One thing about a low-carb diet I haven’t seen discussed much is that it changes the feeling of hunger. Once your body switches over from burning carbs to burning fat as its primary fuel source and the attendant stabilization of blood sugar levels that brings, hunger starts to feel different.
When I was burning carbs, I’d get horribly hungry. Have-to-eat-right-now-or-I’ll-die type hungry. It was awful, but I thought it was just the way things were. I was eating right!
Turns out, no, I wasn’t.
Once I started burning fat instead of carbs, hunger became completely manageable. Oh, sure, I still get hungry and want to eat, but it’s more like a gentle reminder. It can wait. If I need to do something else and can’t eat for a while, it’s not a big deal. I can skip a meal—it’s not the end of the world.
Clearly some people have the same experience while on a carb-heavy diet. (Not many, but some.) It just goes to show that we all have a unique body chemistry and some people are genetically predisposed to being way better at handling carbs than most of us. They’re few and far between, the lucky bastards, but they’re out there.
Call me cynical, but I think those are the people who end up making a living telling other people how to eat. After all, the standard carb-heavy diet works great for them! So clearly the fat people are weak-willed and just need to toughen up and get their act together.
If you find yourself gaining a few pounds every year and the thought of skipping a meal is horrifying, it’s not you. It’s your body’s reaction to carbs.
Do something about it. Read Why We Get Fat. Read The Primal Blueprint. Read Mark Sisson’s wonderful blog Mark’s Daily Apple And above all, start cutting those carbs. It’s not a little liberating to be able to say, “Yes, I’m hungry, but it can wait.”
Posted Sunday, 04 March, 2012 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.