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.
Overall, the concepts in this book really hit home for me. I've been struggling for awhile with what could possibly be so bad about Wheat. It's been consumed for far longer than 10,000 years, and many cultures existed for centuries with no "Western Diseases" consuming it. This books answers that question with spades, but be warned. The author dives headfirst into a lot of technical jargen, and the book could have gotton to the point in about 1/2 the amount of words. The bottom line however is that I tried it, and it worked fabulously well. The belly did go down, doing nothing more than just stopping bread. Not oats, or rice, or grits. Just Wheat. It just went away. Took about 3 weeks, and it was slow, but it worked. Mild joint pain also cleared up.
Love to listen to books in the car it makes my commute so much better. The books I tend to listen to while I am driving are ones that are purely for entertainment.
This was a great book and had some wonderful insight in it, enough science to seem real, and some very good tongue in cheek humor... bravo! I have been working on recreating my diet with the help of this book and have been successful in losing 10 lbs in a month without restricting food except for wheat and the grains that Dr. Davis recommends. It is worth spending the credit.
Yes, but only those who have an open mind to change. This book goes against conventional wisdom but can save your life.
I had an extreme reaction. My glycemic index dropped by 40 points and I lost 20 lbs in one month.
Whole grains! Not what you think. Wheat is more than a fat inducer, an appetite stimulant, it's a contributor to many reversible ills that are quite common. This book does get a bit technical for the everyday reader. I was glad to read it as an audio book so I didn't have to figure out pronouncing the terms I am not familiar with. I found I got a great deal of useable information without understanding the chemical mechanics of Wheat.
It is one of the best health books I have read.
Easy to listen to.
The most popular food source on the planet is slowly making every one sick, but its convenience, low price, and addictive propertys make its popularity grow even more.
Can we break our addiction to Wheat.
Half way through listening to this audio book I started cleaning my cupboards and throwing out all the Wheat products. I am now 30 days wheat and gluten free. My goal is 3 months off the stuff compleatly, and after that eating only 2 of fewer servings a week.
I believe this book has helped me to correct my formerly unhealthy over use of wheat and will add years to my life.
Yes. Easier to grasp the somewhat intricate explanation of blood sugar and how it reacts to foods.
I guess his witticism.
Yes, while driving from FL to NC.
When we arrived in NC we cleaned out our pantry, changed our way of life and feel like a million bucks!
Thank goodness for doctors like this who have the courage to tell the truth about what our food is doing to us DESPITE what our government's "Dietary Guidelines"recommend. Very informative.
I am making sure that I give this book to everyone who will listen.
I appreciated the scientific information, and also the dry sense of humor that accompanied the science.
I have not listened to any of Tom Weiner's performances.
The candid beginning that blatantly called fat by it's monikers -- wheat belly, bagel butt, and biscuit face -- was spot on.
This book has brought me back to what I always knew and used to practice: having a relationship with my body, and nurturing that relationship.
I was very much impressed with this book and think it should be part of a library that includes "Why We Get Fat", "The End of Overeating", and perhaps "Good Calories, Bad Calories" if you want a longer version of Why We Get Fat. And if you want to know more what to do with what you are left w/ to eat, try The Perfect Health Diet or The Primal Blueprint (the author pretty much advocates this sort of eating, but uses a more scientific approach than eating that way because ancestors did)
As far as a review of the audio, it's in the upper half of good to me. Didn't put me to sleep, didn't overemphasize or dramatize things, and was read about how I would read it.
As far as the content: It seems impossible at first to consider that wheat could be bad since it's been used since bible times, but you'll find in the first few chapters how much our current version has been genetically (not just hybrid) modified to create a grain that produces a much more powerful blood sugar spike, has a much higher gluten content, and is problematic for most people. Reading this book, it is hard to not want to give up wheat. The problem lies in whether or not the individual is willing to make those changes.
The only cons I see is that he is less aggressive on complete avoidance of vegetable oils and is less strict on sugar, tho he does say to avoid and limit both. As to the previous reviewer, I have a medical background and have spent considerable time reading all the above mentioned books and following the current research. The more I read, the more I'm convinced that wheat is very much toxic and can be at least partially to blame for many of the diseases affecting our society. Type II Diabetes is related to diet, excess fat accumulation, etc and is very much preventable even if one does have a genetic predisposition to it (read "Why We Get Fat" and you'll see how our overweight mothers are partially responsible for this). There is a reason that the numbers are rising rapidly along with our waistline sizes. DM type II is a problem that can be prevented by diet and sent into remission if, like the author mentions, the beta cells that produce the insulin have not been so destroyed that they can not recover. I have helped and seen multiple diabetics get completely off insulin and have normal blood sugars and A1C after losing the weight and avoiding the carbohydrates that cause blood sugar elevation and also prediabetics who have had those numbers return to normal ranges after changes in diet and this book can help you get started in that direction or avoid it altogether.
54 years old, blue collar worker, I like imported beer, when it is not hay fever season. Favorite authors; Card, King, Hobb, Koontz, Clarke, Iggulden, Silverberg, Michener, Krakauer
If your spouse leaves you it is because you eat too much wheat. If a war starts in Africa it is because you eat too much wheat. Ok that is an exaggeration. The first 98% of this book is spent telling you all the health problems caused by wheat. They run the gambit of diabetes, hair loss, cataracts, wrinkles dowager's humps, aging, intestinal, obesity, bone density, brain disorders, pimples, rashes, psoriasis, several skin diseases, impotency and etc.
Doc, you had me at big belly. I just wanted to know how to get rid of this thing. After telling you what wheat causes, then he tells you how easy his diet is. (NOT) Then as an after thought you are told his diet, what to eat and what not to eat. It is eat raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheeses. Also nuts and oils. Don't eat everything else, Don't eat out, don't eat prepackaged. You need to learn how to cook. This part all goes by pretty fast. Listening on audible, you will need to rewind and rewind if you are trying to write it all down and when going back it is easy to confuse don't eat with eat. He is fairly confusing on oats. This was confusing to me, because a couple of years ago I was on a diet by Jackie Warner, which told you not to eat sugar. On that diet she loved Oatmeal. I lost ten of those hard to lose pounds with that diet. I ordered the hardback copy which came in the mail yesterday.
So my wife and I have been on the diet one week. Believe me you can not do this without your spouses involvement. We both work lots of hours, so this took co-operation between the two of us concerning dinner. We went to the farmers market and bought vegetables, mushrooms, buffalo meat, eggs, etc. That was a fun experience. Who ever got home first cooked dinner. I stopped eating oatmeal for breakfast. I have a terrible sugar habit and still had some dark chocolate raisins to get rid of. Raisins are not good for you, they cause a sugar peak. Dark chocolate is only good in the high cocoa range. Most dark chocolate is chocolate flavored sugar. With the exception of a few hand fulls of these raisins a day I stuck to the diet. It was actually fun, but not easy. It takes time and planning. My wife is a long distance biker and must carb up for that and even Dr. Davis agrees with that. Last night we went to a pizza joint. I was going to go off the diet for one night and have pizza. They had a gluten free pizza, so I order that. It tasted all right, not as good as the regular, but I can live with it.
After one week I have lost three pounds. At one point I had actually lost six pounds, but three of them came back. My wife has lost about the same.
With the exception of doing away with whole wheat, this diet is pretty much the same as most others.
The doctor says you will not get hungry on his diet. On the first week I found some days where I was hungry all day. Now that just may have been my mind which is used to grazing all day, I don't know. When hungry I did find that a couple handfuls of almonds helped.
In a couple of months I will review, Venice A. Fulton's Six Weeks to OMG, in that review I will update you on my progress with this diet.
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