Feeling full?

August 6, 2018
Emily Laverick

Your genes play a key role in your susceptibility to weight gain and obesity. Identifying the role your lifestyle and DNA characteristics play within your body can help you to make informed choices about your lifestyle choices and avoid or improve their impact.

DNA testing can help understand why some people feel less full than others after a meal. The hormone, Leptin, is released after you eat to send signals to your brain that you are full. Certain people’s genetics mean that the hormone has difficulty connecting to the receptor in the brain that signals how full you are.

If the hormone and receptor do not join correctly, this can lead to over eating, as the brain is not signalling that it is full. You can assist this process by following a healthy diet and eating nutritious foods that have a satiating effect. Take a look at some of the best and worst foods to keep you full below.

Some of the best foods for keeping you full:

- Boiled Potatoes

- Bean Sprouts

- Watermelon

- Grapefruit

- Carrots

- Oranges

Some of the worst:

- White Bread

- Raisins

- Sugar

- Potato Chips

- Croissants

Hence why it is easier to eat a lot more of these unhealthy foods.

Filling foods are generally high in fibre or protein and consequently fall high on the satiety index scale. Focussing on whole, nutrient dense foods will not only make you feel full but also keep you healthy in the long run.