Je bent diëtiste en verdient een leuke boterham met het geven van speeches en lezingen op kekke conferenties als het jaarlijks terugkerende Cereal Congress. Daar pak je internisten, cardiologen en collega’s in met je leuke plastic smoeltje en gratis mueslirepen. Je staat hoog genoteerd op de lijst van General Mills’ sprekersbureau en organiseert geregeld internationale vakbijeenkomsten over de zegeningen van volle granen. Je bent de held van de jaarlijkse Whole Grains Summit. De zaken gaan goed. Het gelijk en het economische fortuin zijn aan jouw zijde. Dan komt er een cardioloog die op basis van zijn klinische ervaring en wat literatuurstudie een populair boek schrijft waarin hij stelt dat overgewicht en een waslijst kwalen primair het gevolg zijn van de consumptie van… tarwe en andere granen. Hij noemt het Wheat Belly (Tarwebuik) en adviseert de lezers eens een poosje helemaal geen tarweproducten te gebruiken. Het lijkt idioot, iedereen denkt dat het geen kans maakt. Maar een paar mensen proberen het. Ze zien allerlei klachten als sneeuw voor de zon verdwijnen – althans dat zeggen ze. En, krijg nou wat, binnen de kortste keren is het verrekte boek een bestseller. De boodschap verspreidt zich als een virus. Er wordt zelfs minder brood verkocht!
Wat doe je dan als je diëtiste Toby Amidor heet? Je schrijft op de jou zo vertrouwde badinerende toon een autoritair stukje op een veel gelezen mainstream webportal. Belachelijk dieet, stel je met grote zekerheid. Een typische fad, tekorten aan allerlei voedingsstoffen liggen op de loer, volle granen zijn absoluut noodzakelijk in een gebalanceerde humane voeding.
Davis’ adviezen komen feitelijk neer op een soort liberaal paleo-dieet. Niet geheel toevallig is het juist zijn met oneliners en ‘enthousiaste simplificaties’ doorspekte boek dat enorm verkoopt. Het gevolg is dat grote delen van de Verenigde Staten momenteel experimenteren met een graanvrije voeding. De honderden reacties op Toby Amidors stukje vormen dan ook een prachtige peiling van wat (soft)paleo zoal met mensen doet. Ik denk niet dat Amidor dit verwacht had. Vandaag zet ik al die anekdotes (n=driehonderdnogwat) hier op een rij. Engels, het spijt me. Maar als dit alles nieuw voor je is, scroll er dan vooral eens doorheen. Misschien brengt het je op een idee. Misschien verandert het zelfs je leven.
I have lost 40 pounds in 3-1/2 months following this plan. I eliminated grains and sugar and it has been a breeze! I love it — it has been one of the easiest plans I have ever followed — no hunger or cravings whatsoever! In case you are wondering…there was no exercise involved in my 40-lb weight loss. Dr. Davis is my hero! 🙂
Sorry, but wheat does not have a place in any diet. The concept of ‘healthy whole grains’ is a creation of the highly subsidized grain industry and our corrupt government. Eliminate it and feel tons better or include it and get joint pain, migraine headaches, fatigue…. This one is a no brainer.
I haven’t eaten wheat for almost 17 years. I’m at a normal weight for my height, rarely get sick, look 10 years younger than I really am, and have plenty of energy. Tell me again why eating wheat is necessary and how “unrealistic and unhealthy” this diet is?
I read this book and decided the only thing I would do is cut wheat from my diet. I have cut it out completely and since then my A1C has dropped down to normal and I don’t have as much pain with my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have not lost any weight at all. I still suffer from a lot of symptoms that he says will go away so it doesn’t work for everyone. You have to see how your body reacts to the foods you eat.
I am an absolute Wheat Belly convert as of 4 months ago. It is by far the easiest, most nutritious and delicious way to eat. My husband has lost 18lbs and I have lost 14lbs and we feel amazing both physically and emotionally. We are so glad that we discovered Dr Davis and Wheat Belly, this is so easy to sustain there is no question that it can be ‘for life’.
Wheat Belly is not impossible to follow. I started last winter and have been grain free since. I have ZERO desire to have grains because I feel so good. . I dare anyone to give up grains for 30 days, I bet people would be shocked on how good they feel. I no longer get migraines, acid reflux, joint pains, and my hair and skin look amazing! I am off my anxiety medicine as well. Consuming wheat is unhealthy plain and simple. Thanks Dr. Davis for educating everyone!!
I’ve tried many ways of eating and LOVE following the wheat belly way. I have more energy, GONE are those horrible cravings for food, those hunger pangs which often led to cheating. – I’ve lost about 10 lbs, my IBS symptoms are gone, pain in legs and knees much reduced, watery eyes – gone, blocked nose symptoms – gone. My skin is clear and smooth and I actually look younger. I also sleep much better!
Try eliminating grains and see what happens. I dare you.
Never again will I eat wheat – it’s not worth going back to pain and suffering.
“this diet is just plain unrealistic and unhealthy.” A baseless assertion if there ever was one. Last summer I was 64 going on 84. Now I am 65 going on 35. The transformation is amazing for me, and all I did was to switch from low-carb with wheat to low-carb without wheat.
I know of several situations where a flatworlder like you was convinced to just try the Wheat Belly way for several weeks. Every time, the flatworlder was surprised,.. very pleasantly surprised. Arthritis pain, headaches, blood pressure, diabetes, weight loss, heart disease, skin smoothness, energy, moods, just to name a few,… all these things happen time and time again.
So,… Toby,.. put your money where your mouth it. Try it for 6 weeks. What have you got to lose?
It’s not a DIET! It’s a new way of life! I’ve been wheat /grains/sugar free for 2 months and I feel awesome! Read the book and educate yourself!
Another Wheat Belly fan here. I’ve been wheat/grain/sugar free since January 3 and have lost 47 lbs. My husband joined in at the end of May and has lost 32 lbs. Started for weight loss but plan to continue indefinitely just because it’s the most healthy way to eat. Your article is very misinformed. No where does the book suggest that you need to eliminate sweets forever–just look at the recipes in the back of the book for sweets (hint: sugar is not the only sweet thing around). And it certainly is not impossible to follow this plan while traveling or dining out–I’ve been doing just that for 10 months. One of the great benefits is reduced hunger, thereby making it much easier to lose weight this way rather than conventional diets.
“It is virtually impossible to follow this plan while traveling or dining out.” Thats interesting? I just arrived home from a weeks holiday in Port Douglas, North Queensland and had no problem at all in eating? lol.
“Going cold turkey isn’t an effective way to teach someone good habits.” What rubbish! I stopped eating all grains in November last year, no trouble at all! 🙂
“Many folks will stop this diet just as quickly as they started it.” Evidence please? More unsubstantiated rubbish.
“Fasting for prolonged periods of time is unhealthy and unsafe.” So who suggested fasting? I have not fasted in the eleven months I have been enjoying the LCHF Wheat Belly lifestyle !
My current wife is a high-carb-low-fat-low-cholesterol-low-calorie flatworlder. She has much more difficulty eating out than I. A Wheat Belly practitioner needs only some combo of meat and veggies,.. and then you add on from there if you feel like it, but Wheat Belly types have so much less need for the piled up quantities of food the flatworlders crave. Once you have been Wheat Bellying for more than a few weeks, the hunger issues decline so much, you realize what you were living with before was more like an obsession, than normal eating. It doesn’t matter where we eat,.. I can always find something. She looks at many menus and says, “I can’t find anything here I can eat.”
I truly hope that anyone who reads this baseless review of Wheat Belly also takes the time to read these comments! The Wheat Belly lifestyle is about SO MUCH MORE than weight loss! (This is coming from someone who has lost 27 lbs, and my husband has lost 37… the weight loss is real and easy and wonderful, but the best benefits are freedom from pain!)
Wheat is an extremely inflammatory substance which cannot be digested properly in the human body. Consuming wheat leads to all sorts of issues such as joint pain, migraines and headaches, acid reflux, allergies, sinus issues, digestive problems such as IBS, high LDL cholesterol, visceral weight gain, obesity, diabetes and MORE… seems like a pretty long list of ailments for a supposed “health food”! There aren’t any nutrients in wheat that cannot be found elsewhere in foods that do not have these terrible side effects. However, wheat is cheap, plentiful, subsidized by the government and keeps the pharmaceutical industry happy because they can dole out meds for all those above-mentioned maladies that are chronic due to the ongoing ingestion of a TOXIN. Remove the toxin, remove the need for meds.
Wheat is also addictive, and many people have to go through a detox and withdrawal period when they give it up. Ummm… other health foods don’t have withdrawal periods! When you go without broccoli or cheese for a week you don’t suffer because of it. That’s because wheat acts on the brain in the same way an opiate does! It is addictive and causes intense hunger cravings, which is why most people find actual freedom from food cravings for the first time in their lives when they are off the wheat. That is also the reason that the author of this article is completely mistaken when they say that people can’t do this long term. The exact OPPOSITE is true! My family has been off wheat since March, and it’s the easiest, smartest and most effective lifestyle change we have ever made. We will never eat wheat again, of our own free will.
The book does not promote fasting unless someone wants to do so (and some people love to!) … however, the lack of hunger definitely leads to eating fewer meals for most people. Also, we snack… it’s just that many times a snack may stand in for a meal because the appetite is just not out of control!
We eat out all the time, but we eat healthy foods… steak, seafood, baked or grilled chicken, bunless burgers, big beautiful salads or steamed veggies with butter, some soups. Maybe you can’t eat at fast food joints, but c’mon, what health plan suggests that you do?
And as for travel? It’s easier than ever because we aren’t having to stop for snacks all the time! Pack some cheese, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, chilled grilled meat, some berries, maybe chocolate chip cookies or cream cheese bars made with almond flour or coconut flour… easy peasy!
The notion of “Healthy Whole Grains” and a low fat diet has had its chance over the past 30 years, and it led to an out of control obesity and diabetes epidemic and a very happy Pharmaceutical industry. It’s time now to ditch the wheat, grains and sugars and up the fats while eating plenty of veggies, meats, nuts and cheeses with an occasional indulgence of fruit. Try it for a month before you bash it! There comes a time in life when even the most avid “believer” (dietician, doctor) needs to admit that they were wrong, and take comfort in the fact that they thought they were promoting truth, and it wasn’t their fault… but NOW is a different story. Nutritional science is proving that grains are damaging, and the thousands of anecdotal stories from people who feel amazing, back it up. When people’s lives are changed drastically and fundamentally for the better, they tend to be vocal about it 😉
Such a disappointing article! I’ve lost 30 pounds by giving up wheat. The crunchy/salty cravings for crackers, cereal and toast I’ve had all my life are GONE! I swear to god I crave veggies now, I’m about to cook up some kale and spinach with onions and bacon. I usually only eat 2 meals a day because I just am not focused on having to constantly eat. It is so refreshing!
Giving up wheat was the best food choice I ever made. I’ve never felt better.
The wheat we get these days is not the wheat our grandparents ate. It is so modified that it can do harm to the body. I feel so much better not eating wheat even through I have no medical reason not to eat it. I have less inflamation in my body. The dental hygenist even asked what I was doing differently. Cravings are gone!
Eliminating grains is not just about weight loss. Many individuals have real medical problems digesting wheat and other grains. I know several people with Celiacs who just physically cannot tolerate wheat. So, no… wheat and grains cannot have a healthy place in EVERY diet. I am gluten intolerant, and definitely notice a difference in how I feel, when I do consume weight and grains, even in small quantities. As a registered dietician, Ms. Amidor, you should know better than to make blanket claims, or generalizations, about what is ‘healthy’ for everyone.
hmmmmmmmmm — sounds like somebody should’ve done a little more research prior to publishing this article.
70 lbs, all meds gone, pre diabetes gone, working really well for me!
It’s because of the “old school” way of thinking like this that is keeping our nation sick. If only the media would pick up on the most healthful way to eat (as described in Wheat Belly) we’d be a healthy nation. Oh, but what about poor Big Pharma… or Big Food.. I hope everyone reading this blog post reads the comments for the truth.
Wow, this article is so off-base. I have been gluten (wheat and other gluten grains) free for over 4 years now, prior to Wheat Belly being published. With the elimination of gluten and wheat from my diet, I have also eliminated migraines, 20 pounds, joint aches, fatigue, and numerous other complaints that I had put down to just getting older. It is EASY to eat out this way. The Wheat Belly diet is very similar to a paleo-based diet of eating REAL foods, like pastured beef, pork, and chicken, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, and some fruit. Wheat and other grains and legumes contain plant toxins that are hazardous to everyone’s health. Please do your research before publishing such a biased commentary.
Wheat has NO place in my diet. I’ve lost and kept off about 25lbs in the last year and eliminated both acid reflux and psoriasis. Every time I slip up and have a little wheat, intentionally or not, my skin breaks out and the heartburn returns. No thank you!
Ummmmm…… How is a plan unhealthy when after 2 days I no longer had acid reflux, heartburn, restless leg syndrome, cravings and was able within 3 months to be taken off of my high cholesterol medicine? I eat more veggies and fish than ever before. And, it is not difficult at all and it is very easy to eat out. Eggs for breakfast, salad with tuna for lunch and a small portion of fish or lean protein with lots of veggies, is unhealthy? I think not!
I have been wheat free for over a year and have lost over 80 lbs on a low carb wheat free diet. Contrary to the assertion in this article, wheat free diets are very easy to follow–if you are willing to give up processed foods. Frankly, the idea that processed foods are in any way necessary for nutrition is preposterous; we certainly aren’t better off than before they found their way into the standard diet, and the little effort it takes to eliminate them is not beyond the ability of most.
I am often asked how I lost so much weight, and when I describe how I eat I am often told “But I can’t give up bread!” To me, it sounds like an addict saying he or she can’t give up the addictive substance. I did it, it was tough, I craved it, and then it was over. Now wheat and sugar filled products hardly register as food.
Bloating Gone, 60lbs gone, head clear, pain in gut gone, gas gone, feel so much better yes!, having fun creating healthy recipes Yes! I can be done, be positive, the world is changing for the better and Monsanto is making a mess of our food. That’s why these issues with mass food allergies are happening. The food is becoming unnatural and our bodies are Natural! Not made from chemicals or splicing or crap.
Simple math. Even the major restaurant chains are starting to offer gluten free bread. So let’s get on this people.
That’s my vent.
I challenge the author to list ONE THING that is unhealthy about the Wheat Belly eating plan. When I started this program I needed to replace wheat and processed foods with eating more vegetables (red peppers, broccoli, kale, spinach leaves, cauliflower, cucumbers, squash, avocados, etc., etc.). What nutrients am I missing out on by replacing wheat-based products and processed junk with real, whole vegetables? I was already eating lean meats and limited dairy and cheese, so there was no change needed there for me. I still eat healthy fruits when I want to. My Results? I have lost 40 pounds in the past 8 months without even “dieting” (i.e. I have not once deprived myself — I eat until satisfied whenever I want).
I have been on this wheat free eating for 1 month now. My mind is not foggy anymore and I have lots more energy. But I am finding myself to be constipated. Is this normal or what can be done about it? I do drink 6-8 cups water most days .
Eliminating wheat is not a diet fad, it is a lifestyle choice made on scientific evidence and the conscious choice to give up unhealthy GMO grains that we are force fed by the food industry and told are healthy. Wheat is not necessary for health at all! Went wheat free and it was easy! No more cravings for bagels, bread, or other high carb crap. My anxiety levels are lower, no more acne, no more headaches, and more focus and energy than ever before. Eating out or while traveling is easy. There are so many more gluten-free foods on the market, and even my favorite pizza place is offering a gluten-free crust. Read the research. This is not someone’s hair-brained fad diet. There is medical evidence to support all of Dr. Davis’ claims. Also…where in the book does he advocate fasting with water? That doesn’t make sense.
Hey Toby, answer me this… Name one essential carbohydrate? What? You can’t?
If there were not problems with this “frankenwheat” and other GMO foods, then explain the exploding obesity epidemic. How about the upward rise in Diabetes for the past half century? Keep your blinders on dude, Keep drinking that cool aid.
I quit eating wheat 4 months ago and have gained 15 pounds… of MUSCLE!! I fit into clothes that fit me when I was 15 pounds lighter, and can go all day on my breakfast omelet! Lost 25 lbs overall and will no doubt get fitter and slimmer. Ride all my horses in one day, carry a bale of hay in each hand, flip a 50 lb. sack of feed up onto my shoulder, carry 100 lbs. of feed with ease…. could NOT do that when I lived on grains. BTW…. I stopped feeding grain to the horses YEARS AGO! They are dappled year ‘round now! I should have seen the connection, but it took Wheat Belly to open my eyes! I don’t follow the strict weight loss regimen…. eat some fruit and legumes, but don’t miss those blood sugar swings, cravings and incessant hunger! Think about it… people were evolved in a world where food was not available every 3 hours…. maybe more like 3 days! If you eat substantial food, it stays with you!
Husband and I read Wheat Belly over the summer while traveling in our motor home. We both eliminated wheat/grains from our diet and I, (the wife) noticed my little belly going down each day I was off of gluten. It was almost as if someone was letting the air out of my gut and I wasn’t real overweight. I began to loose my craving to EAT the goodies and non nutritional foods and in fact I could go hours without eating.. and mind you I know the value of little meals but my brain wasn’t focusing on FOOD! How could this be?
We began this way of life to eliminate what we believe is very toxic for our bodies. We both feel so much better.. aches and pains are gone. I’ve lost several inches all over. Sugar cravings are gone.. It’s a way of life that is in our estimation, very easy to live. It’s a piece of cake.. well, gluten free that is!! When you see and feel the benefits of health and well being.. doing something different is just that.. different.. We will NEVER go back to eating wheat ! Bomb the bloat… We did !!
I think the person who wrote this article should have researched a wheat free lifestyle by actually trying it first. I guarentee it would have read differently! After a LIFETIME of fighting obesity and 7 years of diabetes, I read Wheat Belly. In 2 months time I lost 10 lbs, and 3 inches from my waist. My sugar and carb cravings disappeared in days. I sleep better than I have in years and have way more energy! My allergies, IBS and PMS are gone and my A1c has dropped almost to the point of no longer being diabetic. So as far as I am concerned, NO ONE (no matter how much of an expert they may be) can convince me that going wheat free is unhealthy.
On top of the digestive and excess weight issues that wheat contributes to, inflammation and psychological issues are also aggrivates by wheat/gluten sensitivities and intolerances. Dr. Natasha Campbell creates the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet, GAPS for short. Read the book and see for yourself how many many people have created health by elininating wheat/gluten out of their lives. Symptoms of Autism are sometimes completely deminished by simply elininating wheat out the diet. Many conditions are made worse by wheat, not just wheat belly and excess weight. This fact is notjing nee to the holistic health world, it’s somewhat new to the comventional world and thank God it’s helping people improve their lives! In the past 50 years wheat in America has been so genetically altered that it barely resembles wheat from 50 years back. THIS is why it needs to be elininated from our food supply and kept out of our bodies.
I’ve eliminated all wheat from my diet in May of this year. I found the Wheat Belly book about 3 months after my wheat-free breakthrough, and was amazed at the info and confirmation that I was doing the right thing. I’ve lost over 40lbs and feel much healthier. I have about 60 more pounds I want to lose, but this is not a “diet,” it’s a lifestyle change, and I know I will reach my desired weight in time. I’ve also quit smoking, so I’m really impressed that I’m still (though at a slower pace) losing weight even though I’ve been binging a bit on pistachios, fruit and gluten-free granola. My roommate has also gone wheat and gluten-free and lost 25 pounds and reversed his pre-diabetic condition. This genetically mutated wheat is the reason for our obesity epidemic, I’m sure of it now. Corporations know that this “new” wheat acts as an opiate and appetite stimulant… the stuff is in everything! Cut the wheat and the un-natural “hunger” is a thing of the past. I no longer crave pastries, bread, cakes and other unhealthy stuff… I know I can make healthier gluten-free, low-glycemic, organic alternatives that are far more satisfying and nutritious.
Did you read the research? Did you see the success stories? I have been ‘wheat free’ for months and couldn’t be happier, or feel better! There is no place for ‘Frankenfoods’ like today’s wheat in anyone’s diet.
I read Wheat Belly a year ago November. I lost 14 pounds without effort and have kept them off. I no longer have variations in blood sugar levels. I eat significantly less and feel great. I’m a believer.
Out of all the many benefits to being wheat-free, I think my favourite is that finally, FINALLY, I have appetite control. Now I eat to optimize nutrition, whereas in the past I would continually be scrambling for my next “fix” of wheat-y, sugar-y, processed carb-age. The fact that I *want* to eat healthy things is a state of being that I was never able to get to when I was a wheat-eater. And boy oh boy, does it ever feel good.
I had no choice but to give up wheat and other gluten containing foods. Also had to give up milk due to the protein casein.
This is NOT a fad diet, this book and this diet have healed my ailing body due to gluten sensitivity or intolerance.
The mainstream media is putting out false information about going gluten free. Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is responsible for over a hundred auto immune diseases. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome and had no problems finding doctors to prescribe toxic medications. Eliminating wheat and other gluten grains made me feel better in just a few days. There have been so many other amazing changes that I didn’t anticipate and I finally feel like I am living now.
Eliminating wheat from your diet is not unhealthy. You have to eat a balanced diet. The nutrients that are gained from eating wheat can be found in other foods.
Don’t let the mainstream media convince you that wheat products are good for you…you know your own body….if you have autoimmune diseases….you will be amazed at how good and how fast you will feel better.
Remember all the folks telling you it is unhealthy have a vested interest in making money off of wheat.
Rice and corn also have a form of gluten. Dr. Peter Osborne has some great videos on youtube and also some great information at Gluten Free Society.
I lost 111 pounds on the program, in 9 months, and have continued to follow it and have maintained the weight loss for the past 5 months.
I have never, ever felt better in my life! I’m approaching 50. My knee pain, arthritis in two fingers, constant heartburn, migraines, allergies and vertigo are gone. I haven’t had a single one of them since August 2011 when I started.
My whole family has been wheat-free for over a year and we have all felt the benefits.
The author claims that nutrients are “eliminated” from the diet. Which ones? From what foods that are eliminated. Nutrient poor foods like grains, sugar, processed foods and legumes are better off not eaten, in place of nutrient-dense foods like meat, good fats, vegetables, nuts and fruit. http://paleoyourlife.com/standard-american-diet-vs-paleo-diet/
My husband and I have been wheat free for over a year now and are 30 lbs lighter and feel 20 years younger. This is easy to do when the results are so dramatic. I’m not out to preach to anyone but a lot of people sure ask me what’s different!
I’m waiting for my turn to check the book out of the library; but, I did visit the website and read extensively and gave up all grains except for rice. Within a day I had lost 2 inches of bloat off my waist. I have lost weight after years of frustration and increasing exercise and being told by doctors that it’s just my age (I’m entering menopause). It wasn’t just my age and I have a strong feeling that my migraines, skin problems, and other allergy conditions aren’t just my genes.
Wheat free 5+ months. Haven’t lost or gained weight but I didn’t need to. I eat as much fruit as I want and a small amount of either brown rice or oatmeal. It’s so great not to get hungry all the time and to feel better. Who knew you could eat this much fat and not gain weight? We’ve been so deceived about wheat but, then again, it’s a big lobby, as is the sugar industry, lots of money is spent to keep us fat and then we go to the diet industry and spend even MORE money. Go figure.
Have you even read the book?!? Please cite page(s) where he says you should ever fast, for any period of time!!! I have not lost a ton of weight since dropping wheat/gluten from my diet about five months ago, but I feel great! If you’re going to diss something, at least have the decency to read it first so you’re dissing it correctly. I believe in 20 years we will be looking back at the wheat-based, highly processed diet that is pushed today (even for diabetics!) and be astounded at our collective ignorance…
Are you kidding me? Just what nutrients do whole grains provide that meat and veggies don’t?
I eliminated grains, dairy, and most nuts nine months ago and as proven by the lab work my doctor has done, have never been more healthy. I’ve also lost 46 lbs without even blinking.
I can not believe anyone would say every food has a place in the diet. That’s so not true! Wheat, being poison has no place in my diet. I stopped all grains a year ago and my health has turned completely around!! Losing weight was NOT my goal, getting healthy was. The weight loss came a perk. You are an irresponsible journalist at the least.
Lets think about this. What is more healthy…? A big ham sandwich or a spinach salad topped with salmon?? Your article is a joke. The Wheat Belly diet WORKS and is common sense. Why wouldn’t eating whole foods instead of insulin inducing bread be more healthy for us? I’ve tried the WB diet. It works, you can’t argue with RESULTS!!
The Wheat Belly plan has given my daughter and I our lives back! She suffered with disabling migraines and I had psoriatic arthritis. These were the two major health issues we no longer have. We were also cured of skin and digestive disorders to name a few more. We have more energy than we know what to do with! We have shared his advice with many family members and friends who are also feeling the difference! Dr. William Davis is our HERO!!!
Going wheat free/grain free has changed our lives. High blood pressure-gone. Asthma-gone. Allergies-gone. Skin issues-gone. Excess weight-gone.Joint issues-gone. This is a lifestyle change that everyone in our family has embraced and we all feel better. I love to bake and cook and this hasn’t changed my ability in the least to create wonderful desserts, side dishes and baked goods. Obviously the author hasn’t read the book and has no idea how easy this change is to make.
I have so far lost 60 lbs. by eliminating wheat and other grains. I walk for one hour 2-4 times a week, and that is usually my only exercise. Following this plan has given me a much more stable sense of energy during the day. I no longer feel tired in the afternoon. And even though I am not a morning person, I can now function during the morning and not feel like I am walking around in a fog until about 10 am. I eat much more veggies and healthy foods than I did when I filled up on carbs from grains. I am no longer pre-diabetic.
So Toby Amidor, thank you for summarizing the Wheat Belly style of eating. I am not sure thought why you put a negative slant on it since it works so well and helps people feel good and enjoy a healthy body.
Since this article is on Foodnetwork.com, I can only imagine that they want us to eat horribly unhealthy foods since that is what foodnetwork centers around. Oh yes, we watch the channel, and it has taught me many thing about cooking and using herbs, etc. But Foodnetwork….wheat is bad. You should consider more cooking shows that cater to the wheatless crowd…you might be surprised, you might just change the way America eats and then you would be a contributor to the their success instead of to their demise.
I have gone grain and sugar free for 2 months and have lost weight, mostly in my belly too!! Couldn’t be happier. I love eating out again – I can finally feel no guilt in eating meat and lots of it! Wheat belly is the best way of eating for life!
I lost 10 pounds without trying on this diet. I switched to it for other health reasons (gluten intolerance). The idea that anything “healthy” is eliminated is silly. I never feel hungry, when I do, I eat. I wish I had been eating this way my whole life.
Sorry Toby but you are so wrong. Since going off wheat 100%,here is what happened….No more back pain, no more diabetes (went from taking 50 units a day to NO meds at all). all my blood sugars are normal, lost 44 pounds, have to s of energy, no more cholesterol meds, no more blood pressure meds, and same for my husband. Also many of my friends have experienced the same benefits, including no heart disease as well as no more depression and on and on. Dr. Davis has been my inspiration and it probably would do you well to try his plan. He is a truly caring doctor who really wants people to be healthy and off their drugs. Thank you Dr. Davis!
Eliminating wheat, sugar, starchy veggies, grains, and most fruits has helped me lose weight, as well as eliminating chronic problems I’ve had since childhood, including acid reflux and terrible canker sores. It was the best decision I’ve ever made for my health. Belly bloat is gone, I don’t feel insulin spikes followed by ravenous hunger, and I have more energy.
For years I could not get my weight below 250 lbs, no matter how much exercise I did. Two years ago I switched to a low-carb/Paleo/wheat/sugar free diet and have lost over 105 lbs, I have gone from a high of 275 to 170 lbs. No longer pre-diabetic, all blood labs within normal range, taken off many medications. I have never felt better and have no problem following this type of diet at home or eating out. And I’m back to doing Triathlons after a 25 year rest period.
It may not be for everyone, but it was the best health decision I ever made. Try it…you may be surprised.
Yeah yeah, new faddy diet, must be b*llsh*t, right? Wrong. I’ve been struggling to contain my weight problem for 20 years, and have tried many different diets. After giving up wheat in all forms I lost 4 kilos in 10 days, and what do you know, that weight has stayed off, and I’m not strict about anything else but wheat in my current eating habits. And also, since I stopped wheat, my high blood pressure has dropped to just about normal, and I have halved my blood pressure medication. I am hoping to be able to give it up altogether. Oh yes, and I’ve had IBS for years, and that has stopped, too. You want me to go on?
I suggest you do a little research the next time you feel the urge to slag off something, Mr Amidor.
My mother is a celiac, and for years I struggled with anemia, calcium loss and abdominal bloating and discomfort, profound depression and 70+ lbs overweight, but no mention was ever made to me by my doctors that grain/gluten intolerance could have been a factor in my poor health until last fall. I have been following a paleo diet for the last two years, lost 40 lbs and all my health markers improved, but things really improved this year when I gave up gluten completely, not even in ‘treats’. I am now down another 30 lbs (size 10 to a 6); I have had NO seasonal allergies this year; my plantar fasciitis has cleared up; my moods and energy are very, very much improved. I have eliminated ‘whole food groups’ and dramatically improved my health: I am grain free, dairy free, and legume free and have never felt better.
My last check up my blood and cholesterol levels were excellent, my dr told me to keep up the good work. I work out three times/wk, all my life I never had the energy to do so until I adopted the paleo way of eating. There are toxic compounds in grains. legumes and dairy that affect so many adversely; this ridiculous advice to ‘take all things in moderation’ from health ‘experts’ like you is what keeps people fat, depressed, bloated and sick. My personal experience is that it is only whole, real, unprocessed foods with no toxic anti-nutrients that protect and promote good health. Instead of protecting your sponsors in big Agra and big Pharma, why not play devil’s advocate and really examine in depth the subject of anti-nutrients in food; Dangerous Grains; Why We Get Fat, The Paleo Solution and It Starts With Food are all excellent reads. Be part of the solution, not the problem. Thank you.
No Meds. This way of life changed my Life. I was on blood meds for 20 years heading for the big Diabetes. Will not go back. I will tell every person cut out All GRAINs.
Funny how some people get soooooo upset when you ask them to eliminate wheat and the processed, refined, food shaped chemical carbohydrate foods that they stuff down their throats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner……..like mindless drones. These people are constantly hungry, tired, and irritable…….and after time, become overweight and strickened with a host of modern illnesses and health problems. These wheat based products and starches are simply MEGA SUGARS! They blow people’s blood sugar thru the roof! Higher than eating pure sugar. With a country that is in the midst of a diabetes / obesity epidemic (otherwise known as diabesity), and upwards of 75% of the population prediabetic…..how can we promote a high carbohydrate based diet? The American Diabetes Society recommends a diet based primarily on carbohydrates……whole wheat and “healthy whole grains”……..the very food stuff that that increases blood sugar! Diabetics have an issue metabolizing sugar……they can’t do it…….but are told, “Don’t worry, just inject MORE insulin”……this is insanity in the most basic sense! Read about how wheat and most grains are poorly digested, cause auto immune issues, leaky gut, diabetes, high blood pressure, messed up blood lipids, increased triglycerides……the list goes on and on. I dropped the wheat, lost 50 lbs, got off all my meds, perfect blood pressure now, and cholesterol , feel like I am 18 yrs old, tons of energy, never tired, and most importantly…….with a stable blood sugar I am never hungry and have no cravings! Wake up and smell the coffee people……..the healthly whole grain and wheat based diet promoted by the USDA (whose main job is to sell wheat…..the #1 taxpayer subsidized crop in the USA ) has been the biggest scam of the 20th century (which is when it started) till the present!
Food Network needs to put their article writers through a Journalism 101 class. Clearly, they do not recognize the difference between writing fact vs opinion, as is the case with the Wheat Belly article! The viewpoints/opinions expressed are unsubstantiated and not based on any journalistic efforts such as fact finding, research or statistical data. The ideas the author purports such as, ” Every food (even wheat) can have a place in your healthy eating plan.” are merely logical fallacies. The sweeping assumption that wheat is healthy without taking into consideration Big Ag’s genetic modifications, dirty processing plants, petroleum based fertilizers, etc is mindless reporting at its best.
Wheat Free and Healthier Than I’ve Ever Been
I have lost 16 pounds in under 3 months eating the Wheat Belly way! Most importantly, my health is better. No more unexplained rashes, digestion problems, bloating, arthritic pains, and exhaustion. I have learned to enjoy cooking more veggies and meats for my family. My 7 and 10 year old boys eat less sugar and reach for a hard boiled egg or carrots and cucumbers instead of processed “whole wheat” snacks that have caused stomach issues and weight gain in them as well.
This is easy to follow especially when you feel better everyday that you live this lifestyle! The paleo/wheat belly lifestyle is here to stay…but hopefully the low fat fad is on its way out!
Yes. Lost 70 lbs., no more allergies, no more joint pain, and all disease markers went down. Any other questions? 😉
124 pounds down after eliminating grains, high sugar fruits and starchy (high carb) veggies. Tell me again how I need “healthy whole grains?”
This diet is not unrealistic or unsafe! & only someone receiveing a paycheck or with an incredibly low IQ would say so! I have been a personal trainer for 20+ yrs! Your body has no nutritional requirement for sugar or starches! Your body runs much more efficiently on fat as a fuel! (ketosis: keeping carb intake to less than 100g of carns a day) You get plenty of fiber from raw nuts n seeds! When, all of a sudden did fasts become unhealthy? They’ve been utilized for centuries! Not impossibe to follow this plan & eat out 7 days a week! As long as the eatery serves meat or eggs & veggies, you’re good to go!!! This diet is all about eliminating an insanly unhealthy product, wheat, which, is no longer wheat, by the way & keeping your blood sugar in check! Which is at the center of obesity & a plethora of other diseases! Any questions? Refer back to my opening sentence!
You just don’t want to give up your precious grains. That is a sign of an addiction if you ask me. I gave up all grains (wheat, corn, rice, etc) for Lent back in February of 2012. I didn’t think much would happen other than massive cravings. So, I was surprised when my allergies disappeared that I’d been managing with prescription drugs for well over 15 years. I had communion on Sunday at Mass and they returned for three days. I tried taking communion (which is a tiny sliver of wheat about the size of a quarter) a few more times during Lent but the allergies always returned along with my snoring and restlessness. I can’t have it. As for lost nutrients when you take grains out of your diet, that food is enriched with vitamins. It doesn’t naturally occur in that food product. However, meat has 12 of the 13 essential vitamins (no vitamin C) in ample supply along with many other bonus minerals. You can get the balance of your daily needs from vegetables. Fat and Protein are essential. Carbohydrates are not essential. You will survive and thrive if you give up the grains, legumes and dairy. Try it, I dare ya.
Funny how every new comment in favor of wheat belly gets zeroed out immediately. It was happening when it first broke yesterday and continues today. Looks like someone does not like being called out. 🙂
Toby, you cannot back up your statements! I challenge you to try the program for even just two weeks. What have you got to lose? It’s an easy test, which is how I started. I didn’t believe it either and was reluctant to give up my beloved bread. In two months, I lost weight, and all my numbers went down–so much so, that my doctor took me off of cholesterol and diabetes meds! This new approach to eating has been so easy and actually less stressful because I am more aware of what I am consuming and know that it is healthy. Oh, and for traveling? I’m a flight attendant–I travel more than I stay home and I have not had a problem.
Thank you, Toby, for this “interesting” review for without it we, the followers of a wheat-free diet, would not have had the opportunity to refute with empirical and anecdotal evidence your many baseless claims and assertions. Try it for yourself; you’ve nothing to lose except a little time writing a less biased and more accurate review.
Wheat is a toxic poison, an OPIATE on the brain. Toby Amidor is ‘old school’, a ‘flatworlder’! Lose the wheat and lose the weight, once and for all! Rid yourself of other health problems as well. ONLY THE EDUCATED WILL SURVIVE!
Hey, here’s an idea: try it. 30 days won’t kill you, and I’ll bet you won’t even miss those ‘nutrients’ you cling to with your outdated nutritional ideas. Show me just one piece of research, just one scientific study, that establishes that you NEED grains, and especially wheat. Let me save you the time: there isn’t any. All that ‘healthy whole grains’ crap and recommendations to feed infants cereal as their first food is (surprised look) the doctrine of the GRAIN INDUSTRY…check it out, look into the background of the individuals who reside now and in the past, on governmental bodies that determine the ridiculous “RDA”’s and the ludicrous food pyramid (oh sorry, it’s a plate now).
The comments in reply to this misguided review are what speak the truth. Real people reporting their real and positive experiences! The tide is turning and it is about time!!!
I have never eaten as well as I do since eliminating wheat and associated products from my diet. I feel great and full of energy. I have only lost a couple of pounds, but my waist line has reduced by 6″ in 2 months. My body fat percentage has gone from 48% to 30%, and my BMI is now well within the normal range.
This ‘fad’ diet is so easy to follow, just cut out the wheat – its BAD!!!
My whole family has been on Montignac diet for years and we noticed some benefits ( lack of constant food craving, I also lost some post pregnancy pounds -approx 2-3 stones) ) but still had various health issues which couldn`t be tackled by Montignac approach.
I still had some extra weight and a `wheat belly` which didn`t want to leave me despite all the healthy eating ( organic, wholefood, low& medium carbs, food combination, no refined foods, no sugar etc etc) exercises and all the effort I have been making to loose it.
A few months ago we discovered Wheat Belly way of living ( as this is NOT a diet).
We excluded wheat totally, most of other cereals and what a difference! Slimmer waist for me! I finally started loosing some weight again.
Better health ( more energy) and that`s also the case with all the other members of my family ( all 8 of us). As much as my husband and children didn`t have weight problem, previously,
there were other areas which improved after dumping organic `healthy wholegrain wheat`
Skin condition and digestive problems to begin with.
NO ONE will persuade me that we need wheat. Why would I go back, huh?
When I gave up wheat, I not only lost weight, I gave up adult acne, asthma, and chronic allergies. Don’t knock this way of eating until you try it. You won’t be sorry.
I would advise everyone to try cutting out wheat for just one month and see how you feel. I have never felt healthier since giving up grains and I have cured myself of the GURD that I was told I would need to continue to take tablets for life to combat. This article is wrong on so many levels.
On my own, i stopped eating wheat for one week in march because i suspected it was the cause of my terrible stomach pains. i had never heard of nor read “wheat belly.” the result? no more stomach pain. then i was happy to find so many gluten-free products at the supermarket and stocked up on GF pasta, pancake mix, bread, pretzels, cookies, crackers. no problem – even national pizza chains are offering gf pizza. life was good.
about 2 months ago read “wheat belly”, and realized i needed to stop eating all the GF stuff i had stocked up on. after i stopped, i discovered i no longer had carb cravings and seemingly insatiable hunger. after eating one plateful of GF food i was full, i was satiated, and i no longer snacked between meals and all evening. what i also found was i had more energy than i’d had in a long, long time. oh, and although i haven’t stepped on a scale recently, winter pants and shirts i haven’t worn in 3-4 years are fitting a little loose these days as i pull them from storage.
a shrinking belly and body, and feeling better – that’s all the evidence i need. nutritionists, dieticians, food experts, doctors and advertisers can yell and scream at me all they want about “healthy whole grains” being part of a “balanced” diet. that’s old news that wasn’t even true to begin with. i will never eat wheat again. you can’t call it healthy if it makes me feel awful.
Giving up wheat and sugar has done nothing but good things for me! I have more energy, about 80% less headaches, no more adult acne, and I lost 25 pounds. It was honestly difficult for the first week, but after that, not tough at all. I highly recommend it!
And, as another commenter said, it is not a diet, it’s a new way to eat. It’s not simply to lose weight, it’s to gain quality of life.
I’m sorry it seems unrealistic to you.
If I had continued to eat the wheat/gluten diet, I would be dead now. When I gave it up in 2008, I shredded at least 25 negative side effects from it, the worst of which was severe brain fog and depression. I couldn’t hold down a job. I’ve been working ever since with no down days ever! And that was before Dr Davis wrote Wheat Belly.
I have been wheat free for almost 3 months..aside from being down 16pounds, i feel amazing! No migraines at all in the last three months! I have travelled with my husband and two kids this summer, over 9 hours in a car, and I didnt eat one thing with wheat in it, and would u guess i also ate at restaurants!!!!! Most restaurants are willing to accomadate your meal as best they can for you! i found a diner that made me a wicked omlet filled with canadian bacon, cheese, onions, mushrooms green peppers for breakfast and i was full until supper that night! I have also tried eating wheat foods over the last three months just to see what would happen….lesson learned ill tell ya that much, headaches, sick stomach etc…i am proud to be wheat free!!!! Like others have posted just try it for 2 weeks and see!!!
I can’t believe how my appetite has decreased since going off wheat-well worth the cost of throwing out the foods containing it in my cupboard. It is NOT impossible to travel or eat out with this change of diet, contrary to what the author states. It simply requires you to be conscious and aware and to make better choices. Something Americans don’t excel at!
Sorry, but wheat has no place in *my* “healthy eating plan.” I went off it entirely for a 2-week trial period and never went back. My Hashimoto’s is currently not an issue, to the point where I’m off my thyroid meds and still not gaining weight; my skin is clearer than it’s been in years; my chronic joint pain that wouldn’t respond to PT or acupuncture or strong meds is GONE. When I accidentally get “glutened,” I can feel my thyroid pressing on my throat within 20 minutes; took me a while to work out the cause. And when I eat legumes, including soy, I end up with awful digestive issues. The only dairy I consume is cultured (I make a gallon of yogurt a week mostly for the kids but I have a little as well) and unpasteurized milk from time to time (can’t get it where I live, but we can where the grandparents live. :-))
There really is very little nutrition in any grains, and the protein in legumes or in legume/grain combinations comes with far too many empty calories relative to meat or eggs. Micronutrients, vitamins, minerals – they’re all far far more abundant in vegetables than in grains or legumes, with the possible exception of iron – which can be found in leafy greens and eggs and meat anyway. When you have to “enrich” flour to make bread or cereal with any vitamin content whatsoever, you may as well avoid the grains entirely and just take a vitamin – if you still need one after meals loaded with nutrient-dense REAL food.
Thanks, but no thanks on the grains or the legumes.
Never in my entire life have I felt better, looked better or have been able to KEEP THE POUNDS OFF as I have on this Wheat Belly way of eating. I have metabolic syndrome and simply cannot take to eating high-carb foods like whole wheat anything, potatoes, processed corn products or rice. I didn’t know that in the past and suffered through constantly weight gain, bloating, acid reflux (low stomach acid wrecks havoc when eating grains), high triglycerides and low HDL. Been eating this way for almost a year and I can’t ever see why I would go back to eating grains, refined carbs and sugar.
Really !! You just don’t have clue, did you actually read the book or just find cliff notes on it. I know its hard to understand how wheat can destroy one’s eating habits but how do you explain people with cialics disease and the havoc wreaked by wheat products and processed foods. Try the diet before you state its unrealistic to follow.
I have given up wheat as well – this has also caused me to give up my steroidal asthma inhaler and my nasal allergy spray because I no longer have asthma or season allergies. It is sad that you as a healthy eating “professional” still believe in all the hype from big food corporations. Do your own research.
I lost over 30 lbs giving up wheat, gluten, whatever you want to call it, and dairy too for awhile. Eat real food not processed crap: educate yourselves. Thumbs up Dr. Davis!
Followed this plan since book came out, lost 35 pounds, GI problems gone, energy way up, husband lost 40, daughter lost 30 and stopped going to ER with her own GI issues. I don’t have to work out as hard as I did. Easy and never going back. Thanks Dr. Davis!
I have been virtually wheat -free for well over a decade. Have no problems dining out or staying wheat-free while travelling. I also have been intermittent fasting for two years. I get comprehensive blood work done annually and am as healthy as can be. I would say if this type of diet were detrimental to my healthy, surely after 10 years there would some proof in my bloodwork. As far as sweets go, once your eliminate not only wheat but carbs in general you get off the blood sugar rollercoaster. With stable blood sugar, the desire for sweets significantly decreases. There is no shortage of healthy wheat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb treats to be found on the internet. In fact, I have my own site with lots of yummy recipes. http://healthylivinghowto.com ❤ Vanessa
It’s not impossible to follow this plan when eating out! Just open your mouth and be proactive. No thank you on the bread, please skip the fries and double up on the veggies on the side. What’s so hard about that? If you’re a meely-mouthed person who can’t speak up, then yeah, you’re going to have a challenge avoiding those pastas and breads and all those carbs that make you fat.
The author of this article obviously wants to hold onto old dogma and didn’t take any time to figure this stuff out for herself. The list of “not so good” items is totally false. Our dietitians consistently get people off wheat as a first step toward better nutrition and the results are almost always impressive. Dr. Davis provided us with a great written interview which you can see here: http://www.lifetime-weightloss.com/blog/2012/1/12/life-time-weight-loss-interview-dr-william-davis-wheat-belly.html.
Toby, please do your homework. Whole grains have never been shown to be “healthy,” only healthier than highly processed grains. Going cold turkey DOES work for people, especially if they’re addicted to something. It’s very easy to follow the plan while dining out. Virtually every restaurant has gluten-free and low-carb offerings. And fasting…well, plenty of research shows it’s quite safe and beneficial.
It’s simple- try it for a week or so, and see how you feel. I noticed a difference right away. Less bloating, no more stomach upset, more energy. This is not a starvation diet, and there are other grains to choose from, so how can it be unhealthy?
I suggest you try giving up wheat before writing the nonsense you have in the selfish interest of stimulating interest in your own blog. Giving up wheat is not going cold turkey, it is liberating! And if you want to know the truth, resisting freshly baked bread is still absolute confirmation that we grow up being addicted to wheat! We are eating ourselves to death, this is probably the most realistic and achievable eating adjustment we could all make.
You are wrong on so many points. I had been following your “healthy” whole-grain included, low carb, low fat and no sugar diet, carefully tracking calories and every bite of food I ate – all to ward off the onset of Type II diabetes – for eight months. I was only 12 pounds over my ideal weight, but couldn’t lose it. I felt bloated, had problems with constipation, my joints ached, had headaches 2-3 times a week, had trouble concentrating, tired all the time. Then I got the Wheat Belly book (which I downloaded to my iPad from Amazon for only $9.99, NOT the $26 you quote in your article), and went on the diet 2 months ago. I immediately lost the extra weight and bloating, feel great, consistent high energy, no aching joints or headaches, no constipation, not hungry all the time – and no longer have to count calories. I know the grain lobby is big, and is feeling the impact of all the people who are waking up to the lie of “healthy” whole grains. And I’m willing to bet that if you follow the money, it’ll lead to the doors of a whole bunch of “nutritional experts” who benefit from judicious investments from that lobby. But that’s just speculation on my part. What I KNOW is that I feel 100% better without the wheat, so why would I listen to anybody telling me that I need to add that poison back to my diet? No thanks!
The author of this article obviously did not even read the book he pretends to critique, making wild unfounded claims (already pointed out above) and has lost ALL credibility with me. Fact: the wheat in this country is NOT the same wholesome grain it was in 1950, the enormous gluten content is wreaking havoc on not only our intestinal system, but our immune system and nervous systems, all virtually silently, leaving most of the population feeling sluggish, susceptible to ever virus around, and definitely a lower quality of life and shortened lifespan. Since going on a wheat free trial 2 years ago (after reading Peter D’Adamo’s “Eat Right for Your Type”) I had my migraines disappear, chronic fatigue melted away and so did 45 stubborn pounds. I feel younger and more alive than ever, and there is no doubt it was the wheat keeping me from losing weight, and making me feel ‘old’ sick, and tired all the time!
I grind my own wheat and make my own bread. I also eat a lot of other grains. I tried to eliminate grains and became depressed and tired. I think there are a lot of people out there who cannot tolerate grains and they didn’t know it until they tried this diet. Everyone is different. One thing I am sure of, however, the big agriculture and food processors don’t give a rat’s ass about our health. It’s money for them if we are addicted to nutritionally devoid crap that makes us sick. Processed foods are not good for anyone. I’ve given up sugar, fast food and anything processed. I’ve lost 62 pounds and feel wonderful.
The truth about Julie Jones, so called expert who is referenced above. She is clearly in the pocket of the big grain companies.
I am quite surprised by your article, and I presume you have not given the diet a try. I am a fan of Dr. Davis and have followed the Wheat Belly way of eating for jjust over a year. I feel great. I love this diet, and I do follow it without difficulty when I travel or dine out. For breakfast I have eggs and cheese, or eggs and sausage with a small amount of fruit,or sauteed spinach, or slices of tomato, coffee. For lunch I have meat or fish ( no bread ) with a salad and cooked nonstarchy vegetable.. and the same for dinner with a nice glass of red wine. I What is so hard about that? Restaurants are almost always willing to substitute. I never eat bread or potato or pasta or rice, but ask for a green vegetable instead. I don’t use sugar at all. I pack almonds if I need a snack. I lost ten pounds and my weight is good ( 122 at 5’5″), my A1C dropped into the normal range from the prediabetic range. Long standing IBS is gone, as is reflux. ( was on Nexium for 4 years… not on any drug now )… I urge you to rethink your opinion about this diet.!!
This article is a complete FAIL. Wheat Belly changed my life along with all the other people commenting on here!
My first instinct was to get angry at the author because of his very inaccurate information. But then, I actually felt sorry for him. I think it is safe to say, that at one point, many of us possibly would have believed the same as him. We have all been fed this false information of “healthy whole grains”, and unfortunately many people still blindly follow that school of thought. I challenge and encourage non-believers to do some research. Educate yourselves. Think for yourselves. It’s sad that so many doctors and nutritionists fail to read the newer research. They, too, continue to follow the old school ways and thoughts. I have yet to read Dr. Davis book, but my own research seems to concur with his thoughts and research. I have gone wheat and grain free. I feel so much better than I have in years. My fibromyalgia is essentially gone. Bloating, gone. Migraines, gone. Excess weight, steadily losing. Energy, extreme! I sleep soundly. I look forward to each day. Depression, gone. What have you got to lose? Try it for a few weeks, I think many non-believers will change their minds or at least see the light.
I quit all grains and sugars four months ago as well as all seed based oils. I am losing weight, never feel hungry, am energetic, and all of my old age aches and pains are GONE. This is an easy lifestyle to follow. I sure don’t want togo back to the miseries I used to feel.
I lost about 20 lbs in about a month when I started this, and it has STAYED off. It now amuses me to see people snacking due to cravings, and I just cruise through it. A BIG bonus, after suffering from acid reflux, and downing baking soda at night for years…IT WENT AWAY! Completely gone after about 3 to 5 days on the program. This diet was recommended by my doctor, and I would have thought it crazy except for his recommendation. This diet is the real deal! Another fringe benny – my face looks more taut, less puffy, and I think a few years younger. Not that I am superficial ore anything…
I am not sure if you read the same book that I read, but The Wheat Belly Diet book that I read has changed my life. I have lost 30+ pounds since July 2012. I couldn’t exercise because of severe arthritis in both knees and I was just tired ALL THE TIME. I travel at least 48 weeks a year. I needed something simple and available. I didn’t want to pack and haul kitchenware and a reference book. I read this book over a weekend and was able to start the diet immediately. In two weeks, the pain and stiffness of the arthritis disappeared. I now have more than enough energy to exercise everyday even after working on my feet for 10-12 hours. My doctor has taken me off of a couple of BP medications because the numbers (including cholestorol) are coming down. The best thing about this diet is I feel great! I am not aware of the fasting that you mentioned, but I do know that I don’t get hungry and am not compelled to eat a meal just because it is a certain time of day. If I am hungry, I eat, even at a restaraunt. I have been able to find the food I need everywhere. I hope you try the diet or at least reread the book. I can’t say enough good things about it.
I eat out daily …. sorry … the claim that eating out is tough, just isnt true. And should not be used as an excuse.
My husband and I have been on Wheat Belly way of eating for about a month. We have lost weight, my husband, who has had belly cramps after eating all his life, now can eat without gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Our blood work looks better, we both feel better, and we notice in the way we feel when something that has wheat in it sneaks its way into our food. Who are YOU to say it doesn’t work, when you have obviously not tried this way of living? Don’t bash something just because you have been brainwashed by Big AG to think that we need wheat in our diet. Swing and a miss, pal.
Four months ago I was living the bloated, puffy life (puffy face, bloated belly) convinced that I would never be able to find a way back to looking healthy after menopause 10 yrs ago. My Naturopath finally convinced me to TRY wheat/gluten free to regulate my thyroid and to lower my inflammation issues. (I can’t tell you how sketical I was…the author here sounds just like me a few months ago… and it’s obvious she has not tried this by her comments.) Within 2 weeks my cravings were gone; @ 2 months I felt energetic and had no inflammation. Within 4 months I had lost 26 lbs! My body shape (without exercising) has completely been transformed…I have a waist, no bloated belly and I can’t stop looking at the young girl in the mirror. I will never go back to eating or looking like that again! Registered Dieticians, please be OPEN to hearing our testimonies to help patients like me!
I am so blessed to have read these comments. And they are certainly necessary after the writer’s review of Wheat Belly. Bottom line…we can thrive quite happily eating REAL foods that our body was designed to handle. That means follow the Do’s list and avoid the Don’t’s. There is a whole lotta freedom to move around in that Do list. Just have to change your mind set and accept the amazing results 🙂
For the fun of it, let’s calculate the number of pounds lost following the Wheat Belly way JUST IN TODAY’s RESPONSES. Grain free and sugar free is *the answer* to the obesity epidemic plaguing Americans.
I, for one, am pretty ticked off at the 15+ years I’ve lost being overweight, no matter WHAT I did b/c I blindly ate my *healthy wholegrains* and ridiculously low fat diet. Ugh!
Down 26lbs, at a healthy 138lbs/5’7″, 3# short of my wedding weight AND am going through menopause. Hah!
I’m building muscle and feel like a teen again. I am NOT GOING BACK!
Following the guidelines in Wheat Belly was my first step in finally budging the last few stubborn pounds of baby weight (as well as eradicating the joint pain I developed after having my baby). I feel great following the “diet” (I don’t see it as a diet, but a way of life). There have been a couple of times I have eaten wheat since starting the “diet”, and I immediately regretted it. I felt sluggish, had brain fog, my endometriosis pain immediately flared up, and my joints ached once again. I will admit, I have tweaked the diet a bit, as I don’t like to consume artificial sweeteners like Splenda, etc. (ingredients present in some of Dr. Davis’ recipes), and I don’t eat dairy or red meat, but dropping the wheat has made a major difference in how I feel and look.
Your assessment could not be more off base. Where do I even start? First off, dining out is far from impossible. Maybe if your dining out experience consists of restaurants with a drive-thru then it may be challenging. We travel & eat out often & I am never without options & have never gone hungry because of my choice to go grain-free. Second, no one recommends going without food for weeks at a time. That’s ridiculous. Third, going cold turkey is how you have to break the tie with addictive substances- and oh yeah, wheat is addictive. Why else would people experience a withdrawal period anyway? Obviously the stuff is bad news. No one talks about going cold turkey from green beans or chicken. Fourth, throwing out all the wheat products in my pantry does not cost me anything. Now that I know better, that crap shouldn’t even be considered food in the first place. And it’s an investment in my health. Fifth, of course what is in this book is controversial. Dr. Davis is not bought off by the big agri-business or pharmaceutical companies, unlike the government & the better part of the medical community. Their research is consistently flawed & shamelessly biased. And finally, this way of eating is far from unsustainable. Thousands of us who have done it realize that going back to the way of eating that the traditional medical community & the government would prescribe would send us back to being tired, sluggish, overweight, plagued with cravings, sick & in chronic pain. Hopefully more people will read the comments section as opposed to buying into the ignorance that you have published here.
Everyone I know, who has tried the Wheat Belly program, has benefited from it.
I’ve been wheat free for 2 years. I’ve lost 90 pounds. I’ve regained my health. I will never go back.
I ate a muffin today!!!! and it was scrumptious lol but seriously the lifestyle clearly works … just hard to follow
But im going to try my best 🙂
This article is laughable its sad.
CCutting out foods that cause insulin spikes and are known to increase inflammation seems to be a no brained. I lives 40+ years as a biscuit -loving carboholic, but reading the research cited in Wheatbelly was enough to make me walk away from the biscuits. Of particular interest is the research that links the wheat protein Gliaden to migranes and depression, as this protein actually crosses the blood-brain barrier causes inflammatory damage to the brain itself. That sealed the deal for me. I have given up wheat… Off it since May, so over 5 months now. Occasionally I get MSG mono-sodium-GLUTENate slipping in, or wheat in sauces prepared by others. I always have a return of symptoms. Its so not worth it.
I agree with everyone’s comments. I finally convinced my entire family to go wheat/gluten free in January and we have all experienced at least some weight loss. But everyone can tell you about the disappearance of eczema, migraines, joint pain, acid reflux and more. We cook together, grocery shop together, started a FB page to share health information and really feel like this is the best decision we have ever made.
Our family went completely wheat free and it’s been life changing for us. Many of our long term symptoms have just disappeared. It’s amazing how much more energy we all have since we removed wheat (and all grains) from our diet. I think this person must work for the wheat companies. We eliminated all grains and have never looked back, eating a caveman diet has been life changing for us. We’ll never eat wheat again! Once you take away grains, health is returned, it’s an amazing way to live, so much energy again!
Wow, talk about old school thinking! We’ve been wheat free for almost a year now and haven’t even thought about going back. I spent almost 5 decades obese, eating the way the so called “experts” kept telling me. In less than a year I’ve dropped 65 lbs and haven’t had any cravings. I tend to eat 2 meals a day with sometimes a snack of nuts. For the first time in my life I have energy! I feel great and can keep up with my grand kids. No way would I consider ever eating wheat again. As for the rest of the so called issues of this lifestyle the author claims, they are plain and simply false. Thanks Dr. Davis for your hard work and research! You’ve made a huge difference in my life! Kim
I eliminated wheat from my diet in June this year, even before I read the book. I was in so much pain and the IBS was so bad I had nothing to lose. Within 2 days of changing my diet the IBS was gone (and has never come back) as well as my arthritic pain in my knees, hips and back. The edema in my arm which has had the lymph nodes removed has disappeared completely, and therefore the neuropathic pain as well. Nothing will tempt me to eat wheat again……. ever!
You are crazy or you will be – just keep eating wheat! Wheat is not good for you nor are junk carbs. I lost 73 pounds previously doing low carb and gained them back quickly eating wheat. I also experienced all over pain, swelling, inflammation, mood problems, foggy brain and severe sleep apnea. I went off wheat and started feeling better immediately.
I don’t skip grains because I want or need to lose weight, I eat this way because the quality of American GMO grains is sickening. I did lose some weight and my osteoarthritis pain in my hip is gone! Also more energy and no more bloating. Thanks, keep your grain!
Getting off wheat while going low carb/high fat made my cravings go away. Made 50+ ponds melt away. Made my depression go away and took my anxiety with it. My digestive issues gone. My dry skin gone. My knee pain gone. I wake up rested every morning. Just to name a few major things.
When I get “wheated” the digestive issuses and knee pain comes back. I don´t doubt I would be a fat, painridden, constantly tired, miserable, hungry and farting lady again in no time if I started eating “everything in moderation” again.
Have been wheat free since the end of April. I suspected Celiac or gluten intolerance. Dr. said no Celiac. I stuck to the “diet” and have only had two painful “stomach attacks” since. I have lost inches in my waist, I am not fatigued all the time, my stomach doesn’t hurt every time I eat, and have not had a migraine in a very long time! I started a new job at an elementary school in August and have been dreading catching the stomach virus from the little ones. I have not been sick yet, and I can only attribute that to being wheat free because I have ALWAYS caught everything that goes around. I have not completely given up sugar, but I have cut way back. Toby, you can borrow my book to ACTUALLY READ if you like.
My comment to people who say it is not good for you “is to try it.” It doesn’t cost anything to give up wheat for a month, and if you don’ feel better, or your blood sugar doesn’t go down, or you don’t lose some around your waist then don’t do it. For the first time in my life I feel in control of my eating. Every other time I have lost weight, I worried about how I was going to keep in off. Now it is not a factor. And you have to remember. You are giving up wheat, not pizza and bread. There are recipes!!.
the Wheat Belly “fad diet” changed my life. Wheat free for 8 weeks, I am off RA drugs, drugs that compromise the immune system !!!! My general practitioner is amazed and has now gone wheat free herself. Joints that were swollen, red and inflamed for two years are now back to regular size, and cool to the touch. The completely dibilitating fatigue…GONE, Brain fog…GONE, Sleepless nights…GONE! Depression….GONE….WHEAT GONE…poison to my system. The truth is in the results!!! I thank God for Dr. Davis.
I’d love to know–is this author an imbecile, a corporate whore, or both?
The comments section tells the real story. I’ve been wheat-free for a year, cooking gourmet meals and losing weight. Thank you Dr Davis.
I eliminated wheat and grain about 3 months ago. I feel much better, skin clearer, and great reduction in body aches, acid reflux, and migraines. I suspect when I cut sugar (am doing this one substance at a time!) I will be feeilng even better. I dont’ find it hard to follow at all. There are some good bread substitute recipes (I really like the flax seed wrap!) and I honestly don’t miss wheat. I have had a couple of ‘cheats’ (birthday cake on my birthday) and boy did I pay! It is very self-reinforcing to cut out wheat when you realize how good you feel. I agree with those who say, ‘try it’ – see for yourself!
CONFLICT OF INTEREST ALERT: The author of the “in-depth analysis” that refutes Wheat Belly, Dr. Julie Jones, is a paid consultant of processed food manufacturers. In contrast, Dr. Davis is a cardiologist who actually treats sick patients. Consider the sources.
What a terrible review of the Wheat Belly program. First of all, it’s about being healthy; the weight loss is a bonus. My pre-diabetes is gone. My blood pressure is lower. My aches and pains don’t exist. I sleep well and I feel good. And ALL I did was give up wheat; I haven’t even given up sugar yet. I’ve lost about 10 pounds and 3 inches off my belly. My Mom gave up wheat for 2 weeks and has already reduced the amount of insulin she injects. It’s the easiest thing in the world. Really, know what your talking about before posting such an uninformed review.
I have been wheatless for 10 weeks – I am never hungry between meals, have lost 10% of my body weight, and the pain I have had in my ffingers or hips for years is gone. II am actually eating much more variety of food noww- trying new things from the great recipes on the wheatbellyblog website that I never would have tried before.
Can’t wait until the cookbook comes on December 24!
Have you heard of the Paleo diet that is growing in popularity with people who have sensitivity to wheat/gluten and usually dairy sensitivity as well? This diet is very similar to Paleo. I’m wondering how all of these people find their diet to be impossible to follow. Yes, it takes some planning and thought, but I think that’s what many people are missing in their lives today…planning and thought. Hence, they go to the drive-thru or grab processed foods and they gain weight. “Healthy whole grains,” may have been a reality before the were genetically modified, but they are not healthy anymore. Maybe you should try the diet for 30 days, keep a daily diary of how you feel…then let us read that review. I dare ya.
I completely disagree with this article. I’ve tried several diets over the past couple years and couldn’t lose a pound. In 2 months on this program I’ve lost 8 pounds, I’m never hungry, and I’ve lost my cravings…. also, my skin has cleared up and i have more energy.
i had been in constant pain for two weeks so decided i was going to get my juicer out and get healthy, started carrot celery and apple thinking this might help and then read the doctor’s article on wheat the perfect toxic poison and it all clicked and i immediately stopped all wheat (and most processed things because you don’t know what all is in them. i wasn’t exceptionall about giving up the carbs still ate corn tortillas or rice but the pain disappearred and i have started telling everyone about that and the other benefits: i wake up and i’m awake regardless if i had coffee the previous morning or not, the insides of my ears don’t itch, i feel less pouffy, have more energy, less stuffy headed for no reason (meaning absent a cold or flu), better mood. less painful period, loss of 5 pounds in a bit over two weeks. so you tell me if it seems worth it to give it a try???
After being wheat free for 4 months, I have lost 26 lbs, feel so much better, LOOK so much better and I have no desire to snack anymore…I actually look forward to trying new ways to prepare food withour flour..or bread or cereals!! I can now fit into so many old clothers that I have kept, just hoping I could some day fit into!! Eating wheat is such a very small part of our lives, really…there are so many other wonderful foods to try, but I was addicted to that nasty carb and I only thought of eating it when I got cravings..like every hour or so..it may sound strange but when you try it for at least 1 month, you will be convinced that you don’t miss it at all!
My A1c went from 9.9 to 5.3. I have lost 42 pounds. No diabetes meds. Eating out is easy! Feel wonderful and lots of energy. No cravings and smaller amounts of food satisfying. If you fast it is because you aren’t hungry. It does not encourage weeks of fasting. I am a nurse and very happy that I have found the way out of so called “healthy whole grains” that I believe were killing me.
When I was eating wheat I was HUNGRY ALL THE TIME! I ate almost non stop. And as fast as it went in, it came out. I just chocked it up to a fast metabolism. Little did I know that this was my body’s way of purging this poison out of my system. Now 2 years since being diagnosed with Celiac disease, I’m pretty much grain free. And now I have problems losing weight due to possible hormone disruption, damage that was done by a lifetime of eating wheat. Whole wheat was a lot worse for me due to the extra gluten protein it contains. I didn’t have any problems until I started consuming “lots of healthy whole grains” as per the USDA food pyramid. I can’t stand it when I see/hear people say that going grain free is unhealthy. I suggest doing a little research before making these claims. And although I don’t go out to eat often, eating out and traveling is NOT impossible. I just have to be extra careful than most because having Celiac I can’t consume ANY gluten whatsoever.
Removing wheat from your diet can lead to significant and terrible side effects. I’ve been off wheat for around four months and “suffered” from an increase in nergy, significant reduction in visceral body fat, and better mental focus, just to mention a few. Why in the world would anyone else remove wheat from their diet?
Well, its the season of fact checking so here goes!
Well, it’s the season of fact checking so here goes!
You refer to this book as being promoted on the “popular diet book” table. Isn’t The Wheat Belly a popular diet book, albeit so much more?
“it’s no longer called a “beer belly” but rather “wheat belly”” – What is most all beer made from again?
“starchy veggies, whole grains, legumes, dried fruit, corn starch and corn meal” – Most all healthy eating plans limit or cut out high carb, high starch, high sugar, high corn foods. Why is this bad?
Three meals a day are encouraged without any snacks. Isn’t this what we’ve done for years? Though you say his previous paragraphs are wrong, you don’t say why or give better examples.
“Veggies (except potatoes and corn)” – um… corn isn’t a vegetable, it’s a grain…
“Fasting, defined as drinking water only, is highly recommended for several days or even weeks at a time.” – Fasting is recommended for limited timeframes if you plateau.
“with its grotesque weight loss transformation of bikini-clad women” Which is more grotesque, a red wagon with 30lbs of visceral fat in it or a computer generated cartoon of a woman in weight loss transition. I take it you don’t go to a beach very often as many people there are in the heavier stages of “grotesque-ness”
“Other costs associated with the diet include the money lost when you toss all your wheat products” – we gave ours away and it would be easy to take those products to a food bank. The $26 I spent was well worth the $800 I’ll save this year on meds.
“the notion of completely eliminating any sweets or processed goods FOREVER.” – How is this a bat thing?
“Many healthy foods are eliminated or significantly decreased including whole grains, fruits, and legumes (beans, peas and lentils).” So, your argument is that not eating something is bad for you.
“variety is also limited or eliminated from the diet.” – Typically, I ate pasta, pizza and breads before I cut wheat. Now I eat many more foods than I ever ate. This is not usually considered limiting variety.
“It is virtually impossible to follow this plan while traveling or dining out.” – patently untrue. Also, eating out is about 4x the cost of the food. People who complain about healthy food being too expensive shouldn’t eat out either.
“Going cold turkey isn’t an effective way to teach someone good habits. Many folks will stop this diet just as quickly as they started it.” – Tell that to the guy who quit smoking or who was told after a heart attack to change his lifestyle.
“This diet is just plain unrealistic and unhealthy. Every food (even wheat) can have a place in your healthy eating plan.” – Every food cannot be a part of a healthy eating plan. That just sounds ridiculous. Twinkies, Stuffed crust meat lovers pizza, double stuffed Oreos are not a part of any healthy eating plan. Those things are typically listed under the “exceptions” category.
“Have you tried the Wheat Belly Diet? Why yes, I have! Thank you for asking! Although I’ve lost 15 pounds, I’ve seen greater results in other areas. I’m saving money on allergy pills, ADD and anxiety pills, aspirin and sleeping pills. My asthma is better and my skin is more clear and itches less. I have less reflux and my digestion is much better than before. I also eat about half of what I did before so I’m spending a little more on good food and less overall.
If not eating something helps with all of these things, then it’s worth it. It’s also helped the rest of our family of five.
You are incorrect….I have lost 15 lbs. in 2 months, and the best is, I no longer have IBS. I feel better than I have in years! You really need to do more research on this. Wheat today is not what it used to be!
I’m new to the Wheat Belly way of life (5 weeks) I have gotten rid of all grains, and I have never eaten any prepacked gluten free garbage. The biggest eye opener to me was how wheat is added/hidden in virtually everything these days. So I stick to one ingredient whole foods and I have not felt this well in decades! As a child of the 60’s I was fortunate to have grandparents close where we would get fresh cream, hand churned butter, raspberries and blackberries picked fresh, acres of gardens of fresh veggies not to mention the meat that was unadulterated. So now I practically feel ashamed that I like scores of the population has been fooled with the healthy whole grains low fat nonsense and virtually led to the slaughter by Big Business to the point where we are killing ourselves and our children with this crap! We need to go back to our roots and eat local, fresh food. You madam are only adding to the problem in this country, why not turn around and be a part of the solution? Oh that’s right you work for them! Silly me. You and your ilk are on the way out though as more and more people get informed and take charge of their own health and well being. After 5 weeks of no grains I have lost weight and no more IBS, I have energy and feel focused. I no longer feel hopeless. I will never go back to wheat. Thank you Dr Davis for being a part of the solution to the epidemic in this country!
Unfortunately, there will be many folks who will read this unsubstantiated drivel and believe every word without doing their own homework and reading Wheat Belly and following Dr. Davis’ blog in which real people describe their own experiences of healing.
I’m almost one year wheat and grain free and feel wonderful for my 63 years. My acid reflux disappeared within days of eliminating wheat and I will NEVER go back to eating it. It’s too bad that so many processed foods contain wheat; so, instead of spending hours in the grocery trying to read every label, I just shop the perimeter of the store and find all the wonderful vegetables and proteins and have found so much variety there I don’t need anything packaged with crap ingredients. Oh yes, I also dropped 20+ pounds with no effort.
I have not even read this book, but for three years I have been choosing to eat a very similar dietary profile. Lost and kept off 30 lbs., eliminated hot flashes, severe joint pain, and frequent headaches. My HDL is above 90 and my triglycerides below 30 amd my blood pressure runs about 110 over 65. I eat out frequently and know how to order foods I enjoy and meet my dietary needs. I never have food craving or overeat and I LOVE the taste of the foods I do eat. At 55 I am more healthy and active than I have been in 20 years. Eliminating most grains and sugar and increasing the amount of natural fats in my diet has been the best life change I have ever made!
I gave up wheat in may of 2011 and since then have lost 40 pounds. Keeping it off has been effortless. I no longer have GERD and my arthritis is gone too. The author of this article complains that this is a one-phase plan where you never get to reintoduce the foods you gave up. I ask, “why would I want to regain 40 pounds, suffer joint pain and heartburn every day, and go back to feeling old and tired?” I love being wheat free.
Why would this diet be unhealthy? What if you have celiacs disease and can’t eat wheat?
We have been grain free for over a year since reading Wheatbelly. Easiest life change we have ever made and as for. It being able to follow this plan while travelling we spent one month in Italy and cruising and it was easy to stay wheat free. We even lost more weight while away!! Try that on a standard diet.
Every health marker we have had done is vastly improved since going wheat free.
“Fasting, defined as drinking water only, is highly recommended for several days or even weeks at a time.”
I challenge Ms. Amidor to cite chapter and verse—literally the page—from the book that she has apparently not read to substantiate this claim. But of course she won’t because she can’t. It is misrepresentation of the worst kind—whether wilful ignorance, just plain ignorance, sloppiness, laziness or wishful thinking—it is unforgiveable and irresponsible intellectual and academic dishonesty from someone with a podium who should be more diligent. But it’s the type of bunk and guff we’ve come to expect from the “dietitian” and “nutritionist” crowd who can recite their ideological book learnin’ by rote in support of conventional wisdom, agribusiness and Big Pharma.
Wheat Belly has saved my health. Went completely wheat free 2 weeks ago and already lost 7lbs. The bloating is gone, the acid reflux is gone, the pain in my belly is gone, my energy level is REDICULOUS, I eat less food because my body doesn’t seem to need it. I don’t have hypoglycemic like crashes anymore. I never feel like I need a nap in the afternoon now.I love not worrying about eating low fat foods. The proof is in the pudding for any of you skeptics……try it, it’s a cheap experiment. And it’s easy to find things on any menu that you can eat. Just about every restaurant sells salads, veggies, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, even most fast food restaurants do…….I will never knowingly put that ‘thing’ they call wheat in my body again and I don’t mind one bit 🙂
Dumb comments from Foodnetwork – bashing diets that work and calling art “grotesque” after some of the shows you have on indicates some lack of intelligence!
Likely funded by the misinformed “big food” … this works, it’s about cutting out the mutated wheat being foisted on us… beyond that, do what you want with the “diet.”
I am wheat-free and I travel all the time-no problem. This is not a diet-this is a lifestyle.
I also have given up wheat for about two months…no more aches in my fingers or lower back….so easy to eat this way! Recommend the book DANGEROUS GRAINS written by another physician who takes even a harder and more grim look at wheat than Dr. Davis . No more heartburn, either! The writer of the above article is ridiculous. My husband is a cardiovascular surgeon and he also has been without wheat for two months. In the first 10 days he lost 7 pounds in his stomach! And it is still gone…he is reading the book Dangerous Grains, and finds it all very fascinating.Way to go, Dr. Davis!
Read the book in February. Went grain and sugar free (didn’t just stop eating wheat but also oats, rice and corn). Husband and I are in our early 60’s and have never felt better, stronger, more emotionally stable or more energetic in our entire lives. Between us we’ve lost 95 lbs in less than 1 year. Dr. Davis’ book was the catalyst for us to do a lot more research into low carb nutrition. It’s been super easy for us because the motivation of feeling so much better so quickly resulted in the conviction that this was a lifelong change for us. Prediabetes also gone for me, chronic joint and back pain gone, skin conditions completely cleared up. I say ‘Give it a sincere effort for 30 days. What have you got to lose?” It isn’t something that will work for you by just cutting back the amount of grains/wheat. You do have to go ‘cold turkey’ if you want to enjoy the benefits.
What a terrible, poorly researched article.
Did you actually speak to anyone who was doing the Wheat Belly program?
My whole family has been doing it for 6 months now.
It’s not a diet, it’s a way of life that has changed all our health for the better.
I just had bloods done and my DR was astounded. She stated she’d never seen better blood results 🙂
Also, where on earth did you get the idea that fasting was recommended?
Again, just proves how bad your research was.
Sad thing is someone might listen to you and not read Wheat Belly 😦
Their continuing poor health is on your hands.
Wonderful book, wonderful way to eat! No more diabetes, no more painful legs, no more allergies. I’m loving life — finally plus I have lost 40 lbs without even trying!!!!
The REAL bottom line: your “bottom line” advice is dangerous and unhealthy! This is not a fad diet. Read the book, follow up with checking even some of the references before making such a stupid statement. Not ALL foods are healthy, and for some people, certain “foods” are like poison. Wheat and most grains, for that matter, are not healthy – contrary to conventional advice – because they contain high levels of lectins which prevent human digestive systems from absorbing micro-nutrients.
I’m a lifetimer with weight watchers, my thyroid was destroyed from ‘hashimotis , I’ve lost 10 lbs in the first 6 weeks and never felt better! My husband has lost 15 lbs and never felt better. It works! I haven’t been this weight since 2008. I’m in sales and it’s not that hard to adhere too- granted easier if you don’t have to entertain; but it can be done. You just need to make smart choices!
Yes, every poison can have a place in your eating plan…but it won’t be healthy!
I am following the recommendations of wheat belly. I am not loosing weight because I do not want to or need to. I just feel great, sleep great, have more energy and am mentally healthier. No wheat for me again. I feel so great I can’t imagine going back.
Potatoes & corn are not veggies
Only healthy oils, I.e. coconut oil, olive oil, etc…do your homework
The pounds do come off for most.
I bought my book for under $20.
We have had many successful trips and dining out experiences since adopting this lifestyle (it is not a diet!)
“Many folks will stop this diet just as quickly as they started it.” Most people do not stop it because you no longer even want these foods, you certainly do not crave them, and you eat so many delicious foods instead!
Thanks all for your comments and recommendations. I have been low carb for EVER but have not completely given up wheat and breads, pasta, etc. I don’t really gain weight but I don’t lose that extra 15 either. I believe you guys are 100% right! I’m in!! I will give it a try.
I gave up wheat on January 1st, 2012. I lost 32 pounds in 4 months with absolutely no exercise. I make homemade breads, cookies, muffins and pancakes with almond flour and lots of eat eggs, meats, cheese, veggies and small amounts of fruit. My husband has also been wheat free by default (since I’m the cook in the house!) and recently went for his annual physical. A year ago his doctor told him he needed to worry about his cholesterol levels. This year the doctor said, “Whatever you’re doing, keep it up. Your blood work is perfect.”
So, it’s not hard to do, it’s good for your body, you lose weight and feel better. What part of that is wrong?
It’s working great for me no more bloating and I feel great.
I have been wheat free for 5 days (and free of all grains and sugars for 3 days) after reading the Wheat Belly article in First Magazine, then downloading the book. So far I have lost my cravings (I used to be starving an hour after eating a meal, and always looking for something to munch on), and I noticed that the arthritis pain in my left hand that I have had for years is gone today. I am also down 2 pounds. I am looking forward to experiencing the benefits seen by others such as improved energy and clearer skin.
Obestity is a fairly recent epidemic. My grandmothers had no difficulty maintaining a healthy body weight. Fifty years ago, nutritional information was not transparent nor were there gyms around every corner. Yet people were at normal body weights. Now, we have all the nutritional information available at our fingertips and gyms are around every corner. Despite this, obesity is on the rise. Why? Wheat has changed thanks to the “magic” of genetic modification. We’re eating Frankenfoods and that’s why were sicker and fatter than the generations before us. I gave up wheat in April. I’m down 40 pounds, my allergy symptoms have improved significantly and I no longer have pain in my knees or back. I no longer have cravings for any particular food. In fact, I do not enjoy eating unless I am genuinely physically hungry. I have struggled with weight my entire life and am experiencing control for the first time in 38 years. Don’t buy into what the heavily subsidized wheat industry has been feeding you – whole grains are not healthy!
Man, you are absolutely clueless. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to wheat and gluten. Hope you get a clue one of these days. Never felt better in my life since giving it up and haven’t looked back. Not a diet. It’s a life. Period .
I had been following a vegan diet for a year and a half. I had lost weight and I felt great. In February of this year I read Wheat Belly (nutrition is my passion/hobby). I decided that I would try eliminating wheat only. I am still Vegan and occassionally replace wheat with things like chick pea flour (ie. chick pea flour based pizza) but mostly I just don’t have anything resembling wheat ie. gluten free products ERK! I have to say, It thought I looked okay but when I dropped the weight I dropped the weight. I had been running nearly every day and there was never any change in my weight. As soon as the wheat was eliminated, the weight just fell off. I’m not running any more because I don’t need to. I’m doing shorter, weight based exercises and still maintian my weight UNDER what I’ve only ever dreamed of being.
I have what I like to call ‘wiggle room’. Anyway, the other side effect of eliminating wheat is that a cronic rash I had on my elbows (when I read about this rash in the Wheat Belly book I had an aha moment) disappeared. I didn’t even know it had a name. I don’t eat meat or dairy as I believe we don’t need to eat animals to function and in fact, it is making us sick and now I am convinced that wheat is doing exactly that as well. I’m 44 and my blood pressure is 99/71. My pH levels are very alkaline and I’m in the best health I’ve EVER been. Please don’t disccount something that has worked for so many people until you try it yourself. Do it for a few weeks and see what happens. If you drop wheat for 2 weeks the only thing that will happen is either nothing or you’ll get healthy. That’s worth a try i’d reckon.
We eliminated wheat March 1, and went totally low carb about a month later. I have lost about 30 pounds, my migraines disappeared, ditto the reflux, and my blood pressure normalized all by itself. I feel better, sleep better, breathe better, have more energy, and love my new life. Another thing we just seem to appreciate food more, and eat a lot! If I get the smallest dose of wheat inadvertently, I get sick immediately. It is definitely poison.
Page 199 of the Wheat Belly book has a sidebar that discusses fasting. Dr. Davis included that there as an example of the benefits of being wheat free – once you are wheat free you no longer have the cyclic hunger. The sidebar does not read to me as his endorsing fasting, just a note explaining that fasting is not dangerous. The way Ms. Amidor quotes that line from the sidebar, either she did not understand that Dr. Davis was not including fasting as a required part of following his suggestions, or she is just trying to be inflammatory. Maybe she has Wheat Brain.
I think Ms. Amidor’s review of this diet is preposterous. But then, she has only the traditional education all registered dietitians receive: grains good, fat bad.
Toby, shame on you for your ignorant statements….are they ignorant or are you so involved in the money side of the poisonous grain industry that you have no conscience and can lead people to genetically modified Frankenstein-wheat that has never been tested for human consumption, like feeding pigs at the trough…!!! For shame…!!! For only one example, does Monsanto ring a bell? How do you sleep well at night? God bless Dr William Davis for his work and for being able to disseminate his knowledge to the masses..!! The general public is certainly getting smarter and healthier with the truth exposed..!!
We gave up wheat and grains 8 months ago. Have no intention of ever going back! Heartburn – gone. Aches and pains – gone. Headaches – gone. Hubby’s sleep apnea – gone. Blood pressure – normal. Moods – normal. Best decision we ever made. This is the healthiest I have ever eaten in my life. Food tastes like it is supposed to, not covered up with a bunch of unhealthy processed stuff and sugars! I suggest the author of this review read the book and give it a try for a month, then lets see what is written.
I’ve been grain-free for 8 months now, lowered my blood pressure significantly and, once I quit eating grains, I quit craving carbs all day. (which delightfully translates to 15 less pounds!)
One of the biggest changes for me with this way of eating (no refined foods, healthy fats, etc) was not using Food Network as my major recipe source anymore.
Losing 84 pounds, 5 jeans sizes, all joint pain, all medications gone, exercising 5 days a week (mostly swimming with some free weights) all cravings and nagging hunger, better skin, hair teeth. Since changing my lifestyle I can even count the number of ibuprofen on one hand. No more headaches!!!! All this and more since January 30th. Sounds like I got my life back. Just turned 43 and feel better than I did in my early 20’s. . Wheat/grains/gluten has NO place in anyones diet!
Probably the most important thing since removing wheat and grains is that I am no longer addicted to food. I suffered for years with my “eating disorder” only to discover I just needed to quit wheat. I have lost 33 pounds, but even if I never lost a pound the fact that I am no longer obsessed with food makes it all worth it!
Most of what I think and feel has already been said by my fellow wheat belly converts, so what I will add is this: IF the information in Wheat Belly is true, we are nothing more than a fat society of lab rats from an experiment with wheat that has gone wrong. This fat lab rat is sick of this game and I choose to get off this merry-go-round. If you want to stay on it, go ahead and keep eating wheat, but, I think one day you will realize that wheat is a poison to your body too.
Loving the wheat belly revitalization in my life for 2 months now and don’t “miss it” at all.
I bought my wife a fancy mixer for Christmas. We set about baking lots of bread and pastries. Within a week I had a bottle of Tums in every room in the house. Every joint hurt when I’d wake up in the morning.
Realized the major change in diet was all the bread I was eating, so I googled and found Wheat Belly.
We both gave up wheat right away. My wife, who had to take a Prilosec every morning for years, *immediately* within 1 day got off them and has not needed one since. I’ve lost 25 lbs, joint pain gone, and I haven’t had to take a Tums *once* since Jan 5.
You should actually try the diet and then maybe you would at least have a little credibility!
I have cut wheat as well as all other grains, sugar, soy, beans, dairy except allowed cheeses and have not lost one pound nor one inch. Have been on this plan for 2 months. I do have a significant decrease in pain and emotional issues like fear, anxiety, OCD, and I feel all-around better. Am not hungry nor do I have blood sugar drops like I used to, but still no weight loss. I even have cut out blended spices and onion and garlic powder as I understand they can have gluten in them to make them pour more easily. I have also replaced my vitamins with EVERYTHING-free but the vitamin part.
Would be interested in any responses to this.
Dropping out wheat worked for me too. I have had lung issues (tightness and congestion) so I started a no sugar diet about 6 months ago.(basically a candida diet) Worked great and I lost about 30 pounds but I still had some lung congestion on occasion. I read Wheat Belly and figured I would drop out Wheat as an experiment. My lung issues are gone. They were evidently being caused by the small amount of wheat that I was still eating, wraps and such on occasion. Anyone who is suffering from one of the health issues discussed in the book owes it to themself to do their own test and ignore the naysayers.
3 months, lost 17 pounds, 4 inches off waist. Haven’t been hungry. Did have to change some eating habits. Never felt better, knees don’t hurt anymore. All I can say is don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.
How simplistic your approach is! I am one of the proofs how healthy this way of eating is. Lost 9 pounds in two weeks, no sleep problem anymore, no more cravings right after meals. No foggy thinking and afternoon tiredness as well. I am very thankful to Dr Davis. Wheat is enemy!
This article is just ridiculous and I’m glad it was not the basis for my decision of whether or not to give Wheat Belly a try. Well I did that June 4, 2012. Since that date I have lost 30 pounds, but even more important than that I have lost a lot of inflammation, inches, joint and muscle aches, and 2 blood pressure medications. I have no problem sticking with this WOE. Yes, the withdrawal during the first week was harsh, but that just proves to me how addictive wheat is and how glad I am to be rid of this toxin.
Under Ms. Amidor’s “Not-So-Good” claims:
“Many statements made by the author can be refuted or are controversial as seen in this in-depth analysis written by Dr. Julie Jones.”
– Really? Check out “Dr.” Jones. She’s a paid shill for the grains industry. Not surprising she’s in favor of grains. Follow the money. Oh, and she’s also a paid shill for the raisin industry. Follow the money.
“It is virtually impossible to follow this plan while traveling or dining out.”
– Absolute nonsense. Easy to follow. I’ve been doing it for months.
“Many folks will stop this diet just as quickly as they started it.”
– Hogwash. Anyone who starts this new way of eating (it’s not a diet or temporary fad) even for a few days will never go back.
“Fasting for prolonged periods of time is unhealthy and unsafe.”
– Who said you have to do that? Certainly not Dr. Davis in Wheat Belly.
All Toby Amidor has done with this specious bit of nonsense is lower her own professional reputation. Who’s paying you Ms. Amidor?
I’ve been following Wheat Belly way of eating for 3 months and have lost 22 pounds. For the first time in my life, I am satisfied with what I eat, no longer feel deprived and don’t dwell on what I wish I could eat. But most importantly, I feel so energized! The heel pain that had kept me from walking or even standing for any length of time disappeared after 2 weeks. I now stand all day, walk, and hike all I want to with no pain. Also knee pain, hemorrhoid pain, brain fog and a year long post nasal drip are gone! Wheat is a toxic poison that no one should consume. I challenge anyone who cares about their health to read wheatbellyblog.com and the book Wheat Belly, and try it! Then prepare to be amazed!
I agree with a lot of these comments. I am also wheat free and even started a blog to document my changes and my research where I took it even further … Completely staying away from GMO, processed and other non organic foods. So much information I have collected I even added a video page full of videos.
What I am saying gather and read information and then decide how you choose to make your lifestyle changes that work for you. Because this is not a diet it is a lifestyle geared to promoting health.
Check out the info here http://lightingupthegarden.wordpress.com/
About 35-38 lbs lost for me it will be 4 months on Nov. 2…..without adding any additional exercise. The biggest change is my outlook on food. I now never overheat nor eat just cuz I am bored or “want” a certain food. I actually wait until I have the sensation of hunger. I’m never going back to wheat or the other stuff! Thanks wheat belly!
Yes I have tried it. I’ve lost 20kgs in under 6 months. My asthma and eczema have vanished too. Its a very realistic diet and I will be doing it for the rest of my live happily.
Just because you cannot imagine your life without bread, pasta and prepackaged foods (yes, a LOT of them have wheat/gluten in them), doesn’t mean you should look down your nose at a diet like this. There’s a LOT of sound evidence in Dr Davies’ book… read that part, not just the “diet” part and make an informed decision as to whether you could live your life without this highly toxic grain. I
I follow this plan and recently went off it.recently for my holidays. oh my what conseqences! My belly is back to being swollen I am hungry all the time. Going back to it and never going off again! Please try it.. give yourself one month and see what happens.. if it is not life changing then go back to the old way of eating!!
I have been wheat-free for three months now. The bottom line for me is that this is something I can live with and I have not felt this good since I was in my 30’s (I’m a man in my 50’s). It IS realistic AND healthy.
I had lost about 25 pounds to old way prior to learning about “Wheat Belly”, and dropped about 15 pounds since then very easily.
In addition, I find myself wanting to make healthy choices. It’s a mindset I can live with. I knew I could not continue to be overweight as I got older, and this plan came along at the right time for me.
We eliminated wheat (and dairy) almost 2 years ago to see if it would help the two children we adopted who had impaired immune systems and multiple health problems from prenatal exposure to alcohol and other toxins. Our family took an “all for one and one for all” approach and did this together and I couldn’t be more grateful! We not only helped our children, we helped ourselves! Our two children are off a combined 4 medications and we are working on eliminating our fifth! (One medication for asthma, one for acid reflux, one for chronic constipation, one psychiatric medication and the fifth is also a psychiatric medication.) Life with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) is beyond challenging and we had years of violent raging, mood swings, illness, etc….but our kids are doing better than ever now! As for myself, my skin rash, chronic aches from an arthritic hip, and vertigo were gone within a few weeks! I had no idea any of these things were connected to wheat and didn’t read Wheat Belly until almost a year in to our eating plan. We did this as a 3 month desperate experiment that I expected to fail, but two years in we do not ever plan to go back to the way we used to eat.
Hm, hard to see how this so called review and supportive “in depth” article could have got it so wrong, other than that both authors are paid by the processed food industry.
Just look at the responses. Read the book, follow the blog, read all about Paleo diets in general. I am totally convinced its the way forward.
hey, maybe the foodnetwork had toby write this article to see how much interest there would be in a couple new shows on gluten-free cooking!!! (if not, then they should consider producing a couple with all these wonderful pro-gluten free responses!)
Wow. I think it’s safe to say that Ms. Amidor’s piece didn’t go over too well!
You can see that the firestorm she started is consequent to the extravagant results people are experiencing in both weight loss and health turnarounds.
I am the author of the book in question, Wheat Belly. I would welcome a chance to debate Ms. Amidor on camera: Name a time and place on any venue on Food Network, and I will be more than happy to debate Ms. Amidor or any other food “expert.”
I can be reached either via the email address I provided or on my Wheat Belly Blog.
As I was walking through our local grocery store the other day, my 12yr old son said, “Mom, what stinks?” I took a sniff and replied, “That would be fresh baked bread from the bakery.” Who would have thought that fresh baked bread would stink? My family has been wheat-free since reading Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis. I can’t tell you how much better we feel. Migraines, brain fog, heart burn, digestion issues, belly fat, all gone! Not to mention that we are not starving and thinking of our next meal. What are you willing to give up for your health?
I would advise not making broad pronouncements that you assume to be true – but are not. Like most of what you said under “not so good.” First, the “cold turkey isn’t an effective” comment…Have you ever gone to an AA meeting? How about a substance abuse treatment group? In my six years as an addictions counselor we never advised someone to “slow down.” We said “Stop – now.” Cold turkey is the way to go in dealing with addictions – and wheat (and carbs) is an addiction. And then there’s the “Virtually impossible when eating out”. I’ve been eating low carb and essentially wheat free for six years now. Tough choices in eating out? yes. Impossible? no. I eat out 2-3 times a week. It’s not impossible. I’d be dead by now if I hadn’t gone this route. Data? My A1C before was 11.6. This year it was 5.2….So stop with the truisms that you can’t back up. Open your mind to the ideas offered. Low carb / wheat free is healthy and doable.
Shame on you. You need to do a lot more research. I love being wheat free. Feel so good for it and I know of thousands who feel the same.
Have I tried it? I love it. and this article is full of SH….WHEAT!
Love my new wheat free life!
Sooooo, to follow Wheat Belly I am forced to eat tasty meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit some nuts and avoid tasteless grains and soy? How will I ever survive???? Please pass that rare steak and two big helpings of veg dripping with butter. – yum!
No wheat/sugar for me has resulted in the following: no more insomnia, no more achy knees, normal blood sugars, weight loss and most importantly…a happier and healthier me!
Virtually impossible to eat out? More rubbish! Just got back from a lovely dinner out…calabrese salad, steak with veggies and a peppermint tea.
Ouch…re-track much? Lol!!! Wheat is poison now – took it out of my body 3 years ago after almost dying from so many ailments and no doctor could figure it out. Dr. Davis’ book is SPOT ON TRUTH!
I’ve been wheat free for 5 months. Before I read the book, I went out of town one weekend, ate at an Italian restaurant (garlic rolls, pasta and lots of wine). I had the worst acid reflux that night. I used to have it regularly and always traveled with antacids but hadn’t had it for months so I didn’t even think to bring any with me. I suffered through the night and blamed it on too much wine (which I always thought was the culprit). Then a month later I read Wheat Belly and had the “Aha” moment that it was the wheat I consumed that night– not the wine! Haven’t had a single other incidence of reflux since. Plus… I’ve lost 45 pounds! Fact is, it works. I no longer crave anything. I eat out regularly and easily.
Sorry Toby! At the age of 45 I started I training for Ironman triathlons this went on for 4 years. I ate only wholesome food including wheat, I trained an average of 2 hours every weekday and 16 hours on the week end. Yes I was in great shape but NEVER lost that ring around my belly and stayed at 205 lb?? Read Wheat Belly and said to myself this sounds logical and gave up wheat. Currently I’m more of a recreationally athlete now but guess what belly ring gone, 195 lb and I feel great after the first month. Please tell me why I should go back to eating wheat???
Where exactly have you gotten your information? Perhaps from “pro-wheat” sources? Add me to the growing list of people who find the Wheat Belly way transformational and freeing. I have battled health and weight issues for 25 years, no matter how healthy I kept my diet and exercise regime I never improved. This past February I discovered that my 25 year health condition was in fact an autoimmune disease and to that particular disease I had acquired worsening roseacea (another autoimmune disease), early stages of fibromyalgia as well as a long list of allergies that continued to grow. ALL related to my immune system.
The recommended course of action for my initial autoimmune disease was a gluten/wheat free diet. So I began a gluten free diet and within four days my energy improved, my chronic fatigue and pain lessened. After three weeks, during which time I detoxed rather badly as the effects of wheat. One month into a gluten free diet and all of my allergy symptoms were gone, all joint pain, fatigue and digestive issues were gone. My health is the best it has ever been, my blood sugar and cholesterol levels are healthy again and the only thing I have removed from my diet is wheat. So your opinion of this diet being unrealistic and unhealthy is inaccurate. What is unhealthy is the food that is sold to us in the USA, food so frankensteined and filled with poisons and toxins that it is extremely challenging to eat healthy. I am thankful for finding the Wheat Belly book and website because Dr Davis’ hard work saved me from twenty more years of struggle, illness and pain PLUS learning that most of the starch-filled gluten free products on the market are often just as bad for our bodies.
Eliminating wheat from my diet was the best thing I have done for my health. I have been wheat free for about a year and will NEVER go back.
Before you give such baseless opinions in the future, you may want to do a little homework.
BTW, it is not, as you claim, virtually impossible to stick to this plan while dining out. I do it about 5 times a week.
I cut back wheat two years ago. Two months ago, I began eating Paleo. I have elimintated all grains and legumes, and I feel amazing. No more migraines. No more gas and bloating, and nobody asks if I am pregnant anymore. No more stomach pain or reflux. My blood pressure is down to normal and the numbness and tingling in my fingers and toes is gone. The odd time I “cheat”, the reflux, gas, and stomach pain are almost immediate, so cheating it pretty rare. When I quit all the grains cold turkey, I did have the “carb flu” for a couple of days, but within a week, I didn’t want to go back. The side benefit of cutting out grains is that I no longer crave sugar as I did. It is impossible to eat out, if you want to eat out at fast food restaurants. Yep. That’s right: fast food has disappeared from my life, and I have no cravings for it at all. When I do eat out, it’s at a real restaurant, and it’s no problem. I am happy and healthy, and I am telling the world.
Since June 25th of this year (2012) my wife has lost her migraine headaches, her blood sugar is now normal and she’s dropped 20 pounds. I’ve lost 31 pounds, quite my acid-blockers and am in the process of dropping my Benicar, as my blood pressure has dropped. Thank you Gary Taubes and Dr. Davis.
Way to go Tony! Say bye-bye to your credibility, and your reputation.
Wheat Belly gave me my life back. Real world steps for real world results.
I travel all the time (pilot) and easily stay on program. Oh, and I have added at least 5 quality years to my life. You should just keep your mouth shut, or at least spew your nonsense about subjects you have expertise in. I am not just mindlessly following the latest diet fad. Idiot.
So the statements are being refuted by a scientific advisor for the Grains Food Foundation in a magazine called Cereal Foods World? Hardly an unbiased source. I expect better from FoodNetwork
Add one more to the list. 2 months now and I will never, ever go back. I’ve completely lost my obsession with food. It’s like being a different person, truly, and I’ve done NOTHING but remove wheat (hardcore, I don’t eat anything that has any trace of wheat in it) – still eat chocolate, ice cream, rice, potatoes. I feel normal for the first time in my life. It’s insane.
Say something!! Your silence is deafening…..
Please respond to these good, genuine people who took the time to respond to your article…
I have lost weight pretty easily on Wheat Belley” and the main problem with staying on the wheat free way of eating is the stupid pressure to eat “heart healthy grains” which are “essential to your health”. Let me call it the “Nutritionists Mantra”.
I consider this as a subset of “Carbohydrate Overzealosity”. This is similar to the idea that carbohydrates are essential to health and should be a basic part of the USDA (Department of AGRICULTURE) diet.
I can’t say that I’ve “tried the Wheat Belly Diet,” but I have read the book and it confirms my own experience on a similar lifestyle plan (don’t call it a diet) where I have eaten the foods recommended on “Wheat Belly” and eliminated all carbs except for leafy green veggies for nearly 14 years.
I actually look sort of like the bikini-clad model in the final stage of “Wheat Belly.” And I will be 60 in March, Eat your heart out.
But, of more importance, is my spectacular health – no meds, never see a doctor, go all day without eating (after a breakfast of egg yolks and bacon) with energy to spare, biked over 3000 miles this past summer, and all that with a terrible family history of diabetes and heart disease. The health benefits of following Dr. Davis’s recommendations are beyond belief. Try it.
First of all….it is not a diet! Doesn’t feel like a diet! Not starving, not deprived. I didn’t even know about the fasting recommendation. I’ll have to back and research through the book. All the positive comments I have read on this site I agree with. It is wonderful! I love it! I will say I had to go back and look at the credentials of the author of this wheat belly bashing. Try it before you tear it down. We all can’t be wrong. So much healthy success. Weight loss is just the perk, the health benefits are the real goal. And they are real. I am going on 5 months wheat/grain/sugar/starch free and have never been happier. And will NEVER go back. It’s not your fault…none of us knew before Dr. Davis enlightened us.
Hmmm… Losing 25 pounds over 2 months, the dissapeance of a 10 year rash, better feeling overall, better stamina, good eating while out, what was being said again?
I wonder what the comments are for the paleo folks? That diet is more extreme than wheat belly.
At this point, I’m just stating what’s already been said here in all the amazing comments. But I just can’t help but share my experiences, too. I went wheat-free just over a year ago. Before I read Dr. Davis’ book, I happened to stumble upon my own results. I started a diet that was grain-free and lost 15 lbs. in less than 3 weeks. Then I heard about Wheat Belly and quickly bought the book and read it cover to cover. I put my recent findings and the book together and was simply amazed. I had finally figured out what was wrong. I had pain in my legs that no doctor could explain. I had been on acid reflux meds for 3 years and it had recently stopped being effective. I felt puffy, bloated and fatigued all the time. As soon as I eliminated wheat from my diet, all of that went away. I continued to stay off the wheat and eventually all of my symptoms disappeared completely and I began to feel better than I had in more than 10 years. I eventually had to also give up dairy due to casein intolerance as well, but getting off of wheat and dairy has been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. My blood glucose levels are normal. My blood pressure is normal. And in spite of being diagnosed with high cholesterol in my younger days due to poor genetics, my cholesterol levels are awesome! I don’t focus on food all the time. I’m not constantly hungry or craving breads and pastries. I’m healthy and I feel amazing! And I’ve eliminated all the meds I was on except allergy meds. There’s no way I would EVER eat wheat again. I’ll stick to the healthier grains (organic brown rice, quinoa, organic oatmeal) in small amounts and focus on my organic produce, thank you very much!
I love you Food Network but you are dead wrong on this one. My story is typical. I started going gluten free this summer and the weight is falling off. I haven’t really been exercising and I am NEVER hungry. I’ve only been doing this since the end of August and feel better than I have in 30 years. I eat lots of nuts, cheese, fruit and veg and meat — as much as I want and just drive right past all those bakeries where I used to get a whole grain bagel or croissant for breakfast. I feel clearer headed, I have more energy, my allergies and asthma have let up, joint pain is diminished, I sleep better and feel healthier. And this is only a partial list of the symptoms that have lessened or disappeared completely since I gave up wheat. I have no cravings for bread or wheat products because I feel so good NOT eating them. Who wants to go back to feeling tired, breathless, achy, old, hungry, and muzzy headed all the time? Sorry guys, the idea that we somehow NEED wheat and grain products is preposterous. I eat a delicious gluten free cereal made of nuts and seeds and dried fruit for breakfast. It is ridiculously delicious. Who needs toast or cold cereal? My friends are trying it and they are experiencing similar benefits. I dare you to try going totally gluten free for a month. You don’t even have to do everything ‘Wheat Belly’ recommends and you will still feel amazing just by eliminating the wheat and wheat products from your diet. Guaranteed.
Being wheat free has transformed the lives of my entire family! My son struggled with severe behavior issues and eczema prior to going wheat free. He is a completely different (and amazing!) child. We will never go back to eating wheat! We are all much healthier and have tons more energy. It is the easiest “diet” we have ever followed!
Add me to this list of wheat free eaters. I have several friends who have gone wheat free and they all agree that it’s one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.
Not hungry, eat extremely well and it’s easy to follow.
Toby, give it a try. Oh, but that might put a crimp in your reporting style – to see how well it works, no?
I have not consumed wheat or any other grain from February to October 2012 and am still grain free… I have gone from 326.8 pounds to 279.6 pounds. This is done without exercise… I have noticed several changes like better sleep, little to no swelling in my legs, healing better, more energy and down 3 pant and shirt sizes. I also need to mention that my performance in bed is by far better. That in its self it rewarding…
Clearly everything I wanted to say to refute Toby’s article has already been said. But here goes anyway. In six weeks without wheat, the following has happened to me:
I have lost the brain fog, I’m less depressed, thinking more quickly on my feet, more sociable, and more approachable.
My belly fat is melting away. I’ve lost a few kilos but I think there’s muscle mass added as my clothes are all fitting way better and I’m wearing shirts I haven’t worn in years.
I’m moving around much more freely, with less pain and more vigour. I’m recovering from a spinal injury and my recovery has been painful and slow over the last 15 months, but now things are just taking off.
My appetite has dropped down to nothing. I used to always be a little hungry and I never ever felt full, no matter how much I ate. Now I feel full after small meals and can easily skip a meal and/or substitute a snack for a meal because I just simply feel satisfied.
I haven’t had more than a few specks of ear wax on one Q-Tip once since going wheat-free. Usually I have heaps on the Q-Tip four or five times a week.
The only reason this is called a diet is because taking out wheat and carbs is a learning phase for people and we who give up wheat – or rather, get off wheat – change ways of eating so it’s handy to call it a diet.
In reality Dr Davis has written a user-friendly book about the dietetic monster that is agriculturally corrupted wheat and the horrible bodily/mental afflictions it causes, whether it’s the more benign manifestations of mental fog and some arthritis to full blown diabetes, cancer, colostomy bags , bowel damage and the like.
This is not trivial, and the best thing about this “review” is that it prompts comments by so many people who have gone off wheat and who can state confidently how their health has improved.
Going off wheat won’t cure everything,as many people still ahve other medical conditions. But its disruption and confusion factor is eliminated and there n othing but benefits to stop putting this poison in our mouths, no matter how appetisingly it is disguised.
I suggest that not only wheat, but certain dietitians should be culled froom the lives of those wanting to stay healthy.
I’m interested in dietitans who want me to be healthy, not those who stick to a dogma depsite the evidence, or who will not try a new way, experiment or explore.
There is NOTHING necessary about the wheat/grain/cereal part of food intake.
Just wondering if there’ll be another article from Toby on this topic? Any retractions? Any updates? Maybe in a couple of weeks after actually trying a wheat-free/grain-free way of eating? Hmmmm …
Eliminating wheat has been the best thing I’ve ever done, food-wise. In fact, when I stop eating all grains (I allow rice when eating out), I feel incredible! I no longer need to soothe my sweet tooth constantly, which is a huge bonus. I don’t understand how this can be considered an honest review…it’s like you’ve never read anything else about how problematic wheat is, and there is plenty of information available. You might also notice that all the information about “health whole grains” is completely fabricated. Have you read Gary Taubes? Of course I agree that wheat tastes good, but that’s its only posititive point, and that’s just not good enough for me. Openness to ideas will go a long way in anyone’s life. We all allowed ourselves to be conned into thinking grains were good for us, but it’s time to leave that terrible idea behind.
“Going cold turkey isn’t an effective way to teach someone good habits. Many folks will stop this diet just as quickly as they started it.”
Maybe that’s true. But this suggests several things. First, going cold turkey says wheat is a big part of our diet. It is. Next, saying something like ‘going cold turkey’ says maybe we’re talking about an addiction. From the responses we get when we tell people to stop eating bread (over my dead body, I’ll go nuts, are you crazy?, etc), I think we can safely say we are dealing with an addiction. Finally, if we eat a varied diet, we go cold turkey every time we eat one food but not another, or eat one food only occasionally thus not at all the rest of the time. It’s safe to say our habits already include going cold turkey so that’s not a problem on its own.
The unhealthy argument. That’s just not true. Wheat doesn’t contain unique nutrition we can’t get anywhere else. If you cut out wheat, you’ll eat more of other foods, net result is same nutrition. If wheat is indeed bad for all the reasons cited by Dr Davis, net result is the opposite of unhealthy. Either way, cutting wheat can’t be bad health wise.
It’s true that we can refute many statements made by Dr Davis, and the in-depth analysis by Dr Julie Jones is an example of that. But then again, we can also refute many statements made by Dr Julie Jones in that in-depth analysis. Take out all refutable statements and keep only those that are true. We’re left with things like weight loss, health improvements, and specific statements with regards to celiac and gluten. Cutting out wheat looks better by the minute.
I don’t know where the fasting comment comes from. But on its own, prolonged fasting is done by many cultures precisely to get a benefit. The term ‘prolonged’ is vague so we’d have to define specific parameters.
There’s no difference in the choice of foods when we travel or dine out compared to eating at home. It’s a world economy, you see. If you want to abstain from eating wheat anywhere in the world, you can. The choice of foods is virtually as wide as there are cultures, countries, restaurants, and people. However, it’s true that wheat dominates our western diet, and it does become a chore when you want to be absolutely sure you don’t eat wheat. That’s a serious problem for celiac sufferers especially.
Personally, I have tried a wheat-free diet. However, I can’t say it’s cutting out the wheat specifically that brought about my improvements in weight and health because during a time, I ate only meat. It could have been the sugar, the starch, the wheat, or all of the above. But based on all aspects of wheat – i.e. we eat a lot of it, it contains lots of carbohydrates thus interferes with blood glucose and fat metabolism – we can reasonably expect to see a positive change if all we do is cut out wheat, and eat more of the other foods we already eat to compensate.
I’ve been gluten free for about 7 years. It has proved to be one of the best things I’ve done for my health…..I feel better, no longer achey and puffy.
I run a thyroid support group. At our first meeting, a doctor who was attending mentioned that one of the first things she tells thyroid patients is to give up gluten. One attendee took that to heart. A month later, she came to the meeting reporting that she had gone home, cleared her cabinets of gluten and had lost 19 lbs and felt it was amazingly easy and she was never hungry. Another month went by and she reported another 11 lbs down. 30 lbs in 2 months – not bad.
My husband is a pilot, so he eats out all the time when he’s on the road. He has had heartburn for many years…..buys Tums in the large economy size bottle. Last April he stopped eating wheat (and added sugar and most packaged, processed foods). Within a week his longstanding heartburn vanished. He has lost nearly 20 lbs and is within spitting distance of his goal weight. He can’t get over how easy it’s been and how not-hungry he has felt. He feels sure he has been eating more calories too.
If a pilot can do it, anyone can do it. The comment – “It is virtually impossible to follow this plan while traveling or dining out.” is simply not accurate.
Yeah, many Nutrients are eliminated…I eat eggs, lamb, turkey, chicken, fish, beef, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, cabbage, onions, garlic, asparugus, kale and other at least 10 other types of greens,
and don’t forget, organic butter (high in vit. K2), and a bit of Yogurt , sour cream, cream, and so much more.
Exactly what nutients am I missing out on?
I have lost weight pretty easily on Wheat Belley” and the main problem with staying on the wheat free way of eating is the stupid pressure to eat “heart healthy grains” which are “essential to your health”. Let me call it the “Nutritionists Mantra”.
Most practicing nutritionists, as well as most practicing MDs, are not scientists, but are practitioners of an art that sometimes is based in evidence based science, but are equally adept at practicing “expert opinion” based art as well.
Some do not know the difference.
It is crap advise of the main stream media, like healthy whole grain, that kept me suffering for most of 60 years. Wheat is just poison for some of us.
Having read the book and gone wheat free for almost a year now, here are the results:
Lost more than 60lbs
No longer need insulin
No more sinus infections, asthma, allergies, or upper respiratory infections.
Acid Reflux gone
Arthritis and joint pains GONE
Eliminated ACE Inhibitors, Asthma inhalers, statins and insulin, as well as Flonase, Claritin, and Nexium
Constant hunger is gone, much easier to deal with eating. Less shopping, having cut out all processed foods.
Tell me again what is wrong with a diet that costs NOTHING and really works? I used to love watching the Food Network, but lately it just seems you are intent on poisoning your audience.
I thought your phrase “Going cold turkey” was very telling and and the implied meaning behind the phrase was probably the most accurate part of your article. Grains especially wheat can be very addictive and like any other drug that is bad for you it can be hard to kick the addiction but once you do the results are amazing.
Anyone convinced yet?
Here’s an idea: the Food Network develops a show based on wheat-sugar-grain-free recipes for all us LOSERS! Pun intended.
I recently gave up wheat as well, although I haven’t read the Wheat Belly book, and can confidently and emphatically say that I haven’t felt this good in two decades. I’ve lost 30lbs so far, and have objective measures of improved health such as lowered triglycerides, lower blood pressure, better cholesterol profile, lower postprandial glucose levels, etc.
The way this blog post is written makes it quite obvious that the conclusions of the author were reached far in advance of actually reading any relevant material. It’s that kind of attitude that has made Food Network second only to local 30-second “Health and Fitness” stories on the local news as among the worst sources of information on health and wellness.
I gave up wheat 7 weeks ago. My cousin suggested I try it for 30 days. I agreed but really had no intentions beyond that point. I feel SO much better I can’t imagine ever going back. I’ve gone beyond wheat and eat mostly grain free. I had chronic hip and shoulder pain that completely disappeared within the first week…..completely. I didn’t even know that wheat caused inflammation, so imagine my surprise. My 6 year old complained constantly of ‘tummy aches’. After reading the book (which I downloaded after the first couple weeks with such positive results), I thought maybe wheat was her problem. I eliminated wheat from her diet without her knowledge and guess what? No more tummy aches. She spent the night at my brother’s house and told me the next day she cried when she went to bed. I asked why and she said her tummy hurt ‘so bad’……they had pizza for dinner. I could go on, but you get the idea. We aren’t even doing this for weight loss, we are doing it for our health. I cook wheat free for my whole family and no one misses it.
I’m down 17 pounds in 6 weeks. I can turn my head to the side – which seems minor – but I haven’t been able to turn it past 30-45 degrees in years with out major pain and stress. Skin texture, tone and color are much better. Much more energy. Sleeping better. ZERO cravings for sweets. Can shop while “hungry” and not clean out the bakery section. Kids are better behaved. Should I go on?
When dining out, I order meat or fish and veggies. Better restaurants will accomodate requests for modifications.
Author needs to try it for a few months and then write an actual article of value.
I did not read Wheat Belly. However a surgeon friend told me about wheat and celiac over a year ago. I am not celiac but I did eliminate wheat and gluten from my diet. I am 49 now have lost 42 pounds in the past 15 months. Also I have eliminated:
-high blood pressure
I have energy all the time. I sleep better and longer. I get alot more done at work and around the house. My activity level is way up. I actually have abs at my age and I did not work out until this past summer. I went cold turkey on wheat and it was no problem to do. I now cook more and avoid prepared store foods. My wife is happy since I am doing the cooking now, guess I have a talent for it.
I will have to buy this book and see what he has to say.
Why should I believe the FDA, the American Dietetic Assoc, the American Diabetes Assoc, etc? They’re in cahoots with Big Pharma & Big Food. I’ve followed the govt’s food pyramid and ‘my plate’ for over 30 years, eating a ‘healthy whole grains’(NOT!), low fat, & high carb diet. What did it get me? It got me into a pre-diabetic state, that’s what! I was on the path to full-blown diabetes because I followed what these so-called consumer advocate organizations promoted. Eight months ago I became a “Wheat Belly” convert. Let me count the ways: Acid reflux –GONE. Body ache & stiffness – GONE. Post nasal drip – GONE. Cellulite – GONE. Ataxia – GONE. Blood pressure – lower than it’s been in 10 years (now 90 over 60). Night vision – double vision, shadows, & halos – GONE. Sleep like a baby now. A bad arm with limited range of motion that 7 years of chiropractic & physical therapy couldn’t fix. Elimination of wheat fixed it – full range of motion back in only 3 months of wheat-free. Constantly being so hungry every 90 minutes that my stomach would growl ferociously– GONE. Eating at a restaurant? No problem! I am more satisfied eating the variety of foods on the Wheat Belly ‘way of life’ (it’s not a diet) than I ever was when I ate a grain-based diet. Now I don’t even think about food. I can go 8 hours, not be hungry, and not even think about food. Big Pharma supports the FDA, and those organizations that are supposed to ‘protect’ us as consumers. We live in a capitalistic society. Follow the money — we’re no good them if we’re healthy. We’re no good to them if we’re dead. Keep us in a prolonged state of poor health – we’re worth millions $$$. Follow the money – look at the billions of dollars our gov’t subsidizes for wheat & grain producers. Organizations that downplay and ridicule the Wheat Belly movement usually stand to lose $$$$ if the Wheat Belly/no grain movement becomes the norm. So tell me, how much money does The Food Network stand to lose???
I’ve been on a Wheat Belly Diet for 3 months and I must say all of my joint pains, IBS and headaches are gone! My skin complexion has improved tremendously (no more rashes, inflamed skin, dry skin.) Have you actually tried the Wheat Belly diet? It’s one thing to talk about it and another thing to JUST DO IT. The review would be more complete with an actual n=1 trial by the writer/reviewer for a month.
You have completely missed the boat, Ms. Amidor. It is one thing to critique someone else’s work but you are not allowed to put words in their mouth. Dr. Davis does not advocate fasting. On page 199, he simply comments that it may be beneficial and much easier to accomplish, IF YOU WISH TO DO SO, without the blood sugar highs and lows that wheat causes. Even if you are an RD, you need to further your education and start thinking outside of the faulty science you were taught in school.
The Wheat Belly way of eating is pretty much exactly like paleo, which I have been on since April. Lost 15 pounds of visceral and abdominal fat, feel great, recovery time from exercise is shorter, look ripped, not hungry all the time like when I was eating half a loaf of bread a day. Blood lipid panels show a huge improvement. Never going back to eating all the crap; and you know what? For all the people that say “I can’t live without bread/wheat/pasta/fill-in-the-blank”, I don’t miss those foods!
I have to chime in here, 4 years of gluten free and nothing, and I mean NOTHING would entice me to eat wheat again. ditto for many of the above reasons. The Science of Nutrition is very very soft…..It needs a complete overhaul. If you are a registered dietician, you better get on board soon or risk being obliterated in the tide of knowledge coming at us through the Ancestral Health Movement…..
No comment Toby? Put your money where your mouth is and debate Dr. Davis (and the growing population of healthy, wheat free people).
Ohhhh how embarrassing, Food Network. This recent post has more comments than your “5 most popular posts – Here’s what everyone was reading last month” link box at the top of the page.
But about Wheat Belly — I battled eczema, mild asthma, and seasonal allergies for years. Countless trips to allergists, creams, tests, etc provided no relief. Eliminated the wheat, and all those problems went away. I’m not a huge fan of the baked goods made with almond/coconut meal/artificlal sweeteners that the author recommends as a treat – I find them to be the wrong combination of tasty, addictive and heavy (so after a few bites I’m too full but want more). But other than that I think this book and diet are perfect for me.
Prior to March 2011 I was having terrible problems with GERD. It had become so bad that it was affecting my sleep. One time, the pain was so bad, I went to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. My doctor did some tests, came to the conclusion that it was GERD. I tried antacids and various other remedies, nothing helped. I gave up wheat. Haven’t touched it since. I lost the GERD from the first day and have NOT had it since. Period. Gone. Also gone are 40 pounds. It has been easy because I know it was the wheat, and why would I want to eat something that, while it can taste good, caused me so much pain and suffering?
wow, Toby got owned on this one.
Unfortunately, as a registered dietician she has to go along with the party line. There is very little room for independent thought in those circles.
I don’t think Toby was ever in menopause unable to lose an ounce even at the gym on a diet promoted by the government.
I’ve been grain-free for almost two years. Knock on wood — hopefully I’ll never have to go back to grains. As a long-distance runner, I was gaining weight in my old grain diet, and my times were reducing in marathons and ultra-marathons. Now, I pre-race fuel more conducive to health. I’ve realized that I don’t even need to eat anything other than my day-to-day meat-vegtable-fat-a little fruit diet for any race under 2 hours. But for longer races I glucouse-load — a much better fuel source than carbs from grains. The writer of this article needs to cite peer-review journal sources before bashing grain-free diet. I recommend she read “Good Calories, Bad Calories.”
Well Lets, see… Of all the comments regarding this review, how many are in favor of the author’s opinion? Count them and see…
Well first off, this author is a registered dietician. I find these people promote high carbs, eat lots of wheat and wheat products, etc. And low fat too, I’m sure.
I tried eating like this for the last 20 years and all it did for me, was turn me into a type II diabetic, with my doctor telling me, that I would have to go on insulin, as my blood sugar was terrible, along with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
As a LAST RESORT, I picked up the Wheat Belly book, by Dr William Davis, and thought after I had read it, why not? What I have been doing has only increased my weight, given me numerous medical problems and I had nothing to lose… (but the weight and my wheat belly)
Four months later and I am still Wheat Free. I feel better and have more energy. I have reduced or removed several of my diabetes medications as my blood glucose now stays in the normal range, my blood pressure is normal, and best of all, I have lost 30 pounds. (My doctor was so impressed, he went out and bought the Wheat Belly book.) I look at going wheat free as a lifestyle choice, and I eat out all the time. I find not eating wheat products or food processed with wheat flour, to be a fairly easy thing to do. Oh yes, I don’t exercise any greater than I did previously.
If you had actually read Dr William Davis’ book, Wheat Belly, and researched his references, you would find that there is growing scientific evidence to support every one of his claims. To think that modern wheat products are harmful to us, will one day be accepted, even by you, but I won’t wait for that day, and will be content to ride out on the leading edge of dietary change for the better.
In conclusion, all I can say to Toby, is people used to think the earth was flat too.