Last updated on May 10th, 2015
You look trustworthy, so I’ll let you in on something. I’m going to tell you the secret of how a low-carb diet helps a person lose weight. But first a word from our sponsor . . . Oh, wait — we don’t have a sponsor. I keep thinking I ought to monetize the blog, put up a few discrete blinking ads for Carb-Free Pudding or Miracle Weight-Loss Body Lotion (in five delicious flavors!), or at least add links to my books on Amazon.com (when I get them written), but I have held off out of respect for you, the reader. Either that, or sheer laziness. (Update: some monetization of the blog has taken place. See the Disclaimers. But as yet there are no books of mine on Amazon! The world somehow manages without them.)
Anyway, I was about to tell you the secret of low-carb dieting. I would’ve told you earlier, but anybody who has been eating low-carb for a while already knows the secret, and I figured new low-carbers would be unlikely to find their way here. Most people lack the patience to click through to page 5,000 of the Google search results. Then the other day I got a comment from someone who claimed to be just starting out on a low-carb diet. That got me to thinking that my efforts at search engine optimization must be paying off. Sure enough, when I googled “Life after Carbs,” this was first site that came up.
I promise to stay humble and remember all you little people and your insignificant problems that had almost nothing to do with my reaching the top in record time. And, yes, out of the goodness of my heart, I will share with you the secret of how low-carb eating helps a person lose weight.
The secret is hunger management.
Or, in my case, almost complete hunger elimination. When I eat a meal that is mostly fat and protein, with minimal carbs, I can go for six hours without feeling hungry. And even when I do start feeling hungry, it is not the ravenous, don’t-get-between-me-and-the-fridge-unless-you-want-to-get-hurt kind of hunger that I used to experience when eating a “balanced” diet high in carbs.
When I get hungry, I eat something; I’m not trying to fast. It just takes longer to get hungry.
I guess a big reason I don’t get that starving feeling anymore is that my body now burns its own fat for fuel, and still has plenty to burn. If I were eating carbs, I’d be producing insulin to deal with them, and the insulin would keep my fat safely locked away. That’s what I’ve read, anyway. I’m not a bio-chemist, not a nutritionist, and can’t testify as an expert about what insulin does. But I can testify about how I feel when I follow a low-carb diet (40 net grams of carbs per day or fewer), and how I feel is great!
My daily calorie intake has been in the range of 1,800 to 2,000 for the last few months. (Update: that was true in 2011, and is again true in 2015.) That’s up to 1,000 fewer calories than my body uses in a day, even when the most strenuous exercise I get is typing a blog post. Naturally, I am losing weight, although how much defies an easy calorie deficit calculation. The amazing thing to me is that I am losing weight without feeling hungry. But why should I feel hungry when my body is burning its own fat to compensate?
That’s the holy grail of weight-loss, folks – dropping pounds without hunger. No hunger, no temptation. No temptation, no cheating. Simple and painless. It’s easy to stay on a diet when you aren’t suffering to do so.
Will this work for everybody? I don’t know; I’m not everybody. Neither are you. So why are we even talking about everybody? This is just between the two of us. A secret, remember? I wouldn’t claim a low-carb diet will work equally well for everybody, but for many bodies, it’s worth a try.
Now you will have to excuse me. As the author of the #1 “Life after Carbs” blog in the world, I have monetizing to do. (Update: it took me four years, but I finally managed.)