Anyone who has tried to lose weight by reducing calories, pushing the plate away, or following the mantra “move more, eat less” knows just how miserable the experience can be. Cutting calories makes most people obsess over food, making it tougher and tougher to stay on track. It’s not uncommon for a calorie-cutting effort to come to an abrupt end with a slice of cake or a bowl of ice cream, filling you with shame over your lack of willpower.

And there are weight loss programs that focus on trying to build willpower. Programs use strategies to increase willpower with social support and accountability, psychology, meditation, keeping a food diary and others.

Funny thing about the Wheat Belly lifestyle: No willpower is needed. Once you are through the initial opioid withdrawal/detoxification process, willpower is not needed because you are no longer hungry, no longer tempted. And we take the process even further by adding my L. reuteri yogurt that boosts oxytocin. In other words, all the agonizing over willpower, all the emotional fireworks, all the support are simply unnecessary.

There are 7 reasons why, by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, you experience dramatic control over appetite and temptation without even trying:

  1. We eliminate gliadin-derived opioid peptides–When you eliminate wheat and grains, you also eliminate gliadin-derived opioid peptides that are potent appetite stimulants.
  2. We eliminate amylopectin A–Eliminating the wheat/grain super carbohydrate, amylopectin A, means that you no longer experience the rollercoaster ride of hyperglycemia followed by hypoglycemia, a potent driver of appetite. Steady normal blood sugars result on the Wheat Belly lifestyle.
  3. We never limit fats or oils–Fats and oils are satiating. We add more butter, never buy lean cuts of meat, never trim off the fat, use more healthy oils.
  4. We include plenty of olive oil–Olive oil is 70% or more oleic acid that is the precursor to an endocannabinoid called oleoylethanolamide, produced in the intestinal wall and suppresses appetite substantially.
  5. We boost our intake of prebiotic fibers–that increase hormones of satiety (e.g., PYY and GLP-1).
  6. We avoid emulsifying agents–especially polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose that increase appetite.
  7. We boost oxytocin–By consuming the L. reuteri yogurt that triggers hypothalamic/pituitary release of oxytocin, appetite is profoundly suppressed.

And don’t forget that all those programs that try to achieve weight loss by reducing or counting calories have also been associated with a shocking increase in gallstones, with as much as 55-62% likelihood of developing them over just three months of a calorie-cutting effort.