For many of us, satiation is a learned skill. It is not necessarily a naturally occurring feeling.
Our “cutoff switch” is either broken or delayed. That may be because we’re shooting for the wrong target; we’re eating to fill our stomachs instead of to fuel our cells.
The function of digestion and metabolism is to distribute the six essential nutrients to the trillions of cells in our body. This results in extended satiation, and consistent energy and vitality, for the next several hours of our day.
However, if we stuff down our meal with the intention of stopping only after we feel our stomachs are stuffed and distended, we have — by definition — overeaten, because all that food still needs to be digested and distributed. That causes us to consume hundreds of more calories than we need needed. The result is bloating and the discomfort that we’ve experienced so often.