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.
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©2011 William Davis, MD (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Very informative. He gives info of the development of wheat and it's historical changes, how it effects the diet and all the body systems it effects. He has worked with many folks with varied diseases and suggests they change their diet to exclude wheat and in a short time changes the expression of that disease process in their body! Not at all dull and boring but from the perspective of health and healing veeeeerrrrrrrrryyyyyy goooooooooodddddddd info
As insightful and informative as Potateos not Prozac
Dr Davis outlines a number of USA specific diet issues. He opens with aplomb, directness and gets right on to the issue. Wheat is plain bad, and not just “can be in circumstances” – he calls it to be bad, and explains why so. The book comes with a pdf with recipes on food alternatives to wheat – which I thought was great to have.
As a fit person, who maintains weight and nutrition – I am comfortable with eating wheat. However, for an average layman who doesn’t want to go the whole hog, or pay for quality education and monitoring, this is a good book. Clearly, the book is meant for people who eat processed wheat (I don’t eat processed wheat, at all, e.g. breads, etc.). Wheat is quite pervasive and the list that Dr Davis provides proves so.
The book has also motivates (albeit by fear) to get rid of wheat. However, in some minor criticism, Dr Davis at times labours on the same point over and over again. As other reviewers have stated, in the end, Dr Davis comes round to the key point – the big issue is carbs. You need to replace carbs with lean proteins while avoiding grease. I eat a fairly controlled amount of carbs and so should all people – as all processed foods, fast foods these days have enough carbs to give an elephant indigestion. If you are thinking, “Hey, I’ll replace bread with rice.” – well you’ve got another thing coming. Dr Davis advises in the end against rice based, potato based or tapioca based starches as well – i.e. all high carb alternatives.
Losing weight is more than a fad and needs careful dietary and exercise management. This book might help you with the first step but people need more help and support to get further.
As a book, it has its moments, which are great.
I have been on a sabbatical from stress, and on a mission to listen to my body and find what foods bring my body health. There is a lot of knowledge to choose from, in a variety of formats that provided a hit and miss approach to my mission. When I discovered the book Wheat Belly, that was a "Eureka" moment! I have been applying the principals in the book, and my health is increasing.
I like that it is written by a cariologist, who has applied his medical knowledge to discovering answers to his own health mysteries, and that he has been applying his findings to his patients for the last 10 years. The background history, applied scientific knowledge, and patient case studies, are impressive.
Since I am not a Dr. who is skilled at pronouncing medical terms, this was the perfect book to listen to on Audible! Though it does contain technical information, it was very understandable, and at times quite humorous! Also I love that it comes with a PDF full of wheat free recipes. Yes, I have found this book to be life changing!
This book laid out plenty of scientific facts and details about how bad wheat is for modern day man. I had recently switched to a paleo diet, about 2 weeks ago, after reading several books on the topic. This book just hammered home what I had been thinking since switching over. I've felt so much better since getting away from processed foods and grains. No more snack cravings after dinner, and I've lost about 10 lbs in the past 2 weeks!
This is information that needs to be spread to the public. I've had co-workers ask me about my paleo diet since I've started. I'm going to highly recommend they read/listen to this book!
Performance is a little dry, but this book isn't necessarily supposed to be 'entertaining'. It's meant to wake people up, and make them think before eating something.
Confirmed my recent diet choices!
I had NO idea how much things had changed thru the years. Bloated, fat, unhappy and constipated I wandered thru life wondering what happened to me that I couldnt lose weight, I couldnt focus, I couldnt use the toilet like everyone else. Why do I have to have MS, sjoghrens, visual issues, and tummy aches. My naturopath gave me a diet and a list of books to read. After completely removing ALL grains from my diet my weight dropped easily and quickly without exercise and without going hungry. No more starvation, no more tricking myself into thinking I was doing good for myself by eating low fat, high fiber, and low sugar.
Thank you for this book! I thought I was pretty enlightened about the food I ate. I was sooo wrong! from lot fed beef, to grains that hike your blood sugar to beans not being good for you. This book opened my eyes yet one more step towards being truly conscious about what I stuff in my gob.
Did not read print version.
The End of Illness and Animal Vegetable Miracle because the topics open the reader's eyes to important areas of health not commonly publicized.
Someone who could convey the sense of humor that Davis has. Tom Weiner is too dry.
It would be a documentary -
Again I will emphasize that Type2 diabetics should consider eliminating wheat as part of their disease control and possibly even cure.
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.
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