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 Wow...this book confirms what I have experienced. Wheat (and probably most other starchy foods) bother me...a lot! Although I have come to this conclusion time and again, it's really been almost impossible for me to give up wheat (it is everywhere)! When I have tried to go wheat-free in the past, the lack of support from family, friends, and the medical community for what they believe is a "crazy diet" has made it easy to abandon wheat restriction. But when I re-introduce wheat after a couple of weeks off...I feel like I have been hit by a truck! Now I feel vindicated...and I understand why it has been nearly impossible for me to swear off this addictive, ubiquitous substance (after reading Wheat Belly, you won't want to call wheat a "food")! And my symptoms, though troublesome, are probably only the tip of the iceberg of damage that wheat is doing to me (and perhaps you)! (I'll update this review after I've been off wheat for a month and let you know the result!
This book has the potential to change your life for the better. Some scary stuff. It's somewhat ingrained in us that Wheat is one of the most healthy things we can eat. On the food pyramid it's one of the largest areas. Sadly, what it does to our bodies is not healthy at all. In fact, it's worse for you than eating a candy bar. Wheat stimulates your appetite and makes you want to eat more. In response to this fact, Big Food has put wheat into many foods you where you'd never expect to find out presumably to get us to eat more and therefore buy more food. Those who don't eat wheat, tend to eat on average 350-400 calories less per day than those who do eat wheat. Having been wheat free for the past 11 weeks, I have found that I don't eat near us much as I did before. I'm just not hungry as often. I have more energy and sleep better at night. Read the book! Leading a wheat free life is really not near has hard as you would expect. Read the book!
This book is very eye opening to say the least. I was only a quarter of the way into the book when I decided to give his recommendations a shot. It lined up with what I'd already read and agreed with in Pollen's "In Defense of Food" -Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. It made sense as to why my own weight fluctuations didn't seem to coincide with the quantity of food or number of calories consumed or the number of calories expended. This book simply looks scientifically and specifically at the various effects of wheat and wheat gluten on the
body. Most surprising of course, is the potential and ease of which wheat converts from carbohydrate to sugar. More blood sugar triggers more insulin, and insulin assists fat absorption into the body. Simple science. That fact alone seems to be ignored when dietary guidelines are pushing so much for healthy grains as the base of the pyramid. He has the courage to propose that perhaps the entire foundation of the government guidelines and recommendations of the last 30 years is flawed. Two slices of wheat bread have a higher glycemic index value than a candy bar? How are we supposed to fight the obesity epidemic in this country if facts like this are swept under the rug under the guise of heart-healthy whole grains, and hidden in the interests of giant corporations with major financial interest in keeping it that way? In short, I'm usually not caught up by the midnight infomercial or claims of a fix-all cure, but I couldn't put this book down. By basing his conclusions of scientific facts and thousands of proven studies, I am very intrigued. I'm willing to give up the pizza and bagels for a while to see if this wheat experiment has the potential to fix obesity and a variety of other ills as he claims. I suspect I have just taken my first steps into a healthier and weight regulating new dietary lifestyle.
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