How Much Protein Should I Eat While Going SANE (Part 1 of 2)


“There is a general consensus in the literature that protein stimulates dietary-induced thermogenesis [burning of calories] to a greater extent than other macronutrients.” – D. Paddon-Jones, University of Texas

“Convincing evidence exists that protein exerts an increased thermic effect [calorie burning] effect when compared to fat and carbohydrate.” – T.L. Halton, Harvard University

Eating a natural amount of protein—about one gram of protein per pound of body weight per day (not exceeding 200 grams…aka if you weigh 350 lbs, don’t eat 350 grams of protein)—is critical to getting our biological functions back to normal. Why?  First, high-Satiety protein fills us up and keeps us full, so we have no room for low-quality food. Second, our metabolism will burn body fat instead of muscle. As researcher D.K. Layman from the University of Illinois tells us: “Use of higher protein diets reduces lean tissue loss to less than 15% and when combined with exercise can halt loss of lean tissue during weight loss.” Read more

How Many Carbs Should I Eat While Going SANE?


“Diets should be moderate in carbohydrate, moderate in fat, and protein should contribute 25% to 30% of energy intake.” – D.A. Schoeller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

No matter how misinformed they are, people will say you are on a low-carbohydrate diet when they see you taking in a natural balanced amount of carbohydrates. Eating a large amount of non-starchy vegetables is the single most important aspect of eating more—smarter. These types of vegetables are carbohydrates. Therefore, eating more—smarter—is not a low-carb diet. People make this mistake because they do not realize that the vast majority of the foods making up their “balanced” diet are carbohydrates. Read more

How to Eat More, Burn Fat, & Boost Health (Part 2 of 2)


“Consumption of a meal containing [an] identical [quantity of calories] and nutrients can produce markedly different physiological responses…” – D.S. Ludwig, Harvard University

Picking up where we left off in the last post…when people see you dropping pounds of body fat while eating more, they will ask what diet you are on. If you have to give an answer, say you are on the Natural Balanced Diet. Natural because you are eating the food you evolved to eat—food that comes directly from the earth. Balanced because natural food automatically provides an even ratio of protein, fats, and carbohydrate—about a third of each. Read more