There are many reasons why the Wheat Belly lifestyle achieves weight loss, often to extraordinary degrees, despite the fact that we NEVER limit calories nor fat—there is no need. Limiting calories and/or fat is not only a miserable experience, but invites health problems such as gallstone formation that can develop quickly and not uncommonly leads to the need for surgery.
The components of the Wheat Belly lifestyle achieve weight loss because we remove gliadin-derived opioid peptides that stimulate appetite; remove sources of amylopectin A that raise blood sugar and contribute to insulin resistance; we correct nutrient deficiencies that further reverse insulin resistance; and we address the microbiome to further reverse insulin resistance.
We’ve also been discussing the L. reuteri yogurt that boosts oxytocin release from the brain, the phenomenon that leads to, for instance, reduction in skin wrinkle depth from the explosion in dermal collagen, thicker hair, accelerated healing, increased muscle mass and strength, and preservation of bone density.
But the boost of oxytocin we receive with L. reuteri yogurt can also contribute to a weight loss effect. It does so because oxytocin has been shown to:
- Decrease food intake and appetite—the so-called “anorexigenic effect” that many of us experience with the yogurt. The effect is greatest in overweight people, less or absent in slender people. But it means that you can cruise through your day, completely indifferent to temptation and in full control over appetite and food choices.
- Increased energy expenditure and normalize circadian rhythm-associated eating patterns. In other words, you will be less prone to adverse effects generated by eating at night, for instance.
- Increased fatty acid beta-oxidation, i.e., “fat-burning.” The Wheat Belly lifestyle is already a fat-burning lifestyle, but oxytocin provoked by L. reuteri consumption adds to the effect.
A pilot clinical study in 20 humans receiving oxytocin (24 units four times per day via intranasal inhalation) vs. placebo over 8 weeks lost nearly 20 pounds compared to no change with placebo. Oxytocin-receiving participants also experienced more than 4 inches reduction in waist circumference, about 3 1/2 inches lost around the hips, as well as improvements in blood glucose, insulin, measures of insulin resistance, triglycerides, and small LDL particles. Reassuringly, in all studies with oxytocin, even administered at substantial doses, no side-effects have been observed beyond an increase in emotionality (such as crying at movies).
Oxytocin, administered via nasal inhalation or by consuming our L. reuteri yogurt, can therefore yield additional advantage in your weight loss efforts. And, when you achieve your ideal or desired weight, the anorexigenic effect tends to be reduced or eliminated.