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

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

by William Davis

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In this #1 New York Times bestseller, a renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls "wheat bellies." According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It's due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as "wheat"—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455121939
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

William Davis, MD, is a New York Times bestselling author and a cardiologist who advocates unique, insightful, and cutting-edge strategies to help individuals discover the health hidden within them. His Wheat Belly Blog has been visited by millions of people. Dr. Davis has also shared his passion for wheat-free living on national television shows including The Dr. Oz Show and CBS This Morning. His Wheat Belly Total Health program has become a public television special, now airing nationwide. 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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ChicagoGirl74 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jschune More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jo-poet More than 1 year ago
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!
The_Reader55 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Rita_T More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CountryGirlAF More than 1 year ago
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.
LikestoRead46 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gami911 More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of info in it that we usually don't hear about. So far I am impressed with the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightful. An absolute "Must Read". Do not even debate whether or not to purchase this book. The recipes are great too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye-opening and thought-provoking; well-researched premise & documentation on an incredibly pervasive food in our diet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Halykan More than 1 year ago
The book is definitely interesting, although rather heavy on the fear-mongering, and falls squarely into the fallacy of "correlation is not causation" most of the time. He literally manages to relate wheat consumption to almost every disease and health condition, from obesity to cancer, acne and hair loss, and even brain damage and schizophrenia. It seems a little farfetched to say the least. But having said that, he does provide some rather compelling evidence. I think the book is worth the read if nothing more than for the interesting medical effects he brings up. It's also surprisingly well written so it keeps you engaged. But truthfully, the gist of the book comes down to "if you're healthy then fine, if you're not healthy, it might be because of wheat". To me the result of the book is, if you have some health problems that have not been diagnosed, then eliminating wheat might help. From my point of view there is no downside to at least trying - other than, if it does work, you have to never eat wheat again. Which is why, if you're relatively healthy, then I would not recommend this book as a diet or cure-all resource. But despite that the medical and scientific discussion that is most of the book is at the very least interesting and makes for a good read.
RosebudMO More than 1 year ago
I got this book and read it and started a wheat free/sugar free diet. I have been on it a month now and have lost 12 pounds, the weight just melts off, I am sold on this way of eating. I have plenty of items I can snack on so I never feel hungry. Love It!!!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
got this book as a gift- since then I can only recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great scientific backup. That's important to support an unpopular/new idea. I've long known the hype about cholesterol was misguided or worse, and this doctor shows the evidence in a clear and understandable manner. This way of eating makes me feel good! I discovered accidentally years ago that bread makes me feel hungry and fat, it's good to see the science behind it. B&N offers this as a Nook book, which made it convenient and quick to read. Couldn't reccommend more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sheds some light on why most of us are obese. Very interesting observations. Some things go against what our nutritionist has told us, so now we have more questions for her. Otherwise, great read!
Khood60 More than 1 year ago
This book absolutely changed my life, my health, and my way of living and eating! Everyone, no matter their health goals, whether to lose weight, feel more energetic, lose joint pain, feel younger etc., can find the answers in here! A must read for anyone wanting a better, healthier, and longer life! Dr. Davis knows what he is talking about, and reveals the ways we have been mislead and lied to for so long about what is truly best for our health!