- Jenna Willis
Why Am I Still HUNGRY?
Updated: Jun 24, 2019
WHY am I still hungry!?!
You ate a pound of veggies & you still don't feel full...
So you're trying to lose weight and your trainer has told you to stuff yourself full of vegetables that are low on caloric intake, so naturally you're in a deficit? Inevitably you WILL feel somewhat hungry, but hunger isn't just as simple as having a full stomach vs. an empty one.
Not all veggies send your brain the "I'm full" signal.
Certain brain cells called tanycytes control appetite. These cells detect nutrients & inform your brain about the food you've eaten & respond to abundant amino acids, not lettuce.
The amino acids arginine and lysine react strongly with tanycytes, which in turn release info to the appetite-controlling portion of your brain in as little as 30 seconds.
So what should you be adding in along with the pound of veggies?
Foods with high concentrations of arginine and lysine:
Don't eat some of these, or worried about higher caloric intake? Supplement with arginine and lysine when dieting.
YES! Keep the veggies around and still feel full!