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 like to hear some of the science again.
Makes me aware of wheat's pervasiveness
retired special education director/educ. diagnostician
Yes. I plan to listen to it over and over until I can hammer it into my head. The truths about wheat are shocking and scary for our society. Everyone needs to read this book.
I haven't read anything else as compelling. I understand that The Paleo Diet has a similar approach but Wheat Belly gives so much historical information about how and why we all suddenly got fat that it makes you ask many questions about our national leadership in areas of agriculture, farming, nutrition, and medicine.
I don't think I have.
I was totally absorbed and shock drove me to send a copy to my brother for him and his spouse. Still trying to figure out how I can get my son to listen to it.
It's a must read for all adults with any weight issues...and maybe all adults period.
An interesting argument.
Lots of intriguing and somewhat controversial ideas to challenge current thinking on nutrition.
He reads in a "no holds barred" style which demonstrates the author's evident frustration with the state of the SAD -standard american diet.
It should not be the only nutrition book you read but is definitely one of the great new approaches.
Listen? No. . .
Wheat Belly is an amazing new approach to looking at food. While there always will be debate when it comes to nutrition (I've already perused articles criticizing Dr. Davis' interpretations of clinical studies that support his claim), to me this book made a lot of sense. As a gluten-sensitive individual, it explained a lot for me. I'm hoping that adapting to his gluten-free diet will bring the changes in the weight gain I have experienced since going gluten free.
That being said, this is a TOUGH book to do on audio. For those who have no option, I'm glad this resource is available. The narrator is monotone and the text tedious at times. I personally only made it through the first three chapters and then paid for the text version. I just couldn't do it. This audiobook was wheat to my ears.
I'm also given to understand the audio does not have the recipes. I have not confirmed this. While understandable (how weird would it be to listen to a recipe read aloud?), I feel that's a big loss. The recipes are what I found the most valuable.Bottom line, if you have a choice- buy text.
If I had the pages where I could write and see certain figures. It is very advisable to have it in print.
It is a health program to consider
I have realized that technical science books it is advisble to have in print form instead of audibel.
Yes indeed! There was no way to get all the information from one listen. I need to listen to several areas again.
The moment when I realized that my eating "healthy whole grains" was killing me in more ways than one.
He just narrated - but his reading of the phrase "healthy whole grains" was awesome every time.
I wanted all the information, but it was to dense to try to absorb all at once.
Stop eating wheat!
The information in this book falls into the realm of "things you don't know, that you don't know."
I had no clue that the wheat we eat today had been modified and transformed without any significant testing—unlike the myriad of other products that must undergo USDA, or other agency testing and approval before going to market and human consumption.
I've been working to be wheat-free for a couple weeks now.
I don't have celiac disease or any other gastrointestinal issues, but I've begun to shed the pounds like magic.
This book was an eye and ear opener.
A must listen!
Very compelling. Don't know if I could have read this one page by page because of the details of the science behind it all. Thankful for audio and ability to listen at 2X speed which made it all extremely captivating and compelling so much as to start living life without wheat so I could see what the outcome it has on myself and loved ones.
If you want the most no nonsense, no BS read on the subject of wheat and gluten and all the facts to back up every word of every chapter then get this book.
After devouring it in 2 days of driving 4 hours each day I really don???t think this is another fade diet, rather a real epidemic that has real long term health effects on us wheat eaters. Luckily no one in our immediate family has the dramatic effects but instantly recognized issues that coworkers and friends and friends kids may have that could very well be caused by eating wheat with every meal every day. Please understand that I am not a tree hugging vegan loving, won't wear anything but hemp type at all. Just a road warrior business traveler who wants to find a way to live longer and enjoy good health longer than what I see going on around me.
Hope this book can give you the same benefits as I am noticing only 1 week into the wheat free diet.
The DOT Doctor
I feel better!
Helps you understand WHY and then motivates you to DO.
No I have not.
Loose the Wheat, feel great!
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!
The book is very well narrated and the information is spot on.
No extreme reaction, just strongly agreed with the message.
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.
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