Using a Fat to Curb Your Appetite

Looking at lunchtime, the mid-day point where the common meal for weight-loss is either a salad or a meal with both protein and carbs, there-in lies a great time to add healthy fats into your diet.  Nutritional plateaus can be broken with a measured/rationed portion of omega fats.

• Struggling with a target goal weight?  

• Late day snack cravings?

You may be a few calories away from reaching your goal or kicking the cravings.  Adding a fat source, in this blog's case, just 1/2 an avocado, may be all you need to break a habit that happens later in your day.  An avocado (fat) can produce a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time than a carbohydrate or protein.  This "dietary intervention" example should increase stomach satisfaction and decrease the desire to eat afterwards.  The time you 'buy' for yourself is of course always based on an individual's particular metabolism, but overall it is noted that it would yield between 2-4 hours of satisfaction vs. not eating/adding a fat source.  The changes in measurements of appetite sensation tend to taper off for most of the general population after more than 4 hours.

The impact of foods on the glucose and insulin response, is very intriguing.  Fats, being a caloric value of 9 calories in 1 gram, sustains the body longer than its relatives protein, and carbohydrates, each having 4 calories in 1 gram.  Portion size for the individual is always of the greatest importance when reaching a goal, but knowing the facts will start the education process that allows you to reach the result.