by William Davis MD
hardbackA provocative look at how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse a broad spectrum of health problems.Since the introduction of dietary guidelines in the 1970’s calling for reduced fat intake, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than 2,000 of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist Dr William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, and not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing our nations obesity problems – it is wheat.In Wheat Belly, Dr Davis exposes the truth about modern-day wheat, deconstructing its historical role in the human diet. No longer the sturdy staple our forebears ground into their daily bread, today’s wheat has been genetically altered to provide processed-food manufacturers the greatest yield at the lowest cost; consequently, this once benign grain has been transformed into a nutritionally bankrupt yet ubiquitous ingredient that causes blood sugar to spike more rapidly than eating pure table sugar and has addictive properties that cause us to ride a rollercoaster of hunger, overeating and fatigue.
Dr Davis sheds light on its connection to weight gain and fat build-up in all the wrong places, as well as a host of adverse health effects from diabetes to heart disease to immunologic and neurological disorders like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. Finally he presents a compelling argument for eliminating wheat products from the diet entirely, with strategies for making the transition both simple and permanent.
Informed by decades of clinical research and backed by case studies of men and women who truly transformed their lives after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at a familiar food and a positive course of action to regain health and lose unwanted pounds for good.