You are not “Stuffed” after eating 1,500 calories

I have been watching a show where they take a super skinny person and an obese person and make them eat each others food.

The skinny people all have eating disorders where they barely eat.

This particular episode the skinny man would have 7-9 cups of tea with 5 sugar in each for most of his meals.

The obese persons meal for this test was 2lbs of lasagna.

They switched meals and the skinny fellow ate about 6 bites of the lasagna and was adamant that he was “stuffed” and could not possibly eat another bite or he would explode.

He ate maybe 1/8th of the 2 lbs of lasagna. So 0.25 lbs of food.

The volume of his 8 cups of tea would be 1600 ml. This is a huge amount of volume in the stomach and liquid is a hard volume. It does not break down further and does not compress. 1600 ml of tea is 3.5 lbs of liquid in the stomach.

This is what I mean when I say you are not “stuffed” by eating to TDEE and you are certainly not stuffed by eating 1200 cals a day. This is not physically possible. It is mental.

This man would easily put 3.5lbs of liquid in his stomach but he was “Stuffed” to the point that he was acting as if he was dying and going to explode by putting 0.25 lbs of real food in his stomach.

I’ve had this same discussions with clients repeatedly.

Actual conversation:

“I just can’t eat more than 1600 calories a day as I am stuffed and feel like I’ll be ill if I eat another bite. I mean I can eat 3,000 cals of high carb foods but just not keto food.”

Well if you can eat 3,000 cals of carby food then you can physically eat 3,000 cals of high fat food for the simple fact that since fat is more caloric than carbs there is far less volume in the fatty food. It is smaller! If you can eat the larger volume of carby food there is no physical reason you can’t eat the smaller amount of fatty food. None.

The issue is that it is not giving you the pleasure center response that the carbs give you and therefore it is not as fun for you. It has nothing to do with being physically stuffed.

We all need to get this stuffed word out of our vocabulary. It is irrational, illogical and not physically possible to be stuffed eating less volume of food than you would eat if you were eating crap. Get out of your own way and do it right.

Listening to your body is great….if you speak it’s language

Coach Jack talks about Listening to your body.

Listening to your body is something we hear alot. It would be great advice but for one problem.

Most of us don’t speak the same language as our body.

Most of us became sick and overweight by listening to our body. We ate bad food and the body said give me more. We did. Drug addicts listen to their body. It tells them to get more drugs and they do. Why was it wrong to listen to our body then but now it is right?

When it comes to keto people are always saying if you aren’t hungry don’t eat. What I find very interesting is that you never hear the same thing said about water. You never hear anyone say if you aren’t thirsty don’t drink. You always hear “Drink 2 liters a day” or “Drink your body weight in ounces or you’ll die.” Why are we expected to listen to our bodies for hunger but not for thirst? Our body is smart enough to tell us when to eat but not smart enough to tell us when to drink? Considering water is far more important to life than food I would think the thirst would be the smarter of the two signals. We can live for weeks without food but die within days without water. Why would thirst be a poor way to hydrate but hunger should be listened to?

Hunger is a very complex and varied signalling process with many moving parts. Many hormones at play that are affected in different ways.

Eating carbs causes massive hunger. Should we not listen to our body then?

Eating fat causes loss of hunger. That one is OK to listen to but not the hunger of the carb eater? I just don’t get it. Do we only listen to the signal that suits our narrative? Hunger is bad and no hunger is good? Even if we clearly aren’t meeting our bodies requirements? Sounds a little biased to me. Sounds like something made up by CICOpaths and their calorie is a calorie mentality.

This is actually what happens when you eat high fat and why you lose hunger.

The body cannot distinguish eating a very high fat diet, 70% fat or higher, from surviving on body fat alone. When you are eating above this level of fat the body assumes it is living off of fat reserves. This equates to a lack of food. This lowers insulin. The low state of insulin lowers leptin, the hunger hormone. Low leptin, extremely common in keto dieters, causes hunger signalling to stop. This is for one reason. To keep you sharp for getting your next meal. If you had constant hunger pangs, the hunger gather would be pre-occupied by the anguish of hunger and not be a very effective hunter and effectively they could perish.

So listening to your body is great but you have to understand the language and listen to all of the message not just the parts you like. In order to properly use hunger signals you have to understand the underlying mechanism. Everyone is different with their hunger as well. Myself for example, when I get severely hungry I feel nauseous. Only eating gets rid of the feeling of needing to throw up. Some would mistake this for illness but ¬†over the years I have discovered this means I really need to eat. Our ancestors absolutely didn’t fast intentionally and didn’t have to try to decipher what the body was telling him. He ate whenever he got food. Even if he wasn’t hungry he ate. When you never know when your next meal is guaranteed you do not listen to you hunger. This is a luxury of todays excess.

Our grand parents and their parents had it right. They didn’t have any of the problems we have today. They ate 3 meals a day. They didn’t snack. They ate real foods that were natural and in season and they ate lots of fat.


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