Remember your wheat- and grain-consuming days when you would:
- Be hungry just an hour or two after eating?
- Be persuaded by a dietitian that consuming “many small meals every two hours throughout the day” seemed logical and necessary?
- Count the minutes until your next meal?
- Have a big plate of pasta until your stomach was filled to bursting but wanted more?
- Would shove people out of the way at the all-you-can-eat buffet?
- Would get furious if your order at the restaurant took more than five minutes to serve?
- Experience turbulent and uncomfortable rumbling of your stomach when you hadn’t had something to eat for more than three or four hours?
- Would experience angry outbursts at the family if a meal was delayed?
- Piled your grocery cart high with products if you shopped while hungry?
These are the phenomena familiar to wheat/grain-consuming people, an aggressive and frequent hunger that shapes behavior and personality. These experiences influence eating schedules, shopping habits, cooking, interactions with family and friends, and, of course, weight and health.
In the Wheat Belly lifestyle in which we banish all wheat and grains and thereby gliadin-derived opioid peptides that stimulate appetite, appetite is dramatically reduced. Even though I never advise people to limit or reduce calories, food intake drops, typically resulting in 400-800 fewer calories taken in per day, every day—without hunger. This accounts for the cost savings many people enjoy on this lifestyle, even though we gravitate towards higher quality food. If a family of four experiences a 400 calorie per person, per day reduction in food intake, that’s 1600 calories per day, 48000 calories per month that you don’t have to shop for or buy.
Couple the marked reduction in appetite that develops with removal of gliadin-derived opioid peptides with unrestricted consumption of fats and oils, the additional reduction in appetite that occurs with medium-chain triglycerides, MCTs, and the oxytocin boost we obtain with L. reuteri yogurt, and you are given magnificent and total control over appetite. Good food still tastes great, of course, but you are completely freed from temptation, impulse, impatience, anxiety, desperation, etc., all the perverse behaviors of modern, hungry, grain-consuming humans. You eat for sustenance and enjoyment, not to fulfill the perverted impulses generated by the modern diet-gone-bad created by corrupt national dietary guidelines, misguided dietitians and doctors, and Big Food and Agribusiness hungry for your dollars.
If you experience any hunger at all on this lifestyle, it is more of a soft reminder that you might consider eating something over the next few hours, a very different feeling than the urgent desperation of the grain consumer. This is why people often ask “What if I’m never hungry?” “Is eating one meal per day enough?” Or it makes intermittent fasting or following a time-restricting meal pattern effortless and painless. And recall that another benefit of this lifestyle is the heightened taste perception we experience that makes, for instance, almonds taste sweet, candy overwhelming and sickeningly sweet, a restoration of normal human taste perception.
To be reminded of how powerful these effects can be, just note the behavior of wheat/grain-consuming friends and family at a restaurant or holiday dinner. You will see how your food choices are more purposeful, less desperate, with no urgency involved, while friends and family butter their rolls as they impatiently await the appetizer or main course, eat portion sizes far beyond the quantity needed, hungrily eye all the dishes, not quite satisfied even when done. They might observe your apparent restraint, maybe even complimenting you on your willpower. But you will know that it has nothing to do with restraint or willpower, but a lack of the desperate hunger they all experience, a contentment and satisfaction that comes from the elimination of abnormal impulses.