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.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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...
"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.
"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.
"This book changed my life and my waist line"
I had a suspicion that something wasn't right. I had an underlying stomach condition (hiatus hernia) that seemed to be getting worse, facing the possibility of an operation to solve the problem. Cutting out wheat has drastically changed how I feel, given me more energy and helped me lose weight.
This book is thorough in the 'why's' of wheat issues, full of testimonials and has some great practical advise.
Well worth reading the whole book!
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