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.
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.
Change your Eating
It was not overloaded with statistics but gave enough stats to make the point.
Processed food has become the staple for most households. As I have tried to restrict carbs in my diet, this took it one step further to eliminating "wheat".
Some laughter but no tears
A good book and one that I would recommend that people read or listen to. It is very interesting the processing changes and how that has had an impact on health.
Excellent, well written
Did an excellent job of reading the book to me.
Listen to it and you will cut out wheat.
I am very impressed with the knowledge and sourcing that went into this book. It is very detailed with fact finding and less opinion.
Highly recommended for those trying to understand our food chain and it's impact on the modern day American.
I have long known that wheat and especially white wheat and pastries is nothing for me. As good it may taste, I usually feel the negative effects soon afterwards: I become Irritated, sluggish and sleepy.
But dr. Davis' book is simply not very good, he takes a rather fanatical approach blaming wheat for everything from teenagers acne and overweight to diabetes and death. Some of it is probably true but he fails to refer to any studies, it's mostly experiences from his clinic.
The book is also quite repetitive and full of dry lists.
But the narration is good.
For a more interesting book on a similar subject I would recommend the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
OK, I was feeling a bit desperate to lose some weight. I did the recap of the
diabetes education on eating right for diabetics. and GAINED another 30 lbs in
the last 6 months. so fine I give up. Best friend used to say, why are you doing the same old thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Dr. Davis, at least is willing to try something different and the results, I took wheat containing foods off my plate. I like vegetables, all kinds of vegetbles, and in three weeks I have lost 14 lbs. I don't do any additional exercise. The best part is I am not hungry. OH yeah, my morning sugars are down 50 points, and I run normal blood sugars all day. I can't wait till my next visit to my PCP to get the new hbA1c results and see what those are like.
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