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Why does a lot of protein make me hungry?

Answered on October 10, 2017
Created April 05, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I'm gonna preface this by saying that this isn't a post about me complaining about why I can't eat all I want or whatever. It's just something I've noticed recently, and I'm curious if anyone else has experienced it, or if anyone knows why.

So, most days hunger isn't really an issue, but sometimes there'll be a huge-ass chunk of meat in front of me, and the glutton inside is all like 'Yeah, I'mma eat all of that.' And frankly, afterward, I'm super stuffed. But it seems like no matter how stuffed I am, if it was a lot of meat, I somehow end up hungry like 20 minutes later.

This happened today. There was a whole chicken from the grocery store, and I ate the whole thing. Cuz that's just what I do once in a while. But then shortly afterward, I suddenly got that hunger that I always get after very large amounts of meat, and thought 'I'm gonna ask the Internet about this'.

PS: Yes, I ate the skin too. Yes, I had a liter of water like 15 minutes before eating. And no, I didn't have any kind of sugary/carby foods beforehand.

Any ideas what's going on here? Thanks, all.

edit: I should clarify that eating fairly "normal" amounts of meat is quite satiating. It just seems to be when I eat a large amount of meat that I start to get hungry soon afterward.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on May 11, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Very interesting. I imagine it should take longer to breakdown chicken, and protein in general. Are you very thin?

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

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on April 07, 2012
at 08:48 PM

You should try eating other things then just meat if you are looking for a satisfaction of eating.. You remarked on being hungry shortly after which is what I responded too. Chances are it is your body needing more liquids to digest said chicken which is very lean and high in protein. Which is very commonly confused with hunger or emptiness. But after eating a whole chicken, I can almost guarantee that you body is not asking for more food shortly after your meal.

2ed23cf27c64885cde34138fd708f523

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on April 07, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Yes, excess protein turns to glucose, causing a blood glucose spike and crash. To keep from being hungry soon after eating, I find that I have to keep my protein moderate and make sure I have plenty of fat.

2ed23cf27c64885cde34138fd708f523

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on April 07, 2012
at 03:55 AM

This happens to me too!!

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

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on April 06, 2012
at 02:34 PM

But I drank like a liter of water 20 minutes before the chicken. And that doesn't explain why only eating a half or a quarter chicken can be more satiating than eating a whole one.

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

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on April 06, 2012
at 02:32 PM

No, actually lol. I do eat a bunch pwo, and I'm not usually hungry enough to finish it all but I choke it down to fuel the meat on my bones. Lol But no, the chicken thing is usually on a day when I don't work out.

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

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on April 06, 2012
at 02:30 PM

What I'm saying is, say I ate a half chicken. Or maybe even a quarter chicken. I'd be full and satiated after that. But when I eat a whole chicken, I'm still hungry afterward.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Even with the skin, the fat content is minimal. Again its the protein issue, (resulting in glucose production) (less meat with more fat leaves you far more satisfied), than overdoing protein.

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I did eat the skin on the chicken and the thighs and wings too. Still too little fat? Also, I do tend to eat starchy carbs and stuff, and they're satiating, but the thing I'm wondering is why a little bit of meat leaves me satisfied, but a lot of meat leaves me hungry. It kinda baffles me a bit.

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

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on April 05, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Interesting. I wonder if I'd get hungry if I ate like 2.5lbs of steak in one sitting. lol

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on April 05, 2012
at 07:56 PM

First of all chicken is extremely low in fat, considerably high in protein. Too much protein, even without carbs turns to glucose in the body and makes us hungrier or feel like we are. Beef, bison etc. (mainly red meats and pork) have a much better fat to protein ration. However also cook these meats in bacon grease, lard, coconut oil or butter and that way your satisfied with fat much faster, rather than too much protein. I would do no more than a 1-2 lbs of steak but sautee it in lots of fat, even eat it with avocodo, or an egg cooked in bacon grease and buttered non-starchy vegetables and wait, you shouldn't be hungry.

However, if you find yourself still unsatisfied maybe your body wants more carbs (squashes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots etc.) Some people, especially those who are active run better on a little more carb. I find the most satisfying meal to be a .8-1lb of tbone steak, 1/2-1 whole small sweet potato, some sauteed veggies in coconut oil. Usually after that meal I can fast all day because I am no where near hungry. However, since your a guy you will probably need to double those portions. (I'm 5'2)

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

(30)

on April 05, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I did eat the skin on the chicken and the thighs and wings too. Still too little fat? Also, I do tend to eat starchy carbs and stuff, and they're satiating, but the thing I'm wondering is why a little bit of meat leaves me satisfied, but a lot of meat leaves me hungry. It kinda baffles me a bit.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on April 05, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Even with the skin, the fat content is minimal. Again its the protein issue, (resulting in glucose production) (less meat with more fat leaves you far more satisfied), than overdoing protein.

2ed23cf27c64885cde34138fd708f523

(70)

on April 07, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Yes, excess protein turns to glucose, causing a blood glucose spike and crash. To keep from being hungry soon after eating, I find that I have to keep my protein moderate and make sure I have plenty of fat.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I'm glad you clarified what kind of protein you were talking about!

I find beef, bison and lamb--all ruminants--very satiating. All other meats are less so, with fish and eggs not really satiating at all. I can eat 6-8 oz of beef and not get hungry for meat until the next day. I can eat 1/2 a chicken or a pound of fish filets and I'm prowling the kitchen an hour or two later. I also don't find carbs--including starchy things--satiating.

In my kitchen, appetite control requires ruminant meat. But not everyone agrees, as I've read on other threads that some people find fish/eggs/poultry satiating.

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

(30)

on April 05, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Interesting. I wonder if I'd get hungry if I ate like 2.5lbs of steak in one sitting. lol

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on May 11, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Well, if it is not only lean proteins you're eating, you can rule out rabbit starvation.

When you eat large amounts of protein at once and in the absence of sufficient carbohydrates it can lead to a strong insulin spike. However, without the sugars (from the carbs) in your blood stream for the insulin to work on, you'll get rebound hypoglycemia, which will lead to cravings for more food- specifically, carbohydrate.

This problem can be relieved by either eating smaller amounts of protein spaced out into frequent meals, or only eating large quantities of protein with some accompanying carbohydrate.

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82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

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on April 05, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Sense I did not see this mentioned... There are other feelings other than hunger in your belly! For most people it is hard to decipher which feeling you have is it I need food or do I need water!!!

Protein needs more water than anything else to be digested the higher the protein diet the more water you need to successfully digest said protein! You are probably experiencing water pains or emptiness not hunger...

Look into drinking more water then shoving more food in your belly! Even if you drink "Alot" of water it still may not be enough for your food intake!

This is coming from some one who experienced the same thing you are now! Did some research and drink more than I ever did(water) and I have lost that empty or still wanting more feeling!

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

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on April 06, 2012
at 02:34 PM

But I drank like a liter of water 20 minutes before the chicken. And that doesn't explain why only eating a half or a quarter chicken can be more satiating than eating a whole one.

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

(105)

on April 07, 2012
at 08:48 PM

You should try eating other things then just meat if you are looking for a satisfaction of eating.. You remarked on being hungry shortly after which is what I responded too. Chances are it is your body needing more liquids to digest said chicken which is very lean and high in protein. Which is very commonly confused with hunger or emptiness. But after eating a whole chicken, I can almost guarantee that you body is not asking for more food shortly after your meal.

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on April 05, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Do you find it related to workouts at all? What I mean is, 18-24 hours after your workouts do you find this happening? I am very NOT hungry on days I have a good hard workout(play session - tip to Mark Sisson) but the next day, every time I eat meat...I want more within a half an hour. My assumption was recovery hunger/craving/drive/desire.

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

(30)

on April 06, 2012
at 02:32 PM

No, actually lol. I do eat a bunch pwo, and I'm not usually hungry enough to finish it all but I choke it down to fuel the meat on my bones. Lol But no, the chicken thing is usually on a day when I don't work out.

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I find it hard to really feel "full" without a pretty solid ingestion of fats.

5794b432d7b4abab2c7d79f39582245a

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on April 06, 2012
at 02:30 PM

What I'm saying is, say I ate a half chicken. Or maybe even a quarter chicken. I'd be full and satiated after that. But when I eat a whole chicken, I'm still hungry afterward.

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on October 10, 2017
at 11:30 AM

I dont know why you are attributing your hunger to protein. Protein in fact if consumed does make you full and less hungry.

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on October 05, 2017
at 09:49 AM

Protin is coming from tasty food and from that food which will not be fill your hunger so try some think else

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on September 17, 2017
at 03:11 PM

It's because you smoke too much pot. That's the why you get so hungry.

It is called the munchies, Morty

-rick sanchez

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on May 11, 2012
at 06:13 AM

I fianlly found someone else having this issue. For me any type of protein does not last. I can cook eggs in bacon greese with in an hour i can be hungy. I have even went out and bought bucket of kfc exrta crispy chicken ate most of it hour later i was hungry. I know its not a water issue or my body doing other things. I can feel and hear my empty belly. if i dont eat it hurts like i havnt eatten in 24 hours. anything with a lot of protien eggs any types of meat ect. its really starting to bother me. I feel like im eatting all the time. My husband is a big meat eatter we have meat for dinner every night with veggies and other sides like taters or mac n cheese bread ect. its not lack of food. i am really confused. my daughter who is 8 is same way. I dont know what to do I like my meats and eggs I wont cut them but somthing has to give.

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