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.
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YES, GOT A BIT DEEP AT TIMES
IT MAY TAKE A FEW TIMES THREW TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.
Yes, I would listen to it again to catch a lot of information that I didn't get the first time or to remind me of all this important information.
Dr. Davis did a great job with his research and I espeically liked his presentation, he has a good sense of humor mixed in with a lot of technical/medical information.
Since I was just a child I've associated baked goods with love and comfort having been fed them by a mother and grandmother who obviously cared very much for me. Kind of a positive spin on "guilt by association." But as I grew up I developed numerous health issues that seemed to implicate flour. Unwelcome news is often ignored.
One of the more embarrassing of these issues was when I joined a bowling team in my mid twenties. I had previously been above average at this activity but on the team I could not hit any of the pins because I had lost my co-ordination. Suspecting a food allergy because of another book, I fasted for 5 days and then introduced one food at a time throwing darts after eating as a physiological test. After eating plain cooked pasta, I could not even hit the dart board with a single dart from eight feet. I knew that my body did not get along with wheat so I didn't eat bread or cake the days when I had to bowl. My scores went up. Over the last thirty years I've progressively minimized my grain consumption but it's been hard to eliminate the "healthy grains" and the occasional double chocolate donut.
Listening to this book has given me the motivation to change my eating habits and as predicted by Dr. Davis, 10 of the extra 15 pounds I've been carrying have disappeared.
As an audiobook it made for a good listen. The time passed surprisingly quickly for a non-fiction book. Occasionally, it became somewhat technical but this was usually brief and manageable for someone with a high school level of science. The author repeated himself with regularity on some points but perhaps those thoughts were worth being driven home by repetition.
The narrator was competent. I remember the book for it's material, not for the speaker which is in some way a compliment.
I also bought several printed copies to give to friends & loved ones who I believe could benefit from changing their eating choices and as a printed resource for myself. I highly recommend this book.
As for wheat, you've been a rotten friend. I won't miss you.
I am now thinner, healthier and so much the better for no longer eating wheat.
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Very interesting book. I'm convinced. It does get a little bit deep at times, but I'm not sure we would take the case seriously otherwise. I have been wheat-less for several weeks now. The one greatest change is, I pay attention to the ingredients. I definitely feel better. I have lost some weight and I have not made any other efforts except the wheat.
Wheat is the cause of most of our dietary ills! That pretty much sums up this book. It supports this thesis with quantities of biochemicals that is way too complex to follow in the audio, so you will probably need a hard copy to seriously followup, but there is some information on the Wheat Belly website.
I am now going to reduce my consumption of wheat significantly without becoming an anti-wheat zealot, but I eat little processed food, only eat fast food for an occasional treat. I have really no health problems. My blood pressure this morning was 110/58 and need to lose about 20 pounds, another 10 would be nice chunk of cheese.
The major problem with the book is that the author does become a zealot when he tells you what to eat. While his gig is different that most health books, and his recommendations are state of the nutrition art/science, which you probably won't find elsewhere; to eat how he suggests, you basically need to be a white collar urban professional with the financial and time resources to be able to pull it off.
Unless of course you have some serious health issues and then, you should have begun the wheat belly losing lifestyle long ago.
Provocative ideas on subject of wheat avoidance.
Mispronounced some words.
I want to go on the wheat avoidance diet. Already bought the book in hardcover and a cookbook/menu book to go with it.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this audio book. Very interesting content & written in a style that is suitable for narration. I was able to listen via my blue tooth while doing tasks at home (sometimes I feel guilty about reading all day when there are chores to be done). This format allows both! Very engaging. Anecdotally, I have already seen improvements in my weight, joint discomfort and sleeping in the 4 short weeks that I have been wheat free. Placebo effect? Maybe. I feel better and look better and I'm going to go with that. I'm not feeling deprived at all. There is such a vast array of food choices besides wheat--Dr. Davis delineates a list of these towards the end of the book-the list is HUGE.
This was my first audio book.
The part about heart disease.
The narrator is amazing and definitely helps sell the ideas in the book.
I was astonished about all of the supported claims that are backed up by science which go against current popular belief which is supported by huge organizations.
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