I was recommending this book to all my friends. Excited about the premise of how just removing wheat seemed to be the cure-all for whatever ails you. I was cheered on by stories of weight loss and impending operations that became unnecessary simply because the people removed wheat from their diet. But when you get into the last paragraphs that is when the switch comes. The author then starts singing a different tune saying – pretty much all carbohydrates should be removed. Avoid Gluten Free foods because they are high sugar - don’t eat most fruits. Stay away from Quinoa, rice, corn meal products and oats – all gluten free foods because they have carbohydrates. He goes on to say most Soy is bad because it has been genetically engineered so that’s not really an option either. He says if you must have rice, or Quinoa then limit them to a half a cup at most. In the beginning when he was explaining all these wheat free miracles he never mentioned throwing out all these other foods. He said over and over that the people got better or lost weight “Simply be removing wheat.” Maybe this explains why I have been gluten free for 2 months and have gained weight and no I did not replace Gluten with a bunch of Gluten free crappy food – I just eliminated basically all bread products and increased my vegetable, fruit, soy and nuts content. It just proves there is no magic bullet - it all goes back to the same notion as Paleo and Atkins and many others – loose the carbs lose they weight – but the book was not promoted in that way it was promoted all throught out with "lose the wheat loose the weight". Great information in here – and probably all correct – but lets be up front from the beginning and not just single out the removal of wheat as the magic bullet.
He is very convicting when he reads.
The author would not have sold as many books as he did had his catch phrase been "lose the carbs -lose the weight," Because everyone know that. "Lose the wheat lose the weight" is a stretched truth at best as he reveals in his final chapters when he tells you all the other foods you will need to lose.
It is one of the best health books I have read.
Easy to listen to.
The most popular food source on the planet is slowly making every one sick, but its convenience, low price, and addictive propertys make its popularity grow even more.
Can we break our addiction to Wheat.
Half way through listening to this audio book I started cleaning my cupboards and throwing out all the Wheat products. I am now 30 days wheat and gluten free. My goal is 3 months off the stuff compleatly, and after that eating only 2 of fewer servings a week.
I believe this book has helped me to correct my formerly unhealthy over use of wheat and will add years to my life.
This is a book that you should read. I've been on a wheat/gluten free diet for 8 months. I was happy to read more about the subject from someone that knows what he's talking/writing about.
I am a physician who reads and critiques the scientific literature and I have a personal interest in diet. I've lost 40 pounds over a 3 month period (weight down from 198 to 158 lbs, I am 5'9) partially following low-carbohydrate principles along with high protein and fiber. If what William Davis was saying was true, then all of society would be suffering from the problems associated with wheat. The reality is that most people do fine with some wheat in their diet.
The scientific literature supports low-carb dieting, and thus by eliminating wheat you are achieving a low-carb diet. If wheat were the specific cause of obesity, rather than all carbs as a group leading to obesity, then substituting non-gluten containing starches for wheat should have wheat loss benefits. Not even Davis claims this to be the case. He states that you cannot eliminate wheat and substitute other carbs because all carbs raise blood sugar. If all carbs raise blood sugar, than why is he choosing to write a book only about wheat?
The study that would need to be done (randomized controlled trial) would need to be comparing a wheat-free diet (allowing all non-gluten containing starches) to a diet allowing wheat with both diets having equal calories and carbs. By having the only differing variable between two comparison groups being the presence or absence of wheat in a diet, a study could establish cause and effect.
He makes a good argument for why low-carb dieting is a good idea, but scientifically Gary Taubes makes MUCH better arguements in "why we get fat" and "good calories/bad caloreis." Taubes cites very strong sources such as JAMA, while Davis even uses a blogger as his citation. The specific blog he cites is written by someone with a degree in English rather than any dietary, nutritional, science, or medical training.The performance was funny and entertaining though.
Well written well researched and, I believe, relevant.
I reduced wheat consumption approximately 90%, hard to cease wheat 100%, after reading Wheat Belly.
I was impressed with Dr. Davis case and wanted to loose 4 or 5 pounds.
I lost the pounds.
However what was not expected was the cure of my chronic stomach acid problems.
For years I had been taking various acid medications at an increasing rate and had discussed upper gi with my doctor. Since going off wheat about 5 mounts ago I have had no acid problems. This was the only change in diet and lifestyle. I can now eat any types of non wheat foods and have no acid reflux.
Life changing!! Thank you Dr. Davis.
This is one of those non-fiction books that, once you get into it, is like stepping unexpectedly onto a landmine. There is a lot to learn from it about how wheat in the past 30+ years has been so genetically modified and how your body reacts to it. I printed the table of contents from Amazon, and there were a few chapters I did skip because the first 5 or so chapters are enough to horrify you and make you scorn bagels forever. If everything in this book is true, then my god what a twisted world we live in. This book seems to be gaining a lot of traction and a lot of people are reading it. Last time I checked it had over 800 reviews on amazon. I'm very glad I read it.
Yes, I would recommend this to friends, expecially if they are struggling to eat healthier. I am gluten intolerant, and after three years of this lifestyle, this book gave me some good scientific information I lacked.
I don't know, as this is not the kind of thing I read as a rule.
He is a very good narrator. I've read other things by him, and he can read both fiction and fact very well.
Wy'd You Lie to Me, or: I Thought I Was Doing Things the Healthy Way!
Many people have told me that I am gluten free because it is a fad or that I want attention. Oh, how I wish I could just gnaw on a sourdough roll! I tried eating all the whole wheat products, and lots of veggies and lean protein, and sticking to a low cal diet. But, I gained weight, and got sicker and sicker! My doctor was frustrated and threw up her hands. She never once considered any testing for wheat. I came to the knowledge on my own, and without telling him of my conclusions, sought the advice of a very reputable naturpathic physician. He pinpointed wheat. I tried a full serving in the form of my former fave cereal after six weeks. The reaction left me with no doubts! I don't say that everyone should ditch all wheat, but perhaps most people need fare less of this stuff. I didn't choose this lifestyle because of celebrities, as we have no TV, and don't care what movie or TV stars do or say.
We found this book to be excellently researched and very informative about what has happened to our culture and its food. Wheat is no longer wheat like we ate as kids. Get off the wheat- lose weight, feel better and enjoy less aches and pains.
I picked up this book to help understand my wheat sensitivity. He did do a good job of explaining why wheat makes me stomach hurt, what other damage it may be doing, and how to rearrange my food planning to eliminate the discomfort. It was good support for my decision to eliminate wheat, though I'm not yet convinced I need to go completely gluten-free as I have not had problems with spelt, oats, barley or rye.
The science was a bit too technical for me. If I decide to go back through the material again, I will probably buy the book so I can review it more carefully.
My disappoint came as Davis turned from "wheat" to "gluten" to "all foods that raise blood sugar" to "soy is suspect because it might be genetically modified." I have simply read too many books that pick a single ingredient and blame all the troubles of the world on it: sugar, red meat, all animal products, cow's milk, saturated fat, processed food, out-of-season food, cooked food, uncooked food, etc. Each of them presents scientific studies to support their claims, stories of their own patients who showed dramatic improvement by following their advice, and dramatic warnings of the imminent demise of the civilized world. They all have some truth to them, they are all over-blown, and by overstating their case, they all undermine their own credibility.
People are not all exactly alike. Our differing chemistry shows in our allergies and sensitivities, our susceptibility to different conditions, our tastes and our physical appearance. What one person could eat for every meal makes a different person deathly ill, and what causes chronic inflammation in one can be the mainstay of another's daily consumption. Why is it so hard for dietary professionals to understand that a one-size diet does not fit all? The "Wheat Belly Diet" is a modification of Atkins, which was very successful for some people and caused gall bladder, liver and kidney problems for others.
I think that Davis has made an important contribution. I just wish he had been content with that instead of trying to reform the whole world.
I interesting and informative book about a subject I did not know exited.
When he described what eating wheat did to us and we did not even know it was doing it.
Everyone should read this book.