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.
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:
|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|
||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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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%.
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:
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
You Can Watch My Videos
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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