“Protein is the number one thing to help you feel full,” says Emily Banes, RD, clinical dietitian at Houston Northwest Medical Center. “The second thing is fiber.”
Every diet has its own ratios of protein, carbs, and fat. We have seen diets that go to the extremes. Some have mostly protein and fat, with little carbs. We’ve seen diets with mostly carbs and extremely low-fat. Most diets are in between the extremes somewhere.
You are going to get hungry faster with a diet low in protein. Animal protein has no fiber so then to get some fiber you have to balance it off with some fibrous foods. Vegetarians will say the optimum is beans, which give have both protein and fiber. Of course, it’s hard to put grill marks on beans. In addition, they don’t have the quantity of protein animal protein does.
Dieting involves a host of parameters and preferences. That’s why there are so many diets. Experts are at a disagreement on how much protein you need each day. The most balanced diets have you eating a little protein with each meal and snack. It helps cut the hunger and the cravings. It also gives your body a dose of nutrition.
The less hungry you feel between meals, the more success you will have. Weight loss by its very definition means eating less than your body needs so it will use up energy stores—fat. The body will tend to get hungry because it’s not getting its usual ration of calories. Protein and fiber helps the body to feel full longer. It takes longer to break down protein. It helps curb appetite.
Though nothing will stop hungriness all the time, eating some protein with each meal and snack will definitely help. Anything we can do to help us succeed in our weight loss is beneficial. Even though some diets try to help you distinguish between real hunger and just the body’s making a fuss, it still comes across to us as, “I’m hungry.”