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.
It is in the top 25% of all the audiobooks I have listened to.
It's hard to criticize the book for being too science and fact focused, because that is one of it's most convincing aspects. But there were times, during the "History of Wheat" section, that I thought about skipping ahead. It's interesting that wheat of today is nothing like the wheat of 1000 years ago, but a whole chapter devoted to that was a bit much.
He kept a technical book interesting. That was his primary challenge with this material.
"They say this book could not be turned into a film.... They were wrong!"
This is worth the investment of 7-8 hours to listen to - during your drive, workout, or other time. You will definitely understand the many many ways wheat is bad for you. And hopefully you will eat much less of it as a result. I recommend.
I have been suffering from the dreaded "wheat belly," which returned after I "fell off the wagon" on my sugar-free, wheat-free, flour-free, caffeine-free food plan. I can testify to the fact that when I was "wheatless," I easily lost weight (and the belly) despite eating TONS of food (i.e., lean protein, vegetables, vegetables, vegetables, and very complex starches).
When I returned to my "normal" diet (of carbs, carbs, refined carbs & more refined carbs) sure enough, back came all the things I don't want. I can DEFINITELY attest to the addictive and morphine-like effect that sugar, flour, & wheat have on me. Once I start eating these things, I eat them till I pass out or run out.
The info in here makes sense to me from a scientific standpoint, and the doctor's many accounts of patient improvements really impressed me. Even if one is not sure about the effects of wheat on their body, there is nothing that I can see to lose (not eating wheat CAN'T make you sick) and only better health to be gained by following the plan he outlines. Being wheat-free sure worked for me! I am happy to say I am back on my healthy food plan and feel much better!
I must say I was a little tired of all the molecular details, but to a scientist I suppose they would have more meaning. I would have been happy with a simple "wheat has been genetically altered to increase yield and is not the same wheat we were eating in the 1950's when our moms were thin and nobody was going to the gym 6 days a week just trying to keep from getting worse."
I found "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weigh" very educative.. I felt being equipped with a new armamentarium to fight vague complaints and maintain health. The theory provided was supported by reasonable reasoning and needed clinical and scientific evidence. The clinical cases and the scientific discussion were truly interesting and enjoyable. I found the logic provided to have sufficient strength to convince me of trying the provided approach of avoiding (or at least significantly reducing) wheat in myself or others whenever resistant excess weight or metabolic syndrome is faced or unexplained vague persistent symptoms are met.
I believe that this audio would be helpful for those seeking better health for themselves, relative/ friends or their patients.. I should say that I've just finished listening to this audiobook and can not provide a personal clinical experience; though I adopted the approach to reduce carbohydrate some years ago with partial adherence and results.
.This is a five star book from start to finish, a must read for your health.
So much information in an easy to understand message.
I bought this book last night and stayed up all night to finish.
I can"t ignor the information in this book and will immediatly change my diet!
Davis writes from a medical-journalist perspective, providing tons of research to back up his ideas. He is credible and convincing. Realizing that genetically-modified wheat has replaced "real" wheat in our food without any testing on humans surprised and alarmed me. Great book.
It was an okay book, but a bit of a one pony show. I felt it somewhat overemphasized wheat's role in disease, and while better geared for Celiacs and others with intolerance or allergies, it simply went on a bit long and far hammering wheat....also, most of the information was dry and hard to digest, as well.
But I did manage to listen to it all, and found it an interesting enough prospect to consider. I'll at least think of curbing some of my wheat tendencies.
He expains why wheat is such a problem for so many.
The wheat we know now is not the same wheat of the bible.
I listened while cleaning and cooking.
If you have ever been curious about seeing whether you might be sensitive to gluten, this book is the MOTIVATION you need to embark on Gluten Free journey for a few weeks and see if you feel amazing!
This book was recommended to us by a family member who had gone "gluten free". We were on the fence in our thoughts about the gluten free frenzy, but decided to listen. In our early 50's, we were beginning to experience some negative health issues and figured we had nothing to lose. As it was a book for information, rather than pure pleasure, we didn't mind the narration being less than amazing. lol It was clear and easy to understand.We were absolutely amazed at what we learned and other sources have backed up the information.We took the plunge and went gluten free one week. In that 7 day period, we ate healthy, never went hungry and experienced the following: A 7 lb and 5 lb weight loss, respectively. My dermatitus on my hands completely cleared. My joint paint disappeared. The next week, our work (we are team drivers on the road) was chaotic, we weren't prepared and fell off the wagon. ALL symptoms returned. It was unreal. Needless to say, we will be following a gluten free lifestyle.Highly recommend this book to anyone truly interested in improving their health. It's easy to understand and logically presented.
Very informative book, and the PDF supplement was a great bonus! I was worried that I would have to go and buy the paper version to get the appendices. Instead the experience was great.
I have heard other audio books from this narrator, and he is very good. His tone and inflection were perfect for this type of book, since it is nonfiction, and the only voice to be done is that of the writer.
Great topic backed up with easily understandable examples and stories. I thought I was a label reader before, but this book has completely changed the way I shop and eat. I feel great, no more agitation between meals, and I spend less at the grocery store.
I have the hard copy and the audio book. I found it much easier to listen to the information.
I love how he speaks in real life examples
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