Wheat Belly Success Stories Keep On Pouring In!

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In my public talks, I point out that the enormous success of the Wheat Belly message has little to do with me, but succeeds because 1) it works, and 2) people share their extravagant successes nowadays via social media and word spreads like wild fire. That’s what has caused the Wheat Belly message to turn the nutritional world topsy-turvy, upsetting dietitians accustomed to talking about “healthy whole grains,” and terrorized people in the grain and milling industries.

I never tire of hearing these stories. Not just do people lose the weight they’ve struggled with for years, but they also experience relief from a list of ailments that is quite literally many hundreds of health conditions long. So here are a few more wonderful stories of success of the sort that continue to keep the Wheat Belly message front and center in the public consciousness.

“Your book Wheat Belly has been life changing”

“I have lost over 30 pounds in just 2 months. I have a long way to go, but I know the weight will come off following the wheat-free food plan. For the first time in over 20 years, the gnawing wheat driven hunger is gone! The miraculous part is that my physical symptoms have all improved or are gone completely. I don’t suffer from headachse (which I had every day), stomach pain, sinus problems or that all-over feeling of despair. My joint pain and inflammation has gotten so much better.

I’ve already had a left knee replacement and was headed for a right knee replacement. I’m not tired, cranky or depressed, and I sleep soundly at night. All this because I eat delicious, natural foods. 25 years ago I belonged to a diet program that did not include carbohydrates or sugars. The diet worked wonderfully: I lost over 100 pounds. What went wrong ? Foods like shredded wheat cereal, All Bran, popcorn, oatmeal. I could fight the cravings for awhile, but I lost the battle and struggled with weight since then, including gastric bypass.

Wheat Belly is truly liberating, not to be driven by the next snack/meal/binge. Thank you Dr. Davis for putting 2 and 2 together and coming forward with the Wheat Belly book.”

— Renee

I challenged myself to do Wheat Belly for 30 days.

“I’ve tried everything, including popular diets that worked for me in the past. Admittedly, I’ve had a rough last year. I hardly slept, thanks to my new daughter, and stress at work was higher than the norm. I started working out and did see physical differences, but the poundage going down on the scale was negligible. My mom saw this diet on the Dr. Oz show, and we decided to try it for 30 days.

I’m currently on day 20. I’ve lost roughly 6 lbs, my stomach is noticeably flatter, and my stomach always feels calm, and just lighter somehow. I have more energy and my cravings are slowly diminishing.

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that my migraine status also seems to have changed. Mine are typically more ocular in nature and are very prominent. Over the last 10 days, my headaches have noticeably improved. My migraine status is better than it’s ever been. This is probably one of the most surprising things I’ve noticed since I began.

I’ve already read up on how to handle things should my weight loss stop. It’s been a long journey, so I’m looking around the corner at how to handle things should the loss stagnate. I’m looking forward to good things, though!”

— Jennifer

Thank You Dr. Davis, You Changed My Life!

“I have been wheat-free since reading your book 10 weeks ago and have lost 14 kilos [30.8 lbs] in those 10 short weeks! I have NEVER been able to lose more than a few kilos at a time and, when I did, it always came hurtling back, fatter than ever each and every time.

Before I read Wheat Belly, I was in constant turmoil over eating, I couldn’t understand how the educated, intelligent, strong-willed person I believed myself to be could be totally defeated by food and food cravings.

I was always bloated (huge wheat belly!), lethargic, anxious, angry, irrational, depressed and always hungry, a perpetual, desperate, and insatiable hunger that persisted despite being stuffed full (with wheat and wheat products!). I was completely exhausted by my preoccupation with eating, not eating, dieting, binging, crying, hating myself, dieting again, binging, hating myself — I was at the end of my rope. Until Wheat Belly

After cutting out the wheat (and all processed junk) I could barely believe the feeling of calm that descended upon my life. The weight dropped off, depression lifted and I, too, experienced all of the amazing things everyone else has reported.

I now love food, but I rarely think about it anymore or, should I say, obsess about it anymore. I haven’t counted one calorie, have never considered the fat content of the organic meats and whole foods I am enjoying, and the weight continues to drop off. I have started exercising just because I have so much energy and I feel like jumping around. I feel amazing, like I can truly start living the rest of my life as it was meant to be lived, something I honestly thought I was (sadly) never going to be able to do. I am free.”

— Cindy

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  1. > … people share their extravagant successes nowadays
    > via social media and word spreads like wild fire.

    Exceptionally cynical skeptics would of course classify all these testimonials as “anecdote” and not data.

    When posting article like this, it might be worthwhile to remark on the blog’s policies regarding Reply moderation. As far as I can tell, critical or dissenting comments and complaints are not removed unless spam, off-topic, personal attacks or obvious trolling.

    I suspect that this blog hears from pretty much everyone who doesn’t get textbook results (hence the Didn’t Lose Weight series on common confounders).

    But we never see, here, or elsewhere:
    “I tried WB for a month, ballooned up to zeppelin size, aggravated my frustimosis, and all my labs went south.”

    Indeed, off this blog, the principal WB denouncers are people with entrenched agendas, who have obviously not tried WB.

    • WAP follower

      Actually, I see numerous comments re: labs going south on WB. The newest in the “zinger” thread. Feedback for Neunano(?) would be wonderful:)

      • > I see numerous comments re: labs going south on WB.

        Got any others? It is known, of course, that some lipids readings get worse during weight loss, and we don’t know if that was happening in the case you mentioned.

        Also, there are going to be a small number of Apo E genotype cases where LDL-P particle count is going to be challenging to manage. I don’t know if that’s one of them.

        • WAP follower

          The more recent examples didn’t have the NMR panel performed so they are not ideal examples. Dr. Davis did address their concerns by advising them to get the full NMR panel.

          If it is a genetic problem, why would the lab values worsen on WB? I often think of genetics as the loaded gun, and diet & lifestyle as the trigger.

          Maybe I hold out too much optimism that dietary changes can help even those genetically pre-disposed? Too often people just blame their woes on genes. It would be encouraging to see numbers reflect their attempts to reverse a so called destiny.

          • WAP follower

            Thanks, Boundless, for the link. You might have just saved me $147, the cost of Chris Kresser’s “High Cholesterol Action Plan.” I do not have cholesterol issues but am curious about a few things Kresser touches on, ie how excessive carbs cause high cholesterol (vegans must have sky high numbers, though I’m making assumptions about their dietary choices being high carb, ie veggies, fruits, grains) & why some people get a spike in cholesterol when eating Primal/Paleo (a friend is experiencing this now, even while avoiding grains.)
            Attia talks about the complexities & dreams of some ideal experiments he hopes to conduct. I do wish he’d go beyond comparing low carb to S.A.D. and add vegan given the number of celebraties who are making it more mainstream. Throw in Primal, too, but now we are talking about MY dream clinical trial:)
            It would be nice to extablish objective data in reagrds to health targets. Yes, I feel much better wheat free, joints are pain free, no acid reflux. What objective data should we seek: NMR panel, CRP, A1c?

          • > It would be nice to establish objective data
            > in reagrds to health targets.

            We probably won’t be able to have that discussion on this blog. We’re already at nesting depth, and the entire thread will get locked in a few days.

            Until Dr. D stands up a forum, use Wheat Free Forum. Follow my user ID link here.

          • Dr. Davis

            Have you read the “My particles are bigger than your particles” chapter in the original Wheat Belly? Many answers are right there.

            The vast majority of people enjoy substantial improvements in HDL, triglycerides, and superior measures of cardiovascular risk, such as lipoproteins. The effects on calculated LDL cholesterol (it is NOT measured and the calculation is flawed, based on flawed assumptions) is mixed but meaningless. In short, LDL cholesterol is invalid on this lifestyle.

  2. Melissa

    About 8 months after I adopted a low carb diet, I read WB. I actually hesitated to read it, because I thought it was just another low carb diet, but as soon as I read about the hybridization of wheat, I knew I had stumbled upon something very new. I had already dropped a few pounds,so I didn’t not need to loose weight, but my asthma and intestinal gas, all but disappeared. I never look at a fat person, the same way ever again.

    • Neicee

      Melissa, some time ago we had some discussion within comments here about being so critical about the obese people we observe every day in our own communities. Frankly, I want to cry for them. However, they are being pulled in opposite directions. Our very own government tells us how to eat, like any of them are experts Our very own government dictates to our schools how our children are to be fed. Every ad in newspapers tout the glories of eating ‘heart healthy grains’, TV is heavily covered with those same messages……I can only guess that many are so influenced by these messages they are afraid to go against mainstream ‘accepted’ recommendations and read to try and find out why they are on a dozen different prescriptions.

  3. Neicee

    I failed to mention our very own medical community that does everything they can to treat/mask the illness, but in my personal experience, has never once cured it. You know, Dr. Davis is among a small group of enlightened medical practitioners. I’m sure it hasn’t been easy for him, or any of them, that follow the same philosophy of LCHF. I thank every one of them, every day, and pray every day they’ll continue to pass their wisdom on to us.

  4. FRANCES WALKER

    Hi Doctor Davis,

    My name is Frances from Fife in Scotland and I am a 59 year old female. I stubbled across your website purely by accident and after reading extensively what you and others had to say I decided to give your diet a go.

    I am only one stone overweight but it does bother me to be a little podgy but this is the results after 3 weeks of wheatless living.

    1. I have lost 4.5 pounds and two inches of my waist which now measures 31 inches.
    2. I have not had to take any painkillers for my joint pain which was becoming quite bad in my knees.
    3. I am not so tired and don’t need to nap any more in the afternoon.
    4. I no longer feel desperately hungary and don’t have spells of dizziness due to low blood sugar.

    In Scotland we still grow the long wheat but I can assure you that it is still addictive but now that I am off the grain I don’t have any notion to eat it at all!!
    Thank you Doctor Davis you are a revelation – thank you for your advice which has definitely helped me with my weight and heath. I am going to continue with your diet as it makes a lot of sense.

    Frances Walker

    • Allen Paine

      Doctor Davis,

      Not sure where to post this, but can you comment on the new study that just came out and featured on Fox News yesterday citing an increase in cancer risk for a high protein diet between the ages of 50 -65. I am 52 and eat lots of meat and cheese (you featured me on one of your blog posts). The doc on Fox mentioned IGF1 as the inflammatory culprit, and they indicate a 4x greater risk of dying from cancer, and an overall 75% death risk. I am assuming that reducing overall inflammation by eliminating wheat and other carbs that reek havoc on our blood sugar was not taken into account for this study, which could possibly make the study a moot point for wheat belly followers. However, since high protein is a HUGE component of the wheat belly eating plan, could you address this link with with increase cancer in middle age related to IGF1?

      • “In order to analyze the effects of animal-based protein consumption on mortality, researchers utilized data gathered from 6,381 adults over age 50 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).”

        Ah, a study, and not a trial. Was the source data controlled for carb consumption, nor other adverse food elements in the diet? Doubtful.

        “They split the population into three groups: those who consumed 20 percent of their daily calories from protein, those who consumed 10 to 19 percent of their daily calories from protein, and those who consumed a diet comprised of less than 10 percent protein.”

        I haven’t seen the fulltext, but it appears they did nothing to reduce confounding factors. And carb consumption (esp. which carbs) and other inflammatories consumption would be major considerations.

        There are probably any number of ailments whose trend lines correlation perfectly with sale of iPhones. Means exactly nothing. Short of a trial, we need a study that can isolate low carb populations, ideally those on specific LCHF diets.

        • Uncle Roscoe

          Those would be the same methods used by umpteen fatally flawed studies which find dietary fat to be a cholesterol hazard. They compare people with high fat, high sugar diets to people with low fat, high sugar diets. And gee, the overly glycemic body makes the excess fat into bad cholesterol. ‘Course the overly glycemic body makes *ALL* fat into bad cholesterol. Sugar and wheat eaters who eat less fat have less fat to convert to bad cholesterol. Meanwhile, NEITHER group is receiving the required benefit of good cholesterol.

          No doubt it’s the same way with animal protein, sugar and wheat.

  5. FRANCES WALKER

    PS I forgot to mention that I also have a great bowel movement which is not smelly and also when I pass bowel wind this is not smelly either. I have to say that was my biggest worry on a low carb diet, being constipated but actually now it is much improved.

    Frances Walker

    • Lisa Jo

      I am so glad you posted this. I stalled out and completely stopped losing fat for a little over 2 months and after trying everything else Dr Davis mentioned without any changes I decided to ditch the coffee out of desperation. It worked like a charm. After 4 days without coffee my scale moved 2 lbs down. At weeks end a total of 3.8 lbs lost. So with that said, some of you may need to step away from the coffee pot to get results.

      • Uncle Roscoe

        I have intracranial hypertension ……undiagnosed, but for IIH diagnosis is superfluous. Since the age of 17 I’ve been a coffee addict. Finally age and headaches caused me to try abstaining from caffeine and coffee.

        AAAAAarg!!!! and curses …..It worked. My headaches improved. Coffee contains tannins which can cause inflammation.

        Caffeine has a suppressive effect on adenosine, the body’s queller of inflammation. Inflammation is highly associated with many adverse health effects, including weight gain

        • Lisa Jo

          Uncle Roscoe, you hit the nail on the head about coffee. Arrrrg and curses from me as well because I truly loved my coffee. However I love the weight lose and health improvements from not having it even more. Serenity now. ( ;

        • > Finally age and headaches caused me to try abstaining
          > from caffeine and coffee. AAAAarg!!!! and curses …..It worked.

          What kind, and how were you drinking it?
          For example: whole bean fresh-ground black?

          I’m wondering if consuming it “bulletproof” style might help.

          The older “didn’t lose weight” FAQ included a suggestion that coffee consumption might help with weight loss. The new videos don’t mention this. I can’t tell if that’s because Dr. D’s posture has changed on coffee, or the results vary too much between individuals.

          • LisaJo

            Boundless, I was drinking it bulletproof between the hours of 4:30a.m. and 7a.m. and buying the coffee beans from the BP website. It really worked for about 6 months and I reaped the benefits but then it was as if my body rebeled. My weight lose came to an abrupt halt and nothing I did changed it ……that is until I dropped the coffee, bulletproof and all. It only took four days then the scale moved downward and is continuing to do so, the insommia is gone and I sleep soundly again.

          • Uncle Roscoe

            Boundless, I don’t know what “bulletproof” coffee might be. I drank my coffee black, medium strength, in lots of forms, home-ground whole beans, store-bought ground, Arabica and regular. For the last couple of decades I could only drink coffee before the sun hit the yardarm. Otherwise I’d stay awake all night. The last ten years insomnia and headaches had forced me to increasingly curtail my coffee dosage until I had to totally stop drinking it.

            I’m not trying to say that coffee is inherently bad. I enjoyed coffee for decades with no bad coffee effects. I get autoimmune symptoms from many polyphenol dyes. I can’t eat berries or tomatoes. And when I was eating cheese I couldn’t eat yellow cheese. I can eat yellow corn only sparingly. Egg yolks are out of the question.

          • > I don’t know what “bulletproof” coffee might be.

            Well, you can google Dave Asprey and bulletproof, but I doubt you’ll be willing to pay his prices for an experiment that could easily fail on the first cup.

            The generic non-trademarked way to make this beverage is, for one 8 oz cup:
            * organic high-altitude beans, possibly shade-grown, fresh ground
            * 1 to 2 tablespoons MCT oil
            * 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or ghee
            * mix in blender 20 to 30 seconds until frothy

            Dave’s MCT product is caprylic acid from palm kernel.

            We recently (finally) found some unsalted Kerrygold butter, and I plan to try the recipe with coconut oil and some Starbucks House Blend beans on hand. I normally drink coffee black, don’t have any adverse reactions to it, and am just curious about this method of increasing fat consumption.

        • Lisa Jo

          Uncle Roscoe, thanks for the additional info and links you posted below. Definitely some things to think about and discuss with my own Doctor. Would love to find a Dr in the Atlanta area that actually agrees with Dr Davis methods. Haven’t been that lucky thus far. Anybody in the ATL have suggestions?

      • wrotek

        Lisa Jo, thank You for sharing Your experience. Do You still drink other caffeinated beverages like tea, energy drinks ?

        • Lisa Jo

          Wrotek, I am not drinking anything other then water or coconut water. As for an energy jolt, Hot lemon water with a dash of ginger, cinnamon, and Cayenne pepper 1st thing in the morning is very energizing.

          Uncle Roscoe, I cannot eat dairy but yellow cheese is the worst for me. I can tolerate ghee only. I also react negatively to eggs. Makes me wonder if its the yellow yolk. I never even considered that before. Green bell pepper brings me to my knees with agonizing stomach pain as does any corn product in any form. Some teas too.

  6. Neicee

    Greetings, Frances in Fife, Scotland. Beautiful part of the world, and I can’t wait to visit again. Going wheat free/grain free is one of the all time best choices anyone makes in life. Congratulations on your success and wishing you continued health. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Barbara in New Jersey

      Wrotek,

      Excellent article! Lets hope there is more a lot more press on this. A direct link of pesticide to celiac problems. Wow! This is a MUST READ. Thanks for posting!

      • Culinary Adventurer

        Hi Barbara in New Jersey,
        I have to say I had exactly the opposite reaction to that story!!!

        Dismissing the toxicity of wheat to simply being a sprayed on chemical at harvest time is a ruse if I ever saw one!

        I value you your opinion so let us both re-read that article and see what we think on a second take!

        Dr. Davis — may we have your opinion as well?
        Best to all
        CA

        • wrotek

          What if it is both ? Wheat toxicity + spraying ? What if the method for preparing wheat explains difference in reaction to wheat in different countries ?

          • Barbara in New Jersey

            Agreed! The researcher’s main concern was the effect of glyphosate on the body and how it disrupts the physiological process. Those with gluten sensitivities and intestinal issues were very vulnerable to this chemica/physiological disruption. Farm workers have many kidney and liver problems supposedly caused by this pesticide. The researcher did not really discuss all the health problems caused by wheat or parts of wheat concentrating on glyphosate instead.

            The comments were rather interesting too. Glyphosate is off patent, so any company can make it. It supposedly degrades with sunlight. It supposedly does not contaminate our soil or seep down into aquifers. It supposedly is not carried by wind or rain. Monsanto has not provided peer reviewed studies to prove these claims.

    • Seneff is an interesting consensus dissenter. Her conjecture on ADHD (found on her MIT web page) largely reads like it might have been written by Perlmutter, although it was written 3 years earlier.

      She may write articles for “fringe” publications, but since the nutritional consensus is obviously massively mistaken, even a random guesses have more chance of being correct. Her guesses are far from random.

      The off-schedule use of glyphosate (RoundUp) was revealed on WBB 2 years ago:
      http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/01/a-wheat-farmer-weighs-in-on-wheat-belly

      I haven’t yet found Seneff’s actual paper on this, but from what I’ve read of here other articles, she doesn’t seem to be fully aware of the spectrum of non-gluten problems present in mutant semi-dwarf hybrid goatgrass (misleadingly sold as “wheat”).

      A question I had immediately on reading the alternet interview was: has the off-schedule “dessication” use of glyphosate been going on long enough to explain the ailment trends? I’m tending to think not, but I’m willing to be mistaken.

      Meanwhile, whether Seneff is correct or not in her glyphosate crusade, there’s ample reason to avoid the stuff. This means not just avoiding “RoundUp Ready” GMOs (which wheat isn’t, yet), but avoiding any crops where it might be used pre-harvest, and I’m wondering about pre-planting. Presumably, an authentic “organic” commodity won’t have any glyphosate exposure.

  7. JillOz

    Hey Doc, you mean “terrified” not “terrorized” people in the grain and milling industries.