26 Ways You Stay Hungry: #2

Updated: Jun 14

2. Glycemic Index / Glycemic Load:

Constant or frequent hunger is not your fault. There is something driving the hunger. We were not designed to be dependent upon 3+ meals & snacks each day. Many animals go weeks without eating. They have adapted to be able to do this. We have adapted to be dependent upon a constantly available food supply.

The image above adequately explains how foods that deliver a lot of calories in a short amount of time cause both hunger and weight gain - a great conundrum! Our slow-burning (diesel) engine - our body - chugs along using energy between the green dashed lines. What happens when we send more fuel into our system than we need at any moment? In a car, the engine "floods" and shuts down. In us humans, we send that excess fuel (calories) into storage - like a squirrel storing nuts - except we store the fuel in our body as fat.

Not every food we eat causes the sharp "spike" in blood sugar (calories) as depicted in the graphic. Fats (focus on healthy fats) and proteins deliver calories more slowly compared to carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates (sugars). The measure most commonly used for how fast a food delivers calories (sugars) to our blood stream and our body is the Glycemic Index.

Glycemic Index Defined: