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27 January 2013


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Interesting! I've been thinking a lot about appetite lately because I'm on a medication that suppresses appetite, and it's really an odd feeling. I've lost enough weight that I've consciously started trying to eat larger portions - but it is really hard to argue with that satiety signal! I end up feeling a bit disgusted at the thought of taking another bite, even of something I really like. Fortunately the medication is out of my system by night and so right now I've just gotten into the habit of snacking before bed.

I've never really had to think too much about weight regulation before. Paying attention to hunger cues has always been enough. So this is a strange experience (and not one that gets much sympathy anywhere).

I know that obese people can feel hungry far after they should be sated, and some anorexics describe that physiological disgust at eating that I've described here - do you suppose the signalling system could become dysfunctional in cases like that?


Very interesting - I knew there had to be more to the 20 minutes thing! I had to laugh though, my favorite gotta eat something now snack is a small handful of animal crackers (love that big container from Costco!) about 6 chocolate chips, a smattering of raisins, and a about a quarter cup of almonds. I guess I'm feeding the simple carb craving and providing some longer term food too. I suppose it is ok so long as calories aren't an issue, which they aren't in my case.

Melanie B

Very interesting. I've been thinking about the satiety feeling lately especially after Dom's diabetic nurse tried him on a drug that she said helps to correct a lack of a particular hormone that makes you feel full. To drastically oversimplfy, when he tried this drug for the first time in his life he said he understood what people mean when they say they feel full-- not "my stomach is stretched so I can't fit any more in" but "I have eaten enough and am satisfied". In fact at first "I am satisfied" almost felt like being queasy, he said. Sadly, the drug costs $200 a month and our insurance won't cover it. But during the month he was on it he started eating much less at a meal, had much less between meal snacking, lost a significant amount of weight, and had his blood sugars more in control than he has since he started checking his levels.

Now I'm even more curious about the actual mechanism involved.

Dorian Speed

Very interesting post and I especially like this comment:

I for one find it easier to adhere to suggested behaviors if I have a mental model of what's really going on.


I don't remember what it was that got me started following your blog, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't this gluttony/weight-loss thread. Just today I noticed the tag and found all these fascinating posts, just when I need them, during (Orthodox) Lent. I put the scale away for these weeks so I could focus on behavior instead of stats, but I couldn't say exactly why I had done it until today when I read one of your previous posts with this tag.
Thanks for all the deliberateness and hard work you have put into the project, and into the part where you share it here!

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