Wheat Belly reviewWheat Belly is a weight loss plan created by William Davis, MD., a cardiologist who is also the author of the best-selling diet book, “Wheat Belly”. In his book, Dr. Davis explains that he once carried an excess of 30 pounds around his waist and he noticed that he felt sluggish after eating foods that contained wheat. He began a wheat-free experiment on himself and also asked his patients who were overweight and at a risk of diabetes to eliminate wheat from their diet and to return for a checkup three months later.

Dr. Davis reported that the majority of his patients lost a surprising amount of weight and there was a decrease in their blood sugar levels, taking them down from a diabetic range to one that was more normal. He also stated that his patients said they had more energy, slept better, had greater focus, and had improved bowel, joint and lung health, among other benefits.

However, despite Dr. Davis’s claims, there is no solid proof that only eliminating wheat was what made the significant difference in his informal experiment. Furthermore, a review that was published in the “Journal of Cereal Science” found that there was not enough evidence to back up the doctor’s claims regarding wheat, including its connection to obesity.

Be that as it may, Wheat Belly is a wheat-free diet. In other words, those who follow it eliminate all wheat from their diet. This includes pasta, bread, cereal, donuts, pretzels, etc. Anything that contains wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and some oats. That said, while it might sound like it, this is not a gluten-free diet.

In addition to wheat, Dr. Davis recommends followers cut out salt, high-fructose corn syrup, rice, soda, potatoes, legumes, sucrose, sugary foods, dried fruit, fried foods, cured meats, and foods high in trans fats, etc.

This may leave one to wonder what they can eat on this diet. Acceptable food consists of the following: Vegetables, grass-fed meat and eggs, ground flax seed, full-fat cheese, unlimited raw nuts, plant-based oils (ex. olive oil), and some fruit (ex. apples, oranges and berries), though fruits that are higher in sugar (ex. banana, papaya, mango, and pineapple) should be avoided. In addition, dieters are also allowed limited quantities of other foods, such as whole grains like millet, chia and quinoa, as well as olives, avocados, and soy in fermented forms (ex. miso, tofu, etc.). Other than red wine, other alcoholic beverages should be avoided. This diet can easily be followed by vegans or vegetarians with a few modifications.

Wheat Belly is a highly restrictive diet that would take incredible discipline to follow. It is not for everyone and anyone interested in trying it should first speak with their healthcare provider.