How Can You Eat A High-Protein Diet And Be Hungry?

Filed under: Low-carb side effects — @ February 24, 2007

I received a perplexing e-mail from a reader this week who claims to be on a high-protein diet and having a certain strange side effect from it. Here’s what she wrote:

“Hello there. Congrats on your weight loss success. I have a question for you. I am doing the high protein diet but I am ALWAYS hungry and eat all the time. I eat all protein and A LOT of it. Was it the same for you? How can I fix this? I feel like at this rate I will gain weight not lose it.”

Sound familiar anyone? It simply amazes me how people can claim to be livin’ la vida low-carb and be in CONSTANT hunger. This is one of the major reasons why low-fat and low-calorie diets fail, not the low-carb ones people. The key difference between those failed diet plans and livin’ la vida low-carb is the satiety factor. Satiety equals NO HUNGER!

In fact, studies have shown satiety, or the ability to be satisfied after eating, to be the secret to low-carb diets and why they work so well for so many people. I was absolutely miserable in 1999 when I was on my low-fat diet and I could not keep it up despite losing a lot of weight. Why? H-U-N-G-E-R!!!

But what’s with this hungry thing on low-carb, hmm? I have to be honest with you and say that just totally baffles me because it has not been my experience on low-fat. Ask my wife Christine, I do NOT like feeling hungry. It’s one reason I started livin’ la vida low-carb in the first place. Actually, I previously blogged about how waiting for hunger is awful and it’s so true!

Being the ever-so-curious (okay, I’m nosy!) person that I am, I just had to ask my hungry, protein-eating dieting reader to share with me what she eats on her “high-protein diet.” The answers she provide were quite illuminating.

Click here to see the list of “high-protein” foods this reader has been eating that have been keeping her hungry all the time and what she needs to change about her diet to get rid of the hunger for good.


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