Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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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 and 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 two thousand...

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Overview

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 and 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 two thousand 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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Fascinating, compelling, and more than a little entertaining, Wheat Belly may be the most important health book of the year. --Dana Carpender, author of 500 Low-Carb Recipes

Dr Davis' comprehensive, readable and witty book reveals that wheat, far from being the staff of life, is in fact the stuff of nightmares. Take his advice to lose wheat from your diet and you'll likely be paid back many times over in the form of a slimmer, healthier body and a better functioning brain. --Dr. John Briffa BSc MB BS nutritional physician and author of Waist Disposal

"Davis makes a compelling case" --Fort Worth Star Telegram

Library Journal
This is a book many libraries should own simply because many people want to read it, including gluten-free individuals. However, Davis's explanation about celiac disease could lead uninformed readers to believe that elimination of wheat gluten alone is the answer for those living with celiac disease. He barely touches on other sources of gluten, but he discusses in depth the effects of wheat gluten and celiac disease.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455121922
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 6
  • Sales rank: 70,432
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Davis, MD is a preventative cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is founder of the TrackYourPlaque.com program. He lives in Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Wheat: The Unhealthy Whole Grain

Chapter 1 What Belly? 3

Chapter 2 Not Your Grandma's Muffins: The Creation of Modern Wheat 12

Chapter 3 Wheat Deconstructed 31

Part 2 Wheat and its Head-to-Toe Destruction of Health

Chapter 4 Hey, Man, Wanna Buy Some Exorphins? The Addictive Properties of Wheat 43

Chapter 5 Your Wheat Belly Is Showing: The Wheat/Obesity Connection 55

Chapter 6 Hello, Intestine. It's Me, Wheat. Wheat and Celiac Disease 74

Chapter 7 Diabetes Nation: Wheat and Insulin Resistance 95

Chapter 8 Dropping Acid: Wheat as the Great pH Disrupter 116

Chapter 9 Cataracts, Wrinkles, and Dowager's Humps: Wheat and the Aging Process 130

Chapter 10 My Particles Are Bigger Than Yours: Wheat and Heart Disease 146

Chapter 11 It's All in Your Head: Wheat and the Brain 166

Chapter 12 Bagel Face: Wheat's Destructive Effect on the Skin 176

Part 3 Say Goodbye to Wheat

Chapter 13 Goodbye, Wheat: Create a Healthy, Delicious, Wheat-Free Life 191

Epilogue 225

Appendix A Looking for Wheat in All the Wrong Places 229

Appendix B Healthy Wheat Belly-Shrinking Recipes 238

Acknowledgments 267

References 270

Index 287

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Its not a diet!! Its a LIFESTYLE!

    This is a great book explaining some of the connections with wheat and not only weight gain but disease. A previous reviewer compared this to the Atkins diet which compelled me to post my own review... that can't be farther from the truth.

    Don't buy this book if you're looking for a "diet' - no diet works unless you're going to eat that way the REST of your life!

    This is a lifestyle change. Dr Davis is explaining the proof of how wheat products (and processed products) have a negative affect on our health.

    As someone who has eliminated wheat due to allergy testing and a designated intolerance, I can tell you it changes your life for the better! The fact that weight falls off when you avoid wheat is really just the icing on the cake - its the health improvement that is amazing.

    Avoiding wheat does not mean you can't ever eat a slice of bread again. You just have a limited selection. Once I stopped eating wheat products all the time, I stopped wanting them so much. They definitely have addictive properties as he discusses.

    At minimum its very interesting information, but if you are ready for a healthy lifestyle change, this book is a great way to start educating yourself.

    179 out of 183 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Not a fad diet book! Informative look at the wheat industry.

    When I was first learned that I have a gluten intolerance, I went to the bookstore looking for information on GF living, celiac disease, GF cookbooks, etc. I saw "Wheat Belly" but was turned off by the "lose the wheat, lose the weight" tagline at the top because I thought it was just a fad diet. I wasn't looking to lose weight--I was looking to feel better. A couple days later it kept coming up in my searches, so I decided to download it to my Nook. It is definitely NOT a diet book. It's a very informative, well-researched look at the wheat industry. Reading it actually made going gluten free easier on me because I now have other reasons that are bigger than my own personal ailments to completely remove wheat from my diet. It has also helped me convince my husband to go GF with me, which makes it A LOT easier. Everyone should read this book and then decide if they still want to keep wheat in their diet. I'm living proof that you can survive without it and feel SO much better.

    100 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Highly recommended, includes technical details.

    Really enjoyed this author's viewpoint that wheat is counter productive to good health and weight loss. After eating this way, I've dropped 15 pounds in a 6 week period. That's quite a lot for a post-menopausal woman! My diabetic husband has seen his morning blood sugars drop from the 150 range to 112 range (while still on medicine). So I would suggest trying a wheat free approach. The good news is that many cravings disappeared, which was great.
    It is difficult to go wheat free with conventional wisdom, the food pyramid, USDA, and Pevention magazine all pushing the idea of eating several servings of whole grains daily. It will be interesting to see if wheat free is actually the Truth, and the carb pushers are proved wrong. As for me, the proof is that this works. So, more veggies and good protein, and no wheat for us, thank you!

    68 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

    Highly recommended for celiac patients and diabetes patients

    I have diabetes and struggle with my numbers. One week eating as Dr. Davis advises and I am 6 pounds lighter and my AM numbers are in the normal range. I am rereading the book and highlighting many facts and tips to keep up this new lifestyle. This is something that will be a part of my new life. My new life with more energy, less pounds, healthy numbers. Thank you, Dr. Davis!

    52 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    I want to tell everyone about this book!

    I'm just glad this book came along when it did. I had stopped eating gluten in an attempt to feel better, and it helped some. Then I got this book a few weeks later, and it explains why that was so, and helped me structure my eating in a better way. It's shocking to realize that as wheat has been altered over the last 50 years or so, there has been so little attention paid to its nutritional effects. There may be some exaggeration here - there's lots of documentation, but it seems almost too extreme to believe. In any case, for me, it made me change my diet completely, and I have been feeling better, lost some weight, lost the bloating, and am expecting even more health benefits as I go along. The best thing of all is that I have lost the food cravings I have had all my adult life, which made me feel a frantic need for food, especially bread and baked goods. In a day or two of no wheat, all that just vanished, so food is just food, no need for will power to keep it under control. What a great relief! And that makes the whole thing of giving up wheat very easy! You have to cook, and it's a little hard when eating out, but even that is an interesting learning experience, and the book gives you help with it. I'm telling all my friends and family, Just do it - read the book and follow the advice!

    48 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended - it is worth the read!

    This book helps people make informed decisions about their health and diet. It is very informative and connects many health issues directly to hybridized wheat. I have been eating wheat-free for over a month and am seeing positive physical changes. My fingernails are really growing long and strong. I have lots of new hair growing in. My energy level has really increased. This book is well worth the read.

    47 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    this book will Change your health, body and life for the better

    Understand why north Americans are the fattest and sickest population on the planet

    Corporate profits have trumpet our health and wellbeing and the story of wheat (and grains)

    Highlights this perfectly

    Read this book and wake up to the fact that your government cares little about your health and

    A lot about big money interests

    Learn why and how wheat is making you fat, sick and stupid

    Read this book if you care about living longer, feeling and looking better

    Other foods to avoid at all costs, soy and polyunsaturated vegetable oils

    40 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    Finally somebody explains the wheat-health connection, which I have known of for 45 years by personal experience, but could never bring myself to believe. Sometimes a bit tedious to get through all the medical terms, but well worth the effort. Thank you- Dr. Davis!

    37 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

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    Wheat Free

    I have been wheat free and gluten free since I read this book. It is well written, very informative, and is a must for anyone who wants to get healthy and stay healthy. I feel great and have lost significant weight. It's a shame what has happened to wheat. Read this book and be informed!

    36 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Really well-researched book - great read!

    I have really been struggling with my weight for a long time and started a paleo-type way of eating about two weeks ago. This book had great information on why wheat is so bad for us and offers great information for me on getting and staying healthy and getting my weight under control.

    32 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    This one works!

    Very informative and well researched. If implemented, there is steady weight loss (about a pound a week for me) and one becomes more energized. I've recommended the book to several people and have enjoyed the results, even though I'm only 4 weeks into the program.

    27 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Thought provoking

    This was an interesting read. It put a different spin on the usual "wheat intolerance" theory. Some books on the "evils of grains" seem to resort to fear tactics. Davis puts forth his theory and gives you food for thought. He's not in-your-face in his beliefs and lets you draw your own conclusions. Good read.

    26 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    This idea is ridiculous! I read through this book at the store a

    This idea is ridiculous! I read through this book at the store and I refuse to buy it and I'll explain exactly why. First I've read MANY books on health, diet and exercise. This non-wheat diet, like many other major lifestyle changes is just NOT feasible for 99% of the public. You know what else doctors suggest giving up? Animal products, that's right, the Vegan diet recommends giving up all animal fats completely, and yes many studies have shown that it can reduce diabetes, heart disease and even cancer completely! But even my Vegan friends have told me that their honest opinion is that the Vegan diet is NOT for most people. It's also another HUGE lifestyle change that most people can not accommodate for the rest of their lives because it's very extreme!!! I am a huge health nut. I eat well and exercise and indulge when I want to. Being healthy is a simple equation of diet and exercise and balance and ANYONE who knows how to treat the majority of the people in this country will tell you that! I hate ideas like this that become popular. You do not need to give up whole grains to be healthy or even skinny! Yes, people who eat ANYTHING in excess will most likely experience the consequences, including wheat products. Eat too many and of course it's harmful, just as harmful as eating too many processed foods, too much soda, too many chips, too much candy and too much meat. It's called balance, and the reason the American population is becoming so obese is because people who are obese can't find balance. I understand some people have medical situations, I do understand that, but if your so compelled by research then go find some done on the obesity epidemic in this country. You will find that MOST people who are diagnosed as obese became obese because of their diet, exercise and lifestyle choices! If you feel like doing something extreme like this FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE is going to help you then by all means, but honestly if you're like the majority of us, and like me, then start eating more of the foods your Dr recommends and get off the couch. My review seems harsh but the over weight American population needs harsh, not some ridiculous idea that this book presents.

    25 out of 125 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    This book really opened my eyes to what's been happening in the

    This book really opened my eyes to what's been happening in the agricultural industry without our knowledge or permission. It's scary but a great wake up call. I don't have a gluten allergy but I am giving up wheat based on the things I learned in this book and the research that I did as a follow up.

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Everyone Should Read This!

    I'm still reading this book and horrified at how bad whole grain breads etc. are these days due to processes that are done to make wheat grow better, etc. The wheat we are eating today is nothing like what our grandparents ate, and that is the problem for everyone.

    Davis gives examples of others who have been greatly helped by getting off of current wheat products, gluten, etc. He also has many scientific back-up testing to support the logic of what he says.

    I heard Neil Boortz on the radio talking about how his doctor recommended this book, and Neil felt so much better on gluten-free, it made hubby and me decide to check out the book.

    Everyone should know what they're doing to harm their bodies by eathing this "healthy" non-healthy food. Ignorance is not bliss in this case!

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Wheat Is the New Tobacco

    This book is long overdue. Today's wheat is not the wheat of 100 or even fifty years ago. Far from being a healthy component in a balanced diet, wheat is responsible for a great many ills among far more people than is generally known. Dr. Davis explains clearly the history of wheat, how it has been mutated into something that really can't be called wheat, and how eating wheat affects us, chronically and acutely.

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    a good read.

    This book has a lot of info in it that we usually don't hear about. So far I am impressed with the author.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Highly recommended still doesn't cover it!

    Very insightful. An absolute "Must Read". Do not even debate whether or not to purchase this book. The recipes are great too!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Bowel problems

    This book is to further your research on a number of bowel problems. I have crohn's disease and it has been a learning process for 15years now. I keep hearing more and more people suffering with some kind of bowel disorder.
    You must be your own doctor because treatments will work differently from another person. It is a trial and error process that took me 7 years just to get at 90% remission.
    Good luck to anyone who suffers.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Worthwhile read

    Eye-opening and thought-provoking; well-researched premise & documentation on an incredibly pervasive food in our diet

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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