Wheat Belly Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on August 4, 2015

Wheat Belly Diet Review
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The Wheat Belly Diet is a plan designed for weight loss that requires those who follow it to eliminate all wheat from their diet. It was created by cardiologist William Davis, MD., who is also the author of “Wheat Belly,” the diet book, which explains his wheat-free plan for weight loss.

According to Davis, he once had 30 extra pounds around his middle and he began to notice that after he ate foods containing wheat, he felt sluggish. Intrigued by his discovery, he conducted a wheat-free food experiment on himself and on his overweight patients who were at an increased risk of diabetes.

Davis reported that after three months, most of his patients had not only experienced surprising weight loss, but they had decreased their blood sugar levels, as well. In fact, the decrease in these levels were so great, they had slipped from the diabetic range to a more normal level. He also said that his patients had experienced many other benefits, among them was greater energy, better sleep, improved focus, as well as better bowel, lung, and joint health.

Those who follow the Wheat Belly plan will be required to eliminate all foods that contain wheat from their diet. However, it is important to note that this does not mean that this diet is gluten-free, because it is not.

Foods that are off limits include: all wheat products (ex. pasta, bread, cereal, pretzels, donuts), which includes any foods containing wheat, barley, spelt, rye, and even some oats. Other items that followers are encouraged to avoid include salt, rice, potatoes, legumes, cured meats, dried fruit, sugary foods, high-fructose corn syrup, fried foods, foods high in trans fat, all alcohol beverages with the exception of red wine, etc.

Some of the allowable foods include: ground flax seeds, raw nuts, vegetables, grass-fed meat and eggs, plant-based oils, fruits low in sugar (ex. apples and oranges are allowed but bananas and pineapple are not), and limited quantities of whole grains, soy, and avocado.

Pros

It is possible to lose weight on the Wheat Belly diet. Many foods that contain wheat are also high in fat and in sugar. Furthermore, because he also recommends removing salt, soda, high-fructose corn syrup, fried foods, etc., this can also help to improve health and reduce weight, especially when combined with regular exercise.

Cons

There are two major drawbacks to the What Belly Diet. The first is that it is highly restrictive. It will require those who follow it to be highly disciplined. As such, it may not be the best choice for everyone.

Secondly, there is no proof that eliminating wheat from your diet will help a person lose weight or that eating wheat contributes to obesity. According to a review published in the “Journal of Cereal Science” there wasn’t enough evidence to support Davis’s claims about wheat or its connection to obesity.

The bottom line is that you should first speak with your personal healthcare provider before adopting the wheat belly diet for weight loss. While this could be the ideal plan for you, there may be others better suited to your specific needs and goals.

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