South Beach Diet - Eat Until You're Full




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Steen
03-03-2009, 08:05 PM
You know how "they" say that you should eat until you're satisfied, but not until you are full? Is that the case with SB?

For example, I had curried chicken breast for dinner with broccoli and cabbage. I had one chicken breast and the rest of my plate was full with veggies. I ate it all, but I knew I was getting full about halfway through mt dinner. I just ate it all so that I wouldn't get hungry later.

Was that okay? Should I only eat until I'm satisfied? If it's only veggies that are filling me up, does that really matter?

Am I making sense?:dizzy:


looloo86
03-03-2009, 08:16 PM
i didnt read the book lol and i'm just reading the posts to get an idea about the diet but i have the answer to your question i dont know if its in terms with the SD rules but i think veggies are better nutients than chicken to your body and also you have a calorie limit for the day so reaching it with veggies is better than dessert at the end of the day so i think you did the right thing .What do other members think??

rdw1
03-03-2009, 09:00 PM
I think that you need to be sure to get all your veggies in and if you are satisfied before that maybe you should eat them anyway-when it comes to veggies they are lower on the calorie side anyway- I try to usually have a large salad before dinner so I will be sure to get all of them in, and then the other stuff comes last- and I stop when I am satisfied :) Hope that helps- but I am no expert, thats just MHO..


zeffryn
03-03-2009, 09:07 PM
I think the "eating until you are satisfied" mantra helps keep us in touch with our bodies and stop us from overeating.

True that vegetables are lower calorie, so overeating those won't hurt as much as overeating chocolate cake. I would suggest starting your meal eating your vegetables and then when they are gone, eat the rest until satisfied. Your body is telling you that you do not need any more food! The trick is to make the most use of the space in your stomach before filling it up!

Learning to stop when we are satisfied (even with vegetables) will help stop us from overeating in the future.

AnAbsoluteDiva
03-03-2009, 09:15 PM
I eat until I'm no longer hungry. I don't like the full or stuffed feeling at all.

zeffryn
03-03-2009, 09:16 PM
I eat until I'm no longer hungry. I don't like the full or stuffed feeling at all.

or the "nap for the next three hours" feeling that comes afterward. ;)

AnAbsoluteDiva
03-03-2009, 09:17 PM
True that, Zeff!

True that!

murphmitch
03-03-2009, 10:32 PM
Well, I do tend to eat until I'm stuffed fairly frequently because I eat so many veggies. This may not be a good thing to do, as others have said, but I cook a lot of veggies with my protein and sometimes I can't stop eating them! When I steam broccoli and cauliflower I cook a lot. I feel like it's a good thing to overeat, instead of other things, especially in the evening when I used to binge. I know it's probably not showing self control to keep eating them, but I know if I fill up I won't want something else later. (And the extra veggies definitely helps with constipation.)

beachgal
03-04-2009, 09:53 AM
Veggies can make us feel stuffed because they take up so much room and are harder to break down. It's one of the many reasons we're encouraged to eat more of them.

That said, I highly disagree with the idea that the veggies are more nutritious than the chicken. The protein in the chicken is very, very important for your body. You need protein, especially if you are working out, as a basic building block of muscles and organs. Of course, balance is the important thing--you need protein and veggies and complex carbs, etc.--but you shouldn't negate the power of protein.

I'd say that you should try to stop when you are satisfied. If you find that you usually have the problem of eating your protein and then barely getting into your veggies before you are full, you should try to eat about half your protein and then get into your veggies so you are getting a balanced meal. Save the rest and, if you are hungry later, finish it.

Though veggies are important and are low in calories, it's not a good habit to get yourself used to eating until you are uncomfortably full. My nutritionist asked me to use a 1-10 scale of fullness. This quote from a website (http://www.cfnews13.com/Health/KnowYourNumbers/2006/6/7/1_to_10_fullness_scale.html)explains it better than I can:

When it comes time to lose weight, listening to your body is key. Especially when it is telling you that you are full.

A 1 to 10 scale can help you do that.
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You know when your body is saying it's hungry, no doubt about that, but doctors say it's just as important to learn how to recognize when you're done eating, too.

It takes your brain a few minutes to catch up to your stomach, so you need to take your time eating and pay attention.

Here is a guide. Take a break every few minutes and ask yourself, just how full am I right now? If one is starving to death and 10 is so stuffed you are nauseous, you should try to stop eating when you are around six. So, by the time your brain catches up, you should be about a seven, which is satisfied, but comfortable.

One rule I've always had with myself is that if I feel hungry, I'll try to ignore it for a while, but if it doesn't go away, I offer myself the option of having some veggies. If I find that I'm very happy to eat veggies, then I assume I really am hungry. If the veggies don't sound good, I know it's probably a craving. So if you find that you are hungry after dinner and eating the rest of your dinner seems appealing, why not eat it? We aren't supposed to be hungry on SBD, and veggies are a great way to fill up.

AnAbsoluteDiva
03-04-2009, 10:09 AM
I'm glad you clarified the protein thing, BeachGal. Amino acids are so important!!!

And you're also right about the signal to the brain taking almost 20 minutes to get there. If you eat fast, you'll probably overeat. If you eat in a distracted state (in front of the television), the visual cues will override most everything else and you won't even notice that the signal to the brain is saying "enough"!

Spanish folks take FOREVER to eat. I'd say lunch lasts almost a full hour and dinner is more than that. Unlike the Spaniards, though, I wouldn't advise taking a nap afterwards.

Steen
03-04-2009, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the advice. Laurie, that is one of the greatest thing I have ever heard. If veggies sound appealing, then I'm hungry. If they don't sound too appetizing at the moment, it's probably just a craving.

I think I'm going to live by that!:D

jenne1017
03-04-2009, 11:44 AM
I eat until I sigh. LOL Seriously, when my body is full I will sigh. I ever noticed it before someone pointed it out to watch for it.

If I have something left on my plate like veggies, I will wrap it and stick it in the fridge. Most probably, I will get hungry again in an hour.

Chelby29
03-04-2009, 02:08 PM
If I could stop eating when I feel 'satisfied', I probably wouldn't be here. I'd be laying my thin bottom on a beach somewhere in a fabulous bikini saying something like, "Oh, I forgot to eat lunch!" ;)

TwynnB
03-04-2009, 02:38 PM
If I could stop eating when I feel 'satisfied', I probably wouldn't be here. I'd be laying my thin bottom on a beach somewhere in a fabulous bikini saying something like, "Oh, I forgot to eat lunch!" ;)

ROFLMAO

Isn't that the truth??!?!?!

CyndiM
03-04-2009, 05:38 PM
If I could stop eating when I feel 'satisfied', I probably wouldn't be here. I'd be laying my thin bottom on a beach somewhere in a fabulous bikini saying something like, "Oh, I forgot to eat lunch!" ;)

:rofl: amen to that! I have never, ever forgotten to eat a meal. My DD can do that and I find it deeply disturbing ;)

zeffryn
03-04-2009, 05:43 PM
:rofl: amen to that! I have never, ever forgotten to eat a meal. My DD can do that and I find it deeply disturbing ;)

I do it all the time...bad bad bad.

There are quite a few days that I will look at the clock and it will be 3:00 and I'll realize that I haven't eaten anything yet...then my tummy starts shouting loudly.

Chelby29
03-04-2009, 07:59 PM
Zeff -- You have an infant. It's normal if you forget things. I've never forgotten a meal. My 4' 11", 102 pound sister 'forgets' all the time. It's just not right!

dreaminstacy67
03-04-2009, 10:53 PM
chelby, im a big girl and i forget to eat all the time lol... i get doing something and think "hmmmm im freaking hungry! when was the last time i ate?" its usually hours b4 lol... you cracked me up about the eating till you were satisfied comment, aint it the truth!! we were all on a triple date one night... my brother had this thin little thing on his arm... we went bowling then out for wings.... we all ordered.. lots! then the waitress got to her and said what'll ya have? she says "oh im not hungry" i just about choked! my hubbys best friend Tommy (true true redneck) says, without skipping a beat "i'll let ya lick the grease off my lips if ya want ta" we all cracked up, my bro starts laughing then realizes what Tommy had said and dang near died!! it was hilarious!! just had to share that with ya, redneck humour is the BEST!

have a great night ya'll

stacy xxx

beachgal
03-05-2009, 09:55 AM
If I could stop eating when I feel 'satisfied', I probably wouldn't be here. I'd be laying my thin bottom on a beach somewhere in a fabulous bikini saying something like, "Oh, I forgot to eat lunch!" ;)

:lol3: You have a good point, though, Chelby! I do find it to be true that my friends who are naturally skinny often eat until they are satisfied and then stop. (forgetting meals regularly, however, can set you up for some major metabolism problems...so you won't stay skinny for long...though it does seem to be something realllllly skinny people brag about. ;) ) Like the leader of Weigh Down once asked, "Who among us would get through half a candy bar and throw the rest away because we were satisfied?" The skinny people! They do (I remember my tiny best friend doing this on several occasions with food that I would have gladly consumed for her...).

I do think that if I could learn to stop when I'm satisfied, I'll have beat the majority of my addiction to food. Of course, much of the time I keep eating because it feels good at the time, not because I'm still hungry. :shrug: So there's emotional stuff to work on in order to learn to be better satisfied. Have any of you read Geneen Roth's When Food is Love? I think it deals with this issue very well.