Don’t Let Your Belly Steal Your Breakfast

Don’t Let Your Belly Steal Your Breakfast

Why Are Fat People Hungry? And what you can do to completely control your appetite.

The picture on the left is of me, (Bob Briggs) 320 pounds taken on May, 6th 2013 and one on the right was taken on June 14th, 2015. As you can see, on the left, my BIG FAT belly had been stealing my breakfast, and a lot of my other food for a long, long time.

Bob Briggs Before and After

Disclaimer, these are my (Bob Briggs) results, your results may be different. This website is informational in nature and not intended to replace treatment by your doctor.

In my video “Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off” I said if a high insulin level drives a lot of your food into storage and at the same time prevents this food from being released to be burned as energy, your fat belly has in effect – STOLEN YOUR BREAKFAST.

And if your food has been stolen, it leaves you hungry. Even worse, if you eat a snack to make up for this theft of your breakfast, you just spike your insulin again and allow even more of your food to be stolen from you.

Why would a person who is hugely overweight, still be hungry?

This is a question that goes to the heart of weight loss and weight gain, but you need to think about what I’m really asking.

  • Why would a person be hungry with all that belly fat?
  • Isn’t fat a form of stored energy?
  • If body fat is a form of stored energy, why can’t fat people simply use it and not be hungry?

How Much Energy Does a Person Have Stored in Fat?

Back in 1970 scientist George F. Cahill wrote the following facts about the average size man:

Starvation in man. The New England journal of medicine. 1970 Mar 19;282(12):668-75.

70-kg man (154 pounds) has the following energy stored on his body
Type of Energy Weight of Energy
Glycogen (stored form of sugar) 300–400 grams 1500
mobilizable Muscle Protein 6–7 kg (13.2 – 15.4 pounds) 25,000
triacylglycerol (fat) in (fat cells) 10–15 kg ( 22 – 33 pounds) 125,000

If a 154 pound man has 125,000 calories of fat, how many calories of fat did I have in my belly when I weighed 320 pounds?
The answer would be an astronomical number, wouldn’t it?

In another study, Cahill writes the average sized person has between 100,000 to 150,000 calories of fat stored on their body. Now we’re not talking about a fat person, we’re talking about a person who is trim and normal weight for their size.

This is enough fat to supply the starving normal sized person with enough energy to survive 1 to 3 months, depending on the weather and their level of activity.

Amount of Energy Needed
Activity Level
Calories per day
Basal Energy (just enough to stay alive) 1500 – 1800
Standard activity level or in a cold environment 3,000 to 3,600
Strong physical activity 5,000 to 6,000

How can a FAT person be hungry, when he or she LITERALLY has a hundreds and hundreds of thousands of calories of fat stored on their body?

If the average sized person could survive 1 to 3 months without food, how long could the hugely overweight person survive?

  • We have an answer to that question, because a 27 year old man FASTED for 386 days (over a year) and lost an astonishing 276 pounds. Here’s the reference for you to read:
  • So at least for this man, his 276 pound fat belly amounted to enough fuel to power him for over a year.
  • By the way, his story was written up in the Guinness Book of Records, 1971.

Fat is locked up by chronically high insulin.

Your body is designed to store fat when you eat and release fat when you are not able to eat. It’s a simple concept, but the science and biology is very complex. The hugely fat person remains hungry because he or she is stuck in cycle of chronically high insulin levels which demand the storage of fat and the keeping of that fat locked up in their fat belly.  High insulin levels prevent them from tapping into those hundreds of thousands of calories stored in fat. And even worse, as I told you in my “Drying Up the Root” video, high insulin after a meal is not the problem, the problem is chronically elevated insulin levels, known in science as “hyperinsulinemia“.

If you look like me, on the left, your fat is locked up by chronically elevated insulin and you can't use it

If you look like me, on the left, your fat is locked up by chronically elevated insulin and you can’t use it Disclaimer, these are my (Bob Briggs) results, your results may be different. This website is informational in nature and not intended to replace treatment by your doctor.

If you have a big belly (like me pictured above), heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high triglycerides, fatty liver, high blood pressure, etc, you probably have a chronically elevated insulin level, or “hyperinsulinemia”. For more on that, see this post.

How to Reverse High Insulin and Tap Your Fat Belly’s Energy Storehouse.

The person who is both fat and hungry is living off sugar, because high insulin levels lock up his/her fat reserves. It’s really simple. You are hungry because you’re living off the very SMALL amount of sugar your body can store as energy. Just look above at the table about how much energy a person can store, as you can see, it’s a very small amount. In that chart it amounts to just 1500 calories.

Feeding or Fasting

  • FEEDING – You are either in storage mode, with an elevated insulin level, or
  • FASTED – In a fat burning mode, called fasting.

put another way –

  • FEEDING – Burning Sugar and storing Fat
  • FASTING – Or Burning Fat and drastically reducing the amount of sugar your body uses.

or we could put yet another way

  • FEEDING – Increasing Insulin (high insulin also feeds back and causes insulin resistance, which feeds back and causes insulin levels to remain higher and last longer
  • FASTING – Reducing Insulin, which frees your fat and sugar to be burned for energy

Explaining the Low Carb-High Fat (LCHF) diet.

Low Carbohydrate (LC) foods reduce the insulin overproduction problem and high fat (HF) foods keep you satisfied longer between meals and empower you to easily go from the FEEDING Mode to the FASTING mode, by simply listening to your lack of hunger and not eating. You will not be hungry, because this LCHF strategy begins to release the hundreds of thousands of calories you have stored in your belly. You won’t need to eat food, because your body will be eating it’s own food, it’s own storaged fat, which is natures best food.

Intermittent Fasting

The truth is, if you don’t understand why fasting is DOING something, then you won’t take this process seriously. Most diets cause you to use “will power” to eat less, but this doesn’t work for long for most people. The LCHF (low carb/high fat) diet I used to lose 145 pounds turns off the “out of control hunger urges” that you’ve struggled with all your life and gives you control, gives you freedom without using “will power”. This will enable to do what is called “intermittent fasting”.

Intermittent Fasting or Short-term fasting.

You need to learn about this wonderful and easy process of not eating and all the many things it can do to help you lose weight and reverse many of the health issues a high insulin level causes.


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  • This fantastic ebook contains over 300 pier reviewed studies, it takes on the myths about fasting one by one and destroys them.
  • It has many charts that show you how short fasts reduce your insulin, release fat from your belly and so much more.
  • You need this book if you are serious about fasting.
  • You need this information to counter those who will put doubts in your mind.
  • I’ve written a critical review of some of the parts, but I think “Eat Stop Eat” is the best fasting book you can find at this time.
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What Fasting Does.

Fasting switches your body from sugar burning to Fat Burning. Graphic from the work of George F. Cahill, which I wrote about earlier in this post. You can find the original source here.

switching to fat

Switching from Sugar Burning to Fat Burning

This switching from sugar burning to fat burning reduces your appetite, because as you’ve seen above, we have a LOT of CALORIES stored in fat, but very few stored as sugar (glycogen). When you switch to fat burning, you tap a tremendous amount of food energy stored around your middle, just waiting for you to use it, which reduces your appetite, because you’ll be eating that fat for energy.

What Happens During a 24 hour Fast

Fasting causes you to begin Burning Fat, Reducing Insulin and Reducing Sugar in as little time as 10 to 12 hours. But you should really try to fast a little longer, maybe 16 to 24 hours to get the full benefits of this fat releasing system. Graphic from this article.

fat insulin fasting times2

Fasting seems to be doing nothing, but Fasting is actually DOING more to help yourself than you could ever do otherwise, by actually doing some other program, like dieting or exercising.

Fasting Does some of the same things as Exercise –

On page 172 of Eat Stop Eat – this chart shows Fasting is DOING some of the same things exercise can do:


From “Eat Stop Eat” by Brad Pilon

The Health Benefits of Fasting

List of Improvements covered in great detail in “Eat Stop Eat

• Decreased body fat & body weight
• Maintenance of skeletal muscle mass
• Decreased blood glucose levels
• Decreased insulin levels & increased insulin sensitivity
• Increased lipolysis & fat oxidation
• Increased Uncoupling Protein 3 mRNA
• Increased norepinephrine & epinephrine levels
• Increased glucagon levels
• Increased growth hormone levels
• Decreased food related stress
• Decreased chronic systemic Inflammation
• Increased cellular cleansing

24 Hour Fast = Less Insulin

If you fasted 72 hours, your insulin would be reduced to half of it’s normal level.

But here’s the good part, you don’t have to fast for three days to really help yourself, because 70% of the reduction in your insulin level occurs in the first 24 hours.


from “Eat, Stop, Eat” by Brad Pilon

Increase Fat Burning and Fat Released from Storage

A simple 24 hour fast can increase the amount of fat that is released from your body fat and the amount of fat you burn for energy by over 50%.

fatty acid

Fifty Percent, Folks.


As I told you in my videos, before I lost weight, I used to have severe joint pain, but now I’m free from that pain.

Eat Stop Eat” covers this topic of inflammation very well. Just look at this chart on page 107:


from “Eat, Stop, Eat” by Brad Pilon

The more weight lost, the less markers of chronic inflammation.

I’ve absolutely found this to be true.

Do you want to reduce your inflammation? Intermittent Fasting is the best and cheapest way.

The drug companies can’t sell me their pain pills anymore. I don’t need them.

Use the appetite control a LCHF diet gives you to begin FASTING.

Then allow your body to Fast, it will do what it’s been designed to do, it will burn that fat belly it’s been holding onto.

They call me Butter Bob, but . . .

There’s something more to my story than Butter.

You Can See My Before and After

Bob Briggs at 320 lbs and now after losing 145 lbs

You Can Watch My Videos


  • But, you don’t know my whole story until you understand I lost 145 lbs with both Butter AND Fasting.
  • Most diets force you to use “will power” to eat less, but this doesn’t work for long.
  • A better way is eating healthy fats, like Butter, which turn off the “out of control hunger urges” that you’ve struggled with all your life.
  • This gives you complete appetite control.
  • This appetite control gives you freedom without using “will power” and enables you to do what is called “intermittent fasting“.
  • No diet or exercise plan can DO for you what Short Term Fasting can do.
  • But until you actually learn all the things intermittent fasting can DO for you, it’s just my word and my story, it doesn’t relate to you.
  • They call me Butter Bob, but the truth is, I could just as easily be called Fasting Bob.

Click Here For the Rest of my story

For More about the role of insulin and disease see my article and video “Drying Up the Root” and the science links for that video.

For more about Appetite Control read my post “Appetite Control, Not Will Power” which includes a link to my video about listening to your new found diet coach, your own appetite control or “Your Own Personal Diet Guru” “Don’t Let Your Belly Steal Your Breakfast” is a shorter version of my Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off video.

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Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. Individual Results may vary.

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  • Mangesh says:

    Greetings Sir!

    I came across your video on YouTube and instantly loved how you transformed yourself and the manner in which you did it. My father is a diabetic and needs to consume nearly a dozen pills to stay healthy on a daily basis. My lipids too are through the roof at just age 28. Both of us have started on your path by incorporating butter and ghee in our diet. Look forward to some great results.

    Thank you so much for your initiative. Good bless!

  • Bob Briggs says:

    Thank you Mangesh. Hope you have great success. Welcome to this website.

  • Kim says:

    I want to lose weight…..I’m at least 50lbs over weight…..I just don’t know where to start… please…..thank you for your time

    • Bob Briggs says:

      The first thing to do is get your diet right, check out my article “Simple, Boring, Take a Chainsaw to Your Problem, Menu Planning”.
      Also watch my videos, they are all linked here, especially “Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off”. The key is using a low carb, high fat simple diet to turn off your appetite, then using that control to “eat less often” or fast. Watch my video “Drying Up the Root” for more on that.

  • Sally Beattie says:

    I am interested in the fasting aspect of this diet. I have a large tummy. Type 2 diabetic, high blood presdure, high cholesterol, suffer with foot neuropathy. I’m a mess. Desperate to sort my health out. Im sick of taking a handful of pills every morning and every night. Help!!

  • Saranya says:

    Do you have your youtube channel?

  • Saranya says:

    oh I see your channel now ! that’s cool !

  • Padma Santhosh says:

    My mother is highly diabetic. The doctors say fasting would harm her badly. Though she’s not putting on too much weight, she’s hungry very frequently. I’m interested in knowing if intermittent fasting even been tried on a diabetic..

    • Ruthy says:

      Hi Padma
      Fasting is perfect for diabetics. In November 2015 my HBA1C was 11.2.
      It is now 5.5. I fast at least 16 hours every day. I also fast 40 hours twice a week.
      I eat LCHF, just like Butter Bob. I have lost 40 pounds.
      I recommend”The Obesity Code” by Dr Jason Fung available on Amazon or watch his You Tube videos.
      Dr Fung admits he gave the wrong advice for many years just like your mother’s doctor. He now cures his diabetic patients with fasting.
      A good way to start is extend your overnight fast slowly. Have a big dinner with lots of healthy fats so she won’t be hungry before bedtime. Then in the morning delay breakfast as long as possible. Eventually she will delay lunch too.
      I wish her better health in the very near future.

      • Walter Bushell says:

        I would *try* to get into Dr. Fung’s program, especially if I were an insulin
        dependent diabetic. Also, this program is for Type II’s. Type I and Type II are
        opposite syndromes.

        But if you follow conventional advice, you can become both Type I *(AND)*
        Type II. Shouldn’t happen to a dog.

      • Andi says:

        Ruth, I stop eating at 7PM, I wake up ate 7AM, and I don’t eat until 10 or 11AM so I fast 15 – 16 hours everyday. Is that enough or should I be fasting more hours and how many days a week?

        • Dustin Mitchell says:

          I’m by no means a medical doctor. You should intermittent fast on a schedule that fits you. However, one VERY important consideration to heed is that delaying breakfast is NOT always the best thing to do. This seems to be such a popular misconception. Eating within one hour of rising helps regulate circadian rhythm. Regulating circadian rhythm helps regulate stress. It maximizes the already beneficial IF technique. If you are experiencing restlessness or insomnia, this slight modification to IF can help you as well.

  • Gary says:

    Hey Bob,

    I really enjoy your videos and now this website. I’ve just started the Keto diet and I understand it’s going to take time to reach my goal. Your journey is phenomenal and motivating. Couple of qs.

    1) How much did you exercise during your low carb diet.

    2) One of your videos you mentioned you eat brekky and dinner and skip lunch. How would that be fasting, from what Ive read and seen online its recommended to have your last meal of the day before 7pm. Your thoughts?


  • Clauida says:

    Best explanation of type-2 diabetes and insulin resistance. When I read this is when I decided I would try the Ketogenic diet. I’ve lost about 46 lbs. to-date.
    Thank you!

  • Jen says:

    I had gastric bypass in 2010 and lost over 100 lbs. But I have gained back about 25 lbs and want to lose it. Will the lchf diet affect me differently because of that surgery?

  • Mike says:

    “Dr.” Bob – your videos are nothing short of phenomenal! I can’t say enough how much I have learned from your videos and your website!

    And, I have actually read most/all the materials you have on your site, including the excellent Dr. Jason Fung’s Obesity Code and many of his videos.

    You just have a way of breaking things down in such a clear, powerful way, that I learned even more from you even after having read/watched so many of the materials you recommend. It just finally “clicked” into place for me! Are you going to write your own book? I think you should!



  • Mike says:

    Actually I have one more thought for you – take all of your transcripts of your videos and your articles and compile them into a book. I know they are already available here for free and on YouTube, but a lot of people might like to have it all put together in on place. You could make it an eBook and then put links to the YouTube articles in the eBook so people could have the best of both worlds.

    You have already done so much of the work – and your writing and speaking is the best I’ve heard. So do it man!


  • Rich says:

    7 am :Breakfast: 2 fried eggs with 4-5 slices of fried bacon, coffee with 1 stevia.packet
    1 pm: Lunch : fried chicken thigh with skin spinach salad with sliced tomatoes olive oil, crumbled cheese . Soda water or water
    at 6 pm : chicken broth with 1 leave of sliced Bok Choy cabbage.
    Your weight will drop off quick. Water or soda water
    No bread-cookies or rice allowed

  • Michael says:

    Hi Bob
    Im about to start the fasting way of life and was wondering may I drink tea [i never drink coffee] during the fast or is it water only during the fast?

    Thanks and you’re an inspiration by the way




  • Jacqui Brown says:

    Hi Bob, I stumbled across your videos by accident but what a lucky day that was for me. I’m still new to all of this me to and IF but in the short (8weeks) time that I’ve been doing this way of eating I’ve got my blood sugars down to near normal and feel a he’ll of a lot better. I’m keeping it simple as you suggest. Do you have any tips for longer fasting? I’m down to 2 meals a day in a 6 hour window but find I still crave fat such as peanut butter.



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