Drying Up the Root

Drying Up the Root
LCHF and the Fasting Cure


Drying Up the Root – Long Version

Bob Briggs at 320 lbs and now after losing 145 lbs

Bob Briggs at 320 lbs and now after losing 145 lbs


Hello everyone, it’s ole Butter Bob Briggs here at my favorite place in the world, Burgess Falls State Park and today I want to talk to you about roots.

I picked this spot because this wonderful old tree has it’s roots exposed a little and I’m going to use it as an illustration of a very important and life changing topic.

What I’m going to talk about is a topic that I think will completely change the way you see disease, the way you think when you walk into a hospital, pharmacy or doctors office and will give you a good understanding of what to do to dry up the root of this tree.

I want to tell you a story of discovery. And like many discoveries in history, it’s a story of relationships and connections that don’t seem to go together at first.

In the modern world, the civilized world, we have several widespread diseases and conditions like Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity, that used to be fairly rare only a century ago.

Why are these diseases so widespread today and could there be a common underlying root that these various branches of disease have in common?

Over the last hundred years or so many diseases that make up this complex relationship have come to be known as fellow travelers in disease.

They tend to cluster together like branches of a tree. They tend to have the same underlying cluster of problems too, problems like high blood fat numbers and high blood pressure and higher blood sugars.

The History of Hyperinsulinemia or Chronically High Insulin Levels

As far back as 1920 a scientist named Eskil Kylin, noticed high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity and gout seemed to cluster together in the same person. If a person had one of them, there was a good chance the other clustered with or traveled with them.

Back in the 1930’s a scientist named Harold Himsworth noticed there was actually a difference between what we now call Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Unlike the Type 1 Diabetic, the person who has Type 2 diabetes has chronically high insulin levels, but their body is resistant to those high insulin levels, causing them to have to make more and more, until finally they can no longer make enough and they get sick in many ways just like the Type 1 diabetics do, but for very different underlying reasons.

Himsworth had discovered an underlying connection between a major disease and chronically high insulin levels. High insulin levels that lasted for a long long time before they actually get sick.

This connection between Type 2 diabetes and chronically high insulin levels is important, because like I told you, the scientists were coming to understand that all those other problems like Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Sugar, High Triglycerides, Low HDL cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and Obesity all seemed to cluster together.

That doesn’t mean they have to all be present, but it does mean they are likely to be fellow travelers.

If a person was found to have one, like high blood pressure, then the others were much more likely to be found also.

So, if type 2 diabetes was found to have at it’s root chronically high insulin levels, then the other clustering fellow travelers most likely would be found to have the same chronically high insulin levels.
And this is exactly what the researchers found over the next few decades.

By 1988, Gerald Reaven named this clustering of sicknesses, and blood abnormalities, “Syndrome X”

And He took the concept further by saying the whole complex tree of related diseases is tied together by insulin resistance which always travels with chronically high insulin levels.

Insulin resistance and high insulin levels are fellow travelers too. Insulin resistance causes high insulin levels and high insulin levels, in turn, feedback and cause insulin resistance.

Since 1988, “Syndrome X” has come to be called “Metabolic Syndrome” or “Insulin Resistance Syndrome”.

And even more important than this name change is the growing number of illnesses that have been connected to chronically high insulin levels, the cluster of problems, known to travel together has grown at lot in the last few decades.

Conditions Related to Chronically High Insulin

The updated list of conditions on this tree, in this tendency to cluster together and travel together, includes the older ones like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, gout from the holding of uric acid and obesity,

But now adds:

  • chronic system wide inflammation, inflammatory chemicals made in your fat cells and passed to your circulatory system and your joints,
  • the thickening and build up of plaques in the walls of your arteries,
  • the thickening of your blood, the reduction in your ability to break up blood clots,
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome,
  • kidney disease and edema from holding salt and water,
  • LDL cholesterol becoming the dangerous small, dense pattern “B” type.
  • skin problems, like Acanthosis nigricans (a dark pigmentation in the folds of skin in neck, groin, arm pits
  • Sleep-related breathing disorders, like sleep apnea, loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness

Remember, having any of these makes it more likely that many of the rest are traveling along with the one you have.

It also means that if you’re on one of the branches, you are more likely to have other disease branches effect you.

For instance, if you’re a type 2 diabetic, you are much more likely to have heart disease and much more likely to suffer with Alzheimer’s too.

More recently, the connections between chronically high insulin levels and some types of cancers like breast and colon cancers have been found, in other words if you have some of these other conditions, you might also be more prone to these types of cancer.

Changing Your View of the World

Really that’s why I’m here at this park today, hopefully when I’m done you’ll have a better insight to this problem than you ever imagined, because really seeing the connection between chronically high insulin and a host of modern diseases, is life changing.

It will completely change the way you see food, the way you see the medical industry, the way you see the food industry too.

You will never be able to walk into a hospital again and not think about how many of the sick people in that place are there simply because at the root of their problem was years and years of chronically high insulin levels.

I know when I say something like that, it sounds crazy, but give me a few minutes to explain and I’m sure you’ll agree with me.

The Tree

So which conditions have this insulin connection?

If the chronic modern illnesses that fill our hospitals and doctors offices were pictured as a tree, like this one, then chronically high insulin could be pictured as the root of that tree.

Moving up from the roots into the trunk of this tree, we could picture the direct problems continuously high insulin levels cause long before outward disease can be seen. Some of these “trunk” problems are directly caused by high insulin levels, or the process that cause these “trunk” type problems gets it’s beginning because of continuing chronically high insulin levels.

In the trunk of the tree are high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol becoming small and dense, Patten “B” LDL. High Blood sugars are there in the trunk too, but they don’t have to be that high, just continuously raised a little higher than normal, even a small amount of extra sugar in the blood is toxic. Other problems are there too, your blood becomes stickier and the ability to dissolve clots is being reduced and widespread inflammation is also growing from the roots of chronically high insulin levels.

We can take this picture even further as we look up into the branches of this tree.

The branches of our modern tree of disease spring from this trunk and all these problems having constantly high insulin causes with fat in our blood, with inflammation, with the thickening and stickiness of our blood, with the slow but steady damage to our tissues that the toxic effect of a little extra sugar and insulin in our blood does.

The branches represent the outward growth of these problems that begin to show themselves in the trunk of this tree.

These terrible changes in this trunk grow and branch out into the full blown diseases and illnesses we all know about.

The branches on our tree could be called Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Fatty Liver, Sleep Apnea, Stroke, High Blood Pressure, Joint Pain, a few cancers would be on the list too and last but not least, Obesity.

They seem so different, and they are, but when you look at the tree, you realize they are but branches springing from the trunk of underlying metabolic problems caused by or made worse by the root of this tree, chronic high insulin levels.

All these branches, all these diseases seem like separate, unrelated problems. They effect different people, some of the people on this tree are seemingly immune to some of these disorders, but not all. You might be on the T2D branch, your husband on the heart disease branch, your daughter on the Poly cystic ovarian syndrome branch, , your mother may have fatty liver, your sister might have breast cancer, your grandma with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, all these problems have been connected with or associated with insulin resistance and chronic high insulin levels.

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

Does Insulin Resistance Cause High Insulin Levels, Or Does High Insulin Levels Cause Resistance? Yes on both questions.

Before we get started I want to say something about Insulin Resistance. Whenever Insulin Resistance is talked about in scientific papers, it is referred to by the phrase insulin resistance AND “the resulting hyperinsulinemia”.

Hyperinsulinemia is not only a two dollar word, it is a two in a half dollar word, which means basically, chronically elevated insulin levels. This “Hyperinsulinemia” this chronically high insulin level, is THE real problem that in my opinion, and it drives the whole insulin resistance problem.

So insulin resistance is something found in your tissues, its a condition where certain tissues resist insulin’s job to put sugar in them.

And this resistance is ALWAYS accompanied by a chronically high insulin level.

So it would be just as easy for me to shorten the whole problem and say the root of this tree of related diseases is continuously high insulin levels. And that’s what I’m going to do in this video.

Continuously or chronically high insulin levels either cause insulin resistance to get worse, or the insulin resistance in your tissues cause the chronically high insulin levels to get worse.

It’s a “which came first, chicken or the egg” debate.

Elevated insulin in the presence of your genetic tendency to be a little insulin resistant, results in more insulin resistance and this in turn causes more insulin too. The high insulin causes higher insulin resistance too.

Its a vicious cycle and for my purposes here – I’ll just say the root of the problem is chronically high insulin, because that’s the part of this “which came first, chicken or the egg” process that you and me can do something about.

Let the scientist debate, while we get well, by drying up the roots of this tree.

The truth is chronically high insulin whether it’s the chicken or the egg, is the root that is directly responsible itself or directly responsible for the first step of some other vicious chicken and egg cycle, that leads to all the blood fat problems, all the inflammation problems, all the reduction in the ability to destroy clots, all the toxic effects of sugar itself in your blood, all the fat that accumulates in your liver, all the hormonal problems leading to cysts in your ovaries, all the holding of salt and water leading to high blood pressure.

The list could go on and on, but it IS NOT important for you and me to know every problem chronically high insulin causes, it’s just important that we understand that chronically high insulin is the root of this huge tree of illnesses. It’s important to get this picture in our mind and knowing this change our life by drying up the root itself.

The underlying problem of chronically high insulin is the roots of this tree, this high insulin root grows into the trunk, where the secondary problems grow long before you notice the outward signs of disease.

In my tree of related diseases, I’ve pictured chronically high insulin levels as being the root of the problem. But I want to be very honest, all the processes happening in the trunk of this tree are themselves “causes”. They all feed back on each other.

Some scientists will say it is the obesity that is the underlying cause, because your fat cells themselves can increase insulin resistance, increase inflammation chemicals and other things. And we could go on and on with all the various complicated feed back relationships

This causes that, which in turn causes the original cause to get worse, which feeds back again to cause more of the other thing, which spins the cycle endlessly feeding on itself.

These are debates for scientists and they just confuse the issue to people like me and you. They are important, but they don’t tell us how to get better.

The point I’m trying to make is this:

If all these complicated vicious cycles that seem to travel together and feed on each other in people who have one of the problems we’ve talked about – in other words if all these processes are caused by and in turn cause others which in turn cycle back and keep the process going in a vicious cycle, do we really have to know which came first the chicken or the egg to break the cycle and get well?

If we break the egg or kill the chicken, the cycle is over regardless.

If everything is feeding back on this cycle, then anyplace we can break the loop, will start to destroy all these other loops.

I can’t very easily stop inflammation, or even quickly reduce the influence of my fat cells, but there’s one part of these spinning cycles I can do something about and that’s insulin – I can attack this root directly by changing the types of food I eat and by eating less frequently. Not eating less, but less frequently.

So, I’m sure there’s going to be people who will write me and cite study after study that show this or that process is more or less important than high insulin levels, believe me, I’ve read many of these studies already.

But the truth is all these processes, all these vicious spinning cycles travel together and cluster together in people who are fat, and or have heart disease, and or have Type 2 diabetes and a lot more illnesses that we can talk about.

These underlying spinning cycles feed on each other. It would be easy, perhaps to say on of them was at the root of this tree instead of chronically high insulin levels, but high insulin is something we can do something about.

In this tree example, and I know it’s not perfect, but in the trunk of our tree is the place where all these complicated processes are spinning around, feeding back, back and forth on themselves –

The tree is just a way to get your head wrapped around many very complicated spinning cycle relationships. And by representing the root as chronic high insulin levels, I’m trying to show you where you can break the cycle. So the bottom line is – this tree is just a way for you to picture the problem, how these things are related to each other and most importantly, what you can do about it.

Stop the wheel spinning anywhere and the cycle stops. Dry up the root anywhere and the tree begins to die. Break the egg or kill the chicken and it doesn’t matter which one of them came first, the endless cycle is broken, there will be no more chicken and no more egg.

The Trunk of the Tree – Years of high insulin making you sick, without you noticing it.

Here in the trunk of this tree, the problems begin, problems of high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, small dense pattern “B” LDL cholesterol, toxic high blood sugars that cause inflammation in your arteries and joints, high insulin causing plaques to grow, the inhibition of your ability to break down clots, the holding of water and salt, the building up of uric acid leading to gout and the way high insulin levels change your hormones.

These and so many more problems, who have their root in chronically high insulin levels, eventually grow from the trunk of this tree into the branches of outward disease. The processes are complicated, but all of them are either directly caused by constantly high insulin levels, or caused by some other process that was itself directly influenced by the presence of chronically high insulin levels.

High insulin levels cause parts of our body to become what scientists call insulin resistant. Or some say underlying insulin resistance causes us to produce too much insulin. Like I said, earlier, it doesn’t make much difference which one of these ideas are right to us – The root of our tree is chronically high insulin levels and the fact that some of our tissues are resistant to that high insulin level and some are not resistant at first.

For example, while first our muscles are resistant, and then our liver becomes resistant, our fat cells remain sensitive and are not resistant.

The resistance in the liver and muscles, plus a diet high in foods that cause insulin to stay higher longer cause our still insulin sensitive fat cells to continue to accept this high insulin level – which makes it easy to store fat in them. Remember, one of Insulin’s main jobs as a hormone is to store fat and prevent the burning of fat while it’s at a high level.

Eventually the fat cells of your body increase in size and they too become insulin resistant. Even the fat cells don’t want any more fat and they don’t want to store anymore sugar as fat either. When the fat cells become resistant to insulin, then the insulin levels must go up even further and the stay up even longer. Some people get very fat before this process happens, some less fat, but at some point the fat cells become resistant too.

So looking at our tree, we could have an obesity branch, an obesity branch that grew out of the trunk of this tree from the high insulin levels, caused not in the fat itself, but in our muscles and liver.

The root of high insulin caused the storing of fat to be easier, but the increase of fat ended up causing more insulin to be made, helping to cause more problems some other place.

This is the whole problem with this condition. The problem of high insulin levels effects different tissues differently, and the whole process becomes a feedback loop, or a vicious cycle which grows over the years into the trunk and then outwardly to these branches.

This process goes on in so many complicated processes in your body, chronically high insulin causes a problem, which in turn causes more insulin resistance and more insulin to be made. Or high insulin levels causes a chain of events that lead to disease in other areas of your body.

Who has this problem of chronically high insulin?

Well, this is where our tree picture holds up pretty good, because there are so many branches springing from a common root.

All these diseases, all these branches, seem like separate, unrelated problems. They effect different people, some of the people on this tree are seemingly immune to some of these disorders, but not all. You might be on the T2D branch, your husband on the heart disease branch, your daughter on the Poly cystic ovarian syndrome branch, your mother may have fatty liver, your sister might have breast cancer, your grandma with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, all these problems have been connected with or associated with insulin resistance and chronic high insulin levels.

They seem so different, and they are, but when you look at the tree, you realize they are but branches springing from the trunk of underlying metabolic problems caused by or made worse by the root of this tree, chronic high insulin levels.
So who is on this tree, who has this root problem of chronically high insulin levels?

If you are on one of the branches of this tree, if you have one of the disorders we’ve talked about, it’s fairly certain you have insulin resistance and chronic high insulin levels are at the underlying root of your problem.

If you have been diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease then it’s very very likely we could follow your branch down through the trunk of High Triglycerides, Low HDL, small dense LDL, plaque, inflammation, the inhibition of the breakup of clots, and the holding of salt and water in your kidneys – following down the trunk of this tree, right down into the roots of chronically high insulin levels for years and years.

If you have Type 2 Diabetes, we could follow your branch down to the trunk, where we’d find the same blood fat problems that contribute to heart disease, we’d also find your liver and pancreas getting clogged with fat, clogged with fat made by high insulin causing your liver to convert extra carbohydrates into fat, fat that clogs the liver and is exported in your bloodstream.

It’s been found that 90% of Type 2 Diabetics are insulin resistant, which means that 90% of type 2 diabetes have had chronically high insulin levels for years and years. And at the beginning of their disease, they still do have high levels. So the branch called Type 2, is followed into the trunk and down to the root of chronically high insulin levels.

We could follow the branch of many diseases down this tree and many more are being discovered every decade of research. The connection has been seen between chronically high insulin levels and polycystic ovarian syndrome, some types of cancer like breast and colon cancers, joint pain, depression and anxiety, even Alzheimer’s has a connection to the root of this tree.

Do you have high blood pressure? You’re on the tree.

Do you have Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver? You’re on the tree.

Have you had a stroke, do you have chest pains, both of these could mean you’re on this tree.

Maybe you’re healthy now, but you’ve found out you have high triglycerides, well that just means your problem in still in the trunk of this tree, the branches of disease are not visible yet but your problem still has its roots in chronically high insulin.

The same could be said for low HDL cholesterol, or small dense LDL pattern “B”, of having a fat belly, or having a slightly higher fasting glucose blood sugar number. Yes even slightly higher, because the underlying root of chronically high insulin levels are there, you’re in the trunk of the tree where the branch will spring to full blown disease someday.

What Causes High Insulin Levels?

Now that we have looked at the tree, let’s look at what causes insulin to become chronically high and what you can do about it.

Insulin is released when you eat, period.
It doesn’t matter what you eat, when you eat, insulin is released.
This is completely normal.

As we all know, some foods and drinks spike insulin more than others, some much more than others, but eating causes insulin to be released, period.

Also, some of us, just by being born to the parents we have and inheriting certain genes are just more prong to becoming insulin resistant, which as we’ve said, insulin resistant and having chronically high insulin are just two ways to say the same thing.

Another cause of insulin being high is our lifestyle, do we snack a lot? Do we constantly drink sugary drinks? And are we active or couch potatoes?

All these things get the insulin resistance and chronically high insulin levels started. And as we’ve seen the problem builds on itself in a vicious cycle. High Insulin makes more resistance, which leads to higher insulin. Fat building in the liver and belly caused by high insulin, also leads to more resistance, which leads to more insulin.

The cycle builds over the years and at some point, your insulin levels are so high and last so long that you no longer need to eat much of anything to maintain a high level of insulin. Even while you sleep, your liver is making sugar, because it no longer feels the effects of this high insulin level. The trunk of the tree springs out into open branches of disease. You become fat, sick and hurting out on a limb and not understanding the problem is in the root of chronically high insulin levels.

Reversing High Insulin Levels

If the problem is chronically high insulin levels, if this is the root of this tree of metabolic diseases, then the way to dry up this root and destroy the tree is to find a way to have chronically low insulin levels.

And I got good news for you, getting your insulin levels chronically lower is easier than you might think, but for most of you who are really fat, really sick and really hurting, it will take time to really dry up the roots of this tree. Some of you can completely make yourself well again, some of you, because of long term damage might only be able to greatly improve, but not be totally well. But, a great improvement is still a worthwhile goal. Don’t you think?

I’m going to propose a simple plan you can easily carry out on your own to chronically lower your insulin levels, to dry up the underlying root cause of this tree.

The one thing proven to reduce insulin levels the most is fasting. Going without food by mouth for a period of time.

I can hear some of you right now saying – “fasting”, your brilliant idea is starving myself?

That’s what I’d be saying too, but please give me a few minutes to explain before you turn me off.

In my Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off video, I talked about a low carbohydrate – high fat diet and I talked about how that type of diet keeps your insulin low and turns down your appetite so you can go hours and hours without eating. Hours without being hungry, without using your Will Power at all.

The appetite control that a low carb high fat diet gives you, makes it easy to fast, because you’re just not hungry.

Also, as I said in my Butter video – LCHF imitates fasting itself, because both the LCHF diet and going without food, both cause the body to burn fat as an energy source.

When we actually fast, when we actually don’t have anything to eat for a while, our body gets up to 85% of it’s energy needs from it’s own fat – fat that’s stored in it’s butt, and belly and chinny, chin, chins.

When you’re on a LCHF diet or when your fasting your body is using fat for it’s energy needs.

And this fat supply is a steady, long term source of energy.

Since my Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off video came out, I started a Facebook page by the same name and almost every day I get messages from people asking me how much butter to eat, how many calories, a menu plan or recipes.

There’s nothing wrong with these questions, but they tell me two things.

One: these people really don’t understand what we’re really trying to accomplish.

And Two: I haven’t done a good job of making what we’re trying to accomplish clear.

So here goes, and this is the whole purpose of this video.

This LCHF diet is a long term treatment that we can use to control our appetite while we practice the cure of fasting.

We have a big problem and it’s bigger that just being fat. If we’re on this tree, either in the trunk without diagnosed disease, or in the branches with full blown open disease, whether that branch be Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity, cysts on your ovaries, whatever problem that we’ve talked about, if you’re on this tree, you have at the root of your problem, a long term chronically high insulin problem.

To fix this problem we need to find a way to establish a long term chronically lower insulin level. We need to do that for life, but to get to life, we need to be able to do some program long-term.

LCHF is an long term sustainable way to eat that controls your appetite without will power. And this controlled appetite allows you to practice periodic short term fasting, which is the cure for the high insulin levels.

LCHF prevents your insulin levels from going really high, but fasting allows your insulin levels to go lower and stay there most the hours of the day. If high insulin causes your body to become resistant to insulin, then low insulin levels allows your body to become sensitive to insulin again. It’s the reverse of the process.

I want to tell you the way I lost 160 pounds and how I was able to stay on this way of life for 2 years.

It’s a plan that will allow you to chronically reduce your insulin levels, long term and begin the process of drying up the root of this tree.

I want you to think about the problem you have, think about the fact that the root of chronically high insulin levels has lead to the problems that fill the hospitals and doctors offices of the world, chronically high insulin levels cause 100’s of billions of dollars to be spent on drugs that only treat the symptoms in the trunk of this tree, and don’t come close to drying up the root of the problem. Think about all the people you know who are suffering on one of the branches of this tree, think about all the people you know who have went to an early grave because of this tree.

Then I want you to think like me.

A Simple Plan

What I’m going to tell you is a simple plan and I think of it as a treatment, a technique to dry up the root.

First – Keep you diet simple. When I say simple I mean just that. 90% of the time eat very simple, you don’t need a recipe for eggs and bacon, you don’t need a menu for a piece or two of fried chicken and some green vegetables.

LCHF is a worldwide movement and there are multiple hundreds of recipes sites online that can give you almost any kind of recipe, any kind of menu plan. But, for a while, until you get well, keep it simple, so simple you can’t mess it up. All these complicated recipes will still be there when your well or when an occasional special day comes about.

Simple means real, whole foods, do not use replacement drinks and meal bars, stay away from replacement flours like almond and coconut flours. Not because these flours are bad, but because you will overeat using them and remember, we are trying to reduce the amount of time we eat each day.

Don’t use wheat flour at all, be very careful about artificial sweeteners and use them sparingly and it’s best not to use powdered artificial sweeteners at all, and take it easy of cheese, not because it’s bad, but because it’s easy to overeat and our goal is to dry up the root of our tree. Stay completely away from vegetable seed oils like corn oil, soybean oil, canola.

This sounds very restrictive, but remember our goal is to correct our problem, dry up the roots and get well. Most of these restriction will not last forever. We are getting well and making this treatment as idiot proof as we can.

Intermittent Fasting

The next step on our simple plan is to fast. Fasting is not eating when not hungry.

The simply rule is don’t eat when not hungry. Do not schedule a snack. Do not eat, when not hungry.

Do not eat lunch just because it’s lunch time, do not eat, when not hungry.

Do not eat breakfast because it’s breakfast time, do not eat, when not hungry.

When you do get hungry, eat until you’re satisfied. We are not trying to eat less when hungry, we are trying to eat less often. Not eat less, but eat less often. In other words, we are going to eat most of our meals in a smaller window of time and that will leave the rest of the time with us not eating.

You can do this anyway that’s comfortable to you. Experiment with it.

This not eating when not hungry is a form of intermittent fasting.

You see there are as many ways to do intermittent fasting as there are people doing it.

You could skip breakfast because your not hungry. That would leave you not eating from say 6 at night until let’s say 11 or 12 the next day when you break your fast and eat lunch, or what will become your breakfast.

My own schedule was different. I ate breakfast and fasted most of the day until I ate a late dinner. But I am a person who works nights and this just worked for me.

You could experiment with alternative day fasting eat a day, fast a day. You will be surprised how easy some form of this fasting will be for you while your being strict on your low carbohydrate high fat diet.

And remember, never force this, never deliberately not eat until satisfied at meal times.

We are using our diet to keep insulin low at meal times and we’re using the appetite control this high fat diet gives us to tap into our fat reserves to sustain us while we fast.

LCHF is the treatment or technique the allows us to practice the long term sustainable cure of fasting which drys up the root of this tree.

Short fasts of a day or less, is not starving, Fasting is your body eating it’s own stored food, which is fat.

Fasting is your body eating fat.

Fasting is also the way to keep your insulin levels extremely low most of the day. These low insulin levels allow the tissue of your body to become sensitive to insulin again, allowing them to need much less insulin to do the job a great deal of insulin used to not do.

Fasting is your body eating it’s own fat. That’s why, if you keep your diet very simple, you eat until satisfied when you do eat, your body can reward you with appetite control – Your appetite is controlled because your body is STILL eating, even while nothing is going in your mouth. Your body is still eating fat, it’s own nutritious body fat, natures perfect sustainable food.

Keep it Simple and Don’t eat when not hungry

This will begin the process of drying up the root of chronically high insulin levels.

As insulin levels are kept chronically lower most of the time, the processes going on in the trunk of our tree start to resolve.

The body takes the fat out of the liver first. There are several studies that show the liver fat is the first fat the body starts to burn. And this is good, with liver fat being burned and removed, and with you not eating carbohydrates that can be turned into more liver fat the liver starts returning to normal levels.

Without this fat, the liver becomes less resistant to insulin, The liver greatly reduces the amount of triglyceride in your blood. It’s one of the most noticeable things we see on this diet. As the triglycerides come down the good HDL begins to go up. There are studies showing the small dense pattern “B” LDL cholesterol also begins transforming into the Pattern “A” LDL cholesterol which is heart protective.

Inflammation is also reduced and blood sugars are quickly normalized and extra toxic insulin is not in the blood. The arteries stop being damaged, the joints start to heal. Blood becomes thinner, my own blood is much thinner now.

This is a simple plan to accomplish a very complex goal.

This is why I told you that when you understood that this whole tree of diseases was tied together at the root by chronically high insulin it would change the way you live your life and you would never be able to walk into a hospital or doctors office and not think that most of these people are on this tree and they’ve gotten sick because of years and years of watering the root of chronically high insulin.

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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  • Lane Ball says:

    Hello Bob,

    I love you videos. I am so glad that I found your videos and website. I have metabolic X syndrome but have been thin my whole life until I got older and started gaining weight around my middle. It also started after I went througn much stress in my life. The metabolic X syndrome has been devastating my whole body causing inflammation through my whole body. It has even affected my kidneys. Do you think I should focus more on getting plenty of fat through butter, heavy whipped cream, and lard and not over do the meat proteins since I am having some kidney problems?

  • Lane Ball says:

    I was trying to find the Field lard in my local Walmart and Walmart online and I cannot find any available. Do you know of a Walmart or a source where it might be available?

  • Freeman Brown says:

    Your metaphor “The Tree of Metabolic Disease” is the best conceptualization of the relationship between hyperinsulinemia and the diseases that cluster with it that I have ever read. Thank you for posting this.

  • Cat Nagle says:

    Great analogy. VERY helpful. Thank you.

  • Andi says:

    Hi Bob, I have a question about artificial sweeteners. I HATE water. The only way I can drink it is with lemon juice and Sweet N Low. Stevia is just plain nasty. What can I replace Sweet N Low with? Please help! I dumped all bad carbs and sugar from my kitchen but I don’t know how to deal with the Sweet N Low issue.

  • Jennifer says:

    I use splenda in *some recipes, not often , bUT i use splenda daily in my coffee daily , what else can i use to sweeten my coffee without stopping my weight loss

  • David lane says:

    just started this life change diet and fasting have noticed that my fasting sugar levels are high is this common when you start this diet and do they eventually start going down

  • Joe says:


    I lost 70lbs a couple of years ago eating a low carb diet. Unfortunately (and I CAN’T believe I let it happen) I gained 45 of them back. I have tried all kinds of diets including hardcore low-carb, even Zero-Carb with no luck this time.
    However, I remembered your videos from my first go round and I looked you up again.
    I had tried some IF before but had not paired it with Low Carb/High Fat.
    Now i’m doing that and I have to say WOW!

    I have effortlessly and immediately moved into a 6-7hr eating window in which I eat lunch and supper and that’s it. No snacks and no food for the other 17-18hrs. And… NO HUNGER!!!

    This is amazing and the lb’s are jumping off of me.

    You’re the man!!!

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