There is a new diet book that just came out Aug 30 called Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by cardiologist William Davis, MD. And since belly fat is a big issue for me I was drawn to it after reading about the Wheat Belly Diet in Womans World magazine.
Until I read the article then bought the book I just assumed that unless you had a sensitivity to wheat such as those with celiac disease, wheat was basically a health food. Come to find out, because of modern practices the wheat that we eat isn’t the same wheat that was eaten generations ago.
The Wheat Belly book claims that not only will you lose weight by cutting wheat out of your diet but there are other health benefits as well. Could eliminating wheat from your diet also help those with type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and even help us look younger? These are just a few of the claims made but after reading about the transformation wheat has gone through in the last century it makes sense that wheat may not be the health food most of us grew up thinking it was.
A little about me: I am a female in my late 40s, who is considered by the charts to be obese with about 70 pounds to lose. I also have metabolic syndrome (insulin resistant, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and borderline high cholesterol), which puts me at risk for type 2 diabetes. Needless to say, I also carry a lot of my weight in the belly, which is typical with those who have metabolic syndrome.
I am really hoping that trying the Wheat Belly diet will help me not only lose weight but give me increased energy and improve my skin as well as my overall well being. I am sure it will be hard at first, but keep in mind, this is not a low carb diet. There are still plenty of carbs that can be enjoyed, such as potatoes and rice on a wheat free diet.
I bought the kindle version of the Wheat Belly diet book but it is also available in hard cover and audio. I originally wanted to get started right away but will instead take these next few days to finish the book, plan my menus then start cleaning and restocking my pantry with wheat free foods.
In the next few days I will be posting more as I learn more about the diet plan. I will also be posting my starting weight and measurements.