Eliminate modern high-yield semi-dwarf Triticum aestivum . . . and what is the effect on appetite?
A reduction in appetite is among the most common and profound experiences resulting from wheat elimination. If you read the comments left here and in the Wheat Belly Facebook page, you will be struck with how many people experience this phenomenon. I know that I have felt it: Wake up in the morning, little interest in breakfast for several hours. Lunch? Maybe I’ll have a few bites of something. Dinner . . . well, I’d like to exercise first.
The wheatless report that:
—Appetite diminishes to the point where you can’t remember whether you’ve eaten or not. It is not uncommon to miss a meal, perfectly content. Calorie intake drops by 400 calories per day, on average, calories you otherwise would not have needed but all went to . . . you know where.
—Hunger feels different: It’s not the gnawing, rumbling hunger that plagues you every 2 hours. In its place, you will find that hunger feels like a soft reminder that, gee, maybe it’s time to have something to eat because you haven’t had anything in–what?–4 to 6 hours. And it’s a subtle reminder, not a desperate hunt that makes you knock people aside at the food bar, steal coworkers’ lunches stored in the refrigerator, salivating at the mere thought of food.
–The simplest foods satisfy–It no longer requires an all-you-can-eat buffet to satisfy, but a few small pieces of healthy food. (Yeah, but what happens to revenues at Kraft, Nabisco, and Kelloggs, not to mention the revenues at agribusiness giants ADM and Monsanto? Slash consumption by, say, 30%, you likewise slash revenues by 30%. What would shareholders say?)
–Even prolonged periods of not eating, i.e., fasting, is endured with ease.
Hunger and the relentless search for something to eat disappear for most people. By eliminating the appetite-stimulating properties of wheat, we return to a natural state of eating for sustenance, to satisfy physiologic need. We are no longer victims of this incredibly powerful appetite-stimulant called gliadin from wheat.
This is why many diets fail: They fail to remove this powerful appetite stimulant. You might eat only lean meats, limit your calories, and exercise 90 minutes per day, but as long as the gliadin protein is pushing your appetite button, you will want to eat more or you will have to mount monumental willpower to resist it.
So the key is to remove the gliadin protein from your life, i.e., eliminate all things wheat.