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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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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
About the Author
William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the TrackYourPlaque.com program. He lives in Wisconsin.
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I pre-ordered this book, and finally went wheat free one week before the book was released. And what a difference. My blood pressure had been averaging 140/88 (taking two blood pressure medications). Now, after only two weeks of wheat-free eating, I've averaged 124/68 for the past four days. I've reduced one of my medications to keep my blood pressure from dropping too low after it fell to 108/58. It's crazy! And I'm not starving myself. I'm getting plenty to eat.
So, why did I buy the book if I already knew what to do? Because this book goes into great detail about WHY wheat is a problem. If you're like me, you probably think of wheat as four-foot tall "amber waves of grain." But that's not what we are eating these days. It's an engineered version that's two feet tall, and is nothing like what I ate as a kid in the 1950s. And unfortunately, it raises your blood sugar higher than eating a candy bar. And if you don't think that's a problem then you need to learn more about how high blood sugar affects your health.
"I don't need this book, because there's no way I'm giving up my bagels and pizza," you say. That's fine---if you don't mind being fat, developing diabetes and high blood pressure and heart disease and a host of other health problems---which is what the typical American is doing these days.
Or, you could buy this book and learn how to live a healthier, and quite possibly longer, life.
Update (9-12-2011): I've now been wheat free for three weeks (as stated above, I went wheat free one week before the book was released), and I've lost 7 pounds. That may not sound like much of an accomplishment, until you consider:
- I am 6'4", and have been stuck at around 210 lbs. for over two years. I have not been able to lower my weight by dieting or exercise.
- 210 is only 20 pounds over my goal weight of 190. And everybody knows how difficult it is to lose those last 10 to 20 pounds---especially at my age (61).
- This is my lowest weight since 2002.
- I have not exercised for the past three weeks.
- Although I have eaten no wheat for three weeks, I have eaten a few candy bars and I've had Blue Bell No Sugar Ice Cream almost every night. (I don't recommend this---particularly the candy bars.)
- I have definitely been less hungry than when I was eating wheat.
- The hypoglycemia I've suffered with for many years has pretty much disappeared.
- I fully expect to be down to 190 lbs. within a few weeks. I haven't weighed 190 lbs. in over 25 years!
Update (11-25-2011): It's now been nearly three months since I went wheat-free, and I've lost 16 lbs., which is about 1.2 pounds per week. So you might think, "Hey, that's no big deal--you could have lost that much weight without really trying." But you'd wrong. Way wrong. As I stated before, I was stuck at 210 for over two years. Dieting and exercising did nothing to reduce my weight. I had hit a plateau and was going nowhere. Now, in just three months, I'm down another 16 lbs., to 194! I'm within four pounds of my goal weight!
And now for another confession: during the three months I have stayed wheat-free, BUT...I have eaten Mexican food at least once a week (sometimes twice), including a basket of (corn) tortilla chips, chicken (corn) enchiladas, etc., an occasional chocolate bar, and other carbohydrate splurges. Yet, in spite of all that, I still lost 16 lbs.! My body fat is now at 14%! It's crazy!
Also, it got a lot easier when I realized I could still have breads--without wheat, of course. I am loving almond flour. I bought the Blanched Almond Meal Flour, 5 lb. and have been using it to make pancakes, muffins, cobbler, :). And it tastes great! Here is the pancake recipe I use:
1 Cup almond flour
1/4 Cup water
2 Tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil)
1 Teaspoon baking powder (double acting)
Makes 6 4-inch pancakes. I top them with real butter (because remember: fat is okay--it's the carbs that are killing you) and Cary's Sugar Free Syrup, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4).
No sugar, low-carb, high-protein, and high-fiber. My wife and I each eat three pancakes and we are satisfied until lunch time.
With regular, wheat pancakes I used to eat six of them, and then an hour later I was falling asleep (after my blood sugar spiked and then dropped like a rock). But with these almond flour pancakes, I stay alert and feel good.
Dr. Davis has a great recipe for Pumpkin Spice Muffins in the book. The suggested topping is cream cheese, but I topped them with sugar-free cream cheese frosting. My nephews ate them like cupcakes. :)
So I've lost 16 lbs. in three months--WITHOUT EXERCISING! Wonder what will happen when I start hitting the weights and the exercise bike regularly? ;) I'm about to find out. Stay tuned...
Update (1-22-2012): It's now been five months since I went wheat-free, and I'm still going strong. I originally stated that my goal weight was 190. But my secret goal weight, the goal I didn't actually think I would ever achieve, was 185. Well, guess what? I am now at 188! I'm gonna make it! I'm down 22 pounds since August. And believe me, when you're 6'4", a weight of 188 allows for very little fat.
In 2004 I hit my highest weight: 238. Now I am down 50 lbs.! I was able to lose the first 28 pounds by cutting back on the calories, mostly by not eating out so much. But once I got down to 210, my weight loss stalled for four years. I just couldn't lose anymore. Then I went wheat free---which is not a diet, but a new way of eating, and the excess weight began to fall off.
I'm loving it! Thanks, Dr. Davis!
Update (1-29-12): I've talked a lot in this review about my weight loss, but that's only half the story. Seven years ago when I weighed 238, my triglyceride count was 300. I started to cut back on the eating out and the snacking, and began to take fish oil capsules. After a couple of years I was down to 215 and my triglycerides were 155. Then I doubled my fish oil intake and improved my eating habits a bit more. Two years later my triglycerides were down to 99, which is pretty good, and my weight was 210. That's where I plateaued.
The following year I experienced atrial fibrillation, followed by an angiogram and two stents. This was about the time I discovered Dr. Davis online and began following his blog. So I started taking Vitamin D and Magnesium. I couldn't bring myself to give up wheat, even after trying it for a week and losing five pounds.
Then, about a year later in August of 2011, I bought his "Wheat Belly" book as soon as it was released and I finally determined to go wheat-free. Since then my weight has gone from 210 to 188-my lowest weight in over 25 years. I recently had a yearly exam and my triglycerides were down from 99 to 69! Wow! Dr. Davis likes to see his patients at 60/60/60 for triglycerides/LDL/HDL. These are numbers that most doctors would think wildly unrealistic, if not impossible.
My HDL is still a little low at 39, but considering the fact that my HDL has been low for many years and at the time of my last yearly exam it was 26, that's pretty amazing. My LDL was 44! Yes, I know that LDL is a calculated value-but still-44! I will continue to improve my eating habits. I still eat too many carbs. But I know I'm headed in the right direction.
When I see people who are overweight, have heart problems, diabetes, and all the other problems that could easily be addressed by going wheat-free and taking a few supplements, I feel so bad for them. But perhaps as they see more and more of us having long-term success they will finally read this book...and believe.
Update (8-8-12): It has now been nearly a year since I went wheat free. Do I still miss wheat? Yes, but not enough to start eating it again. If I went back to wheat, I would lose these benefits:
- My weight dropped from 210 to 186 (I'm 6-foot-4). I lost most of that weight within the first three months.
- My triglycerides dropped from 99 to 70 and my HDL went up from a dangerous 26 to an incredible 57! And one of the best indicators of heart attacks is the ratio of triglycerides to HDL (google it). A good value is 2 or less, the ideal value is 1 or less. My number is pretty fantastic: 70/57 = 1.23. Before going wheat free it was: 99/26 = 3.8, which is very bad. It's no wonder I ended up with a 75% blockage, and had to have stents two years ago before I discovered Dr. Davis.
- My chronic sinus problems went away. Before I gave up wheat, every time I put my head on the pillow, my nose stopped up. I could not breathe through my nose at all. That does not make for good sleeping. Also, I used to get regular sinus infections---usually a couple of times per year. No more. My sinus issues cleared up almost immediately after going wheat free.
Will going wheat-free cure YOUR sinus problems. I have no idea. It might make your left knee quit aching or make your headaches go away. You won't know until you try it.
All I know is that I am a much healthier person thanks to Dr. Davis.
As I read I found alot of my logical question being answered. Such as, why when my parents were young they never had to go to gym, in fact gym was a whole new thing to them, yet they were very slim and fit. No doubt, my parents during their time they ate alot of food many variety of them but they hardly grew any fatter.
Well, one reason I really wanted to follow this diet is simply because it made stupid sense to me and yeah with so much crucked science out there I find it more realiable to believe someone who is speaking from experiences than simply science.
Anyways, this book not only made a lot of rationale and logical sense to me. it resonate with alot of what was happening to me. For instant, I had a urinary problem, my doctor gave me some 'potassium citrate' which basically balances the acidity level in the body thus the kidney can flush the waste without feeling there's more to come.
Beside, I was a sick eater. I used to eat and eat and eat, I ate like there is no tomorrow. I ate until I felt bloated and an hour late, I wanted to eat again. All along I knew this is a sick habit but I didn't know what was wrong with me.
Every one told me to eat more greens and exercise more and blah blah and blah. But no-one could answer this simply question something has to be wrong with the food, because my parents and even me when I was young we never had things like gym and stuff and yet we were fit and healthy and frankly we never had portion size but we all felt satiated pretty fast and stay satiated for long time.
I bought many books from some of the top 'so-called' health advisors and what did I end up with? Well, I ended up with dissapointment after dissapointment and then deperation and self-dislike and etc. I ended up with more guilt than anything else.
Well, when it came to this book things just start to look better soon. First few days I was going through a bit of an withdrawal which made me feel a little but weird but after the second day I was feeling awesome. My problem with urination dissapeared comepletely the acid and alkaline were in complete balanced and everytime I went to urine at the end I just got the feeling that it's empty. Ahh.. relax!
Oyeah! Now, I just don't feel hungry all the time. I have breakfast, lunch and dinner and I am satiated. I feel calm and relax throughout the day and I sleep like a baby at night and I have better self control through the day.
I feel I am in 100% control of myself and my brain. Unlike before, when I was someone and my brain was someone else. Almost everything since I started this new diet I started to feel better and awesome about myself which I hadn't felt for a very very long time.
I used to take alot of supplements before and now they are all cut down to the bare minimum only. I don't have diabetics but I am sensitive to sugar and my blood sugar is doing awesome.
Btw, I made a mistake last week where I took some carbs and guess what - I went into a whole load of sh*ts for it. I was immediately dissended with alot of mental fog, I started eating even when I was filled up completely making me feel sick! I even started having the joint pains which dissapeared when I stop wheat completely.
I felt so sick that, now I want to get back to normal asap! As a matter of urgency!
I want to feel normal all over again. I now hate wheat more than anything in the whole wide world and with alot of passion and gusto!
Before food used to be something I always look forward to. Something to celebrate! But now, I view it as a fuel my body need to run properly and that's all. But I do take great care to cook my foods though.
I personally believe that; life isn't about making yourself feel good but living better with yourself!
Just a quick note, no one can say if something is good or bad unless you track it. Therefore, I would recommend people that before you try this diet measure all your number (such as diabetic, vitamin D, calestrol and etc) and than try this diet for lets say 3 weeks and measure your numbers again. Trust me you will be surprised on how this simple diet can change your whole overall wellbeing.
After all, you can't measure what you can't track!
Thank you Dr. William Davis.
You have thought me to live better with myself.