Read Wheat Belly Online by William Davis MD
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews I have read literally hundreds of books on nutrition, dozens which warn us of the evils of wheat. But what makes this book unique is its intense focus on this one "food" item and the havoc it wreaks on our health. I knew wheat was really bad, and even wrote about it in my own two nutrition books. But I sometimes wondered why it wasn't quite so bad in the `50s and `60s when I ate it as a child. This book contains an entire chapter on the history of wheat's hybridization, and how it has become something very foreign. Without doubt, our bodies no longer recognize it as food. Ironically, the hybridizing accomplishments of a Dr. Borlaug enabled farmers to grow eight times as much wheat, solving world hunger and saving many hungry Chinese from starvation. You could even say that wheat enabled us to overpopulate the world. But one may wonder, what good is a huge population of sick people? The author blasts the drug companies as not being interested in true healing. This is why MDs are not educated in the simplicity of nutritional healings, which can be as simple as eliminating all glutens (the main offender being wheat). So what is so bad about this deadly grain? The author compares wheat addiction to that of cigarettes. It actually gets you high with exorphins. It pumps up the blood sugar (increasing insulin, and hence fat storage and overeating) more than sugar. It wreaks havoc on the intestines. (I noticed decades ago that I had to eat a sandwhich without the bread to avoid constipation.) In fact, the author implicates wheat in nearly every disease of civilization. Indeed, this ubiquitous "food" plays a role in every malady from diabetes to cancer---most startlingly perhaps, even schizophrenia! Best of all, perhaps, by simply giving up wheat, we can lose anywhere from 10 to 70 pounds! Our appetites diminish with the loss of this addictive food, and we naturally and effortlessly consume about 400 calories less per day. Now if that doesn't motivate you... But what can we eat without wheat? It's found in bread, cereals, bagels, donuts, cookies, cakes, casseroles, nearly every processed food, and more. Yet, rest assured that once past the addiction, you won't miss wheat. There are tons of recipes in this book for wheat and gluten-free living. I agree with the author on this: give up wheat and your life will change! For me, the brain fog was gone, and it transformed my life.
I'm not a health nut, but I'm becoming one. I came across this book after testing my blood sugar levels on a hunch - incorrect as it turned out - that low blood sugar was causing mid-afternoon grogginess. Nope - I had
very high glucose levels after meals, and only after meals. My doctor ordered blood tests, and those came back normal. So I'm OK: it had to be something in my diet. That something turned out to be wheat. Glucose levels spiked most severely after wheat-containing meals. Even high-sugar desserts didn't come close to the wheat-fueled levels. Nor did products made from other high-carb products like corn, rice, or potatoes. I picked one of the low-carb diets out there and tried it. What a difference! Daytime alertness is up, sleep is deeper and of shorter duration, I wake up refreshed, do not get the late morning or afternoon "blahs," and have lost significant weight - nearly ten pounds in the first month. Dr Davis makes a good case that people gain weight, and then cannot lose it, not because of gluttony or sloth, or insufficient willpower, but because a supposedly healthful food that we eat in great quantity works against us.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. For people on the Standard American Diet (or any typical grain-based western diet), following the advice in this book will almost certainly improve health in drastic and varied ways, including not only the loss of excess body fat, but also improvement or outright curing of many health problems from minor maladies to major diseases. But if you're skeptical of these claims, it's easy to test them: simply cut all wheat products out of your diet for 30 days. It must be *all* wheat and gluten: no bread, no pasta, no cereal, etc, and if you eat packaged/processed foods, then check the labels to make sure they're wheat-free. If you are overweight or have any health issues at all, they will likely be improved if not totally solved. Then you can buy the book to learn all the science and research behind why modern wheat causes and exacerbates so many health problems. One final note: you'll need to replace all those wheat carb calories with something, and that something should ideally be meat, vegetables, and healthy fats like butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. It should not be sugary foods, industrial seed oils (aka vegetable oils), nor other types of grains (most of which are also not great for you, though not as bad as wheat). Fruit and potatoes are generally fine too, though you may want to go easy on them if you have weight to lose.
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