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Do fats and protein play a role in promoting satiety?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Both fats and proteins play a role in satiety, but their roles are different. Satiety means how full and satisfied you feel after eating. Research shows that you are more likely to feel full if your meal includes some protein. Fat, however, has only a weak satiety effect, so if you eat a high-fat meal it's easy to consume a lot of calories before you feel full.

There's no need to ban all fat or eat an extremely high-protein diet. A balanced low-fat diet with enough protein, along with plenty of fruits and vegetables, as part of a calorie-controlled weight-loss plan, can help you feel full on fewer calories.

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