20 minutes with very small breaks between sets til i'm pouring with sweat, or long walks on the weekend. I do usually go to sleep 3 hours after that carb heavy meal though, i should really start including a post prandial walk.

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