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.
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©2011 William Davis, MD (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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.
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.
Jed M. Merrill
This is the best health related book I've listened to since Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism. There is far more information here than just weight loss advice, so read it even if you have nothing to lose!
The Gluten Free Diet has additional useful information on this subject.
Sorry, no, but this was well read and easy to understand even at 3x speed.
Wheat is the junk food of the grain family. Did you know diabetes does not even exist in civilizations that do not eat wheat?
Amazing, life changing book. Thanks for years of extra life!
"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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