If you read the title of Wheat Belly book and immediately think to yourself, “But my belly is not made of wheat. Clearly this book is not for me,” then you might be taking things too literally. (And you should probably avoid 50 Shades of Gray. That book has nothing to do with color palettes.)
This book is all about wheat. Or, more specifically, how wheat affects you when you eat it. It seems like “gluten-free options” are popping up with increasing frequency on menus and in grocery aisles. That’s not an illusion. “Gluten-free” is the biggest new trend in diets. Part of that is due to people self-diagnosing themselves with Celiac disease, and not all of them actually have the condition – but it’s bigger than that.
The idea that wheat isn’t good for us parallels the ideology of the Paleo diet – the concept that the design of our digestive system dates back 12,000 years or so, before we had wheat. A wheat berry is a dense nugget of nutrition and gluten protein, and experts have suggested we just aren’t equipped to deal with it. Before the industrial revolution in the late 19th century, wheat was difficult to harvest and mill, and therefore it was costlier, comparatively. Suddenly it was cheaper, and that lead to it being far more widespread. Now it’s almost impossible to avoid, especially in a modern first-world diet.
Some people have more serious reactions to wheat. People with legitimate wheat allergies can experience swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat, hives, nasal congestion, or breathing difficulties. More serious allergies can result in worse, even life-threatening symptoms.
But what about people with normal, healthy digestive tracts? This book goes into that too.
The author, Dr. William Davis, focuses on 2,000 different people who gave up wheat. They subsequently lost weight, felt better, and got healthier in general. The book goes into substantial detail, laying out the benefits these people listed and why wheat caused the problems they were having in the first place.
After the detailed study, the book goes into ways you can bring about a lifestyle change. And make no mistake, giving up wheat entirely will require nothing less than a lifestyle change. Wheat is seemingly everywhere in modern cuisine. Wheat even lurks in places you wouldn’t suspect, like soy sauce or ketchup.
Because wheat is so hard to avoid, the book gives strategies on how to stick with a wheat-free diet. It recognizes that it’s never harder than when you go out to eat, and gives special tips for those occasions. The book will remind you that you can stick with this diet, and it’ll remind you that there are many, many medically backed reasons why you should.
And if, after being on the diet for a few weeks and enjoying new levels of energy and health and weight loss, you succumb to a moment of weakness and have a piece of that delicious chocolate cake the waitress tempted you with? No big deal. You can jump back on the diet the very next day. But first you’ll get to experience that heavy, bloated feeling known as … wheat belly. And you’ll likely remember it the next time you’re tempted!