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 to serious digestive disorders.
Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than 2,000 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, not sugar, not 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 virtually every course of every meal—has come to have such a profound and deleterious effect on our collective well-being is one of the great untold health stories of our generation.
In Wheat Belly, 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, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at a familiar food as well as an affirmative life plan for regaining health and losing unwanted pounds.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2011 William Davis, MD (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
anyone and everyone should take some time to listen to the wise words of William Davis. Who'd of thought wheat may not be the nice guy we all thought he was.
A moving moment for me was when I realized that just by counting to 20 this diet would be a way to get rid of processed food, milk hormones, and focus on healthy food. I was suprised how easy it was to walk away from carbs. The 50 pound weight loss was a breeze after a lifetime of misery on every other diet in the world. I feel so much better than before reading this book. Thankyou Mr. Davis
Buy this book, you won't be sorry!
Yes, To revisit the Details.
The fact that this knowledge will improve my health & prolong my life.
Yes, when the tall wheat stalks fell over and died.
Good and bad; Wheat really feeds the world but in such a way that it causes, in the end, diabetes, heart disease and fat, fat, fat.
I really liked this book. I agree with his very excellent and well presented research on the problems wheat is causing in our diet.
After the second chapter I stopped all wheat consumption. That was five weeks ago, and I have lost three pounds. I am not fat, but was getting a wheat belly. It has gone down two belt notches and I feel much less bloated.
Mainly, I feel much better, I don't have the wild cravings for crackers and cookies I was living on.
I now understand the cycle of glucose intake and how it effects my body, and why.
If you struggle with weight, rashes, mood swings, low energy, READ THIS BOOK.
The narration is excellent but it does have medical and scientific terms so have a dictionary
handy. He mostly explains all the terms but it will be daunting for some and stop others.
I recommend he write a consumer edition and scale back on the scientific nomenclature.
This is a VERY important book, it needs to be read and understood by the masses.
Sad to say many of the masses can't read well enough to get through this book.
I would recommend this to a friend who complains about random stuff and/or might need to loose a few pounds.
My fave character was wheat. He was the root of all evil. So simple, sitting there hiding in plain view. We just didn't pay attention to him...
The moment the root of all evil is found, voila, no more problems!
Golden death in the history of humanity
Doctors, Chemists, and Tecnocrats.
Tooooo technical. Took tooooo long to get to the point. I should have bought the 30 minute version.
He is a good narriator with no annoying speaking maniorusms.
I am going to follow the wheat free program and hopefully loose weight.
Everyone need to hear what this book has to say.
Tom Weiner did a great job.
We are taught as school children that wheat is healthy. Few people know that the wheat we eat today was genetically engineered and is causing all sorts of health problems including obesity. Everyone NEEDS to read this book.
Maybe. I would recommend this book for someone who doesn't know a lot about healing through nutrition. They will learn some things. For someone who has been working on "cleaning up" their diet, I would not recommend this book. They will learn more about the dangers of wheat consumption, but not much else.
The last hour of the book was somewhat helpful. It was, however, written from an anti-wheat perspective and did not take into account many other concerns such as vegan/vegetarianism or glutamate sensitivities. The entire book was written, I think, in an irreverent tone in an attempt to entertain. I did not enjoy it. I did not think it was funny and found it offensive in many places. The first 6.5 hours were informative, but also contained a lot of repetition which I found kind of a waste of time.
Nice pace and rhythm.
Written in a fun voice. Gives you the ability to enjoy and even laugh in the process of learning the technical realities of how we are poisoning ourselves as a culture. It also gives great hope that the cure is as simple as... stop poisoning ourselves.
The perfect trifecta in my opinion would be... Wheat Belly, Eat Right 4 Your Type & Atkins. In that order. The knowledge and understanding of how what we choose to put or not put in our mouth can change your life!!!
Very fun playful voice. Kept me smiling even when I knew I was going to have to change my life and make some difficult decisions about what not to eat.
I laughed on many occasions.
Listen and change your life and your family tree!
"This is a brilliant book, but..."
... don't buy it if what you're looking for is unbiased information. The author tells you, clearly, from the onset that he doesn't think wheat does anyone any good at all.
Personally, I find this book absolutely fascinating. I've enjoyed listening to it, and it's interesting to hear about so many studies that have been largely ignored by the medical community. He speaks a lot of Celiac disease, weight loss and diabetes, among other things. I've found information here that I've never heard of before, which in and out of itself is quite astounding (I belong to that nerdy group of people that read and listen to this for fun).
Sometimes I do find that I can only listen to the audio book for a short while, before wanting to shout "Yes, I get it, wheat is bad!" at the author, which is the only downside I've found so far. Well, I'd also like that he'd name what studies he's referencing when and from what year they are, so that I can look those up for myself, but that's a minor detail.
All that said though, this is a good book, well researched, well thought out, well read and fascinating - that's why it gets four stars from me.
Fascinating stuff. I found this book to be well narrated and the content to be highly interesting. I agree with other reviewers that the point does get laboured. However I did not find that this detracted from the subject. After listening to this I have moderated my consumption of wheat and have found that in doing so it has certainly stabilised my eating patterns. For me the key element was how wheat affects your blood sugar. Some of the suggestions are speculative, but if you’ve tried everything else then why not give it ago. A great book.
"Wheat Belly review"
This is a book that provides lots of answers for anyone that's questioned why they can't lose weight. It's not the calories that's the problem, it's the wheat and gluten. Since reading the book Ive stopped wheat and feel so much better in a week. It's a must read if you're seriously looking to change your look and your life forever
"Far too long"
This book should be cut down to about 1 to maybe 2 hours in length - This guy can really talk and goes into far more detail than he needs to
Only an abridged version.
Don't get me wrong the book is great, just far to long. So the performance could be far better if he went into less detail.
Yes - It's made me cut down on my wheat consumption, I no longer see bread as being healthy.
"It's already improved my life."
Yes, everything you need to know about today's wheat properties and it's affects on today's society.
How quickly people's health improves just by omitting wheat from their diet.
Clear, concise and easy to understand.
It changed the way I eat and so improved my life completely for the better.
I'm now wheat free and no longer have a 'Wheat Belly'.
"we all needed to know"
This is the scientifc based, best book ever about the truth about wheat, and the most simple solution to 90% most common health problems of our moder society.
As soon as i listened to this I bought the actual paper book. It require to be read carefully.
Got off wheat and lost the belly and have no arthritis any longer, nor i feel tired...
"It changed my life"
I came to this book more by accident than any concerns around wheat as I'd heard excluding wheat could help with fibromyalgia. To cut a long story short the book has transformed my eating habits, returned my digestion to normal, stopped those awful unpleasant accidents and has reinvigorated my energy levels. Thank god for books.
"No more 'healthy whole grains'"
Some parts of the book are very technical and the author might be exaggerating the consequences of wheat, however, it is informative and you will definitely cut down on your wheat intake after listening to it.
The author talks about how wheat is the cornerstone of diabetes, so diabetics should give this one a try.
"Take from it what you will but you will be amazed"
informative bias health
The pronunciation of food types and medical conditions that one might otherwise say wrong in their mind.
The emotional reaction to I had to this book was shock. From a scientific point of view I completely understand and can see how wheat has had these effects. The evidence presented in terms of patients he has cured is astounding (I do hope the claims are true and not absent of disclosing other implemented treatments).
I myself suffer from IBS and are well aware of the symptoms he has described. After reading this book I endeavoured to follow his program and see how the results panned out. The most difficult part I found was eliminating the wheat! It is so abundant and an additive to almost everything we eat. To remove it and live a normal live is near impossible. The effort, planning and organisation is like rearing a baby. Everything you do and everywhere you go needs to have forethought and you must take you sling bag fill of 'alternatives' as you would nappies for an infant. Then there is the problem of being a guest and turning down al the foods that have been graciously prepared for you.
I tried a wheat minimisation diet and that help things quiet a bit. My rule was - where I can control it - I will. It was enlighten and yes - I felt better.
Read this book to learn. Make your decisions based on your situation and lifestyle and try to adapt. You will most likely feel healthier and more lively as a result.
"This book changed my life and my waist line"
I had a suspicion that something wasn't right. I had an underlying stomach condition (hiatus hernia) that seemed to be getting worse, facing the possibility of an operation to solve the problem. Cutting out wheat has drastically changed how I feel, given me more energy and helped me lose weight.
This book is thorough in the 'why's' of wheat issues, full of testimonials and has some great practical advise.
Well worth reading the whole book!
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