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.
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.
Worth the price. A bit repetitive in places but the science is sound, its well written and spoken. I'm not unhappy with my purchase.
I am now thinner, healthier and so much the better for no longer eating wheat.
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.
If you are interested in nutrition or better health you must read this book. As the parent of a child diagnosed with diabetes 6 years ago and celiac disease 5 years ago, I have become pretty educated on nutrition out of necessity, Reading this book was more eye opening than perhaps anything I have ever read. Through practicing what I have learned in this book I have personally lost weight and become much healthier in a multitude of ways. The results are so noticeable and I talk about it so much that numerous friends and relatives have read the book and experienced the same results. My brother in law who is a physician has read the book, experienced the results and is literally dumbfounded as to why this information is not taught in medical school. I have never been one to believe in conspiracy theories, but why this information is not common knowlege is inexplicable.
Don't take my word for it, read the book and form your own opinion, it will be life changing.
"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
"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'.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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...
"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.
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