Saturday, October 5, 2013
Wheat Belly by William Davis (audio)
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
by William Davis
narrated by Tom Weiner
Blackstone Audio, 2011
7 hours and 37 minutes
Motivation: Audible daily deal. How can you go wrong for $2.95?
One line summary (from publisher):
A 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—from acne to diabetes to serious digestive disorders.
Dr. Davis may be prone to hyperbole in stating that wheat products should carry health warnings similar to a pack of cigarettes, but he makes a lot of sense when talking about wheat's roller coaster effect on blood sugar, hunger, and food cravings. He asserts that "healthy" whole-grain breads, bagels, etc. have virtually the same effect on our blood sugar levels (by virtue of their glycemic index) as a Snickers bar. We eat them, our blood sugar spikes, then falls, leaving us hungry and craving more in just a few hours. He claims that, in many cases, this vicious cycle is responsible for weight gain, especially around our middles, and thwarts our best weight loss efforts. Additionally, the wheat we eat today bears little resemblance to what our ancestors consumed.
For those with Celiac disease, eliminating gluten is essential, but it seems even people without true gluten intolerance can reap significant health benefits from eliminating or drastically curtailing wheat intake. Davis cites various scientific studies, but also relays anecdotal results from his own personal experience and from patients seen in his office.
After just a few days of nearly complete wheat elimination, I am noticeably less hungry between meals. Perhaps it's the power of suggestion, or maybe it's purely coincidental, but I'm impressed. I'm also sleeping much more soundly. We'll see...
Although I was neutral on the audio production, I feel Wheat Belly was well worth the time and money, and it provides plenty of food for thought.
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