Wheat Belly

Wheat Belly

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

Book - 2013
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Includes a bonus with recipes and more!A provocative look at how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse a broad spectrum of health problems-from acne to diabetes and serious digestive disordersSince the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting over two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, sugar, or our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America's obesity epidemic-it is wheat. How this once-benign grain-now genetically modified almost beyond recognition and found in almost every meal-has come to have such a profound and harmful effect on our collective well-being is one of the great untold health stories of our generation.Here, Dr. Davis exposes the truth about modern-day wheat, deconstructing its historical role in the human diet and the agricultural evolutions that have created a hybrid grain that has a greater impact on blood sugar levels than pure cane sugar and many of the addictive characteristics of a narcotic. He sheds light on wheat's connection to weight gain as well as to a host of other adverse effects from diabetes to heart disease to immunologic and neurologic disorders like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia. Finally, to help listeners dependent on wheat products make the move to a wheat-free diet, he presents a clear-cut action plan packed with food and lifestyle tips, meal plans, and recipes.Informed by decades of clinical research and backed by case studies of men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving good-bye to wheat, this is an illuminating look at a familiar food and an affirmative life plan for regaining health and losing unwanted pounds.To access the bonus PDF follow this link: http://www.blackstoneaudio.com/docs/WheatBelly_AppendixA_B_andmore.pdf
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc., 2013.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455121953
Branch Call Number: eAudio
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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JCLHopeH Apr 21, 2014

Davis writes persuasively for eliminating wheat from our diets, but sometimes it feels overly one-sided, making wheat a constant enemy. I would appreciate more empirical studies that directly support his conclusions, but Davis does cite multiple related studies and plenty of anecdotal evidence t... Read More »

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Feb 28, 2018

Let's be real for a moment. Your problems aren't due to wheat, they're due to an excess of calories in your diet, and insufficient exercise. You can look for some magic solution like this and fog your brain over, or you can deal with those two issues and get healthier.

This is the same kind of snake-oil salesmanship you can read about in Mark Twain, only brought to you two centuries later via modern computers.

Jan 20, 2016

Davis described my lifetime of medical issues exactly, most of which started long ago when I started eating far less meat and far more carbs, particularly wheat. Almost a month with very little wheat in my diet now and doing much better. My doctors are happy and I suspect my dietitian will be too (who advised severe limits on bread). They are not all on the "healthy grains" bandwagon. Can you say "Franken-wheat"?

Oct 07, 2015

some "food for thought"--heh. VERY difficult to do without bread!

drudofsky May 15, 2015

A thought provoking recommendation and discussion on the benefits of giving up all wheat products in one's diet. I'm enjoying eggs for breakfast more than ever.

LRS1969 Nov 26, 2014

Interesting book. Very good information. Would have given 5 stars, but doesn't go far enough (it should have also included all grains - including the so-called healthy ancient grains, all legumes - especially soybeans, all fruit, all sugars - even the so-called natural ones, and all starchy vegetables).For an article that summarizes the book information:


Even more interesting is that the vast majority of the research on this information has been known for quite some time.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amylopectin (*)



The main key still ends up being Carbohydrates (whether from sugars, from grains, from starchy vegetables, from legumes, etcetera). Some can be "super carbohydrates", but all are bad... 

"It's The Carbs, Really!" information:









(Note mention of Gary Taubes)

Personally, I would add books by author Gary Taubes to this book in order to get a much more valid and accurate overall picture.

Note that the provided links are to accepted clinical research studies (or articles that reference same)... and NOT about opinion or "I think" or "I believe".

BTW, there is no such thing as a carbohydrate requirement in human nutrition. The glucose needed by the brain and muscle use can EASILY be synthesized by metabolic actions of Fat and (complete) Protein - fact, it is the body's preferred energy production method.

There are Essential Fats and Essential Proteins (Amino Acids), but no such thing as an Essential Carbohydrate. The body does NOT need carbohydrates. See the May 2002 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (research article by EC Westman)..."Is Dietary Carbohydrates Necessary for Human Nutrition".

See Amazon review on book.

Nov 05, 2014

After reading this work I chose to eliminate wheat (in all forms) from my diet. A month later what had been my continuous and constant arthritic pain (particularly at my knees) was gone. I am pain-free for these past six months.
And, as a bonus, I lost twenty pounds. My BMI is now 25 and, I feel great.

Sep 14, 2014

If your new to health books its an interesting read.

Sep 02, 2014

I am not convinced that the problems with modern chronic diseases are due to wheat. It is more likely that people's bodies are too fat from eating saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol and their fat cells and muscles cells and organs are over-stuffed with fat. Wheat is junk when it is refined and the fiber is taken out of it or pulverized. Leave the wheatberry intact and boil it and for most people it is fine and research studies show it is heart protective.
I think some people are having problems with wheat just as some people have problems with other foods like peanut butter. To say carbs are bad is to say the least stressful fuel for the human body is bad. That is just crazy pants!

Aug 06, 2014

Rolls eyes- This book is a fad diet description disguised with personal testimonies of healing and micro -studies backing it up. This one thing I took from the book was that we eat too much wheat and processed foods- I think everyone knows that! Yet this author promotes one of the most processed and unstudied foods: the use artificial sweeteners. If I cut out most carbs, all sugar (except certain fruits) of course I will loose weight and feel different...

JCLHopeH Apr 21, 2014

Davis writes persuasively for eliminating wheat from our diets, but sometimes it feels overly one-sided, making wheat a constant enemy. I would appreciate more empirical studies that directly support his conclusions, but Davis does cite multiple related studies and plenty of anecdotal evidence to pique my curiosity and be more conscious of my wheat consumption. I like his explanation of wheat-free versus gluten-free, along with the pitfalls of going gluten free without considering the glycemic load of common substitutes. Now I want to learn more about the Glycemic Index! As with any health advice, I recommend we (along with our doctors/dietitians) decide for ourselves if it is a good fit for our own bodies and lifestyles.

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Jun 03, 2013

What now passes for wheat [in the latter part of the twentieth century] has changed, not through the forces of drought or disease or a Darwininan scramble for survival, but through human intervention. As a result, wheat has undergone a more drastic transformation than Joan Rivers, stretched, sewed, cut, and stitched back together to yield something entirely unique, nearly unrecognizable when compared to the original and yet still called by the same name: wheat.


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