Linda tells her story of having struggled with being overweight and the incredible contortions she went through to “fix” it, all temporary fixes until she got to the source of the problem: wheat.
I would like to share my story with you. I am a 61 year old woman who has spent most of her life chasing after the elusive American dream of a thin healthy body. I joined Weight Watchers at age 12, when it was brand new. I have tried it again and again with limited success. Once I got to within 5 pounds of my goal- for about 5 minutes-but always regained the lost weight plus 10 pounds.
I payed big bucks that I could not afford for the Optifast program. I tried TOPS, the diabetic exchange diet, Atkins, yada yada yada. 5 years ago I had my body permanently altered- I had gastric bypass surgery. I lost 88 pounds, but have steadily regained about 30 of those pounds back. I have no doubt that I was working my way back up to my top weight.
Last November I was talking with a co-worker, and she mentioned that wheat was an appetite stimulant. It was like a lightning bolt going off in my head, why hadn’t I heard of this before? She told me a little about Wheat Belly and her wheat free journey. When I got home, I downloaded the book onto Kindle and read it straight through. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Anyway, on December 1, 2011, I began my wheat free journey and have had remarkable things happen. In 6 weeks I have lost 10 pounds, lost 4 inches in my waist, my cholesterol has dropped from 206 (stable on statins) to 125, my LDL decreased and my HDL increased, I stopped my twice a day GERD medicine, I was able to drop one blood pressure medication (HCTZ) and decrease the dose in the second (Benicar). And the very best thing of all is that I no longer have food cravings, I no longer binge! What a victory!
Today I was talking with my Wheat Belly buddy, and I shared with her that I was discouraged about weight loss being so slow. (I am eating very low carb and am on thyroid medication). She shared with me the changes she has noticed in my face and my body and my energy level. She encouraged me to look at how my clothes fit instead of a number on a scale as an indication of my body changing. The important thing is to lose fat, and weight is not always the best way of evaluating that. I would encourage anyone who is discouraged about weight loss to take measurements and watch those change, and not be so obsessed with numbers on a scale.
Thank you, Dr. Davis, for a miracle.
Isn’t that wonderful? No cravings, no binging, and on her way to no cholesterol drug and no blood pressure medications. All those programs can work, until you add back the thing that caused the problem in the first place. Adding back wheat can even boobytrap the effects of gastric bypass!
By the way, Linda: Be absolutely sure to have someone measure your free T3. I’ll bet you are taking a T4-only thyroid preparation like levothyroxine or Synthroid. People with your history typically have impaired conversion of the T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 and can experience a weight plateau from it. It means having a free T3 measured, then considering adding T3 in some form (e.g., Armour or Naturethroid that contains both T4 and T3; or add liothyronine, which is just T3). Don’t bother with an endocrinologist, unless you want disparaging and insulting comments; endocrinologist are the most worthless breed of medical specialist I’ve ever encountered. Find a functional medicine doctor or naturopath who is willing to listen.