If you are frustrated because you always feel hungry, a simple shift in your food choices will naturally control your hunger, so you can eat less frequently, but stay just as satisfied. In this post, I explain why you eat less often when you eat more fat.
Benefits of Eating More Fat – Summary
- The primary fuel sources obtained from your diet are carbs and fats.
- Carbs are digested and burned up quickly requiring frequent eating.
- Dietary fats are digested and burned slowly requiring less frequent eating.
- A high-fat, low-carb diet keeps insulin low, helping you lose body fat.
Eat More Fat for Easy Hunger Control [Video]
In this video, you’ll learn…
- Why fat is more long-lasting than carbs.
- How eating fat helps with weight loss!
- Why carbs and fats don’t mix.
Using Fat as Fuel
There are two main types of foods that your body will use as fuel they are carbohydrates and fats. Carbs are a quick and easy fuel source, so you can think of them like twigs on a fire. Fats are a slow-burning fuel source, so you can think of them like logs on a fire.
Think about building a fire that must last all day long. If your only fuel source is twigs you will need to be throwing twigs on the fire constantly to keep it going.
When you eat a high-carb diet your body prefers to run on carbs. Because carbs burn so easily you need to constantly eat them to feel satisfied and full of energy. Without carbs you feel tired, mentally foggy, and you crave more carbs because your body is constantly in need of fuel.
When you eat a low-carb, high-fat diet, your body adjusts to the fuel source that is available which is those slow-burning fats that you are feeding it.
You stoke your body’s engine with a high-fat meal and your cells take in the fatty acids from that meal giving you a slow sustainable trickle of energy that last for hours. Because the energy is there, hunger and craving hormones are not triggered, leaving you feeling satisfied for a long, long time.
Eat More Fat for Weight Control
The infrequent eating that results from a high-fat, low-carb diet has substantial benefits when it comes to weight loss because it helps keep insulin low.
Insulin is your fat storing hormone. When it is low, you are not storing fat. Instead, fat that was previously stored on your body can be released and used as fuel.
If you are on a high-fat, low-carb diet and life happens causing you to skip a meal, you might experience a gradual increase in hunger, but you will remain alert and energetic because your body still has an abundant energy source.
Eating Carbs and Fat Together?
From my fire analogy you might think that it would be a good idea to eat carbs before eating fat with the logic being that carbs will jump-start your metabolism. However, that is not how it works.
If you eat a high- or even moderate-carb meal that also contains a lot of fat, your body will use the quick & easy carbs to satisfy its immediate energy needs. There will be no need for the fuel locked up in the fats. With nowhere to go, they get pushed into storage.
Carbs and fats don’t mix, which is why a burger on a bun is a fattening meal. The refined carbs from the bun break down quickly and feed your cells. Then comes the slow-digesting fat that has nowhere to go but storage.
If you want to eat less frequently, shift away from quick-burning carbs and toward slow-burning fats. But keep in mind that the benefits are not going to come overnight.
If you are currently eating a high-carb, low-fat diet, your metabolism is an efficient sugar burner. You need to train your body to burn fat before you can get the hunger satisfaction and energy benefits.
If you need a place to start you’ll benefit from my 0,1,2,3 strategy that you can learn for free!
The strategy is a great way to get sugar out of your life, so that you can make the shift away from carbs.
About the Author:
Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.