One huge benefit of protein to those of us who are perpetually hungry due to over-dieting and trying to starve ourselves thin is that proteins, like fats, give a high level of satiety. The difference between eating 100 calories of protein and 100 calories of sugar can be compared to a long, pleasant drive in the country versus a 5 minute heart-stopping ride on a roller coaster. Both involve speed, both involve travel, but they have very different results. In the same way, your 100 calories of protein will be converted, like everything else you eat, into glycogen. But the RATE at which this consumption takes place as well as WHAT is done with that glycogen is vital when considering your eating choices.
There is also another factor, known as the Insulin Trap. Simply put, those 100 calories of protein will keep you from getting hungry and keep you feeling ‘full’ longer than those 100 calories of simple carb. The sugar will be converted quickly and will tell your pancreas via hardwire contact (or a slap upside the head) to MAKE INSULIN NOW NOW NOW! Whereas the protein will kind of laze around and eventually send a text message to the pancreas saying, “Hey dude, we will be needing just a tad more insulin down here, but take your time, no need to over-produce. Thanks, man! U rock!” In the first scenario you need to eat again–and soon–in order to give the insulin something more to work with. Problem? Oh yes indeed.
In reading these pages, as I hope you will, you will find that a great many of my recipes seem to lack meat, chicken, fish, etc as protein content. Sometimes this is deliberate; sometimes this is because you, as an intelligent person, can figure out that you may add your own meat, chicken, fish or whatever TO many of these recipes.
If you would like suggestions for protein additions, or any other help with these recipes or eating yourself slim in general, PLEASE feel free to contact me. 🙂