Goodbye to Wheat Belly, Hello Healthier Life

This is the Wheat Belly cookbook we used during our weight loss experiment
This is the Wheat Belly cookbook we used during our weight loss experiment | Source

How I Lost the Weight

Before the holidays I was slogging around with an additional fifteen pounds and beating myself up for not resisting all those treats and tasty indulgences. Out of curiosity after reading tons of reviews about the newest diet kick from the “Wheat Belly” book written by Dr. William Davis MD, I purchased a copy and my husband and I took the plunge.

I wrote an article in the past about this new concept that wheat puts on more fat and pounds than anything else. Before we started the diet my goal was simply to see if this concept was fact or myth. In just four weeks the results have been remarkable.

The concept that wheat makes us fat seems almost ridiculous, considering how our country is now pushing whole grains as being healthy, particularly to our children within public school lunch programs. What they fail to inform the public is the government’s alteration of wheat, which was done eons ago to help fatten the hungry in poverty-stricken nations. Sadly, the wheat grain was never converted back to its natural healthy state and now remains the fat-attracting magnet that causes more obesity and health issues than any other food consumed in the world.

I opted to be a guinea pig and give up wheat. My husband decided to do the same as the benefits are supposed to go far beyond weight loss but help control various chronic conditions. At 57 we knew this diet would be put to the test as our metabolism is slower and we deal with a vast array of health problems. Before starting the diet I had a serious rash condition that covered my body and had yet to be resolved by the dermatologist. She even slotted me for skin tests in July due to the severity of the rash. My husband had swelling of the knees and elbows due to another Rheumatoid Arthritis flare up and was not a happy camper. Between my rashes and his RA I knew giving up wheat seemed a ludicrous solution but we were willing to try it just the same.

We’ve been on the Wheat Belly diet since January. Our daily routine remained the same and we did not add any supplements or vitamins to our diet to aid in weight loss. We did clean out our cupboard and restock with wheat/gluten free items.

Within three weeks of being on the diet my rash vanished. Having endured this problem for over two years and using every cream and prescription aid possible, to have it disappear was nothing short of amazing. I still gawk at myself in awe. The swelling of my husband’s elbows and knees also diminished. Normally a flare-up endures for months before going into remission. Within three weeks he was also free of joint pain. But the real rub came from the weight loss. Overall I have dropped fifteen pounds and my husband has lost twelve. Unbelievable!

Some other noted changes since going wheat/gluten free; no hunger cravings, clearer thoughts, positive attitudes, physical longevity on work projects, sleeping soundly, less physical injuries when we do over-extend ourselves, and eating less in general.

We have come to believe that Dr. William Davis is right, wheat and gluten destroys our bodies and creates ninety-percent of our health problems. Of all the diets we have tried in the past, not one of them has had such a profound overall health affect as giving up the wheat. This is now our way of life, and we have found with using the vast array of almond and nut flours we can still enjoy our breads and treats sans the wheat and live a full, healthy life.

Give up wheat and live the life of your dreams. If you are young go for immortality, because this is clearly the solution for a longer and healthier existence.

I personally endorse the book “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health” by Dr. William Davis MD, as well as his cookbook “The Wheat Belly Cookbook”. This is what I used during my four week experiment and it has more than paid for itself.

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stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

I recently discovered the term wheat belly, which is exactly what I have. I, too, experimented with the wheat/gluten free diet. The difference is AMAZING!!! I've heard that wheat/gluten affect so many things in our bodies. Great hub!


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nancymaggielee 3 years ago

I am going to check into this, thank you for the insights!


Gayle 3 years ago

I was wondering if you fell off the wheat wagon at all in the 3 weeks? This is my 3rd week but last weekend at a baby shower I was up talking and sat back down and they had served cake, I started eating it out of habit and I was like oh crap! But I went right back to no wheat but in 2 weeks I have none of the benefits, still in pain, still foggy brain, have not lost weight, still low energy. I am hoping its just not been long enough. The one thing I do notice is not being hungry and the cravings for bread are getting less and less.


joyced123 3 years ago

I was wondering if you lost the weight and still ate gluten free carbs.


Nancy 3 years ago

I started my wheat free journey October 3. Within 3 days I felt a difference. I felt almost giddy upon waking and kept wondering what the heck was happening. I have lost 23 pounds and am looking forward to my next doctor's appointment because my last one, after just 7 weeks wheat free, my numbers were amazing! If you haven't lost weight I would suggest you read all labels. Also, if you haven't read the book check out Wheat Belly Quick and Dirty on the web, it breaks it down so all is very clear. Good luck!


Cookie 3 years ago

@Gayle, falling off the wagon even once, esp. with flour and sugar laden cake, will set you back a long ways. Some ppl take a week or two to recover so you're back to your starting point probably. Also, it took me over 3 weeks to drop a pound, then several came off over a couple days. @Everyone Else using the term "Gluten-Free" PLEASE BE CAREFUL! WB is a naturally gluten-free plan (weight loss is just a side-effect), but do not be fooled into purchasing food labeled GF if it contains nasty, high-carb starches like potato and rice starch. You will certainly gain weight on these! Just eat real foods and definitely READ the book and absorb any cooking info you can find on WB or even Paleo/Primal eating.


Gloria 3 years ago

I'm sure this change of diet helps some people but just keep in mind that if you choose to follow this change in diet that you cannot go back because your body gets used to it and your body builds up an allergy to the foods you eliminated.


Diana 3 years ago

I feel great off gluten. This week I ate wheat 1 lousy day and I gained the 2 lbs back that I lost. Grant it I wasn't exercising like usual but crikey. I hate being set back like that. So I'm off it again. It's harder than quitting smoking! It tastes a lot better..:)


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retireyoung 3 years ago from Bali

I am down 7 kilos (about 15 pounds) since I started in January. I have been following it pretty carefully, but I found I only really needed the discipline in the beginning. It gets easier once you work out what you can and can't eat. I know weight loss is just a side effect, but if you aren't losing weight or feeling the benefits, you might not be following the plan as the book describes. There is also a great facebook page set up where the doctor chimes in occasionally.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

I agree with the posts about avoiding the 'useless' white starchy replacement flours loaded with sugars and unhealthy carbs. I avoid those as well and only use them for 'special' occasions. And yes, if we even attempt to try 'fast food' full of gluten we do feel ill. So this is a lifetime change and something that can indeed be done without too much sacrifice if you're willing to give it 100%. I feel terrific, and so does my husband and no other diet can compare. Trust me, we've tried them all.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

No, we have not given in to temptation. Ironically we just don't feel drawn to eat sweets anymore. Maybe that's what happens to older folks, but in the past my husband was a huge bread and donut freak and now he can easily walk away from the company donut binges.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Yes, I did opt to try some of the gluten free less healthy flours, like Bisquick for biscuits and gravy, but to be honest we haven't seen a weight increase. I think it's because we don't use those mixes often, and that maintains our metabolism and fat burn. If we were to eat the fatty rice flours and potato starches I'm sure we'd gain weight. But once a week hasn't affected our weight loss at all. I also go sugar free on birthday cakes as well. Better safe than sorry.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Isn't this a wonderful concept! I love it too. It has taken me years to find the 'perfect' diet that not only provides weight loss, but improves our years old health issues. I've never felt better in my entire life than I do now, and I attribute that to giving up wheat and gluten. Thanks for sharing!


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

So right about the 'fatty' replacement flours. I only use the nut flours without sugar and try to stick to the recipes in Dr. Davis's cookbook. Sometimes we splurge and use one of the convenience flours like Bisquick for biscuits, but we seldom rely on that. Anything good for us is worth the effort, even if we do occasionally 'fall off the wagon'. To know it's so easy to get back on with this diet is well worth it. Thanks for your comment.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

You are absolutely right about sticking to this diet. One thing we noticed is how ill we feel if we attempt to eat anything with wheat or gluten in it. It's almost instantaneous to feel ill, and we are immediately reminded of the poisons we are putting into our bodies. It's definitely a life-changing diet, but I love the benefits of overall great health, and we are sticking to it. Thanks so much for your additional comments. It helps to emphasize how eating healthy is a lifelong commitment.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

This diet offers so many choices for cooking wheat and gluten free dishes. Unlike other diets where it's someone else's choice or simply meat and veggies. Everyone gets bored with routine foods and meals and that's why I love this diet so much. There are options and I don't feel guilty if we splurge as long as we use the nut flours and sugar free substitutes. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm with everyone!


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

I had forgotten about the facebook page for Dr. Davis, but yes, he is great about giving advice, suggestions, and encouragement to keep everyone on the diet. Discipline is necessary for anything we do out of habit, and since we are the ones that decide what we put into our bodies, without discipline we would never accomplish our goals. Nothing is going to take the pounds off like magic unless we stick with the recommended diet and take responsibility to make good choices on what we eat. But I can definitely say the wheat and gluten free concept works, and I'm no spring chicken. So those that are negative Nellies who say it doesn't (and you can bet there are some out there) is simply because they want the results without putting in the effort and commitment. This is more than about weight loss, it's about feeling great in general. You hit it right on the nose with your comment. Thanks so much!


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Thanks so much. I have discovered with this one little hub a huge number of people who are enjoying the many benefits by going wheat and gluten free, and it's a huge rush to know so many are on the same page for good health. It makes me proud to know there are many people who care about what they put in their bodies and being healthy. I love it! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm about this concept.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

You are welcome. If you google 'wheat and gluten free' you will find endless pages about this concept and the entire history behind the governmental alterations of wheat. It's amazing how little we know as to what our government does to harm us instead of help us. Imagine what future generations will endure with health issues because of this. I'm fifty seven and already a result of years eating this 'stuff'. If nothing else we can help future generations to avoid altered wheat products and be healthier in the long run. What a joy that is as a contribution to mankind! You gotta love it!


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nancymaggielee 3 years ago

I know what you're saying about the government not being there to protect us, at the same time allowing HARMFUL "ingredients" in our food without our knowledge. I wrote a Squidoo lens about just this, entitled "The Dangers of MSG and Aspartame" if anyone would like to read more.


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bmbranno 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

That is my other lesser evil, giving up Sweet n Low. Sadly, it's more addictive to me than the wheat. It's sweetness is unequaled by the less harmful substitutes recommended by Dr. Davis in his cookbook, but acquiring a taste for Stevia is not easy for a life-long user of Sweet n Low. I have yet to find a safe sugar substitute that satisfies my sweet tooth. Any suggestions?


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Judy Filarecki 23 months ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

It is truly amazing what happens when you stop wheat. I've been wheat free for 2 years and am so healthy, the doctors can't believe it. I transitioned to stevia without any problem, but you do have to remember not to overdo it. I recently have started also using Xylitol which Dr. also recommends. It has become much less expensive and tastes good. It is not like the other "itols" that always violent affect my bowels. Give it a try. I've just started my second Wheat Belly Journel here on HP if you are interested.


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Easy Exercise 23 months ago from United States

A close friend who is a physician has lost 15 pounds from this diet and he wasn't heavy to begin with but looks amazing! I am going to purchase the book and give this a try. Sharing this out on Twitter where I was able to connect with Dr. Davis.

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