How to Stop Overeating
Try these tips for getting more satisfaction from fewer calories.
What Makes a Food Satisfying?
Research during the past decade suggests there are three factors that help
make a meal more satisfying: the weight of the food, the amount of protein, and
the amount of fiber.
A revolutionary study done by researchers at the University of Sydney in
1995 noted that of the 38 foods tested, certain foods scored higher in satiety.
Top-scoring foods included whole-meal bread, grainy bread, cheese, eggs, brown
pasta, popcorn, all-bran cereal, grapes, porridge, baked beans, apples,
beefsteak, ling fish (a type of cod), and oranges. All of these foods are high
in fiber, water, or protein.
And which foods tend to have low satiety scores (making them much easier to
overeat)? These would be foods with large amounts of fat, sugar, and/or refined
carbohydrates, like potato chips, candy bars, and white bread.