Eat less food . . . or eat no wheat?

J. Butler posted this review about Wheat Belly on Amazon:

Wheat Belly was the core truth I was missing in my years of failed attempts to control my appetite and leave the ranks of the obese. The truth is that the wheat we eat today is not the wheat of our ancestors–it has been dramatically altered. The wheat and wheat products of today cause intense, irresistible cravings for many people. Once hooked, we get stuck on the blood sugar roller-coaster that demands we eat even more to sustain feelings of satiety, and it is absolutely everywhere in almost all the foods mainstream society eats. The only way to break the cycle for people like me is to eliminate wheat entirely, a “wheatectomy” as Dr. Davis calls it, and replace it with fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils.

Despite dozens of very sincere attempts to lose weight, I had decided I was incapable of controlling my appetite or my weight and that I should just accept that I would always be obese. Then, I happened to catch Dr. Davis on TV describing his book and decided to read it. To describe his approach to eating as a breakthrough for me would be an understatement. It has been a revelation.

For me, the process of losing weight means eating less food, pure and simple. That has been impossible in the past when I was consuming wheat products. Using the principles in Wheat Belly, I eat dramatically less food and can manage the cravings. Yes, I still have cravings and still often feel hungry. However, it’s doable on the Wheat Belly plan. So doable that I lost 38 lbs. the first 3 months and feel confident I can lose the additional 40 lbs. I still need to lose over the next 5 months. And, while I don’t work out, I stay active. I do simple things like take a 45-60 minute walk with the family dog, play around with my kids at the park, and take the stairs.

Wheat Belly can change your life. It has mine.

So many people beat themselves up because they can’t control appetite, can’t fight off the impulse to eat even when they’re not hungry, can’t seem to control weight. The shame is compounded by “official” viewpoints that point the finger at us, blaming us because we are gluttons and lazy.

Nope. It’s not your laziness. It’s not your gluttony. It’s the gliadin protein of wheat that stimulates appetite to consume, on average, 400 more calories per day. It’s the amylopectin A that drives blood sugar up skyward, followed by insulin, then followed by the inevitable hypoglycemia that triggers the eat-or-die impulse to eat again . . . only 2 hours later. And it may be the lectin of wheat that blocks the leptin receptor and fails to trigger satiety; instead, you want more . . . and more, and more.

Say goodbye to wheat, say goodbye to that driving, relentless need to eat. Say goodbye to double-digit revenue growth rates for Big Food.

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53 Responses to Eat less food . . . or eat no wheat?

  1. beastwork says:

    I’ve been losing a steady 2 lbs for week for the last month since giving up wheat. I’ll list the reasons that I’m seeing success thus far.

    - 6’1″ athletic dude
    - Daily workouts – 1 hour walk 4 days/wk —- Weight training 3 days a week—I estimate that I burn about 500 calories per day.
    - Eating at a caloric deficit – 2100 calories/day – I estimate that this is about a 400 calorie deficit for me.
    - I have never been able to successful maintain my ideal body fat % while restricting calories and eating wheat. I simply would be too hungry to keep it up. I think I’m addicted to the compounds in wheat and I would binge for a week and kill all my progress.
    - Limiting wheat leaves calories open for more fibrous foods like sweet potatoes, fruits, and vegetables. I am able to each such large amounts of these foods that I NEVER get hungry. Even while eating a deficit. I am still getting massive amounts of carbs so low wheat does not have to equal low carb.
    - Once I reach my goal weight I could conceivably consume almost an additional 1000 calories and still maintain my weight. Provided I keep the same activity level.

    I hope this helps someone