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Wheat Belly

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

Davis, William

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Wheat Belly
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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.
Publisher: New York : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2011
ISBN: 1609611543
9781609611545
Branch Call Number: Non-F 613.26 Dav

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Nov 26, 2014
  • LRS1969 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Sep 14, 2014
  • Swanacee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If your new to health books its an interesting read.

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!

Aug 06, 2014
  • natalieruhl rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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...

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.

Mar 24, 2014
  • ToniSikkema rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Convincing argument for removing the genetically modernized wheat from out diets? yes. Convincing argument for adopting a ketogentic (atkins style) diet? nope! I have listened to a few podcasts with Dr Davis so I am very familiar with his beliefs and philosophy and I am thankful for the level of detail he went into when identifying the actual physical and chemical triggers wheat can have on the human body. However I know 80% of the people who read this book simply want to lose weight and don't really care about some grand revelation so to those people I say this: Go watch the documentary Food Inc, it will waste less time of your life than reading this book and tell you the exact same things. This book is very science-based and the jargon to match.

Feb 27, 2014
  • Vivica rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Time will tell... I've already dropped wheat & most grains from my diet...I do not think it is gluten... but GMOs ...my problems seems to coincidence with the intro. of GMOs[ -around 1995] - & in Europe (where there are fewer GMOs ) - I do not have problems!!!

Actually Atkins died after hitting his head in a fall.

Dec 03, 2013
  • scrubble4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Yet another food source messed up by science and big business.
I found it surprisingly easy to wean myself (actually cold turkey) from wheat. I have been baking my own bread for years and I just thought yikes! It is drugging me into overeating. Gave it a try and yup I lost my need to eat constantly. What a relief.
I used this as a launch pad to learning about wheat-free. It is not the same as gluten-free. Worth a read if you are concerned about losing weight and keeping it off without going crazy.

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Jun 03, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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