Beat Your Hunger with a High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: "When you cut out carbs and eat high-fat calories, you don't get hungry." -Grant Petersen
Air Date: 2/11/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Grant Petersen
Grant Petersen is the founder and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works. He has been featured in Outside and Men’s Journal, among other magazines. He lives with his family in Walnut Creek, California, and online at Rivbike.com. His previous book was Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike.
Beat Your Hunger with a High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet
"Everything in moderation." It's a popular phrase. But what does it really mean?

If you enjoy a muffin for breakfast, does "moderation" mean you have it once a week? Three days a week? Five?

It truly depends on your state of health.

If you're obese or diabetic, you don't have a moderation option anymore. You can slow your weight gain or decline in health, but if you really want to arrest it, you simply can't use the excuse of "everything in moderation."

However, if you aren't one of those individuals, and you just want to make some healthier choices, you can slowly eliminate things like grains and fruit, but still enjoy them once in a while. 

If you're someone like Grant Petersen, on the other hand, your version of moderation means virtually no grains and no sugars; even fruit.

Petersen, author of Eat Bacon, Don't Jog, is an advocate of high-fat, low-carb diets.

What are some ways he incorporates this into his own life?

For one, he often doesn't "eat" breakfast... at least not eat in the traditional sense.

Petersen says that most people would be better off by skipping breakfast, but most are so hungry when they awake, that's nearly impossible. One option to satisfy that hunger is to put either butter and/or coconut oil into your coffee or tea in the morning. It supplies calories and will fill you up so you're not starving again by 11:00 a.m., which often happens when you start the day with something like cereal or toast. 

According to Petersen, it's as simple as this: when you cut out the carbs and eat high-fat calories, you don't get hungry. Not only that, but once you cut those things out, you'll eventually lose your cravings for them.

Petersen joins Andrea and Lisa to share some simple ways you can start eating more high-fat, low-carb foods, including specific options you can make in your own kitchen.