Carol posted this interesting comment about her weight loss and health success experienced after reading Wheat Belly:
“I have been mesmerized by the book. Being a lifetime member of Weight Watchers since the age of 21 (now 58), I am amazed at how I feel and the weight lost.
I have also suffered from severe scoliosis all of my life and have been on prescription naproxen for since 1987. Since I eliminated the wheat I have not taken any meds, I’ve lost my sweet and salty cravings that often consumed me. Now, with spring in the air, I have not had the sneezing and itchy eyes that I’ve suffered with in the past. I am also a breast cancer survivor, so the cancer linkage is interesting as well.
I am a believer. I feel the best I have in years. I was also amazed at the weight loss — basically a 1 lb a day — better than what I experienced with Weight Watchers.”
You can indeed lose weight without the insights provided in Wheat Belly, but it is typically a painful exercise in deprivation, as many people will tell you when, in a program such as Weight Watchers, you are instructed to limit calories and portions. The opiate peptides that develop upon digestion of the gliadin protein in wheat are appetite stimulants. Any diet that contains wheat will therefore cause you to be hungry all the time, craving junk carbohydrates, especially when you try to cut calories.
Remove wheat, remove the gliadin derived opiates, experience a marked reduction in appetite with a drop in calorie intake of 400 calories per day (on average). You also remove wheat germ agglutinin that blocks leptin, the hormone of satiety. You also remove wheat’s amylopectin A responsible for blood sugar highs followed by blood sugar lows with mental fog, sleepiness, and desperate hunger. Wheat-free people are therefore freed from all the bonds of such appetite-controlling effects.
And what other dietary approach leads to relief from chronic pain, relief from allergies, and reductions in high levels of estrogen and prolactin that stimulate breast cancer growth? (The A5 pentapeptide from gliadin is an especially potent trigger for prolactin release.)
Cutting calories, reducing portion size, tallying up points — all while consuming an appetite stimulant. Why not just remove the appetite stimulant?