Wheat Belly

Wheat Belly

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

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Emmaus : Rodale, 2014
ISBN: 160961741X electronic bk
9781609617417 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 613.26 DAV
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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rvbolo
Jan 20, 2016

Davis described my lifetime of medical issues exactly, most of which started long ago when I started eating far less meat and far more carbs, particularly wheat. Almost a month with very little wheat in my diet now and doing much better. My doctors are happy and I suspect my dietitian will be too (who advised severe limits on bread). They are not all on the "healthy grains" bandwagon. Can you say "Franken-wheat"?

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Liam39
Oct 07, 2015

some "food for thought"--heh. VERY difficult to do without bread!

drudofsky May 15, 2015

A thought provoking recommendation and discussion on the benefits of giving up all wheat products in one's diet. I'm enjoying eggs for breakfast more than ever.

LRS1969 Nov 26, 2014

Interesting book. Very good information. Would have given 5 stars, but doesn't go far enough (it should have also included all grains - including the so-called healthy ancient grains, all legumes - especially soybeans, all fruit, all sugars - even the so-called natural ones, and all starchy vegetables).For an article that summarizes the book information:

http://wellnessmama.com/3486/dr-william-davis-wheat-belly/

Even more interesting is that the vast majority of the research on this information has been known for quite some time.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amylopectin (*)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7782895

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9430599

The main key still ends up being Carbohydrates (whether from sugars, from grains, from starchy vegetables, from legumes, etcetera). Some can be "super carbohydrates", but all are bad... 

"It's The Carbs, Really!" information:

http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/fulltext#/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/fulltext

http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20140901/low-carb-beats-low-fat-for-weight-loss-heart-health-study

http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Blog/Diane-Fennell/low-carb-diet-benefits-type-2-diabetes-heart-health-studies-show/

http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/19066498.php

http://www.lifetime-weightloss.com/blog/2012/7/7/low-carb-vs-low-fat-what-does-research-show.html

http://tomnikkola.com/what-do-18-studies-say-about-low-carb-diets/

http://tomnikkola.com/6-not-so-accurate-objections-to-low-carb/

http://www.dietdoctor.com/fat-trims-waistline

http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/sweden-becomes-first-western-nation-to-reject-low-fat-diet-dogma-in-favor-of-low-carb-high-fat-nutrition/
(Note mention of Gary Taubes)

Personally, I would add books by author Gary Taubes to this book in order to get a much more valid and accurate overall picture.

Note that the provided links are to accepted clinical research studies (or articles that reference same)... and NOT about opinion or "I think" or "I believe".

BTW, there is no such thing as a carbohydrate requirement in human nutrition. The glucose needed by the brain and muscle use can EASILY be synthesized by metabolic actions of Fat and (complete) Protein - fact, it is the body's preferred energy production method.

There are Essential Fats and Essential Proteins (Amino Acids), but no such thing as an Essential Carbohydrate. The body does NOT need carbohydrates. See the May 2002 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (research article by EC Westman)..."Is Dietary Carbohydrates Necessary for Human Nutrition".

See Amazon review on book.

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aldeskie
Nov 05, 2014

After reading this work I chose to eliminate wheat (in all forms) from my diet. A month later what had been my continuous and constant arthritic pain (particularly at my knees) was gone. I am pain-free for these past six months.
And, as a bonus, I lost twenty pounds. My BMI is now 25 and, I feel great.

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Swanacee
Sep 14, 2014

If your new to health books its an interesting read.

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orthogonal
Sep 02, 2014

I am not convinced that the problems with modern chronic diseases are due to wheat. It is more likely that people's bodies are too fat from eating saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol and their fat cells and muscles cells and organs are over-stuffed with fat. Wheat is junk when it is refined and the fiber is taken out of it or pulverized. Leave the wheatberry intact and boil it and for most people it is fine and research studies show it is heart protective.
I think some people are having problems with wheat just as some people have problems with other foods like peanut butter. To say carbs are bad is to say the least stressful fuel for the human body is bad. That is just crazy pants!

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natalieruhl
Aug 06, 2014

Rolls eyes- This book is a fad diet description disguised with personal testimonies of healing and micro -studies backing it up. This one thing I took from the book was that we eat too much wheat and processed foods- I think everyone knows that! Yet this author promotes one of the most processed and unstudied foods: the use artificial sweeteners. If I cut out most carbs, all sugar (except certain fruits) of course I will loose weight and feel different...

JCLHopeH Apr 21, 2014

Davis writes persuasively for eliminating wheat from our diets, but sometimes it feels overly one-sided, making wheat a constant enemy. I would appreciate more empirical studies that directly support his conclusions, but Davis does cite multiple related studies and plenty of anecdotal evidence to pique my curiosity and be more conscious of my wheat consumption. I like his explanation of wheat-free versus gluten-free, along with the pitfalls of going gluten free without considering the glycemic load of common substitutes. Now I want to learn more about the Glycemic Index! As with any health advice, I recommend we (along with our doctors/dietitians) decide for ourselves if it is a good fit for our own bodies and lifestyles.

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euppman
Apr 02, 2014

Junk science. The studies Davis quotes do not say the things he claims they say. People in the Middle East, where wheat originated, have been eating it for centuries--and eating the hybridized version Davis complains about--but they are not experiencing our epidemic of obesity.

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lisahiggs
Jun 03, 2013

What now passes for wheat [in the latter part of the twentieth century] has changed, not through the forces of drought or disease or a Darwininan scramble for survival, but through human intervention. As a result, wheat has undergone a more drastic transformation than Joan Rivers, stretched, sewed, cut, and stitched back together to yield something entirely unique, nearly unrecognizable when compared to the original and yet still called by the same name: wheat.

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