Subject near and dear to my heart, and if you're one who throws in the towel for a year, two, or even more, I'm your "authority."
There is one aspect that doesn't get enough attention, in my view. It's a fuzzy thing, because it's something that could happen in your 20s, but most likely won't. Could hapen in your 30s, but easy to catch for most (I came soooooo close—'cause I saw the nefarious progression but punted). In your 40s and beyond, you're most likely going to face real pain and adversity (give me a star!).
Let's just cut to the chase, and I'll follow up on the backside. Comment from a new reader, George.
I have been doing Wheat belly for 3 months. Lost 20 lbs in the first month and then nothing for 2 months, actually gaining a little bit. Not much, but a little bit. Dr Davis has a link to your site so that’s how I found out about the importance about resistant starches. I had a blood panel, have had high cholesterol for some time, and my values got better, a lot better. My question to you is, what is your take on the wheat belly “diet” with low carbs and high fat? I started on PS, green banana, green Mazango (name??) bananas, psyllium husk, probiotics in a milk shake with kefir in the morning and one in the evening. GREAT FARTS and getting really regular which hasn’t happened in years. I will have a new blood panel done to see the results. Hopefully a lot better. Thank for all the work you have done!
First, thanks for not just doing 4 TBS in a glass of water, but incorporating it into what you eat and using other stuff to target gut.
I like Bill Davis. He’s been good to me over the years.
Yes, the weight loss/stall story with low carb is legend. What happens is that when you cut out the grains and processed food in general, you aren’t feeding opiate receptors, so your natural hunger impulses moderate. It’s not perfect, because you still have weight to carry around. But anyway, you naturally take on an average caloric deficit without hunger, and thus drop weight. However, in very many people, especially those not in their 20s anymore, the caloric deficit you adopt doesn’t correspond to your resting metabolic high school weight, but more often your more couch potatoish self at 35 or something. So, you “stall” 10, 20, 30 pounds from where you’d like to be.
You’ve reached homeostasis.
That’s why those last pounds can be tough. Think of it this way. You raised your set point by just getting older: hormones don’t crank as well, cells have hearing loss. Add processed food specifically engineered to make you hungry and want more, you add another layer. Fortunately, that layer seems relatively easy to eliminate. But the elevation in set point, not so much.
Anyway, the end point here is that it was not about the low carb, it was eliminating the grains and the processed foods they came with.
I’d advise you become carb agnostic; but, eat your carbs from whole sources: rice, potatoes, beans. Also, be mindful of fat, especially added fat.
Think of it this way: engineering processed foods with grains, sugar, salt and fat to make you crave and smoke…sorry…eat more, is really just a technological advancement from the same thing in even ancestral diets, making food way more palatable and desirable by rendering or extracting fat from some foods, and adding them to others.
Heard of the potato diet that works like 100% of the time and everyone has to eventually stop or they’ll end up looking like a concentration camp survivor? …Yes, the absolutely most sure way to loose weight by stuffing yourself is a very high carbohydrate diet of potatoes with no (or minuscule) added fat, but instead: herbs & spices, or non-fat sauces (like veggie purees). Now, do the potato diet, but heap on butter, sour cream, and bacon bits (our proto-processed foods) and see how that diet works out. You’ll pour on pounds.
I'll just say that everything began to change pretty quickly and well for me when I recognized that fat gluttony is just gluttony, Paleo/LC, or whatever. Nobody should be phobic about fat. But, eat it primarily in real food the way it came (e.g., like whole milk instead of cream or butter) and if you add, then do so as you'd do herbs & spices, and just see what happens.
My final take is that I don't believe Bill Davis is truly a fan of gluttonous fat diets as celebrated by low carbers. I think it was a pragmatic decision on his part to come in under the LC umbrella, proposing they eliminate grains. You see, because of the LC requirement, mainstream LC has become processed enough to be in the Kellogg's Hall of Fame. It's a messy disaster. But one way to look at it is Bill Davis as a subversive influence. I think he wears a white hat in this.