Thursday, October 13, 2011

Appetite Management

We do not have control of appetite, the best we can do is manage appetite. It would be useful to know the cause of appetite beyond the need for energy. We can separate appetite, the desire to eat, from hunger, the physical sensation. The cause of the physical sensation is unclear, and is usually shaken off as hormones or peptides. But is in the gut hormones or gut hunger, as the gut is fed mainly by first past effects, it uses the freshly absorbed fats and glucose for energy. When it runs out of food to process, then what? Is hunger the result of up regulation of gluconeogenesis or other liver effect?

The rate of absorption of nutrients through the gut is of interest here. Carbohydrates, 12 grams/minute, protein 4, and fats 2, depending on the reference source, and likely body size, and gut size which is modified by our diet in our youth.   Now it is no wonder that fats are more satiating. Perhaps our snacks, if required, should be fats, like coconut.

Eating enough fat to not get hungry is a hard thing to do for me. I have been fat-phobic in an effort to lose weight but the media, doctors, and dietitians were lying to me. I need to eat fat to lose weight by managing my appetites.

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