Are you succumbing to Wheat Belly-itis?

Susan, a frequent visitor to the Wheat Belly Facebook page, posted this wonderful list:

Top 10 Signs You’re Infected With Wheat Belly-itis

10. You have more than one copy of Wheat Belly in your house
9. You’re spending a small fortune on almond flour
8. You’re disappointed if nobody posts anything new on the Wheat Belly Facebook page in the last five minutes
7. You once dreamt you ate a bagel and then woke up in a cold sweat
6. You and your spouse/partner have secret code words for pointing out people with wheat bellies when you’re out in public
5. “Wow, he/she has a lot of glycation going on,” is a common phrase you use while watching TV
4. You say “a-HA!” to yourself every time you see bread and carby foods in an obese persons’ grocery cart
3. You live in fear of Robert Rominger’s mallet
2. You find yourself coming up with a list of the “Top 10 Signs You’re Infected with Wheat Belly-itis”
1. A day doesn’t pass without you saying, “Well, Dr. D says . . .”

I’ll add one more: You are reminded that a slender, youthful you, buried beneath the fat and inflammation, is starting to come out from hiding!

If you haven’t already done so, come join our discussions on the Wheat Belly Facebook page where, as you can see, we are having an awful lot of fun!

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  1. Ross Tomkins

    (male) Every time you go into the bathroom you lift your t-shirt up to see how your future 6-pack is doing

  2. richele

    I chuckled at a couple of things on the list, but thought numbers 4,5 and 6 were a bit harsh, not to mention rude. I know it was meant to be funny, but I don’t think criticizing ones appearance and pointing them out in public to your friend or spouse is very polite, or mature. Seems judgmental to me, is all.

  3. ryan

    #9 on the top 10. Just DIY….blanch them, let em dry for a day and throw them in the blender…or buy the flour for twice the $$.

  4. Oh No… I am also suffering from this!! I loved the one about waking up after dreaming that you’d eaten a bagel. I had a dream the other day where I was out of conrol eating bread etc and woke up so relieved that it was only a dream (nightmare). I am constantly pointing out wheat belly people now and looking at what people buy! Too funny :)

    • Leigh

      Do you feel sorry for these people, or feel good about yourself for knowing something they obviously don’t or won’t understand? I believe vegetarians, vegans, and some statisticians have similar thoughts. I’m not trying to attack, but #4, #5, and #6 are a put-off for people who fit the description and were actually interested in Wheat Belly concepts before seeing similarities to every other group who believes they will live longer than random strangers who don’t share their opinions either by choice or lack of knowledge.

  5. ak

    I am also looking at people’s belly’s and shopping carts….. too bad it’s my friends and family. I can’t even bring up the topic anymore because as soon as I do, their eyes all glaze over.

  6. JEY

    Too bad I’m not a fan of Facebook, but I must share our #6. One we have used long before Wheat Belly, but now even more appropriate.

    It is from one of the Peter Mayle books about living in the South of France, now forget which one. But the phrase used for a wheat belly there is Bon Brioche. Veritable, no?

    • Dr. Davis

      I’ve read all of Mayle’s books, all except his ventures into fiction.

      Loved them and planning to finally make it to France sometime soon, JEY!

  7. JEY

    Ah, what did I do before google?
    It is from Encore Provence “Some of this must be helped by the language, which lends itself to graceful expression even when dealing with fairly basic subjects. No, Monsieur, you haven’t made a beast of yourself at the table; you’re simply suffering from a crise de foie. And could that be flatulence we hear coming from the gentleman in the corner? Certainly not. It is the plangent sound of the piano des pauvres, the poor man’s piano. As for that stomach we see threatening to burst the buttons on your shirt, well, that’s nothing but a BONNE BRIOCHE.”

  8. Neicee

    OK, guilty as charged for the following:
    1. Quoted numerous times a day. Get a smirk from my hubby every single danged time it slips out.
    2. Yep!
    4. Again, guilty
    6. Both in all but tipping over the other’s water or coffee.
    8. Hmmm, yea.
    10. Did until all given away, and even Gary Taubes book…..Amazon love me.

    Love this and will use it to make other’s feel how well they’re absorbing the info. But, Facebook – I’d never surface long enough to shower/brush teeth/comb hair/or cook something to eat. Better to stay with blogs on net.

  9. steve

    Yeap, guilty on all counts, love to quote some of the things you said, but i forget, starting to lose it, Short term memory is slowly going. LOL.

  10. Boundless

    11. You find yourself wishing that WBB had a forum, a wiki, and search that included responses and that could be filtered by date.

  11. Susan Moles

    I used to check your Hear Scan Blog daily, but now I check Wheat Belly daily. I too, miss your discussions on heart disease on your other blog. But, I also know how busy you must be. I know that you are on a mission that really needs to succeed in a big way. I have been following your blogs for three and a half years. I want to thank you from the bottom of my much better heart.

    Susan M.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Susan.

      Yes, the Heart Scan Blog has slowed due to the time demands of the Wheat Belly project. But I will be posting more and more there, as that is what I do in my day job!

  12. Michelle Vining

    Dr Davis, I have been wheat-free for 2 1/5 weeks and have seen no weight loss. Along with being without wheat, I have been eating a lot less in general because I have not been having cravings and have just not been as hungry. I have had my thyroid checked and all is normal. The only thing that has been bothering me is that I have not had regular bowel movement, which is strange with all the water I have been drinking and vegetables I have been eating.
    Any help would be appreciated. My number one goal is to get to a healthy weight.

    • wrotek

      Dr Davis in this video You are talking that wheat has been modified to be a powerful appetite stimulant. Do You think this is deliberate modification ? Or just an accident.

      • Dr. Davis

        I’ve spent many sleepless nights, Wrotek, pondering just that question.

        I don’t know. I hope that it was just a series of incredible blunders, because the alternative–a purposeful effort to create an appetite-stimulating ingredient, then put it in virtually all processed foods–is too evil to contemplate.

  13. CJ

    All in the top 10 in some form or another except, what is “Robert Rominger’s mallet”
    To those who object to #4,5 & 6. Really!?! It doesn’t cross your mind? You don’t even think it?

    @Boundless, I agree. I really wish this blog had a way to “subscribe” to posts and a forum. FB just goes on and on and one cannot search for relevant posts. Also much good information gets “lost” in Blog because it falls under a post like this and if you cannot read everything or do not have a great memory as to what post a comment was associated….. WB ITers help out Dr. D!

  14. Number xxx
    “You can wear your t-shirts tucked into your pants rather than over them to disguise the bulge.”
    Number xxxx
    “You MUST wear a belt with your pants so they don’t fall down.”

    Love It!

  15. Sherie

    Haha, love these!!! Especially #7! I hate carb dreams – had one last week where I caved and hate half a dozen chocolate glazed donuts … when I woke up and realized it never happened, I was mighty relieved to say the least! =)

    • Dr. Davis

      Ouch, Sherie!

      Half a dozen is a near-fatal dose. Sort of like falling off the steep cliff, the waking up to only realize it was a nightmare!

  16. Christina

    * You leave a copy of the book out hoping that your spouse/mother/child/roommate will pick it up and learn why they are suffering from muffin top/constipation/migraines/exhaustion.
    * Your friends roll their eyes every time the subject of food, weight, or health comes up.
    * You want the book in cheap paperback so you can give it to people.

    I have a friend who is a marathon runner and still has a muffin top. She suffers from migraines and constipation and used to have a problem with acne before she took accutane. I tried telling her about this but she just thinks I’m crazy. In fact, a lot of people think I’m crazy. Oh well, I’m the one who’s healthy and thin.

  17. Chris

    LOL. I guess I’m not smart enough to use a code word – I just say “Wheat Belly” out loud in the grocery store as people stare hypnotically and practically drool in the bakery dept, the “snack” aisle, the prepared food section . . .

  18. Sedena

    I HAVE succumbed to Wheatbellyitis – especially number 8! I have never READ a blog before, but I have read every article by Dr. Davis and every comment made and I love it!
    I decided to go completely wheat, dairy and sugar free on September 8 after struggling with bone-weary fatigue, depression, anxiety and who knows what else, all due I knew to what I was putting into my body. When I woke up HAPPY on Tuesday, September 11, I decided to look up exactly what the problem with wheat was – and found this blog! I weighed myself on Thursday and had lost 12 lbs since August 22 (3 weeks before), the day I saw my doctor for my semi-annual checkup. Losing that weight is nothing short of a miracle, since what I had eaten since seeing my doctor included but was not limited to pizza, hard salame, Popeye’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits, etc. etc. etc. No wonder I was fatigued and depressed during those two weeks! I had been relatively wheat-free since February, eating bread very occasionally at a restaurant, but not reading the labels on processed food and substituting corn for the wheat, so when the word poison was mentioned in conjunction with wheat, it totally resonated with me.
    Anyway, NOW, 10 days into totally grain, dairy, and sugar free, and eating less than 15g of carbs a day, I have lost 15 lbs+ (I am a quarter of the way to my goal already!), I have zero appetite (an amazing concept since I used to continually wonder where my next meals were coming from), no cravings, eat until I’m full and actually push my plate away because I simply can’t put another bite into my mouth. I have never experienced anything like it, and I can tell you I am ecstatic about it! It has been effortless and I feel so healthy.
    So thank you Dr. Davis – and all commenters – for sharing all of this with the world!

    • Dr. Davis

      It is truly liberating, isn’t it, Sedena?

      It’s like opening your eyes after a lifetime of keeping them closed.

      • cranberry

        Amen. The thing that amazes me the most, is how easy it is to stick to protein, vegies, and healthy oils.

  19. Neicee

    I’ve no idea where to post this, but since I like the title of this page, here goes. It’s been 3 years since buying a few new dress suits/dress slacks, blouses – that because of my height I always have to have a tailor alter for me. Sleeves and length of pants. Had to take in a few items today and the owner was mouth dropping surprised to see me. Then wanted to know what happened to me? I proudly shared with her and her partner in the business that I’d found I had to quit eating certain things for health, longevity, and long-term wellness. I let her probe a little further then relayed the name of the book, the fact the author was a cardiologist, and that the weight loss was simply icing on the cake so to speak. Her partner admitted she could never give up bagels, however, before I left the shop she’d already pulled up on Kindall the book and was already reading it! Two more converts, I hope and pray they’ll both go for it with gusto. The funniest part was trying on the last pair of slacks, which I’d paid a fortune for and purchased last June, now could slide down without unzipping over my hips. Charity is going to love them!

    • Dr. Davis

      Nicely done, Neicee!

      No stomach stapling, no lap-band, no extreme exercise . . . just shift around your choice of foods. Ain’t life wonderful?

  20. Pam

    I’ve hesitated about posting this, but since I do have many of the signs of wheatbellyitis with one exception – no weight loss. In fact I have experienced weight gain. I went hard core wheat free for months and while I felt better I didn’t lose any weight whatsoever. I have backslid in the last few weeks, but reading the blog has incented me to not only go totally wheat free again, but to minimize the carbs also (I made a loaf of einkorn honey bread last night – my first real bread in weeks).
    Is it possible that not everyone experiences weight loss going honestly wheat free?

    • Neicee

      Going wheat free may only be part of the problem. If you’re shooting up with loads of insulin boosting foods (potatoes/rice/corn) you’re going to pack on those pounds anyway. Enduring the side issue of gluten intolerence for years and half way playing with a shot of wheat here and there, even if it made me sick, I still didn’t drop a pound. When I dropped wheat for good, followed by sugar last Jan. 1st the weight started falling off. I’m back into the clothing I loved, but slowly losing even more. I’m not too thin, I’m just under 5′ tall. I believe you’ll settle at your ideal weight – for someone my size I eat a ton.

      I’m sure others will share their experiences as well.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, Pam: If there is something obstructing your way.

      Elimination of wheat is an incredibly powerful tool for losing weight, but it cannot overcome conditions like hypothyroidism, adrenal gland dysfunction, or the inhibiting effects of overconsumption of junk carbohydrates.

      First step: Eliminate wheat. Second step: Limit other carbohydrates to 15 grams “net” per meal or less. Third step: If weight loss still fails, then consider a condition that is obstructing your path.

  21. Sharon O

    I find myself constantly looking in carts in the grocery store just shaking my head. I have gasped a few times as well. It cracks me up every time.
    I also can be heard saying: “Well, my favorite cardiologist, Dr. Davis says….” at least 5 days a week.

  22. Hi,
    I’ve been scouring these boards for the past week literally lapping up all of the information and hearing all of the incredible stories of transformation. I usually approach things with a great deal of skepticism and while this is no different, it has such an unmistakable ring of truth to it and after a week I am already starting to realize some of what has been said here.

    Can I just caution people not to point fingers at people who happen to be overweight and happen to eat wheat – I mean, really, laughing and then running away? Let’s not forget that we’re all fighting are own battles and vilifying people who are overweight is wrong on so many levels.


  23. I love perusing the WB archives since I’m late to the WB party (Jan/2013)……just stumbled on this and realized I have wheat-belly-itis too! Thanks for posting…’s so true!