|How to Tell When You're Full (and Stop Eating)|
by Patricia L. Raymond, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.
Q. What's a healthy amount to eat at a time, and why do some people get full quicker than others?
Satiety: The state of being satiated or glutted; fullness of gratification, either of the appetite or of any sensual desire; fullness beyond desire; an excess of gratification which excites wearisomeness or loathing; repletion; satiation.
A filled-up stomach triggers the release of brain chemicals, making your hunger disappear. Normally, you should feel satiety (suh-TIE-uh-tee) about 10 minutes after you're full—not a big help if you wolfed down that entire pizza in record speed. Also, if you just ignore the sensation and keep eating, you will become uncomfortably stuffed.
Fortunately, there are some tricks to cue your body to the feeling of satiety. For example, distractions play a role: Are you eating in front of your TV or computer, or while reading this article? You may have missed your cue.
In addition, in 2003, a small University of Florida study found that if you're obese, your feeling of satiety may be delayed by four to nine minutes—and you can do some serious damage to your calorie counts in that extra time.
So, just take the advice of many diet books: Slow down, and focus on savoring the flavors and textures of your food. Listen for your satiety.
Last updated and/or approved: June 2010. Original article appeared in spring 2007 former print magazine. Bio current as of spring 2007. This article is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
written by Leigh Ann Otte , July 08, 2010
Thank you, Judy. I'm so glad you found it helpful, and thank you very much for passing it on!
Leigh Ann Otte
So simple... so helpful!
written by Judy Rodman , July 08, 2010
I never knew this before... so simple a truth, so profoundly potentially helpful if heeded. As with most addictions, if we just wait the cravings out...a few small minutes can make all the difference... and they will pass! I'll pass this on to others!