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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health [Hardcover]

William Davis
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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Aug. 30 2011
A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.
Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100
million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.
After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—
and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the
American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.
Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who
have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat
is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

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Fascinating, compelling, and more than a little entertaining, Wheat Belly may be the most important health book of the year. --Dana Carpender, author of 500 Low-Carb Recipes

Dr Davis' comprehensive, readable and witty book reveals that wheat, far from being the staff of life, is in fact the stuff of nightmares. Take his advice to lose wheat from your diet and you'll likely be paid back many times over in the form of a slimmer, healthier body and a better functioning brain. --Dr. John Briffa BSc MB BS nutritional physician and author of Waist Disposal

"Davis makes a compelling case" --Fort Worth Star Telegram

About the Author

William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the TrackYourPlaque.com program. He lives in Wisconsin.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works... you will feel 100% better Dec 26 2011
This is an excellent book, and diet... I have been eating no wheat for the past month because of this book and I feel 100% amazing.
The bloating and digestive issues that used to plague me are completely gone. My skin is glowing. I have more energy. And I have lost my "wheat belly."
When you embark on a wheat free diet, you quickly realize that almost everything we eat contains gluten. So it has been a big adjustment trying to find foods I can eat. But it's all worth it when you see the results. I am eating healthier and less processed foods. If you are skeptical, the least you can do is give it a try for a couple of weeks. I am confident you will notice a huge difference. Thanks to author for putting this important information out there.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important Information, well written Oct. 23 2011
Davis lets us know the consequences of eating too much in the way wheat based foods such as bread and pasta. He makes a convincing case for reducing processed carbohydrates and his plan does work. I would like to have seen a more comprehensive meal plan and options for each meal but his overview is solid and easy to understand. I expect that meal plans included in a recipe book will be forthcoming. For those who are serious about limiting carbs this book is well worth reading.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally some proof for the dangers of wheat! Oct. 17 2012
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This book was easy to read even if you don't have a scientific background (I am a retired RN). I have known and experenced many problems with wheat myself as have many people in my family. While not a technical "wheat allergy" wheat has been the culprit of many evils. I have avoided wheat for many years and always feel better when I do.

This book shows the many ways in which wheat can "hide" the problems that it creates. You would not generally think that an intake of a food would have such a wide body based impact and that removing it from you diet would have such a positive responce.

I have already recommened this book to several RN friends and they have been very impressed with the facts. I have also had a geat responce from family that has read the book. If you suspect that wheat might be a problem this is a MUST read! Even if you are unsure but experience problems losing weight or feeling your best this book is definately worth the money.

I will continue to recommend this book to anyone who asks me how I lost so much weight.(over 110 pounds) Even if I lost the weight proior to reading the book my total avoidance of wheat was a BIG factor and this book finally gave a scientific background for why my plan worked. Of course I eat a healthy diet rich and fruits and veggies and exercise. This book is a must read for anyone struggling with weight loss.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consequences of genetic modification revealed! Oct. 26 2011
I was fascinated by the science in this book. The evolution of the wheat plant - WHEAT! - in the last fifty years, reads like science fiction but has a ring of truth. I was so impressed that I stopped eating bread that very day. In two weeks, I lost seven pounds. And I stopped craving bread products. I expect that my blood sugar took a healthy dive, too. But that remains to be seen. Meantime, I wonder who will be writing the rebuttal? Monsanto?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative.. Oct. 24 2011
Reading this book has helped me understand the relationship between eating wheat products and my health. I have been on the program for three weeks, have lost some weight, however, the great thing is that cravings and feeling hungry all the time have left.... great news. Thanks. Therese.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and Habit-Changing Oct. 9 2012
I once read a quote that food can either be the most powerful medicine, or the slowest-acting poison. This is such a true statement. I thought I knew what to expect when I picked up this book, knowing a number of people who live with celiac or gluten sensitivities, and yet I was still surprised over and over with the science of nutrition and metabolic chemistry that the author lays before the reader. I have been eating gluten-free for a couple of months, and my muscle aches, cravings, and fatigue are greatly improved. Now, having read this book, I am planning to reduce/eliminate sugar and animal protein. It is worth the effort to not only feel healthy, but to BE healthy at a cellular level.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing Sept. 29 2011
Wheat Belly is an excellent book that really gets into the science of why wheat is so bad for our health. It backs up the science with great stories of the people who Dr Davis has treated and their remarkable health improvements, and that is inspiration to help you stick to wheat free living.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wheat Belly" Nov. 17 2011
By eloises
Likely one of the most life changing books for me. My husband is a ciliac so I have been "careful" about wheat for many years but . . . after reading this book - I know all the damage that grains are doing to my body. Have been grain free for about a month and am beginning to lose weight but better than that - my energy is increasing and I don't want to eat all the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book.
Found the book interesting and thought provoking. It has not inspired us to eliminate wheat from our diet but we have definitely reduced the amount that we eat due to reading this... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Richard Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Great if you are a wheat hater or suffer from Coeliac disease
The author obviously has a thing against all wheat products, yet according to nutritionist and physiologist friends who have read this book after I did, the author doesn't use a... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mark Feuer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Read!
Very interesting read. I'm a fairly open minded individual with a slight case of IBS. This book was very enlightening and I have been mostly gluten free for almost a year and a... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Laurel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
My daughter is the one that reads this but believe me she keeps us in the right path when doing groceries. We have bought all the flours to replace our white and wheat flours. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacinthe Dube
4.0 out of 5 stars Wheat Belly
This book has a lot in to really make you think. It was a great book and well worth the read!!
Published 1 month ago by Mary Griffith "Mary"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!!!!!
For years, I was pretty adamant in my beliefs. I believed that "Canada's Food Guide" was the best example of a healthy, balanced diet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pmf1985
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I am actually trying this out to see if I lose. I was particularly interested in the progression of wheat from ancient times till today, and was impressed with the trials etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shirley A. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Wheat Belly.....Interesting...
An interesting approach to losing weight and cleansing the body. Way too restrictive for older people who have never cooked like this before but ideas on wheat and its effects were... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Helen Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars an eye opener.
The book has an enormous amount of research date, which at first seems annoying, but one quickly realizes that it is important and leads to the final conclusions, which are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carm
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening
Once you read this book, you will never look at wheat the same way. I never knew we are all eating a modified dwarf strain with far more chromosomes, probably coding for extra... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan
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