"The first key component is the amount of protein in the diet"
By : Kapriz
One of the most common, and surprising, effects of following the Atkins diet is appetite
suppression. Many followers of the plan report that the between meal hunger pangs they used to experience fade away
very quickly. This makes it easier to stay on the diet and continue to lose weight. While other diets have their
followers starving between meals, the Atkins diet offers relief from constant hunger. The Atkins diet, with its
specific combination of foods and ingredients, has powerful appetite suppressing effects.
The first key component is the amount of protein in the diet. Protein, more so than carbohydrates, has the power to
satiate hunger. If you’ve ever eaten a carb heavy meal and then felt hungry afterward, you know that carbohydrates
don’t have much staying power. Protein, when combined with a small amount of healthy fats, can keep you feeling
full for long periods.
One of the most powerful appetite suppressing foods of the Atkins diet are eggs. Eggs are a great form of quick and
easy protein. A study showed that eating eggs for breakfast would actually reduce hunger pangs through the rest of
the day. The research concerned two groups of women. One group ate eggs for breakfast and the other had a breakfast
of bagels and cream cheese. The calorie count for both breakfasts was the same. The subjects kept track of what
they ate the rest of the day and answered questions about their levels of hunger and satisfaction throughout the
day. The results showed that the women who ate the eggs for breakfast felt more satisfied throughout the entire
day. They ate less at each meal than the women who were in the bagel group.
Eggs contain about 6 grams of protein each. This helps to even out blood sugar and produces a feeling of
satisfaction. Both of these factors help to curb cravings. Egg yolks also contain lutein and xenazanthin. These
nutrients have been shown to have incredible effects on eye health. So it’s important to eat the whole egg, and not
just the white. Eggs contain choline that is important in brain functioning and memory. These nutrients are just an
added benefit to the appetite suppressing qualities.
Broccoli and cauliflower, two of the acceptable vegetables of the Atkins program, also have appetite-suppressing
effects. These vegetables are very bulky and they help make your stomach feel full. When your stomach feels full,
it will actually create a chemical response in your body. Your body will reduce its appetite because it believes
that your stomach is full of high calorie foods. This will happen regardless of what is in your stomach. You can
achieve the same results with water and psyllium husk fiber. Both broccoli and cauliflower provide bulk in your
diet and are essential vegetables of the Atkins plan.
The Atkins diet focuses on eating small protein balanced meals a few times per day. This will help keep your blood
sugar stabilized and avoid carbohydrate cravings. With high carbohydrate diets, you are riding the wave of
carbohydrate highs. After you eat, you feel great and full. Then a few hours later, you come crashing down and are
hungrier than you were before eating the carbohydrate. This cycle continues and, over time, you will eat more and
gain weight. The protein, fat and vegetable meals of the Atkins plan put your blood sugar back in balance. They
provide just enough of each type of food, with a proper amount of carbohydrates (from the vegetables). The
vegetables provide quick carbohydrate energy, and the protein gives the meal staying power. This combination helps
suppress your appetite.
The Atkins diet is actually a craving control diet that can help suppress your appetite. If you’ve had a problem
with carbohydrate cravings before, this new way of eating will help control those cravings. The more you follow the
plan, the better your cravings will be controlled and the easier it will be to follow the diet.
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