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Boost Your Fat Loss By Reading The Bonus Chapter

Shortly after the book came out Tim released some material that did not make the final cut here.  One of the bonus chapters was a guest chapter written by Seth Roberts, author of The Shangri-La Diet: No Hunger, Eat Anything, Weight-Loss Plan.  The chapter is title An Alternative to Dieting: The Bodyfat Set Point and Tricking the Hypothalamus.

After the first time I read it I did not try it right away.  Then I started reading Stephan Guyenet’s blog and his hypothesis on obesity is based solely on leptin … what !?!  So I figured I would give it a try.  I had kinda stalled out around 12% body fat and was happy with that but still wanted to cut down, so I did a teaspoon of olive oil in the morning and whenever else I remembered to, which was usually 1-2 times a day.  I didn’t not follow the exact method of having it between ever meal.

Then the whole Gary Tabues VS Stephan Guyenet fight at the Ancestra Health Symposium happened.  I had already listened to the audio book for Taubes book Why We Get Fat so I started reading all the stuff on leptin that I could to see what Guyenet has to say and I re-read the bonus chapter to see how Roberts’ stuff relates to Guyenet’s.

So from my n=1 experiment what was the conclusion?  It works, actually it works so well it is kinda scary.  I am never hungry, I never get hunger pangs … never.  I have to remind myself to eat when lunch time rolls around.  I rarely snack on almonds but more out of boredom than anything.  Actually boredom (or working on something that I didn’t want to be working on) was when I would get most of my cravings, that has totally changed now.

And what about my body fat?  Well you can see from my last photos how much more I have leaned out, and I have stayed the same weight or gained about a pound.

What does this mean?  I think there is some merit to the flavor energy (calorie) connection and how that controls appetite.  How that controls body fat I still don’t quite get.  Do I think it is the cause for our energy imbalance (excess fat), not completely, insulin still plays a large role in that.  Is it the cause of us over eating, binge eating, having cravings?  Yes I am pretty sure that it is for most people.  I also think this explains a few things about “diets” in general and diets that are more bland may be more successful at fat loss.  It also explains a lot about artificial sweeteners and the high flavour with zero calories will really confuse our Endocrine glands.

If anyone has tried this please let me know in the comments.  If anyone is trying to get through a plateau I highly recommend giving this a try.

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Comments on: "The Real Diet Hack From The 4-Hour Body That You Haven’t Read" (7)

  1. You’re right: I hadn’t read that chapter.  Sounds interesting. If I start to feel hungry on Whole30, I’ll give it a shot.

    -j

    • It’s not just about hunger, but changing your body fat set point, which is a debatable concept but there is some decent data on it.  Guyenet and Kresser are trying to find people to help with a new study.

  2. Uncanny, I just re-read that chapter this afternoon.. perhaps the same time you were posting this. It’s a great read and led me down the path of considering olive oil also.
    Is your base diet slow carb, or a variation these days? With your heavy weight training, have you added in extra calories like the Occam’s Protocol chapters suggest, or have you gone a different route for nutrition?
    Great progress, and a real inspiration to others. Keep up the great work!
    Luke

    • My diet is pretty Paleo these days which is the same as slow carb just replace the beans with roots and tubers.

      I am not tracking calories I am just eating as frequently and as much as I can of quality food (most of the time).  I have not put any effort into bulking yet.

  3. so how many calories are you consuming on this diet? are you getting enough protein and other nutrients to fuel your muscle-building or at least maintenance assuming that you have no appetite?

    • I don’t count calories.  I eat A LOT more than I did when I was fat.

      I eat mostly protein and fat with very few carbs.

      It is not that I don’t have an appetite, I just don’t crave food, and definitely don’t crave sweets as much as I used to.  

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