Originally posted by sarah_935: |
I have a quick question about calories. Do the amount of calories in a food determine how full it makes you? For instance, does a 150 calorie 5 oz. cup of chocolate pudding fill you up more than the same sized container of Jello with 10 calories? Or does a slice of pizza with 350 calories fill you up more than a piece with only 200 calories? Thanks!
I've found protein will make you feel less hungry faster than other foods. It's as if grains can only make you full because of the sheer mass you put in your stomach as opposed to actually satiating yourself.
Whenever I have a 4oz. piece of chicken breast that's a lean cut fillet (with 2 grams of fat I dont see how you can call that a lot of fat mixed with protein. Lean protein does exist and is readily available) and then some vegetables I'm full and content. Not stuffed and feeling lethargic, just content and filled with essential nutrients and vitamins. Makes sense.
Fatty foods do cause you to become content the quickest, but when lean protein does it practically just as well (and to me atleast, better), it's all good.
So, say you do have those two slices of pizza, one 350 calorie slice. That slice of pizza is pretty large slice and it has just cheese on it.
The other slice is 200 calories, so it's considerably smaller but say 70 of those 200 calories are dedicated to protein (for fun I'll just say it has shredded chicken breast on it). You'd most likely feel fuller from the 200 calorie piece due to it's nutritional components.
If you drink a 500 calorie cup of hot cocoa or eat a meal that totals to 500 calories, you know the meal would last you longer, satiate you, and keep you nutritionally balanced. Calories can't be the be all end all.