Satiety refers to the feeling of being full or the gratification you experience after eating a meal. When the body is satisfied, the brain recognises this and determines that there is no need to eat any more. This natural hormonal response is affected by a number of factors.
Energy density of food and portion size
Feeling satisfied and being on a diet can sometimes seem like a contradiction in terms. Recent studies show, however, that consuming foods with a lower energy density (fewer calories per gram of food) will help you to feel full while consuming fewer calories for weight loss.
Your body needs certain vitamins and minerals at specific times of the day and in particular doses for it to function correctly. If you are hungry and consume food that is lacking in the right nutrients, hormonal messages of satisfaction or fullness won’t be registered by the brain. As a consequence, within a short time you will feel hungry despite the fact that you have recently eaten.
Being hydrated is also important and helps increase the feeling of being satisfied. Being adequately hydrated involves consuming water and other liquids between meals and as often as possible throughout the day. Water helps the body to feel full and can lessen hunger pangs.
Gastric banding, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery all have an impact on satiety. They do this by reducing the size of the stomach, meaning that you will feel full after consuming much less food than normal.
If you would like to know more about how weight loss surgery can help you to lose weight, contact Life Weightloss Centre in Sydney on 02 8999 8503.