Sorry, first post - I feel like this thread belongs here rather than the weightloss forum.
Although everyone seems to have something different to say about the way carbs/proteins/fats affect people, there seem to be two facts everyone agrees on:
1) Carbs and especially sugars are the easiest to digest and turn into glucose
2) Glucose levels in the blood affect hunger
3) A common problem is overeating by eating too fast and still feeling hungry before the food is completely digested and the level of glucose in the blood rises
Am I correct assuming these? If so, then:
Would it make sense to start a meal with dessert (a healthy one preferably)? In this way, the level of glucose in the blood would rise earlier and a person would begin to feel full faster, maybe even while they are eating the main course, preventing them from overeating. I guess the is simplyfying things too much, but it seems to make sense. What do you think?
I have a friend who does exactly that. On the way to a restaurant, she buys and eats a candy bar and then at the restaurant she leaves a half plate of food uneaten. It makes me CRAZY to watch this behavior but she has spent DECADES controlling her weight at under 100 pounds.
I could never do this to a $20 entree and I refuse to go to dinner with her anymore.
But it works for her (along with about 50 other equally silly sounding idiosncrasies.)
I just thought I'd pass it along for what it's worth.
I seem to recall seeing a bumper sticker saying something like
"Eat dessert first. Life is uncertain."
Sounds like a great philosophy to me.
But in terms of your metabolism, I think it's an individual thing. I have problems controlling my blood sugar -- it drops too fast if I eat sugar between meals. I do better if I save my sweets for the end of a meal, and then not too often.