Does satiety signal really exist or is it just the absence of hunger?
When we eat, hunger, that gnawing gut feeling, 4 to many hours after we last ate is real. It does not take much food to relieve it a bit. Is satiety a feeling or the absence of one? I do not I have ever felt anything that I would call satiety after a moderate meal. I ate enough to be able to stop, yes, but I still want more, is my normal reaction. That is not satiety as defined. So the new mental message must be just that, satiety is eating enough to be able to not get more food, a negative sort definition.
This reminds me of Epicurious's definition of pleasure, the absence of physical or mental, pain, torpor, angst, fear, despair, grief.
So is satiety just the absence of acute hunger?
Any opinions on the subject?
What do I know about this anyway?
Why would a few leaves of fresh lettuce, eaten in the garden, make me hungry?