I've been experimenting on myself and have found an interesting trend.
One morning last week, I overslept and had to run out the door. (I had to be in to work early that day.) I grabbed a string cheese and called it breakfast. Needless to say, by 11:00, I was starving and ready to chew my arm off and I wasn't going to have a chance for a lunch break until 2:00.
I had an Atkins shake in the office fridge leftover from my last fill (I normally don't drink protein shakes except after fills) so I drank it. 2:00 came and went, and I didn't get hungry. I finally went to lunch at 3:00.
I usually work 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, so I eat my breakfast around 10:00. Every day I am hungry by 1:00 but I don't get a lunch break until 4:00. It doesn't matter what I have for breakfast - eggs and bacon, leftovers, it doesn't matter what it is - I'm hungry by 1:00. I usually have a snack -
cheese and berries, a spoonful of chicken salad, or nuts, or before I started Atkins, a fiber bar. By 4:00, I'm hungry again.
I liked the way the Atkins shake satisfied me so much that I've been experimenting. I've been having a shake for my 1:00 snack, and it keeps me satisfied well past 4:00. They're 160 calories and the chocolate ones taste great. I know we're not supposed to do liquid calories, but the
calories are around the same as any other snack I would have and it keeps me satisfied just as long or longer.
Yesterday I had a protein-rich, very low carb breakfast (eggs and veggie sausage). I was hungry by 1:00, had my shake, and wasn't hungry for lunch until nearly 5:00 PM. Today I ate a more "carby" lower protein breakfast (a low-carb tortilla with 2 reduced fat cheese sticks). Same - hungry at 1:00, had a shake, lunch at 4:00).
This may or may not be something I stick with. I suppose I'll see what the scale says at the end of the week. I just thought it was interesting because I thought that the rule was always that solid food is more satisfying than liquids.