Newcomers to the Wheat Belly lifestyle make one or more of these common mistakes and are then frustrated with lack of weight loss and/or failure to reverse various health conditions.
Let’s talk about the mistakes that many people make when they first start on the Wheat Belly lifestyle, or embark on the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox process, because if you make these mistakes, they’ll booby trap your entire program. You’ll get discouraged. You won’t get the full benefit. So be aware of these very common mistakes, that are easy to fix.
1. Eating gluten-free foods
Thinking that the Wheat Belly lifestyle is a gluten free lifestyle: so many people think that gluten-free pancakes rolls or breads are safe. They’re not. They’re horrible, because they’re made with corn starch, rice flour, tapioca starch or potato flour, which, while they don’t contain gluten or some of the adverse proteins of grains, make your blood sugar and insulin go sky-high. They cause extravagant weight gain, inflammation, visceral fat growth, and make diabetes worse.
So we do not, absolutely do not include those awful gluten-free foods. Get rid of all those gluten-free foods. Nobody should be eating gluten-free foods. You can be gluten free, but you don’t eat those gluten-free replacement foods, because 99% of them are destructive and awful for health.
2. Organic wheat or grains
People think that just eating organic wheat or grains is a solution. Well, that’s not much better. It might not have the herbicide glyphosate, for instance, or other herbicides or pesticides, but it has all the other problems, like:
- the amylopectin A that sends your blood your sky high,
- the gliadin protein (broken down to opiates) that triggers relentless appetite, or triggers autoimmune diseases and inflammation,
- wheat germ agglutinin, that’s a gastrointestinal toxin, or
- phytates that block iron absorption.
So even if it’s organic it still has 99+% of all the problems of grains.
3. Traditional or sprouted grains
Just like organic wheat is no better, traditional wheat or sprouted wheat is maybe just a little teensy-weensy bit less harmful, because choosing traditional strains or sprouting the seed reduces the content of some of the toxic compounds; like a little bit reduction of the phytate or the wheat germ agglutinin. But most it’s still there. And other adverse components are still there. So we do not turn to traditional or sprouted grain sources.
4. Other unhealthy grain substitutes
Turning to another form of an unhealthy grain substitute, like buckwheat, brown rice flour, millet, or some of the other grain or non grain flours — because those are typically very high in carbohydrates. A bread made of buckwheat; if you have more than a little bit, you have sky high blood sugars, which will turn off weight-loss, and contribute to such things as weight gain, Type 2 diabetes risk, dementia, cancer, heart disease.
That’s why we adhere to our net carb rule, and follow the Wheat Belly recipes that do not use the flours that spike your blood sugar. We use flours like almond flour, coconut flour, ground golden flaxseed; they do not raise blood sugar at all.
5. Mistake opiate withdrawal with “need” for grains
Mistake the opiate withdrawal syndrome, that many people experience in the first week of going wheat and grain free; mistaking those awful effects with “need”; if you get rid of all wheat and grains, within a few hours you’re starting to experience nausea, headache, fatigue, depression and cravings. You think “Oh no, what’s going on? This must be my body telling me I need wheat or grains.”
No — it’s an opiate withdrawal syndrome, from gliadin protein-derived opiates, that are in wheat and grains. Recognize that. Just as a cigarette smoker has to go through the awful nicotine withdrawal, likewise, you have to go through withdrawal from the gliadin-derived opiates. There’s lots of discussions about this in other Wheat Belly videos, and the Wheat Belly books of course.
6. Fearful of fat
Another reason people kind of mess up in the Wheat Belly lifestyle is because they’re fearful of fat. They’ve been told, we’ve all been told, for last 40-50 years, to cut your fat, cut your total fat, and cholesterol, saturated fat, right? Forget all that. Eat all the fat you want. I want you use more butter (organic perhaps), more coconut oil. Buy fatty cuts of meat. Eat the fat. Do not be fearful of fat, because having more fat will stack the odds in your favor of a huge success on this Wheat Belly lifestyle. Get rid of all your prior notions, your fat phobias.
7. Inadequate hydration
People don’t realize that they lose water in that first week. If you lose, let’s say, 5 pounds in the first 7 days on the Wheat Belly lifestyle, 2 or 3 of those pounds could be water. You can become dehydrated. Recognize that you need to hydrate even more than usual, particularly in the first 10 days or so of your Wheat Belly lifestyle or Wheat Belly Detox.
Hydrate more than usual and lightly salt your food. I’ve had people actually pass out in the first 10 days or so, because they didn’t follow that advice to hydrate better. So hydrate better. And people who don’t hydrate enough often mistake thirst for hunger, and have a hard time avoiding the wrong foods. So be aware. Hydration and salting your food lightly are key aspects of the Wheat Belly lifestyle
So there you go. Those are seven common mistakes that many newcomers to the Wheat Belly lifestyle and Wheat Belly Detox make. Be aware of these, and don’t make them yourself.