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Why does some (Paleo) food leave one unsatisfied?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Hey everyone,

I??m wondering why I can eat HUGE amounts of some foods, that are perfectly nutritious and all (I??m not talking about Paleo muffins or so..), and I??m very hungry again, like, 2 hours later, it??s so frustrating!

The things I??m talking about are things like Eggs, Chicken, Fish. So very Protein-rich food. Last week I made a bigass curry with chicken, coconut milk, ghee, with (very much) veggies in it, and it did satisfy me for, like, an hour :(

Should I just add more fat? (When I??m making chicken or fish, I??m making it with a good amount of butter or coconut milk or something, so it??s quite a bit fat already actually..)

Also, this kind of food always tends to lead me to binge eating I??m afraid...

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 23, 2012
at 12:01 AM

lacking a nutrient (or nutrients) was recently discussed here as well (in relation to food cravings) http://paleohacks.com/questions/91473/fruit-cravings-please-answer/91481#91481

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on January 22, 2012
at 10:41 PM

I do a set of Kettlebell swings every 3 days or so, and I walk alot, but that´s it.. As I said, I´ll try some more carbs and see :) I just like my "new" body (I lost 20lbs the last 3 months, and I feel so different...) so much that I don´t want it to change anymore, that´s why I´m a little afraid ;)

E57d8e182251b61ccc6ada197c359d7e

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on January 22, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Why do you care if you gain some weight but feel better? You didn't mention your fitness program but if you figure out your diet you will probably perform better in that also. just my 2 cents, Matt

C16aed2d83525d4d1d560fa67b579702

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on January 21, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Also, I do regularly supplement with NOW Super Enzymes, and vitamin d3 and magnesium citrate tabs from time to time. These might have an effect on fat metabolism and absorption, so if you are eating a high fat diet it might be helpful to do so.

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on January 21, 2012
at 11:29 AM

I was just about to post something along those lines but you beat me to it=) I find that if I am lacking in a particular nutrient and my body doesnt automatically know which food is high in it- I will get that general unsatisfied feeling that just wont go away. On a somewhat related note- if you drink too much one night your body will be depleted in thiamine which is found in corn- which is why taco bell looks very appealing lol. Luckily artichokes are also a great source of the nutrient. So if you are ever hungover and wanting taco bell- eat some artichokes instead lol.

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on January 21, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Hey Severine.. not sure how long you've been Paleo but for me, in April it will have been a year. I'm still tinkering with food to see what combos work best, but after my first Whole60 to settle it all in, it was most definitely trial and error. I am down from 6 meals a day to 2, but that definitely fluctuates with factors such as my activity level, is it ladytime, the weather, am I not feeling well, et al.

Every body is different so you'll have to ultimately decide what works for you. A day of meals for me is typically working out fasted then food within 30 minutes afterwards. That usually consists of a Japanese sweet potato or half sweet and half tuber, braised greens, protein, fruit - whatever is in season so some apple, half a pink grapefruit, etc. If I need to snack it will be one or a combo of an avocado, hard boiled egg, I'm doing some dairy so a bit more on the Primal side - so a sheep or goat yogurt, jerky with a few bites of kimchi. Loads of water - my Sigg is my buddy, and dinner might be - actually my dinner last night was half a Kabocha squash, steak, kale. I had a baked pear with mint tea before bed. Don't stress, k? It will all come together - pinky swear.

So for now, IMO, eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full. Pay attention to those things that fill you up and satisfy, and those that don't, and start dialing in the combos that are working. I absolutely love N=1 experimentation :)

Note: My activity level is very high, 4 days lifting + CrossFit, 1 day active recovery. As I live in NY it's standing on the subway/platforms, walking a ton, so even on off times I'm not very sedentary. My goals are to stay fast and be strong, keep my muscles happy and feel and look good. So far it's working tremendously. I groan at this part but if it helps at all for comparison I'm 5'7 and 125lbs - 12+ of that is all muscle. I'm a lean mean (I'm actually very nice) Paleo machine :)

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on January 21, 2012
at 11:22 AM

There could also be something else your body is hungering for, it's not all about quantity.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 21, 2012
at 11:29 AM

I was just about to post something along those lines but you beat me to it=) I find that if I am lacking in a particular nutrient and my body doesnt automatically know which food is high in it- I will get that general unsatisfied feeling that just wont go away. On a somewhat related note- if you drink too much one night your body will be depleted in thiamine which is found in corn- which is why taco bell looks very appealing lol. Luckily artichokes are also a great source of the nutrient. So if you are ever hungover and wanting taco bell- eat some artichokes instead lol.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 23, 2012
at 12:01 AM

lacking a nutrient (or nutrients) was recently discussed here as well (in relation to food cravings) http://paleohacks.com/questions/91473/fruit-cravings-please-answer/91481#91481

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on January 21, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Sounds like you haven't found the right ratio of fat to carb to protein that hits your satiety sweet spot. Try more carbs, try less. Try more fiber, try more fat. We're all individuals and our diets need to be tailored to fit our needs and preferences.

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on February 18, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Protein, water, and fiber play an important role in satiety. You also need fat in order to reduce feeling hungry. In your question, you mentioned that you are eating a large amount of protein and have been adding fat. Consider increasing fiber rich vegetables if you're not getting enough now.

NutritionData.com has a handy tool to rank foods based on how "full" they make you feel, called the "fullness factor". You can analyze your diet and substitute foods that rank higher on the fullness factor.

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on January 21, 2012
at 01:42 PM

I find that, with dinner, if I eat a really healthy protein and veggie dinner, even if it's cooked with liberal amounts of fat, I'm hungry an hour later. If I add something like avocado, I'm fine.

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Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:55 PM

Thanks so much for all the great answers! I´m really loving this community, it´s great!

Yeah I´m pretty lowcarb except for a handful of berries in my (almost) daily Kefir-protein-"icecream" :) Yesterday I added a good amount of whipped cream to that, and was more satisfied afterwards indeed :) I´m trying to add sweet potatoes or white rice and see how it turns out, but I´m a little afraid that I´ll gain weight with that, we´ll see..

E57d8e182251b61ccc6ada197c359d7e

(623)

on January 22, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Why do you care if you gain some weight but feel better? You didn't mention your fitness program but if you figure out your diet you will probably perform better in that also. just my 2 cents, Matt

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

(1022)

on January 22, 2012
at 10:41 PM

I do a set of Kettlebell swings every 3 days or so, and I walk alot, but that´s it.. As I said, I´ll try some more carbs and see :) I just like my "new" body (I lost 20lbs the last 3 months, and I feel so different...) so much that I don´t want it to change anymore, that´s why I´m a little afraid ;)

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on January 22, 2012
at 12:35 AM

As jesuisjuba said, every body is different.

I can make a 4-egg bacon and veggie omelet and I'm starving again in an hour. I can have a cup of extra-fat yogurt with a banana and a fig and I'm still hungry when I finish.

I can slow-fry 6-8 ounces of fatty beef chuck and I may not eat again until the next day.

I don't believe it's totally explained by the amount of protein and fat, either, or the satiation after the beef wouldn't last quite so long. I think it could also be due to the robust texture and chewing required with the beef on the assumption the "harder work" carries forward into digestion. I make my omelets with bacon, bacon fat and butter and my yogurt is 3/4 whole milk with 1/4 heavy cream. I could see the beef lasting 6 hours instead of 2, but 24?

Anyhow, if you haven't already tried how you react to beef give that a try.

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on January 21, 2012
at 03:37 PM

I think beef and lamb are more satisfying than chicken or fish, so maybe try having other meats a couple of days a week and see if that helps. One reason may be that they are fattier meats.

Last night I had steak, a small sweet potato, salad and some mixed veggies for supper and couldn't quite finish the sweet potato.

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C16aed2d83525d4d1d560fa67b579702

on January 21, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Chicken and Fish are the stereotypical low-fat meats that are considered healthy in the SAD. Since you don't mention what type of fish, I'm guessing some white fish? Overall, I've personally had more success with grass fed beef and salmon as protein sources.

Not to say that chicken and fish are bad but you'll get more omega 3 and saturated fats from grass fed beef and wild caught salmon. Also starchy tubers are helpful, and so is liberal use of grass fed butter and coconut oil, my preference being expeller pressed as the flavor is neutral which means it can go into all of my food.

Also whole eggs are great. Maybe some dairy might be helpful such as heavy cream and cheese. I also like to eat lots of bacon. All that fatty stuff tends to knock out hunger, although I do eat some starchy carbs in the earlier part of the day as well. I also like to add a large serving of green veggies with butter if possible.

It does sound like you are low carb. I like to have both lots of fat and some carb like yams. Straight out of the Robb Wolf recommendations, I find it works great cuz I keep the fat around always and vary the carbs depending on how I feel and what I'm up to.

C16aed2d83525d4d1d560fa67b579702

(115)

on January 21, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Also, I do regularly supplement with NOW Super Enzymes, and vitamin d3 and magnesium citrate tabs from time to time. These might have an effect on fat metabolism and absorption, so if you are eating a high fat diet it might be helpful to do so.

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on January 21, 2012
at 10:34 AM

Definitely fat :-)

I can't really imagine that your stomach would be able to digest 50 grams of tallow along with you meal in less than 1 hour. You might want to puree it with your veggies, since some people cant stand lots of liquid fat.

How many/what carbs are you eating? Maybe a varying blood sugar level tricks you into thinking you're hungry short after dinner.

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