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High protein intake and uncontrollable hunger?

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Created December 05, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I have been increasing my protein a bit and I find I get extremely hungry 1/2 an hour after a meal rich in protein. A carb/fat combo with 2 ounces of meat doesn't give me the same effect. Even if I eat it with a ton of fat I still get very hungry. A couple pounds of safe starches with some veggies and fat leaves me full all day, so I am not sure if it is in an insulin problem. Any ideas? Some kind of rabbit starvation, or glucagon problem?

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on December 07, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Hmm interesting. I have to look up how carb and protein complement each other.

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on December 07, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Trust me when I say I get enough carbs and fat. I am an athlete so I get 300 grams of carbs almost daily and 150 grams of fat. So I am not just consuming protein, but whenever I add protein to my carb/fat meals I get hungry shortly after.

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on December 06, 2012
at 02:24 AM

You don't understand rabbit starvation. Eat your carbs. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread64949.html.

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on December 06, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Full, not bloated. My "safe-starch" meal consists of one pound and a half of sweet potato, an avocado, and chopped onions and celery. If I eat the same meal but with 6 ounces of meat, I get hungry immediately after.

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at 09:58 PM

#rabbit_starvation

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on December 06, 2012
at 01:56 AM

I think if you load on the protein, your body craves carbs--instant energy with which to digest all that protein. Just my theory. I've noticed the same effect with carb-less meals.

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on December 07, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Hmm interesting. I have to look up how carb and protein complement each other.

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on December 06, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Goals. Goals. Goals.

The body can function on incredibly high protein intake. That doesn't mean you can run strictly on protein, because there is definitely science to back the "rabbit starvation" concept. With that said, there are no proven downsides to a TON of protein.

With that said, if protein is REPLACING carbs and fat, you may run into problems. Treat those two as fuel and go with what you prefer. Obviously someone wanting to lose fat, lower carbohydrate and a moderated protein are good. With that said, someone wanting to lose fat probably is more concerned with wanting to regulate appetite and control overall food intake, cravings and hormones.

Someone fueling crazy workouts or looking to build muscle, carbohydrate is probably more readily available and usable. I'm not saying you have to use carbs, many have done so without it. However, it's generally much easier and accessible, and again, there is science backing the effect of carbohydrates around a workout. With that said, someone wanting to bulk up isn't as concerned with overall calorie intake and it's much easier to focus on just "getting the food in." With this person, the protein intake can usually be ad-lib, as long as the proper fueling and recovery needs are met. We're talking both the fueling of the workout AND in kick-starting protein synthesis to actually build muscle.

Again, this is just first-hand experience with watching people and my own anecdotal tale. I'll always advocate self-testing and getting to really become an expert about yourself. Don't be fooled however, especially by many with a "optimal health" perspective to lead you to believe that even massive amounts of protein can hurt you.

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on December 07, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Trust me when I say I get enough carbs and fat. I am an athlete so I get 300 grams of carbs almost daily and 150 grams of fat. So I am not just consuming protein, but whenever I add protein to my carb/fat meals I get hungry shortly after.

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on December 05, 2012
at 11:36 PM

"...A couple pounds of safe starches with some veggies and fat leaves me full all day, so I am not sure if it is in an insulin problem..."

Are you full all day or bloated? Please describe your "safe starches and veggies". Do they include grains like rice and oats (I ask b/c different people have varying definitions of safe)? Are the veggies night shades? Are you sensitive to night shades? Moreover, are you consuming enough of the the "safe" foods that are right for you?

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on December 06, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Full, not bloated. My "safe-starch" meal consists of one pound and a half of sweet potato, an avocado, and chopped onions and celery. If I eat the same meal but with 6 ounces of meat, I get hungry immediately after.

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on December 05, 2012
at 11:26 PM

You dont need as much protein as you have been led to believe. All you need is about 50 to 70 grams a day. Enjoy your fat and carbs.

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