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.
Eventually. It's really full of content, some of which would be easier to understand in a visual format you could refer back to more easily.
I don't know about comparisons, but if you are reading this book due to gastric problems, you should read Breaking the Vicious Cycle for more info on healing damage due to celiac and wheat intolerance.
I think the humor probably comes through a bit better in audio format.
Confirmed a lot I'd suspected, learned quite a bit more.
He sometimes waits a bit too long to give the supporting evidence for claims. And he throws around "genetically modified" in an incorrect fashion when talking about wheat. GMOs are plants that have had unfamiliar genetic material inserted to change the final offspring. Wheat has not been genetically modified in this fashion, just changed A LOT in the old fashioned breeding. It seems intentionally misleading.
All in all, a good read, but a bit too cavalier in some of its claims.
Plenty of documented evidence for most claims though.
I found this book amazing. I had spoken to a friend about gluten and giving it up. I didn't really know how it applied to me. It is a little bit detailed in the middle. I.e. It sags in the middle with a lot of detail about how things work. But if that's not your thing, you can skip it and listen to the parts that interest you more. I don't think you'll be missing much since if it doesn't interest you, you're just going to be bored by it. You don't have to know how it works for it to work.
Probably not--I know everything I wanted to know about wheat and more.
I would have liked to hear the recipes and dietary suggestions that are supposedly in a .pdf I can't find.
A bit less clinical
Definitely--I am drinking the kool-aid instead of eating the wheat.
It's not the best, but it kept my attention through the sections I wanted to listen to.
It does a good job of presenting the reasons for going wheat free and how best to lead a wheat free lifestyle.
He pronounced "quinoa" as 'kuh-no-a' instead of 'keen-wa'. Since this book is supposed to be English, it made it seem like he didn't know how to say the word correctly.
Dr. Davis' rhetoric in supporting a wheat free lifestyle. It's very convincing, talking about removing wheat like getting a divorce.
You may end up wanting the paperback version so it's easier to access specific information that you hear.
I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!
This book has revolutionized my life. I stopped eating wheat as soon as I finished chapter three. Then almost immediately I started benefiting from the results: sound sleep, no itching, and decrease in appetite. I even had a little setback. I ate a salad with chicken on it, and found out that the chicken had been soaked in a flour base marinate. Almost immediately, I have had a reaction. Confirmation, I'm allergic to wheat. So, I'm happy to lose the wheat and whatever other side affects came along with it. I highly recommend this book! I even send it to two others.
Really easy to understand and the life style change works. I have been wheat free for a week and already I have lost 5 pounds with no cravings or feelings of starvation. I have passed this on to several people and they are thrilled. Thank you for something that made me BETTER!!
Great vocalization and ease of understanding.
This is not my best purchase. I don't like the narrator. He seems to be lecturing. It sounds too much like a school lecture.
Not very entertaining . But if you are interested in wheat..
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
Overall an excellent book and one that I highly recommend. Although it is technical in most cases, the presentation created enough interest that I finished the book. Some of the items I practiced since my late teens (I am almost 56 as of this writing) and most of the items I wished I knew years ago (they would have saved me countless lost experiments with my diet and eating choices).
This is one of those books that work great as both an audio and written format with further study and research needed (if interested in this subject).
I found that the presentation of information worked better for me when I listened using my headphones vs in a car where I could not concentrate on the information.
I plan to listen to this again in the future knowing there is information that I missed.
Great references, and simple common sense observations
How illnesses were reversed, like the woman w/rumitory arthritis
The man with a heart condition and just wanted to get healthier
When he discussed hair loss
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