Diet Distortions: “Eat only when you’re hungry.”

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David B. Allison, PhD Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

If our hunger were calibrated so that we were satisfied with the exact amount needed to maintain a healthy weight and no more, then this “rule” might work.

Unfortunately, the evidence is quite to the contrary. People differ in their degrees of hunger, and those with a tendency toward greater weight gain tend to be hungrier. This seems in part to reflect genetic differences in appetites. Of course, people sometimes eat when not hungry, and there is evidence that those who do this more seem more susceptible to weight gain.

BOTTOM LINE:  It’s not fair and it’s not easy, but for some of us, the solution to excess weight gain may mean occasionally eating less than fully satisfies our hunger.

COMMENTS

  1. Hellen

    This is actually true. alternatively you can opt for beverages that supppress appetite like black coffee and green tea as discussed in here

    http://www.weightlosstipper.com/green-tea-weight-loss-strategy/

    September 17, 2014 at 10:50 am
  2. gourmed

    Hi, I was hoping you might be able to help me out. Im looking for a recipe that my old neighbour who was lebanese use to make me. My mum seems to think that it was baby whiting, it was deep fried, whole, head and tail intact, I remember it being quite salty, i dont think breadcrumbs were used and it was quite golden in colour.
    Im desperately tring to find the recipe. Does this recipe sound familiar at all?
    Thanks for your time

    June 12, 2014 at 5:25 am

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