(This is a re-posting of a recent blog post, since some web browsers had difficulty accessing it.)
Wheat Belly Blog reader, David, tells his wonderful success story of rapid weight loss and freedom from food cravings and body aches:
I started the diet about 2 weeks ago. I have lost 14 pounds so far (I started at 285).
Amazingly, I have lived with constant pain and numbness in my body, often down to the bones, for maybe about 5 years. I often described it to doctors as the same feeling you get with the flu, an aching weakness. Albeit without the symptoms of a fever, etc. They would smile and mumble something about ibuprofen or other pain killers and move on.
So, after reading the Wheat Belly book, it hit me with a ton of bricks, and it hurt. But it was a good pain. Anyway, I had always tried different diets, and often saw the best results with Atkins. But I would always eat some of the “low-carb” wraps or things like that on the diet… Ingredient number 3? Wheat flour. I would still be in pain though throughout the Atkins diet. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would lose some weight, but the cravings for carbs would never go away, so it was a constant temptation to get off and splurge… It would always be justified ‘just this once’, which turned into ‘just this weekend’, which eventually turned into, ‘I already screwed up, pass the Little Debbie’s snack cakes!’
But after reading your book, I suddenly realized the one key to my dilemma, wheat. I was constantly craving it, and so I would eat it in small quantities while on Atkins, which would make me crave it more. So 2 weeks ago, I fully cut wheat out of my diet. I am following a low-carb/high fat diet with no tainted wheat at all . . . and you know what? I feel so much better. The aching has almost completely disappeared, my energy levels are way up, and I have NO craving for wheat. I see the cookies and cakes and pies and chips and everything around me, and no craving. And now that I realize that the pain went away because I cut the wheat out, it isn’t even registering to want to go back to that pain, and makes it so much easier to completely walk by.
It is funny, because I want to shout from the rooftops to everyone I know, that wheat is bad for you. I am living proof of the effects of cutting wheat from the diet. I have even convinced my wife to go wheat free. And she LOVES pasta and bread. It is a big world we are fighting against, and large industries that don’t want to see things change, but this really works, and we HAVE to be diligent and stand up and let people know that they are slowly killing themselves. Cigarettes don’t kill you off the first puff, they kill you slowly. Wheat is doing the same thing.
So, this Christmas season, I tried the Gingerbread cookies recipe I found on your blog, and am going to ask for the cheesecake for my birthday. Thank you for making things click with me. I knew there had to be an underlying piece to the puzzle, and you helped me see the light.
Imagine what David’s life would have been like without this realization, just blindly accepting the advice to eat more “healthy whole grains” from the USDA and U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services in their Dietary Guidelines for Americans, or the advice to resume whole grains in phase 2 of the South Beach Diet, or the later phases of the Atkins Diet. It would have left him aching, demoralized, questioning his willpower, and overweight. After all, official agencies blame Americans for the nationwide epidemic of obesity and diabetes, saying it’s due to our gluttonous, lazy lifestyle habits.
Instead, David has been set free, losing weight at an incredible clip–no cleansing enemas or extreme fitness routine in sight–and regaining a sense of health and comfort.