What is satiety?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

Satiety is defined as the quality or state of being fed or gratified.  In the world of food and weight management, satiety is a key term. For success, it's important to enjoy foods that leave you feeling satisfied. This may help decrease the desire to keep going back for more. 

To put this in action, swap the bag of chips for a handful of nuts. With ample protein and fiber, a handful of nuts will be more satisfying (satiating) than a handful of potato chips. 


Patricia Raymond, MD
Satiety is defined as "the state of being satiated or glutted; fullness of gratification, either of the appetite or of any sensual desire; fullness beyond desire; an excess of gratification which excites wearisomeness or loathing; repletion; satiation."

Normally we feel satiety about 10 minutes after we are full -- not a big help if you wolfed down that entire pizza before 10 minutes have elapsed. Satiety is a complex mechanism of gastric distension that triggers brain chemical release via your vagus nerve, making your hunger or craving disappear. But then you need awareness of your satiety. And if you continue to ignore the sensation of satiety, you will feel stuffed.

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