I wasn’t planning on weighing in until being on the Wheat Belly Diet plan for a full week but found myself weighing in almost daily to see if I would have the rapid weight loss that many were having. I am happy to report that I am down to 198.5 so that’s 5 pounds in 5 days! I actually think it would have been more but I did some cheating along the way. I haven’t measured yet. I plan to weigh in about once a week and measure every few weeks or so.
The cheating did not involve wheat. In fact I have had no wheat products since i started. However, there were days I was a bit heavy on the starchy carbs or sugary snacks. Tortilla chips, potatoes, rice and even a coke are all wheat free and gluten free (check labels, brands may vary). However, it is important to watch your carb intake on this diet for best results. And for someone like me, who is pre-diabetic I was eating way too many carbs the first few days.
As a pre-diabetic I want to keep my carbs to around 30 grams a day (not counting non-starchy vegetables). Dr Davis gives recommendations as to how many carbs we should have each day depending on your own health situation so 30 grams of carbs is at the low end and is not the standard for everyone. You may do well on a lot more.
For me 30 grams can be a small serving of potatoes as well as a little fruit each day. I find this works well for me because there are still plenty of foods that I can have in unlimited amounts. Believe it or not even cheese and nuts are unlimited although I think it is important to use common sense. However, by eliminating wheat from your diet you should find that after a while you wont be as hungry so overdoing it on high-fat-high-calorie foods shouldn’t be an issue.
Another nice thing about the Wheat Belly Diet is you don’t have to do everything at once. You may decide to try eliminating wheat slowly or you could give it up cold turkey. You can also concentrate on getting the wheat out of your diet first, then work on reducing your carbs. In other words, do what’s right for you and your current situation. For example, if you have type 2 diabetes you will still need to watch your carbohydrate intake and monitor your blood sugar.
Today I plan on taking a trip to the grocery store to pick up plenty of fresh produce as well as Coconut Flour and a few other essentials to try doing some baking. I will admit I miss my bread and I have found some bread recipes that looks delicious. I am also going to look for some gluten-free pizza crust like Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust that got 5 stars on Amazon
Going wheat free may be a challenge at first but as you slowly make over your kitchen with healthy alternatives it gets easier and easier. I find that as long as you are prepared the Wheat Belly diet is very doable!