I have been following the wheat belly diet for almost two weeks now and thought this would be a great time to follow up and give a review of the book. I do have to say that I am impressed with it for many reasons. First of all, I really appreciate that the author, cardiologist Dr William Davis really goes into detail about why wheat should be eliminated from our diets.
The first section of the book really does dig into the history of wheat and how it has been genetically modified over the years to a not so healthy “frankenwheat”. I also find it very interesting how many of Dr Davis’ patients recovered from various ailments after being taken off wheat. I used to think that wheat intolerance meant pretty much one thing-Celiac disease. However, there is so much more to it and Dr Davis goes into great detail about the negative affects that wheat can have on so many people.
I bought Wheat Belly for one reason- I need to lose weight but was soon amazed at how total wheat elimination can actually have so many other health benefits besides just weight loss. Did you know that children with Autism can improve greatly by changes in diet including wheat removal? And how about those rheumatoid arthritis or crohn’s disease. Many patients improve greatly by removing wheat from their diets.
These are just a few examples that you will read about in the book as well as various stories about many of his patients who have improved tremendously from various ailments after following his diet.
Once you get to the diet itself you will find that it can be tailored to suit your own personal needs. And while one might think the Wheat Belly Diet is just another low carb diet such as Atkins think again! You will be watching your carbs but how many carbs you eat depends on your own situation. For example, if you have insulin resistance like I do then you will probably do better on less carbs.
You will also be happy to find that there is plenty of good food that you can eat unlimited quantities (and I am not just talking about meat and vegetables).
Keep in mind that the Wheat Belly Diet isn’t simply a gluten free diet. Besides giving up wheat it is suggested that you don’t just go out and find gluten free alternatives because many of these foods are high in both calories and carbohydrates. You can still enjoy gluten free substitutes but you must keep moderation in mind.
I really believe that the Wheat Belly diet is going to change the way many look at not only wheat but grains in general. For years we have been told that following a low fat diet high in “healthy whole grains” but instead we keep getting fatter and fatter with diseases like type 2 diabetes on the rise.
Wheat Belly is an excellent read for anyone, whether you are looking to lose weight, suffer from disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or just want to feel better in general. Anyone who reads this book will never look at wheat the same way again!
Incidentally I have not weighed myself again since my initial five pound weight loss but I am happy to report that I am already feeling better and have a lot more energy! I am also finding that this is much easier than I thought it would be as long as I plan ahead!