The average human stomach can hold about a quart of food, roughly four cups. And
when your stomach is full, the feeling of satiety kicks in, and you don’t want to eat
anymore. Filling up with apple slices would supply only a little over 200 calories,
a stomach full of oatmeal would provide around 700 calories, but a stomach full of
cheese about 4000 calories—more than a day’s food needs. Another way of looking
at calorie density is to consider how many calories three pounds of differing foods
would contribute to your diet over a day—that is, about the average daily weight of
food eaten by Americans. As shown in table below, high fat or pure fat foods
are calorie-dense, and vegetables, fruits, and legumes are not.

Number of Calories in One Pound of Various Foods:
Vegetables and fruit: 60-195
Potatoes, rice, corn, beans, lentils, legumes: 310-780
Meats: 600-1500
Cheese, nuts, butters: 1400-3200
Oils: 4000

The healthful Okinawa diet is low-calorie-dense and associated with low levels of obesity and long life. I also describe
a study of the traditional Hawaii diet that found that with a low-fat, low-calorie
density diet, the study participants could eat as much food as they wanted, and
they lost an average of 17 pounds over three weeks. According to Michael Greger,
“Low-calorie-density diets offer the best of both worlds: higher dietary quality
and better weight loss.”

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