Wheat Belly : Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, Hardback

Wheat Belly : Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health Hardback

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Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat.

As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls "wheat bellies." According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It's due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic - and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health.

In "Wheat Belly", Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the public as "wheat" - and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle. Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, "Wheat Belly" is an illuminating look at what is truly making people sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Incorporated
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Dietetics & nutrition
  • ISBN: 9781609611545



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The beginning of the book was difficult to get through because it's all science. Yes, it's good to know how Davis came to his conclusion that living without wheat will make a person healthier, but twelve chapters seemed long.He explains the best way to cut wheat out of your diet is cold turkey and goes on to give reasons why some people also cut out cornmeal, rice, nightshades and soda in order to feel healthier. He provides a list of things you should eat. The book includes a one week meal plan.I do believe the wheat we eat now is different from what was available 50 years ago and no one knows the long-term effects of the genetically modified wheat we're ingesting. One of my best friends feels better on a gluten free diet. I am ingesting more fruits and vegetables at meal time and eating less processed items but I'm not certain I'm ready to try a wheat free diet at this time.

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This book starts off rather heavy handed in its premise--that wheat is largely respnsible for our nation's epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, among other maladies. While I agree that wheat plays a large role, I'm not convinced it's as large as purported by the author. The explanations provided by the author as to how wheat exerts its nefarious influences are sound and logical to a scientifically oriented person like myself, also an MD, and I much appreciated the physiological and biochemical details (though these were presented in a way that I feel would be accessible and interesting to the reader without a science background). After the introduction, the author does give some more credence to other factors such as reduced physical activity, and the ready availability and heavy use of carbohydrates in the diet in the past century as playing a large role in the above problems and others, coming away a bit from the near "wheat is the only villian" assertion. However, the premise still remains that wheat is the biggest baddie, and I'm just not so sure. I do agree, as I've said, that it plays a much misunderstood and enormous role, but there are others players here. Finally, I appreciated the organization of the chapters into various systems/disease processes affected by wheat. Also, the inclusion, at the end of the book, of guidelines for eating without wheat, as well as recipes that highlight his other reccommedations such as incorporating more nuts, cheese, eggs, some meats and fruits, and vegetables into one's diet are helpful, if one wants to put his recommendations into practice but needs some concrete ideas to begin. The recipes that feature bread like foods made with wheat alternatives, such as coconut or almond flours, instead of other possibly insulin raising wheat alternatives, are also a smart addition. Most people would probably have a very difficult time not eating bread like foods and making these types of foods is not straightforward when you are used to the methods and results that baking with gluten entails. All in all, a very interesting premise that could use closer examination in our own lives as well as further research by the scientific and medical communities.

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So I’m watching Forest Gump on TV and, in between, the Ads. And there’s an Ad just come on for fiber and the importance of fiber from grain products. (Just exactly what this book, Wheat Belly is talking about in terms of wheat and other whole grain products and belly fat)….and Oh Yes, it’s not just wheat we have to worry about!But an eye opener of a detail I picked up on is the concept that today’s wheat is not what it was during our grandparent’s day due to several factors including gene modification. This central point of the way wheat has changed and how that change in turn affects our bodies is pretty compelling. What are the scientists and producers doing to us!!Not to mention that we should be reading all the nutritional info on our bottles and cans and jars of food as wheat is an ingredient present in heaps if products.If you’re a celiac this is beyond grim. I must admit I have been toying prior to reading this book, about reducing or cutting out wheat, but the arguments in this book are clinchers.On the other hand, can I really use zucchini strips instead of pasta when eating my Spag. Bol? According to this book not even rice noodles are safe. Wheat Belly contains interesting meal plans if you want to change your diet, shopping lists, and other handy tidbits. The use of more protein fits in with my flirtation with the South Beach diet, and prior to that Atkins and you name it—a million other ways of eating.Certainly this book makes a lot of sense. Particularly as one friend has avoided wheat for a number of years and swears that that has resulted in a flattened stomach and an absence of that bloated feeling. So if I may paraphrase, if you’ve ‘got that bloated feeling, Oh No, that bloated feeling,’ then this may be the book for you.I am tempted to pursue the regime more diligently, but then I break all my New Year’s promises prior to the New Year. Here’s hoping though. I feel that even if I do half what is suggested my body will feel better for it.

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What you eat is a personal decision. That said, there are many who would tell you what you should and should not include in your diet. Not particularly looking for advice in this regard, I read this book because some of my family members have been diagnosed with Celiac disease and others are exhibiting conditions that could be related to wheat and gluten intolerance or sensitivity. It gave me a lot to think about!Author William Davis, MD - cardiologist, has clearly stated the case for eliminating wheat from our diets – all of us! In the past 50 years, science has been engineering wheat genetics to increase the harvest/profit, and become better suited to a more pleasing taste and appearance of baked foods. However, with all the changes in wheat DNA, there has never been any testing of the effects on human health. Davis cites research and his own patients’ experiences to attribute blame to the new wheat (99% of the world’s current wheat grown) for the sharp increase in recent years of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, digestive illnesses, skin problems, brain dysfunction including migraines and depression, cancer, and accelerated aging.The visceral fat many of us carry around in our bellies is caused by the cycle of carbohydrate/glucose/insulin/fat deposit. Wheat is the worst of all carbs for raising blood sugar. By eliminating wheat from your diet, Davis claims you will stop the vicious cycle producing belly fat and naturally lose that unhealthy weight surrounding the vital organs. Though weight loss happens, this is not a book about dieting and losing pounds. Many of Davis’ patients, with varying diagnosed diseases (and no explanation from caregivers of the cause) found they were able to stop taking prescriptions (incl insulin), feel better, and live normal lives by eliminating wheat.Eating too much wheat and suffering adverse effects is not our fault! Wheat can be a real addiction affecting the same receptors in our brain that respond to opium. The added stress on the pancreas, brain, heart and various other organs wears down our bodies - causing the biological aging process to exceed the chronological aging expected. If anyone suffers conditions described in this book and are dependent on prescription drugs, they may want to read this book and decide if wheat elimination might bring relief and better health. It is clear this book is not recommending a short term diet or a “reduction” of certain foods but calls for serious consideration, decisions, and a commitment for permanent elimination of the offending foods. I would not say this book pushes panic buttons. It makes one look at what convenience, economy, and genetic engineering have done to our ancestors’ wheat and consequently our health. For those suffering poor health (or getting too many wrinkles too soon) this may offer hope for a more vigorous and longer life.

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The book provides a pretty good argument for why we should avoid wheat, and I may actually try it just to see if it works. I found the writing very repetitive, which got annoying after a while.

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