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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health | [William Davis]

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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 two thousand 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Andrea Sitler Kemp, TX USA 08-27-12
    Andrea Sitler Kemp, TX USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2013

    The DOT Doctor

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    "Informative and Helpful"
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    I feel better!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Helps you understand WHY and then motivates you to DO.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Loose the Wheat, feel great!


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. Recommend to anyone who can't figure out why all the high fiber diets fail and who feel awful for no reason. Try it you'll like it....literally!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Glendive, MT, United States 08-27-12
    Johnny Glendive, MT, United States 08-27-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Wheat Belly the most enjoyable?

    The book is very well narrated and the information is spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, just strongly agreed with the message.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anyone that has had, is dealing with, or knows anybody who deals with diabetes, ANY autoimmune issues, or struggles with their weight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis JASPER, MO, United States 08-20-12
    Phyllis JASPER, MO, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Eye opening. Everyone should listen to this book."
    What did you love best about Wheat Belly?

    The fact that it had real people's experiences first hand and that some were not as drastic as I wanted. Made me believe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor made all the data easier to listen through.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The incredible shrinking happy face!


    Any additional comments?

    I really believe the health benefits alone are so significant that anyone that reads this can't help but apply it their own life in some way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 08-19-12
    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 08-19-12

    family tree buff

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    "Way over the top"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    While I buy the whole wheat is bad for you thing - he wants you to believe that pretty much every starch is evil.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to Being Wrong now and thoroughly enjoying it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He could have sounded less gruff.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I agreed with the author that people are eating way too much wheat, and I even believe it when he talked about the genetically altered wheat of today being bad for us. I just don't believe anyone can follow such a strict diet and this type of extremism creates a diet that is impossible to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the idea of eating mostly whole foods, but he went into so much detail that only a chemist would understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Janesville, WI, United States 08-16-12
    Michael Janesville, WI, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "CHANGED PERSON"
    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP 3 SELF HELP I HAVE HERD...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, GOT A BIT DEEP AT TIMES


    Any additional comments?

    IT MAY TAKE A FEW TIMES THREW TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.

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    S. Clonts USA 08-16-12
    S. Clonts USA 08-16-12
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    "Vital information for optimal health!"
    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Wheat Belly to and why?

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    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-14-12
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Goodbye to an abusive friend."

    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.

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    Mark 08-14-12
    Mark 08-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the listen"

    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.

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    Stephen Killarney Heights, Australia 08-13-12
    Stephen Killarney Heights, Australia 08-13-12
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    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    Life changing


    Any additional comments?

    I am now thinner, healthier and so much the better for no longer eating wheat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael K. McCleary SE US 08-13-12
    Michael K. McCleary SE US 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

    Just a poster

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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.

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  • Sanna
    kristianstad, Sweden
    12/30/12
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    "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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Mole
    UK
    4/17/13
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    "Dough!"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • G. Cross
    London UK
    12/4/12
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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Tandridge, United Kingdom
    8/19/14
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    "Far too long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Davis again?

    Only an abridged version.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Did Wheat Belly inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - It's made me cut down on my wheat consumption, I no longer see bread as being healthy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hayley
    Halesowen, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "It's already improved my life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, everything you need to know about today's wheat properties and it's affects on today's society.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    How quickly people's health improves just by omitting wheat from their diet.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Clear, concise and easy to understand.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It changed the way I eat and so improved my life completely for the better.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm now wheat free and no longer have a 'Wheat Belly'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    St Thomas, USVI, United States
    12/1/13
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    "Take from it what you will but you will be amazed"
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    informative bias health


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The pronunciation of food types and medical conditions that one might otherwise say wrong in their mind.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.

    Good luck


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • dawn
    Earl Shilton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Oslo, Norway
    3/20/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • heunec
    6/29/13
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    "we all needed to know"
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    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...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kay
    Notts, United Kingdom
    4/6/15
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    "Wow what an incredible eye opener.
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    I have followed this book advice for two months now and lost 14 lbs

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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