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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to… (2011)

by William Davis

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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.

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I borrowed this book on the recommendation of a nurse I was talking to, when I told her that I was having a lot of trouble eating bread and pasta, but that a test for celiac had come back negative.

Bottom line for me: I don't know how trustworthy all of the doctor's reports are, as they're anecdotal*, but there's no harm in eliminating wheat from one's diet, so I'm going to give it a try and see if I feel better. If it helps with other things as well, that's fantastic.

* I recognize how difficult it is to do real, double-blind scientific studies on diet and health, because scientists can't really keep people in a lab and control what they eat, like they do with lab animals. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. I cannot believe how many symptoms are caused by gluten. :-O Furthermore, I cannot believe how many things are made with wheat flour in it. So many things were tossed -- so sad!

I look forward to using some of the recipes.
  niennaalfirin | Jul 30, 2020 |
Basically Dr. Davis ruined all future food porn fantasies involving hot glazed original Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Cancel all (yes ALL) sources of wheat/gluten in your diet or die a horrible (but preventable) premature death by diabesity as a result of advanced glycation end-products. ( )
  nfulks32 | Jul 17, 2020 |
This book reads as if everyone has or might have celiac disease. He comes across as very much against the consumption of wheat, and hints that other grains aren't much better. The thesis is that hybridization has developed high producing varieties that our bodies don't like. He is especially down on the protein that makes high rising bread possible - gluten. There is enough organic chemistry in the book to convince a person that the good doctor knows what he is talking about.

The most interesting part of the book was the China Study, cited in the middle of the book. I found it interesting because he draws some different conclusions than the author, [a:T. Colin Campbell|3373474|T. Colin Campbell|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-M-50x66-e07624dc012f2cce49c7d9aa6500c6c0.jpg] did in [b:The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health|178788|The China Study The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health|T. Colin Campbell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1369092574s/178788.jpg|544922]. However, correlation is not causation, and as I pondered the reproduced graphs, I pondered what other factors might by the root cause.

Of couse, all that theory seems irrelevant if you are suffering, you take Dr. Davis's suggestion to eliminate some foods containing wheat (which foods also contain many other things), and your pain goes away. Success - you got rid of the pain. Then, if the diet is bothersome enough, you will do some experimentation to try to narrow down what is and is not a factor.

Dr. Davis talks about lots of medical problems. One of them is obesity, which is often found with a host of medical problems. I did not find his evidence compelling that hybridized wheat is causing the many problems he describes.

On a related note, there are many critiques of our current food supply. One that delves into the food processing industry, and the ruts they are stuck in, I enjoyed reading [b:Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us|15797397|Salt Sugar Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us|Michael Moss|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361919312s/15797397.jpg|21520265]. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
The author has a point and a bunch of anecdotal evidence to back it up. It is believable rather than just giving up wheat the author actually is proposing a more radical low-carb diet than Atkins. Wheat (specifically modern genetically modified wheat) quite possibly may be a problem--the author makes a good case for it, but in the book all carbs get lumped together, weakening his overall point. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Like many cardiologists, Wisconsin-based Dr. William Davis has restored good health to thousands of his patients with his advice on dietary changes to improve the well-being of their hearts. Unlike most cardiologists, the diet Davis recommends doesn’t comply with any official stamp of nutritional approval.

Yet he seems to get some startling results, not only with the heart and circulatory conditions his patients see him for but also a wide variety of other health complaints, including skin rashes, diabetes, colitis, joint pain and insomnia.

His dietary advice is simple: avoid wheat. All wheat, even that whole-grain or organic stuff everyone tells you is superior and heart healthy. Davis says the world’s most popular grain is also the world’s most destructive dietary ingredient.

Modern wheat is highly addictive and worse for diabetics than pure sugar, Davis says, but the most startling of his conclusions is that the destructive immune response caused by gluten sensitivity also affects your brain.

Davis links wheat to seizures, dementia and even brain damage.

He tells us that wheat consumption is a major cause of the belly fat that triggers inflammation, an underlying indicator of problems like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Other health conditions linked to this visceral fat include dementia, rheumatoid arthritis and colon cancer. Cutting out wheat can also improve the symptoms of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.

Davis has an amusingly dramatic and colloquial writing style that most readers will appreciate as making science entertaining, and cites 16 pages of studies to back up his theories.

Davis doesn’t claim all obesity stems from the consumption of wheat, but he provides a compelling explanation of why some people can’t lose weight by following official nutrition guidelines.

If you are overweight, feel unhealthy, or simply want to pursue good health, it is worth giving it a whirl.

Davis suggests after five days wheat-free any withdrawal symptoms should disappear and you should start feeling better.

After all, what do you have to lose except your wheat belly, bagel butt or biscuit face?
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