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This online course at RodaleU distills all the wisdom of the original Wheat Belly books and the lessons learned by the millions of people who have adopted this approach. In this 10-day course you'll learn step-by-step how to detox your body of wheat and grains and be well on your way to living the Wheat Belly lifestyle! Just $79.99
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What is Wheat Belly?
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health is the book by the renowned cardiologist, Dr. William Davis, which explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can result in numerous health benefits, including weight loss. The book serves as an indictment of wheat, and provides many recommendations for optimizing health.
While not exactly a “diet” in the traditional sense – meaning do this or do that, drink this shake, do that workout - Wheat Belly has become a phenomenon that countless thousands of people are following. Wheat Belly is more of a lifestyle choice or manner of eating. It is a passive diet, meaning the focus is about eliminating certain foods as opposed to doing specific things. It is NOT about calorie restriction and exercise. Wheat Belly can actually be quite indulgent in the sense that food can be delicious and plentiful and this way of eating is very sustainable. There are alternative ways of preparing the foods we have come to love, without the guilt! In fact, there is a very active community of people engaged in creating recipes for “Wheat Belly friendly” foods and Dr. Davis has even authored two cookbooks.
In its simplest form, Wheat Belly is really about two things: 1) eliminating wheat (and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye), and 2) managing carbohydrates/sugars to individual tolerance levels to manage blood sugar and promote weight-loss if desired. Don’t let point #1 confuse you though. Wheat Belly isn’t really about being “gluten-free” the way most people understand that to be. There is much wrong with wheat of which gluten is only a part. We strongly recommend that people avoid gluten-free foods made with other high-carbohydrate grains, because that is inconsistent with achieving point #2!
Most people begin the way described above and for the first time in their lives see the stark causality between what they eat and the status of their health. It can be quite an epiphany for people to eliminate a seemingly innocuous food and in a matter of a few days experience significant health benefits or begin rapid weight loss. This initial experience changes people, and changes their attitude about and perception of food. Thus the journey begins!
After engaging in Wheat Belly in its simplest form, participating in the Wheat Belly discussions and following Dr. Davis’ blog, many people want to further optimize their health. Typically they will eliminate ALL grains as per Dr. Davis’ recommendation or, for instance, they might eliminate all processed foods or pay attention to cooking temperatures when using certain oils. Some people find that dairy can be an issue or stumbling block to their health. The point is, Wheat Belly is a beginning, a journey, not an end. You can take it as far as you like. It is, as the book title suggests, a path to health.
Join us and see for yourself! There are resources here to help you, an active Facebook page, and of course, Dr. Davis’ books and blog. Most people find that committing to a period of 3-4 weeks is a sufficient trial period to understand just what Wheat Belly can do for them.