Last Updated on 7 June 2022 by Ray Plumlee
What is the Wheat Belly Diet :
Wheat belly diet means losing the Wheat component from one’s food in order to lose weight and leading a healthy lifestyle.
WILLIAM DAVIS and his book:
Dr. William R. Davis is a Milwaukee-based American cardiologist and the author of health books that are known for his stand against “the consumption of wheat in our diets”, which he labels as a “perfect, chronic poison. In his book ‘Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health’, he constantly explains that how eliminating wheat from our diets can actually result in abundant health benefits, including weight loss.
What is wheat belly Diet all about?
Well according to Dr. William Davis, Wheat Belly is a very simple kind of diet that is literally about just two things:
1) Eliminating wheat from one’s diet (and also removing all other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye)
2) Managing the carbohydrates and sugars to individual’s tolerance levels in order to manage blood sugar and hence, promote weight loss if desired.
What actually happens?
First of all remember one thing that Wheat Belly is more of a lifestyle choice or manner of eating. It is just a proposed idea that may suit some and may not work for others. It is just a passive diet program, so it actually focuses on the elimination of certain foods from the daily meals as opposed to doing specific things. So one can say that it is not about the calorie restriction and exercise. It is an easy to follow lifestyle method as the food is very delicious and quite sustainable. There are various ways in which a person may cook the food and not even feel guilty as is the case with other diet programs. Also, if this lifestyle suits you then, you can find a number of ‘Wheat Belly friendly recipes’ online.
When most of the people begin this journey for the first time in their lives, they see the plain and simple causality between what they eat and its relationship to the status of their health. It can be quite a realization for the people to eliminate a seemingly innocent food from their diet and in a matter of just a few days experience significant health benefits such as beginning to lose weight rapidly. This initial experience just changes the perception of the people, and changes their attitude about and perception of food.
People find this all very interesting and fascinating hence, after engaging in Wheat Belly in its simplest forms, people start to participate in the Wheat Belly discussions with each other and with others. Also, they start to follow Dr. Davis’ blog. So many people want to further enhance their health. So, typically they will just simply eliminate all sort of grains from their diet as per the recommendations of Dr. Davis. Wheat Belly is not just a journey but a lifestyle modification program that can change anyone’s life.
What gluten containing diet can do to you?
Worldwide, there are thousands of people who suffer from gluten intolerance that may cause constant bloating, problems with the intestinal transit (diarrhea or constipation) and weight gain. A wheat-based diet can be responsible for all of these problems, thus increasing the risk for chronic health problems, such as diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
TYPICAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER AND SNACKS:
According to the research conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, people in the United States consume about 500 more calories today than they did about 40 years ago. People have started to consume grains, oils and other fats thus dominating most Americans’ diets. Surveys show that today adults in the U.S. spend almost three times the amount of money on refined grain products (like bread, cereal and pasta) compared to national recommendations.
- Breakfast: An egg (boiled or poached), with a serving of greens and fruits. Or go for cinnamon and pecan granola, using pecans, almonds, and gluten-free oats. Roasted veggies can also serve the purpose, or just try the combination of asparagus and eggs. Also, pancakesSnacksSSnacks made from almond and coconut flour instead of the regular variety.
- Lunch: Focus on eatingmore fresh veggies ( like cruciferous veggies that may include broccoli or Brussels sprouts), leafy greens, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, artichoke, etc., fruit, healthy fats like coconut oil or olive oil, nuts, seeds, ancient gluten-free grains in moderation, wild fish, and grass-fed meat.
- Dinner: cook your food in coconut oil or olive oil. Eat raw nuts and seeds, avocado, coconut milk, olives, cocoa butter, and grass-fed butter or ghee. Try eating grass-fed, humanely raised meat and eggs, plus wild-caught fish. Eat full-fat cheeses (ideally made from raw, organic milk).
- Snacks: fruits like berries, apples, melon, and citrus fruits like grapefruit or oranges. Eat fermented food like unsweetened kefir or yogurt, pickled or cultured vegetables, and in moderation tofu, tempeh, miso and natto.
WHAT TO AVOID?
Below are the main foods that you need to exclude from your diet if you choose to follow Wheat Belly dietary plan:
- Grain-based desserts, including both packaged or homemade cakes, cookies, donuts, pies, crisps, cobblers, and granola bars
- Breads, especially those made with refined wheat flour. Even many “gluten-free breads” or packaged products should not contribute many calories to your diet. While products made from grains other than wheat (like corn or rice) might be free of gluten, they’re still usually not very nutrient-dense and are inferior to eating whole, sprouted ancient grains like oats, quinoa, wild rice or teff, for example. Plus, modern food-processing techniques usually contaminate these foods with gluten since they’re processed using the same equipment that wheat is.
- Most cereals
- Fast food
- Pasta and noodles
- Chips and crackers
- Wheat tortillas, wraps, burritos and tacos
- Take-out, including most Mexican or Italian dishes, burgers and deli sandwiches
- Breaded proteins like chicken cutlets, processed meat, hot dogs and frozen veggie burgers
- Added sugar, including high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dried fruit, juices and sugary beverage
- Processed rice and potato products
- Trans fats, fried foods and cured meats
Ancient grains are a group of grains that are reflected to have been little changed by selective breeding over recent ages, as opposed to more widespread cereals such as corn, rice and modern varieties of wheat, which are the product of thousands of years of selective breeding.
Difference between wheat belly diet and paleo diet:
In the Wheat Belly Diet, one is asked to limit digestible carbohydrates. While in the paleo diet, carbohydrate/sugar sources like honey, maple syrup, and fruit are taken ad lib.