Success Stories

Amine:
In just a matter of 2 months (since 9/3 to be exact), I feel unbelievable and quickly losing the gut just by dropping wheat.

Here is the before and after in just a matter of 8 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would remember when I start with one sandwich and eat 3 to 5 sandwiches and dont want to stop.
There is no way I would ever eat bread again. This reminds of the first time they told me that packaged mashed potatoes is fake. Same thing with bread.
The stunning part for me is I have exercised like a maniac for years and never noticed a difference in weight. By dropping wheat and exercising like usual, I have quickly noticed the difference. Yay, I’m 185 pounds again. It takes courage for a Doctor to go the unconventional route and expose this problem.

Donna:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress report at 3 weeks: Lost 4 pounds around my middle (and thighs), body aches have disappeared, my previously distended, uncomfortable belly has deflated, can go for 6 hours without feeling hungry, I feel so energetic and practically spring right up a flight of stairs, sleep like a baby with no hip pain waking me up, no longer feel depressed because I was slowly gaining weight despite being a runner and person who doesn’t overindulge.

This book has changed my life for the better and I hope you give it a try! I did not have that much weight to lose, but it was unhealthy weight nonetheless and made me miserable . . .

 

Michelle

I’m a 48 year-old woman. The pic on the left was taken in April, when I was at my heaviest – about 169 lbs. My A1C had gone from a 5.4 in December to 6.5 in April, as my weight ballooned. I found that I had intense carb cravings. If I went out to eat and started in on the bread on the table, I would literally keep eating it till the main dish came, or until I’d finished the basket of bread. Same with cookies, pasta (couldn’t just have one serving!), basically anything with wheat or sugar in it.

I realized that I was on the verge of diabetes, which runs in my family. I felt tired and sluggish all the time, despite working out three to four times a week. I had acid reflux to the point that I was taking Prevacid every day. Headaches were a regular occurrence – in fact, not to have a headache was the exception. Intestinal distress was “regular” for me “:-)

I read Gary Taubes’ book “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It” and realized that carbs were killing me. I decided to cut out anything “white” in my diet. I added Jorge Cruz’s Belly Fat Cure idea of only eating 15g of sugar and 6 servings (about 120g) of carbs per day, but I did not like his addition/inclusion of wheat toast. I knew that if I ate one slide of bread, all bets were off.

From April through June I slowly weaned myself off most carbs, and all white flour products. I ate mainly meat proteins, eggs, cheese and nuts, and high fiber veggies like broccoli. My acid reflux disappeared almost immediately. Headaches became rare occurrences. I started losing weight. But I’d have an occasional bite or two of pasta, or a brownie. Usually I would get a headache or acid reflux, but I was losing weight (10-15lbs at that point), so I didn’t really care.

Then, for my birthday in June, I decided to “splurge” at dinner. I had a steak, sweet potato, and two (or maybe three!) dinner rolls. I also had cake for dessert. Before I even got home, I had a splitting headache. I crawled into bed feeling like I just wanted to sleep for a year. But I woke at 3am – feeling like I had tied one on the night before (I’ve been alcohol-free since August 2008). The next morning felt like a hangover. Headache, brain fog, sluggish. Awful. Terrible diarrhea for two days (I called it the diarrhea diet, but wouldn’t recommend it to anyone!).

At that point I scheduled an ALCAT food sensitivity blood test with my doctor; I knew that something in my dinner had almost killed me. Two weeks later, in July, I got the results – extreme gluten intolerance. The gluten intolerance found in my blood test only confirmed what I had already suspected (I’m also highly intolerant of high-fructose corn syrup!). At that point, I got serious about being wheat free. No more cheats. I was dead serious about losing weight. Even by July, on my 90% wheat-free diet, my A1C had dropped to 5.8. I had lost almost 20lbs, and I was feeling better than ever.

By late September, when the pic on the right was taken, I had dropped more than 25lbs. My A1C was down to 5.7, and my doctor pronounced me out of danger of diabetes.

I recently found out about “Wheat Belly” through a friend who works at a bookstore in Canada. I immediately read your blog. It made total sense to me. I would love it if we could convince the FDA that their food pyramids and plates are killing us. People can’t believe that all I did was cut wheat out of my diet, along with other high-glycemic carbs like rice, and cut back my sugar to 15g or less a day (they don’t realize that there is hidden sugar in everything – I have to thank Jorge Cruz for that one – who knew yogurt was so full of sugar? Natural (if you eat the right stuff) but still sugar. Bananas? ditto… milk? same thing).

So – NO wheat, limited carbs and VERY limited sugar, and I’m now down 33 lbs. I weigh 136 lbs. I am starting to recognize the woman in the mirror as the same slim woman who was in the Army 30 years ago! I think I can get to my “fighting weight” of about 130lbs with no effort if I just keep eating the way I am. I figure my body will stop losing weight when the fat is gone. That’s one thing I learned from Taubes’ book – our weight should be self-regulating, like that of wild animals, if we are eating the right foods and not messing up our hormones with sugar and carbs and gluten and gliadin.

That was probably way too much info. But I want people to know that they too can lose the weight, and feel like they’re young again. It came off almost effortlessly for me. I haven’t looked at calories or fat, just sugar and carbs, and I don’t touch wheat or other gluten-containing products. Even with the “gluten-free” pastas, etc. I either eat VERY small portions (which wasn’t possible for me with wheat-pasta) or skip it. Gluten-free cookies, etc. still contain as much sugar as regular cookies, and I don’t want to spike my blood sugar, so I look for those sweetened with stevia or just skip them. I find almond butter or peanut butter on a lentil cracker (low carb yummy goodness) or even on a piece of 85% dark chocolate is enough of a treat for dessert.

I feel as if I’ve gotten a degree in nutrition over the last six months. My friends tell me I look 10 years younger (and the pics attest to that), and I feel younger and better for sure! This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change for me! Thanks for filling in the final blanks with “Wheat Belly”!

Susan
Among a few other health issues, one that was troublesome, but I thought, manageable was wicked PMS. I’m talking about relationship-threatening, everybody leave me alone, don’t even think about talking to me PMS, a full week every single month. It was easy to recognize, and it was usually the first temper tantrum each month that had my family, mostly hubby, running for cover. I would also be bloated, and tired and constipated.

When I bought your book two weeks ago, and started wheat-free, I actually didn’t even think about this part of my health. Guess what….NO PMS this month! A little edgy for a day or so, but work was hectic, and I sure wasn’t paying attention to the calendar.

At dinner tonight, I asked my husband and 14 year old if they had noticed PMS for the past week. The 14 year old is brutally honest, and would have come out with it. She said no right away. Hubby noticed the slight “edge” for two days, again attributing it to work. I am simply amazed. Having accepted this as who I was for the last 30-something years, I am astounded that this simple change has made all the difference. My family thanks you, Dr. Davis! Stay tuned for the continuing successes I hope to have.

 

KDM
Here’s a small list of things that have occurred since being wheat free for the last three months:

Weight reduction from 162 pounds down to 143.
Sleeping better and no more leg cramps waking me up in the middle of night.
Sinus and nasal allergy issues are gone.
I no longer need meds for heartburn and indigestion.
I don’t require eating something every 3 or 4 hours to keep from feeling like I’m going to pass out.
My skin no longer looks dry and cracked. I believe this is because less of my daily water intake is needed for digestion of food since wheat products are no longer consumed. I would also attribute this to the leg
cramps disappearing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Weight now 140 lb. after 16 more days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Beth
I’m not really sure if this should be considered a success story, maybe more of a triumph!!!!

Today was just one of those dumbass days. Tough day at work, tough day with thinking about my stepdaughter being so far away in Rhode Island in law school (thou so proud of her). Tough day with the thought of my “baby boy” going off to the ARMY (again, very proud mama) in November. A day where being an office manager for a construction company was hectic, and everyone wanted something. Just a sucky day!!! I wanted nothing more than to go off and get like this huge triple stacker greasy burger with fries etc. at lunch.

But, my day got too busy and didn’t have time to take lunch break. (Good thing I had my stash of cucumbers, raw nuts and other veggies to swear at while I was eating them to get me thru until I left the office after a 9 HOUR DAY sitting at my desk!!!) I start at 6am every morning so at 3:00, I was sooooo ready for that burger. Stop at the store to get some ibuprofen (I’m out of it), go home, veg in front of the TV with my lounge pants on and eat, probably even doze off watching a rerun of Oprah.

So, I get home and I’m irritated that, after I put my lounge pants on, they are driving me crazy because they keep falling down past my waist, so I pull the strings tighter from where they are knotted, and I stomp into the living room to watch Oprah and take a little nap. This is when I realize that the show is over, I drove right by Wendy’s on my way home, didn’t stop for ibuprofen, (I’ve been out of it since I read your book, I haven’t needed it ) my pj’s are loose on me, and I’ve kept myself busy with some things to cross off my to do list, (that is STRICTLY for weekends, beacause I have no energy to do stuff when I get home form work).

Dr. Davis, I guess I’m posting this as a success story because since I’ve read your book, I feel better!!! I didn’t need the comfort fast food after a bad day, I’ve been bringing healthy stuff with me to work, (my poop by the way has been normal, even with no benefiber). Remember, I’m the girl that was terrified of another diverticulitis flare up). My clothes are much looser, still working on my wheat belly, but I’ve noticed that when my husband hugs me, he can get his arms around my waist, and he kind of pats my butt, so I gotta love that, I guess it’s because he can reach it again.

So, I guess for me, after this day I had, It IS a success story. I’m thankful that you wrote it, I’m thankful for reading the article in Women’s World, I’m thankful I bought the book, and I’m thankful that I think you may have changed my life,. Now, if you could just do something about my baby leaving for the ARMY!!!!! (By the way, I’m going to see my daughter at the end of next month and am going to buy her a copy of this book, and bring it to her. She has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a couple of years ago, and struggles with severe intestinal issues, joint pain, and is now on Remicade infusions because of her flare ups….Never mind… I am going to send her a copy TONIGHT, because I have the energy to get dressed, go to the book store, then go to the post office and mail it to her.

 

KT

 

Wheat-free, down 31 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting weight 288, Current 222 Target 190. Short, intense workouts 3 days a week (each approximately 20-30 minutes) I started with cutting back on sugar, salt and fats, and lost 35 pounds in 8 months. After stalling out and getting frustrated, I came across the concept of removing grains, sugar and sweeteners from my diet. Then did things take off! 31 additional pounds in 2 months, increased energy, ambition and stamina. I have to say the removal of grains has had the greatest impact. I have even added the occasional sugar free sweetener, salt and dairy back, with no ill effects. From a complete reversal of Irritable bowel syndrome (no meds now), to leveling of moods, completely ending the high/low 90-120 minute cycle of hunger, snacking, joint pain, complete disappearance of chronic rashes, completely off acid reflux meds (I had been diagnosed with 2 ulcers as well). The only thing I take is a multivitamin and a probiotic. I have to attribute all of this to one thing: No more grains, particularly wheat!

For the first time in my 15 year marriage, I am the one agitating my wife to go on 4 mile daily walks, to driving her to exercise more, talking to friends about nutrition and exercise (also the occasional total stranger. Yes, I am one of those folks!) I have even decided to begin training in (good) nutrition and fitness, so I can better get the word out there of how just a diet change can have such a huge impact on anyone’s life. Dr. Davis book is absolutely the real deal. For those that think it does not work, try it. You will be amazed at not just the results, but also how easy it is to live without these modified grasses. I can walk through the middle of a bakery, and not even feel tempted. I just smile at what I was like before I gave those items up. I would not go back to the old me for anything!

 

DK
I have always had allergies and asthma, as early as age four I have memories of struggling to breathe. In my 30′s I decided to walk three miles each day, eat a healthy diet, lose weight and get my asthma under control….and felt the worst ever in my life. I added whole grain pasta, whole wheat bread, bagels etc. to my diet and progressively felt worse. My asthma was out of control (daily medication), the skin rash/bumps on my skin were more defined than ever, itchy I was constantly taking Benadryl. Going to the DR gave me more medications, which seemed to give me more side effects, or only help for a short time. No one was treating what was causing my asthma, headaches, exhaustion, itchy skin and generally unwell feeling, only treating the symptoms!

I decided to keep a daily/food journal and record what did, I ate, the time eaten and how I felt through out the day. I’m not sure why, it just felt like a last resort. Come to find out within an hour or two of eating wheat, or corn products (sometimes sooner) my asthma would act up and I would need my fast acting inhaler/allergy meds. Next I cried (it felt like grieving), I had no idea how to remove wheat and corn from my life, that is all I ever ate…pastas, bread, etc. My comfort food. How do I socially eat with friends at dinners, restaurants??? (It seems to be in EVERYTHING!!!)

Still, I thought maybe just a test, I’ll remove it for a few weeks and if there is no difference… nothing lost, nothing gained. To my surprise I had headaches at first, worse than ever…but by week two, I had some really great side effects. Headaches went away, I lost 7 pounds without trying. By the third week, I was still losing weight and my skin was glowing and clearer than ever. By week four, my joint pain and aches that I thought were caused by walking, or ‘doing too much’ went away (no more daily pain meds) and I was sleeping better through the night.

By week 8 I lost over 20 pounds, no longer needed daily asthma medication and my exhaustion seemed to disappear. I started this the last week of December, and total I have lost 30 pounds, and feel great. (maintained it too!!!) The skin bumps on the back of my arms are GONE, I’ve had them all of my life and had no idea they could ever just be GONE! (Even went to the DERM several times, nothing worked.) I’ve learned not to cheat either, immediately my wheezing, mood, itchy skin and exhaustion return with just a slice of pizza. It’s not worth it!

I was excited to read your book, and hear that while I stumbled across this by accident, there are others that understand how I felt, and how great I feel now. My children have their mom back, and my husband is excited and noticed all of the positive changes too.

 

Ang
I have been wheat-free for 9 days after reading the article in Woman’s Day (which I NEVER pick up — don’t know why it struck me that day to read it). I cannot believe the PROFOUND DIFFERENCE in my life.

I have spent 43 years in the throws of what I will call a “food addiction” problem. The CONSTANT fight to win the battle of not eating too much, not eating the wrong foods, not eating, exercising more, etc. has taken a toll on my life and is time wasted I can never get back. But my husband described this best when he said “it’s like you’ve been a wheelchair and can walk again.” Cravings have been ELIMINATED. I mean COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. The ability to recognize ACTUAL HUNGER is so foreign to me that when, in the past eight days, it happened, my husband and I were GIDDY. I actually KNOW when I am hungry. I have NEVER KNOWN what hunger felt like.

PERFECT EXAMPLE: We were at a ballgame and there were few options available and I was, as my husband, GENUINELY hungry. So I ordered a sauage and peppers without the bun and the fries that came with it. Now, I have NEVER EVER EVER LEFT FRIES on a plate and called them a “trigger food” for me for years. But, with out the wheat trigger in my life, I easily knew when I was full and, lo and behold, half the fries were left. NOW LET ME BE CLEAR: I am not saying I’ve replaced bread with french fries, I get that carb-porn/fried or otherwise can be problematic and I am eating plenty of vegetables, lean meats, brown rice and healthy choices, but when I was in a situation where real genuine hunger and VERY limited choices made a poorer choice the only option — without WHEAT, I was able to eat like a NORMAL human being, recognizing the signs of FULL and not feeling depriviation or the need to “WILL” myself not to finish the fries. I have NEVER had that ability!!!!!!

Oh — and I’ve lost eight pounds in the eight days.

 

Anne
When I was in my mid 50′s I started having problems with blockage of my LAD [left anterior descending coronary artery]. I had multiple stents that failed and went on to bypass in 2000. After bypass I still did not feel well. In 2003, I was having SOB [shortness of breath] and pitting edema of my lower legs. My cardiologist suggested that I have another angiogram to see if there was more blockage.

At that time I was also experiencing terrible pain from small fiber peripheral neuropathy. My energy level was down to “0″, My skin, eyes and mouth were dry. I had many other symptoms. All these symptoms along with the SOB and edema, and I thought I was dying.

Because my doctors had no answer for my peripheral neuropathy(PN), I turned to google. I found a forum and was told to read the articles of Dr. Hadjivassiliou about the connection between gluten and PN. Although I asked my doctors to test me for celiac disease, they all refused so I used www.enterolab.com. My tests were positive for antibodies to gluten and a tissue transglutaminase reaction to gluten. I stopped eating gluten the day I received my tests results and within 3 days I knew I was on the right track. The first symptom that disappeared was my knee pain.

After a few weeks of living without wheat, barley or rye, I noticed that I was no longer had SOB or pitting edema. My energy level was improving too. I called my cardiologist and told him that I saw no reason for further tests at this time.

Over time my diet has changed even more. I am still very strict about gluten. The slightest amount will cause symptoms for up to 7 days. It did not take me long to figure out that I am also sensitive to yeast and that I feel better totally grain free. I am now on a paleo/primal diet that is low in carbohydrates. Keeping my carbohydrates low keeps my blood sugar from rising. Yes, turns out I also have T2DM [type 2 diabetes mellitus]. My fasting blood glucose is “normal” but my postprandial BG can easily spike over 200. My doctors were not concerned about this because of the normal fasting levels.

I have been gluten free for almost 8 years and low carb/primal/paleo for a little over 2 years. I feel my health is doing great – I feel great and have energy. Oh yes, as far as my PN, all that is left is mild residual numbness without pain. Recently I have been getting more temperature sense back.

 

John K. from Texas
I was some kind of wheat belly slob. My health was terrible. I was on an express lane to early death. I found myself in the hospital and had a stent inserted into the infamous “widow-maker” artery. After the surgery I began asking questions as to what I needed to do to improve my health. I was told that if I have any difficulties to let them know. I really expected at least something about preventative measures, etc. Nope. That began my journey to find solutions. I found Dr. Davis and TYP (Track Your Plaque) and so began a new journey.

So, I am glad to share how it all began — eliminating wheat and grain!

Since eliminating wheat & grain from my diet in 2007, I went from 265 lb pathetic slob to 180 lbs., down 85 lbs! I was taking ToprolXL, Benicar for high blood pressure and Tricor for triglyceride. Diagnosed: hypertriglyceridemia. I am embarassed to say that I could not even bend over to tie my shoes; I had to sit-squat. Look at that huge wheat belly (pix below)!

Then (02/2006):

LDL = 89
HDL = 30
TG = 360
Total Ch = 191

Wt = 265 lbs

I stopped eating all wheat and grain products and I dropped a huge amount of body fat — and that ugly wheat belly. Gone! In the beginning I thought I would miss wheat and grain but never did. The transformation was like a miracle. That 265 lb wheat-belly slob is but a distant acquaintence today. And, look what happened to my lipids!

Now (03/11):

LDL = 62
HDL = 67
TG = 94
Total Ch = 148

Wt = 180 lbs

After losing my “wheat belly” I truly regained my youth! I am 69 years old and feel like I am in my 20s (energy, stamina). I am in great physical condition. I no longer need BP medication or tryclyceride medication.

My health insurance has a preventative care program and a nurse would call me to check on my health, diet, etc. They abandoned me long ago — I no longer fit their profile. My cardiologist jokes with me, asking me why I even come to see him.

I am busy with all kinds of interesting projects and even going back to grad school to take courses, just for the fun of it. This summer I am hoping to skydive once again (used to do that regularly years ago).

Before-After

It is difficult to imagine that THAT wheat belly dude was me a mere 4 years ago!

 

 

 

 

Joan
As a person who formerly owned a wheat belly, I can tell you this works. I was a 5’8? 162 pound woman whose blood sugars were verging on prediabetic and triglycerides were at Lipitor levels. And I had that soft, squishy, grandma belly. March 1, I gave up wheat and its cousins, rice, oats, and corn. By June 1, I had lost 32 pounds, my blood sugars are in a 15 point range from 85 to 100 at all times, my triglycerides are normal, and my squish is gone. I lost my GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease], my urge for afternoon naps, my gnawing hunger, and my IBS [irritable bowel syndrome] along the way. I never counted a calorie, just read labels and checked blood sugars to make sure I was on track. Easiest diet ever.

I’d take a look at the trackyourplaque blog as well. I read every single post…and a lot of the replies. I learned to “eat to my meter.” Dr. Davis has a couple of great posts about that. I’d add a food, test my sugar, repeat for each new food, at first. I learned what I could and could not eat. As long as my 1 hour blood sugar stayed under 110, I lost weight by the pounds per week, sometimes as many as 4. Not sure what the directions would be for a diabetic on meds, though, as far as a desirable 1 hour post-prandial sugar. There will be some medication adjustment that would have to go on there if you follow the diet. But basically, what made the difference for me was getting rid of wheat, rice, corn, and oats. I just don’t eat them. And they are in almost everything you pick up that is processed in any way.

I’ve relearned how to cook, thanks to a lot of folks in the low-carb community, many of whom are diabetic or prediabetic and are managinng without medication. I’m embarrassed to say I’m a nurse who helped teach cardiac patients “how to eat.” (At the behest of the doctors I worked for, no less.) Now I have the urge to call them all and tell them just how wrong I was. Eating whole grains put 30 pounds on me and raised my blood fats. Eating without grain took off the weight, normalized my sugars, and lowered my blood fats. My wheat eating friends, who are all my age, keep telling me I’m “too skinny” now. But I’m the only one who is playing tag with the grandkids, and not sitting around complaining of being too tired to go anywhere, so I figure I’m ahead of the game.

 

Frank of Low-Carb Age
My doctor recommended reducing carbohydrates in 2009 to lower my triglycerides. This was a last ditch attempt after several years of trying to lower it with a low fat diet, fish oil, niacin and, briefly, a triglyceride lowering drug. The combined pharmaceutical approach resulted in only a modest decrease from 440 to 344, and I developed an allergy to the drug. With a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, my insurance company recommended I start Metformin, a blood sugar management drug. It seemed like my future was predetermined; I would follow the other members of my family into type II diabetes and eventually become insulin dependent. But six weeks after starting the low carb diet, my triglycerides fell to 106, well below the 150 reference standard. My blood sugar stabilized at just over 100, and has been under 100 for the past year.

Along the way, I lost 50 pounds, started sleeping through the night, stopped taking Prilosec for my GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease] and quit nearly falling asleep during my afternoon commute. Other than sugar, wheat represented my biggest carbohydrate load, as I loved bread, pastries and other “healthy whole grain” foods. I do know that if I eat wheat, even staying within reasonable daily carbohydrate limits, my GERD returns. Dr. Davis’ research through the years, combined with his real world experience in treating thousands of patients, has helped me understand the contribution wheat made to my health problems. Today, I no longer fear the onset of type II diabetes, as I have eliminated the markers for metabolic syndrome.

 

Shaun
I have a double success story here, with my wife and myself.

Being a life-long keep-fit enthusiast, I had never had any trouble staying lean. Health is another matter, though; I had habitually suffered from sinus problems (and pretty serious infections) and joint pain; however, I always attributed the latter problem to 25 years of contact sports and intensive training. It wasn’t until last September (the 13th to be precise), when we cut out all cereal products that I was leaping out of bed with no neck, back or knee pain whatsoever. This was the first time in years that I was able to get up without a prolonged mobilization session. Incredible!! I was to experience many, many more advantages to wheat-free living over the following weeks and months…

Being very active, I found myself in a prison of sorts. To fuel my hiking, kayaking, cycling, running etc. I had to be practically living in the kitchen. Bagels, OJ, toast, pasta etc. were the mainstay of my refuelling. I was constantly ravenous, bolting down “heart-healthy” breakfast cereal at 6 am before walking the dogs, then returning home to wolf down a few slices of low-fat toast . . . and on and on it went, all day having to top up with all kinds of wonderfully healthy wheat products. I never stopped to think that this might be my body’s way of screaming “Shaunito, there’s something seriously amiss here, you’re not nourishing yourself adequately!”
I just continued stuffing my face and then, low and behold, despite being the most active person amongst everybody I knew, I started gaining a lot of podge.

How could this be?! I was spending all my free time training and yet I was gaining body fat. Ahh, it just gets harder with age, I was told. An inevitable aspect to aging . . . and then I came across people such as Dr. Davis and their very cogent explanations regarding the deleterious effects of wheat. I immediately knocked all cereals on the head and discovered the joy of living without the horrible, gnawing hunger that had previously accompanied me throughout my entire existence. Now, I eat once or twice a day and never suffer the type of hunger that makes one miserable. I savour my food, rather than just see it as fuel. I can do as much as I like and still go an entire day without even thinking of food. Oh yes, I effortlessly dropped 12 kilos [26 lbs] and my wife 10 kilos [22 lbs] over the first few months.

All of these things were tremendous findings, but the most mind-blowing success for us was what happened with my wife’s fifteen year struggle with colitis. She had started losing a lot of blood when she was a teenager and, despite all the usual medical interventions, this had continued to afflict her into her thirties. During one bad spell she had been taking up to 13 types of medicine (amongst other invasive procedures) and, long story short, had never been close to being “fixed.” It was just too much leafy veg perhaps, or…or…and on she went suffering a very uncomfortable existence.

Fast-forward to last year and our wheat elimination starting in September. After the already mentioned improvements we were delighted to realize that my wife had gone a month without losing blood (previously she had suffered bouts of colitis every few weeks on average), so we were pleased that things seemed to be clearing up . . . then two whole months . . . and after three months we were ecstatic. Then Christmas arrived and although I stayed on the wheat-free path, the little lady got a bit ahead of herself and suffered the consequences. Mere moments after “enjoying” a local wheat-tastic dish she had to run to the toilet and it took her three weeks for everything to clear up and return to pre-Christmas levels of well-being.

Sometimes we need the extreme problems in order to make a change in our lives and this episode has convinced both of us to stay on the wheat-free course for the rest of our lives. On the rare occasion that we unwittingly consume the noxious substance, we both suffer horrendously (me with joint pain and my wife with another episode of colitis), but we merely consider this a reminder to behave ourselves. Our friends (mostly in their thirties and, in their own eyes, unaffected by wheat) virtually all show symptoms of impending problems and, although I do my best to push books and websites on them, they will probably resist until things take a drastic change for the worse. The wheat bellies are growing and the men are increasingly endowed with female breasts, but they insist that they just need to increase the gym visits . . .

Hopefully this knowledge will become more mainstream and everybody can start enjoying the sort of health that me and my wife are currently blessed with, thanks to blogs and books like “Wheat Belly.”

Thanks for all the information that we have been fortunate enough to pick up from you and your blog, Doctor, and we are currently awaiting your book (which will find its way into the hearths and homes of our friends before it’s too late).

Regards,
Shaun

1,485 Responses to Success Stories

  1. MJ says:

    Hi, I have totally eliminated wheat and followed the Wheat Belly diet and I have lost 15 pounds since Feb. 2012. I sleep so well at night and the chronic neck pain that I took 8 Ibuprofen a day for, it virtually gone. I think that I have only taken 10 Ibuprofen since February! My cholesterol, however has jumped 30 points. I am so disappointed. Do you have any suggestions? I take Niacin and Fish Oil but I am resisting my doctor’s insistence to take statins. My family history with statins is not great; broken bones, muscle weakness, mental confusion. Any help in this area will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, MJ

  2. merry says:

    i started the wheat-free approx 15 days ago, i’m not losing the weight that i thought i should be losing, i eat wheat-free, i had pure corn meal 2x (1/4 cup each time) should i eat pure corn meal? merry

  3. Georgia says:

    I have been following the Wheatbelly diet for over 3 weeks now. While I did lose 7 pounds almost immediately, now I am not losing and in fact, am gaining some back. I feel discouraged. I typically did not eat cheese before, but have been enjoying it on Wheatbelly. I’m thinking I need to give that up. I eat a ton of greens, eggs in the a.m. then a combo of meats, cheese, nuts and veggies the rest of the day. I need to lose about 70 pounds. Any suggestion as to how to continue the weight loss? Is it possible that the cheese and nuts are too calorie dense for me to lose weight? Thank for any help!

    • James says:

      Hi Georgia,

      It would also help to move. Slow pace daily workouts (walking a few miles, biking, etc) and occasional harder ones (like once or twice a week): weight-lifting, pull-ups, etc.

      Your diet seems just fine. Eat until you feel full and are no longer hungry. Eat WHEN you feel hungry.

      By the way, expect some plateaus in your weight loss, i experienced one myself after 2.5 weeks that lasted 4 days or so. I then entered a ketogenic state to accelerate the weight loss (fat burning mode) by going really low carb. But don’t do that all the time to begin with. Just give it a try for 2-3 days and resume about 50-70g of carbs after that. Then use intermittent fasting (skip e.g. a breakfast if you don’t feel hungry and gather all your food intake within 8 hours – does not matter when during the day) and do this once a week to start with. And while fasting, BE ACTIVE :) Report back on the effects. I have tried a few times now and it has given me tremendous energy! … your mileage may vary though …

    • James says:

      PS: It would also help reaching satiety if you add more healthy fat (eat 2 tsp of organic cold pressed coconut oil before a meal for example, add olive oil to your veggies, use butter in your cooking, have 2 tsp of flaxseed oil daily for omega-3′s). The idea is really to get good fat (naturally saturated or mono unsaturated, with all the goodies – organic butter derived from grass fed cows is full of niceties and delicious!)

      • Georgia says:

        Thanks, James.
        I do have some coconut oil daily. I cook my eggs with it, and I’ll use it for stir frys.
        Regarding exercise, I do exercise regularly. In fact, I am a black belt Nia instructor and I teach 2-4 classes per week, in addition to bike riding, walking, moving a lot.
        When I eat, even if I’m eating cheese or nuts, I make sure to eat at least as much greens as I am the other thing, so I think it’s pretty darn balanced. The good news is, I didn’t really gain the two pounds I thought I had. I weighed again that same day because I was mad at gaining and wanted to be sure, and sure enough, not weight gain. Fact remains I didn’t lose any weight last week, though.
        I’ll stick with it and hopefully I will begin to lose more. I am really glad I am not hungry, no cravings, and so much ease around food. That is all worth it!

        • james says:

          Hi Georgia,

          Wow, you are really active! I am not so myself but I move my butt nonetheless :)

          One thing I completely forgot to mention and I should think it is the most important thing: throw away your scale! :D well, no, you can keep it BUT:

          You may know it or not but during the day, our weight varies by a few pounds, mainly due to water. That is why you weigh usually lighter when you get out of bed after a whole night fasting. If your average weight equals X, then you will find that measuring it on your scale throughout the day will provide values than can be quite different. A typical range is +/- 2lbs so the minimum can be 4 lbs lighter than the maximum.
          That is why the scale is a lousy tool or I would say that we are lousy at using the scale :)

          This is also why it seems like we lose a lot of lbs at the begining of the low carb grain free diet. It is because a lot of it is water! You find yourself going to the toilet more often. When your body switches to fat burning after a period of maybe 2 weeks of adjustment to low carb – high fat diet, you will lose body fat and use fat as fuel in general. Ketone concentration will increase in your blood serum and that will keep you full of energy throughout the day because our body fat has a lot of energy in store compared to the body’s glucose storage.

          I am reading the following book

          “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable” by Stephen D. Phinney, Jeff S. Volek”

          A fascinating book! And it explains A LOT of what we are going through. It gives a lot of details about many aspects of metabolic processes, body fuelling, etc, and yet, does not fall into over pedantic scientific esoterism. I really recommend you grab this book when you can.
          J.

          PS: Just finished a 24 hour fast. I even had a 1 hour bike trip this morning and various slow pace activities until 1 PM – I simply had to wait until I felt hungry!

          • merry says:

            thank you james for the info i’ve been on the wheat-free for approx. 1 month i’ve not lost the weight, that i thought i should lose after giving-up wheat and sweets!!, so thanks for all your insights i really needed that today!!! merry

  4. anonymous says:

    I believe I have a specific wheat intolerance, and I’ve known it since I gave up wheat 2 years ago (for about 8 months) and had a flat stomach for the first time in my life. However, I started eating it again due to an addiction to wheat foods and immediately got bloated again with constipation and joint pain. Your book inspired me to go wheat free again – and in 2 days my chronic constipation has vanished, no more bloating that puts me in a cranky mood due to being constantly uncomfortable, and the joint pain in my left hip/leg joint is 90% gone. 2 days!

    I will add that I am young and not overweight. Mid twenties, female, 5’5 and 121 pounds (115 for the 8 months I wasn’t eating wheat). I don’t overeat to begin with so will keep other grains in my diet because I don’t feel that the level I consume them is enough to be harmful.

    Going wheat free is life changing. My story proves wheat affects people without ‘classic’ symptoms – constipation instead of diarrhoea in my case. As a health care worker, I am taught to tell pregnant women with gestational diabetes to eat “healthy whole grains” – what a problem!

  5. Mary says:

    I first read Wheat Belly about 18 months ago. As I read the symptoms of a wheat diet I could only think of my father, who died at the age of 82 with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. I’m sure we would have had him with us longer if he had gone wheat-free. The good news is that when I read excerpts aloud to my family about symptoms of gluten intolerance, my 17 year old daughter said “that sounds like me”. I had not realized that she was so plagued with digestive issues as she had assumed they were pretty normal. She immediately gave up anything with gluten and improved right away, including losing a rash the doctor had been unsuccessful in treating. Now the whole family is gluten and wheat -free and I have given the book to family and friends. We also contributed to spreading the word by leaving a copy my husband was re-reading with our guide when we were visiting Bangkok. In combination with weight training to address my osteoporosis, I have lost 32 lbs of fat, and maintained all my muscle. Thank you for your research and inspiration. We also enjoy receiving your recipes. I think we have tried most of them.

  6. Robert Milliard says:

    Nine weeks now and 9 lbs. lighter. Now craving feeling at all. Time and patience is the key.

  7. Kirk says:

    Been wheat free 8 weeks. Dropped from 285 lbs to 258 lbs. Severe joint pain (in my knees especially) to pain free. Feel great, sleep better and have better concentration.

  8. George says:

    I was a skeptic — the proof is on the scale — 14 pounds in 5 weeks — 6 to go == amazing
    Georgte

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yup: It’s easier than you think!

      Think of all those people paying oodles of money for meal replacement shakes, “cleansing” programs, etc., to do the same!

  9. Kelly Wilson says:

    I’m not hungry, that is the most amazing thing to me, October 2 I quit, I now think about what I put in my mouth, I eat because I need to, not because of cravings. I used to eat everything in sight, always hungry. I was 180 lbs, only lost 10 lbs but it is slowly whittling away. The biggest thing is I feel good, haven’t felt list good in 20 years at least. Now I am horny all the time what is up with that?

  10. James says:

    Follow up:

    7.5 weeks being WF / grain free / low carb / high fat:

    I actually went beyond my goal. I thought I had 15 lbs to lose … I am at the moment at 20 lbs lost and still some room to go. Note that I do not lose muscle mass since my protein intake is still reasonable and the fat I eat covers for my fuel needs. And I still eat some carbs: a few berries or pieces of low glycemic fruits here and there, lots of veggies, some full fat dairy except for milk which we do not have at all, and lately, we are into pumpkins and butternut squash soup. I want to stabilize for a while and check a few things before I go on a little bit more on my ketosis. But jeeze! my wife is like so surprised with the change. Her own change has not been dramatic since she did not have much weight to lose anyway (5lbs) but when I look at myself today compared to 2 months ago, I am almost speechless! How could I ignore my body so much and stuff it with crap without thinking about what I was ingesting ??

    Anyway, time to tell my rather obese brother that he should probably follow my own experience (I wanted to give this experiment a couple of months before advertising it to the family living aborad). This will be a tough call I am afraid …

    Cheers! And thanks again to Dr Davis for providing such information. In my case, it has been a real snowball effect since I started to develop a big interest in nutrition and health beyond wheat-belly!
    J.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      That’s great, J!

      I think people are encouraged by the rapid weight loss success along with the increased alertness, improved mood, less bowel and joint discomfort, and feeling younger that you can’t help but think, “Gee, if I’m feeling this good, why not work to keep it this way, maybe even make it better?”

      • James says:

        You nailed it Doc! As I read somewhere else, the body is “a moving target” :)
        I really like fine-tuning our diet at home, it makes us very creative and I must say, I derived a lot of inspiration from your recipes :) And we are now following the seasons much more than before (makes sense doesn’t it ?)

        Talking about recipes, I bet your new cookbook is mainly targeted to North-Americans. It would be very helpful for us Europeans that a special edition would provide all food quantities and oven temp translated to the international unit system. I mean, I can multiply or divide a number by 2.2 quite easily (kg – lb conversion) but degree Celcius – Fahrenheit is not so easy. The ‘cup’ unit is another source of confusion (I do own a typical measuring cup, with both ‘cup’ and ‘ml’ scales) as it can be understood as e.g. a regular coffee cup by many. Moreover, ounces is for both volume and mass and I know for sure that some of my family on the French side would be totally lost (of course they would be anyway because to be honest, English speaking is not exactly heir strong point ;) ).

        Just so you know, since you probably expect to derive some income from this book, targeting the European people (who sadly are affected by the SAD diet as you know – no pun intended) would definitely add to your success and most of all PEOPLE’s success by gaining back control of their own health.

        Just for the sake of the discussion, a Danish cook who started to fancy the paleo-diet (whatever it really means) recently published a cookbook. Now, I think that is really nice for many reasons but there is an underlying message that rings funny to my ears, namely that we do know what our paleolithic ancestors ate, and that their diet(s) was (were) better than the neolithic diets. I won’t argue this, that’s not the place, I just think that the paleo trend is healthier than the SAD in any case but shouldn’t be followed as a dogma. However, as a response to this cookbook, a Danish researcher in archeology (yes, archeology!) started to denounce this fancy trend and branding of the paleo movement and criticized this cook for being a businessman before anything else, surfing on the new buzz. She wrote an alternative cookbook dealing with paleo diets as well but based on her research and needless to say that it went against the principles stated in the first cookbook.

        All this to say that “paleo” is becoming a buzzword that is carrying vague and uncertain concepts that will only confuse the mass. Now, your cookbook is based on wheatbelly, which is way more specific and easy to grasp: eliminate wheat from your diet, possibly reduce your sugar and starch intake in general and eat real foods at each meal. There is no vague concept pretending to be ideal or perfect (with an implicit reference to a “nutritional golden age” ). This to my mind WILL touch the mass.

        Think about it :)

        Cheers!
        J.

        • Dr. Davis says:

          I hear you, J!

          Right now, the Wheat Belly Cookbook is targeted to the U.S. market, to be followed by (a different publisher) in Canada.

          As the European contracts come my way, this will be something worth discussing in the translation process.

  11. Tina says:

    My daughter who was already gluten-free for years read Wheat Belly. When she first went gluten-free years ago, she lost weight, but then she ate alot of the processed noodles and macaroonis and it came back. She still FELT better than she used to (everyday headaches and stomach aches). I have Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease, at risk for heart disease, hypoglycemic, suddenly have asthma and am overweight (I had to have several various surgeries in 2005, 2006 & 2007 and had complications; which is when my weight really started to skyrocket. I was only about 140 lbs prior to that) and just too many problems to even list or remember (yes, my memory is horrible!). I’m now 5’5″ (I lost 2″ of my height) and somewhere around 240 when my daughter gave me your book to read. She’d already been explaining about the wheat, but I wasn’t completely convinced. She started losing weight! I stopped eating wheat and cutting back on the other grains before I even finished the book! That was about 10 weeks ago. I don’t have a scale; so I’m not sure if I’ve actually LOST weight or not, but I CAN tell you that the first thing I noticed was that my double chin was no long hard! It had been a hard lump of fat! (ewww!) and now it was smooth! Wow! I was so excited! The next thing a noticed about a week later was that when I went to rub my hips, thighs and legs (sometimes I can’t sleep because of the pain and it helps to massage them) and I realized that there had also been huge, hard fat globules, especially on the hips, and it was now SMOOTH! I also realized then that those fat blobs had HURT! I am so amazed and happy! Yes, there is still fat, but I no longer have the hard fat globules that had covered my body before. I’ve been hoping that it will eventually help with some of my other problems, but I have noticed I don’t have to take my stomach meds everyday and in fact have been forgetting, with problems only every now and then. I’m sold! I’m not even craving bread, cakes and all the stuff I used to gobble down. I started thinking of bread and wheat as “filler” like crackers in a meatloaf. I decided, “I’m big enough already; do I really need any more “filler”?” I think that attitude has helped me alot. Wish me luck…still a ways to go!

  12. Malcolm says:

    Hi:
    I am a 63 year-old male. I met with a new cardiologist here in Calgary yesterday, who so happens to be the only Preventative Cardiologist in Western Canada. His name (for the sake of this correspondence) was Dr. S. He was kind enough to give me 30 minutes of his time, even though when I asked him how much time we had, he said 5 minutes.

    I reviewed our family history with him, explaining that my father had his first heart attack at age 64, and my twin brother developed serious angina in 2008 and had a quadruple bypass that same year at age 58. My father is still alive (he’ll be 94 in January), and my brother has recovered well from his surgery.

    After my brother’s problems started in 2008, I got busy and got tested. In July 2010 I had a 64-Slice Coronary CT Angiogram that did indeed reveal coronary artery disease (hard and soft plaques), although not as bad as what my twin brother had. And my calcium score was high: 479.

    I have done quite a few things to improve my heart health since 2008. In fact I showed Dr. S how my lipid profile had improved considerably from 2008 to 2012. Dr. S. was concerned about my calcium score and the bottom line from his perspective was to lower my LDL by at least 50%. He didn’t care about my Total:HDL ratio improving from 5.2 in 2008 to 3.0 in 2012 (without using any prescription drugs). He didn’t care or even want to see my Lp(a) number, nor CRP, hemoglobin A1c, APO B/APO A1, particle size etc. His focus was exclusively on lowering LDL by at least 50% by using statins.

    I told Dr. S. I would never take a statin. He stood up, shook my hand and said, “It’s nice to meet you; I can’t do anything for you,” and started to get up to leave. The meeting would have been 5 minutes, except I asked him a quick question about taking aspirin and it turned out we chatted for another 25 minutes.

    Dr. S. said the problem for me is “on paper” there is no reason for you to have vascular disease – except for my family history. He said, “You don’t have diabetes, don’t smoke, you’re not overweight, you’re physically active, and your lipid profile is probably in the lower 1/3rd of the population. Therefore, the only reason for you to have vascular disease is family history. Hence the only thing we can deal with here is your cholesterol levels.”

    I disagree with Dr. S. about him attributing my problem to family history. Here’s why. He neglected to ask me what I ate in the 58 years leading up to my calcium score of 479 and the development of my coronary disease.

    In my opinion, the reasons I developed heart disease (and these are just a few highlights) include:

    Eating lots of candy in my youth. Eating 10 cents worth of blackballs at a time. These candies (all sugar) were 3 for a penny back in the day. That’s 30 blackballs!

    Growing up eating smoked meat sandwiches, pepperoni sticks, cheese blintzes and other junk food.

    Surviving high school and university on a lunch diet of peanut butter and jam sandwiches (note: the peanut butter was a leading brand made with hydrogenated vegetable oil).

    Surviving my bachelor years with my twin brother by ordering pepperoni pizza or chicken wings and pop from the neighborhood pizza joint. Every 50th order was free, and that occurred a good number of times for us.

    Snacking during my marathon 5-hour rehearsals in a rock band in the mid 1990′s. More peanut butter and jam sandwiches, juice or coke, cookies and gummy bears. Oh yes, I was famous for my gummy bears.

    I started eating better food probably around age 55 or so, certainly cutting out candy and pop. But my diet still consisted of plenty of desserts, high carb foods, and too much sugar.

    It wasn’t until just this year that I discovered the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. Davis. I do not need to lose weight. Weight has never been my problem. Heart disease is my problem, and I believe Dr. Davis has the solution. I have adopted his eating plan (slipped up a few times but I’m getting more disciplined) and that is how I intend to control my health. I cannot necessarily reverse the disease I have, but I can certainly slow it down or even arrest it. In the world of cardiologist Dr. S., that is done with statins. In my world, that is accomplished with my friend, Dr. Davis.

    Best regards,

    Malcolm

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Sadly, Malcolm, your experience is the rule: Drugs, procedures . . . period. No talk of nutrition, or at least a dietary approach that truly works, no talk of restoration of common atherogenic deficiencies.

      Are you aware of the Track Your Plaque program? The ideas articulated in Wheat Belly are actually the product of efforts conducted in the Track Your Plaque program for coronary plaque control.

  13. Jen says:

    I downloaded WB on Nov. 2nd or so and read it all in a go on the 3rd (a Saturday). Despite the book’s suggestion to start at the beginning of a weekend, I went shopping Sunday morning and didn’t have my first fully wheat-free day until the 5th–a Monday. The first week, it was like my body was in revolt. I was having some terrible GI issues. The inside of my mouth seemed to be shedding layers of filmy stuff and I felt like I was coming down with the flu, all achy and tired.

    There were 2 things, however, that kept me motivated. First, I made the pumpkin spice muffins and found that they made me feel really good. Not sugar-high-good, more like restful-nap-good. Anyway, I initially needed two to feel satisfied, now just one does it. It might seem silly that a muffin could keep me on track but I can only speculate that my body was so starved for nutrition that it kept sending me back to a comfort food that it needed.

    Second–and this one has been so strong a motivator that it successfully got me through several Thanksgiving activities over the last week–my skin cleared up for the first time in over 30 years. I developed acne at the age of 8 or 9 and have struggled with it my entire life. I’ve been through several dermatologists since my teens. I’ve been prescribed antibiotics, Accutane, creams, ointments–you name it. My last dermatologist told me not to expect my skin to really clear up until menopause. None of them ever suggested I change my diet. Yet one week after eliminating wheat and most other carbs, 85% of my acne was gone. Two weeks and it was completely clear. I’m at the three week mark now and my skin looks amazing. Scars are beginning to fade. I didn’t even break out during my menstrual cycle, something that not even Accutane could prevent. My teenage daughter has decided she wants to go wheat-free, too, to see if it will clear up her face. (She’s quite slender, so it says something about how dramatic the change has been to my skin that she is ready to give up her favorites foods, including ice cream and PB & Js).

    I’ve likely lost some weight, as well. I don’t have a scale so I can’t say for sure. (I expect I’m eating more 85% cocoa dark chocolate than is strictly necessary.) Still, my clothes are looser and I look slimmer through the midriff. But honestly, if I never shed a single ounce I will stay wheat-free and low-carb for the rest of my life. My new skin is all the proof I will ever need that this diet is good for me. Dr. Davis, you have my gratitude and my thanks.

  14. Detlef Stolpe says:

    I went from 205 lbs last January to 165 lbs by July. I have been down to below this but since then my weight has stayed between 165-170 lbs.
    I did not buy the book until I had lost the weight. I had read an article that bread bloats you decided not to eat it and the weight just fell off, about 7 lbs a month. The book however described exactly what happened to me in my body transormation.
    I am 63 years old and now weigh the same as when I was in my late teens.
    I have never felt better. Walk for an hour every morning and it is no effort.
    I don’t miss eaing wheat at all.

  15. Robin says:

    I have Hepatitis C, so exhaustion pretty much ruled my life. My world consisted of going to work or lying on the couch to recover from work (I’m an ICU nurse and we work at a frantic pace for 13 hours a shfit). It’s a very physically demanding job and moving, bathing and positioning the ever increasing OBESE patients, was taking a tole on my back, which caused me constant pain. I was contiually looking for supplements or diet change to help with my fatigue. I did go on a raw food diet a couple of years ago and that certainly did help immensely, but that’s a difficult diet to stay on. So I lived in a constant state of fatigue, depression and pain. Actually, sometimes, I would think that if this is life, maybe ending mine wouldn’t be too bad. Then I came across the Wheat Belly Blog and decided to give it a go. So now I have been wheat free for about 3 months. Went thru a good 5 days of flu like symptoms and pretty much just stayed in bed with a heating pad for my achin’ head…. Then, on the 6th day I got up with NO headache and had tremendous energy., which astounded me.. My primary goal was not weight loss, though I was hoping because I had a good 20 lbs that I wasn’t overly fond of. So even though delighted by my energy surge, I didn’t immediately lose any weight. One week by and no weight loss. Second week, and still nothing. Third week, the same. So I stopped weighing myself and hoping. Even with no weight loss, I was feeling the best I have in a very long, long time and was committed to making this a lifetime change. Maybe week 6, I realized that my clothes were lose and got on the scale and was amazed that there was a good 15 lbs LESS of ME… So, now I’m 3 months wheat free and I passed the 20 lb weight loss and more importantly, I’m off of the couch. Thanks, Dr. Davis.

  16. John B says:

    Started wheat free living in mid August 2012 because of weight and cholesterol levels. Novenmber 9th I went back for another levels test, i stepped on the same scale as I did in early August and dropped from 196lb to 173.
    The doctors office called on Nov 12, my total cholesterol went from 203 to 151 and the LDL down to 82 from 122.
    WOW!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yup.

      As I often say, in the world of wheat, 2=2 = 11–the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Wheat elimination yields so many benefits in so many different spheres of health. (Was this a doctor who previously tried to persuade you that the only way to do this was either cutting fat or taking statin drugs?)

  17. Len says:

    I started the diet on October 8th. After 7 weeks, I’m down 40 pounds, 4 pants sizes and 3 belt notches. I feel great!! It really works!!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Spectacular, Len!

      Your health and life are hereby transformed, thanks to saying goodbye to “healthy whole grains”!

  18. Steve says:

    Dr. Davis,

    I have enjoyed a whole host of benefits from wheat removal, but I have not seen much on your website (or in your book) about the sexual side effects of wheat consumption. Before I gave up wheat, I had to psych myself up for sex and really put in the effort to get into the mood. We didn’t have a lot of sex, really, and I often would make excuses when my wife wanted to. Things are WAY different now.

    Now, I’m horny everyday and several times throughout each day. Luckily, my wife also is very amorous and is more than happy to have wild, full-on sex nearly every night. This has got to be an effect of wheat-removal — but why? What does wheat do to cause ED and kill my sex drive? How much Viagra would actually be dispensed if every man, at least, quit eating wheat?

    Seriously, I can’t remember having a more powerful sex drive — maybe back in college — and I’m now 40 years old! This alone is enough of a reason to quit wheat!

    Thank you,
    Steve

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Well, let’s agree that this post belongs in the R-rated section of the blog!

      I suspect that it is due to various effects on hormones, such as decreased estrogen and increased testosterone in males. I am uncertain why this develop in females, however.

      Nonetheless, enjoy it! I’d like to post your comment as a blog post. While all the answers are not yet available, it is a provocative and fascinating observation.

      • Steve says:

        Thanks doctor! Yes, I suppose my comment was not necessarily family friendly. I also suspected an effect on hormones. What’s interesting to me is the fact that I also started taking prozac about two months ago, just as my sex drive was peaking. I bring this up because prozac and its pharmaceutical cousins are well known for causing ED and at least curbing one’s sex drive.

        Feel free to post this as a blog… and let me know if you need any additional feedback. I think good sex would be a strong motivator for going wheat-free.

  19. Julia says:

    Hi Dr. Davis,
    I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for finding your book. I feel better than I have in I can’t remember when and I have lost nearly 25 pounds. It hasn’t been easy to lose the weight. I want to tell you why so that maybe others can learn from my experience.
    I have always been a skinny person. However, being 35, pounds do tend to start creeping on. In January of this year, I had several people ask me if I was pregnant. That was a wake up call. I knew I had gained a little weight, but I had to do something now.
    I looked around on the internet for a diet that would work and be doable. I had tried counting calories, but I ran out of allotted calories before I ran out of day aId I was hungry all the time. I was trying to be healthy. I’d eat fruits, vegetables, meats, granola bars, wheat bread, you know.
    I still wasn’t losing weight. I happened to be sick for a week around March. There wasn’t much on and I started watching a movie that was made in the 70′s. I began noticing that NOBODY was fat. That got me thinking, why weren’t people fat then?
    I looked around the internet again for some diet ideas and came across your book. It intrigued me, so I ordered it. I started my switch to WB in May. I didn’t do too bad, no withdrawal from wheat or anything. I just was really hungry for the first two or three days. I lost a few inches but then I was just stuck. I didn’t have a scale at the time, so I didn’t know how much I had lost. I stayed on WB faithfully and nothing happened. I went for my yearly checkup and asked for my thyroid to be checked. It was normal.
    I was really disheartened. I didn’t want to quit WB because I felt so much better. I had no gastro problems like I had before. I just didn’t know what to do. I finally bought a scale and was shocked to learn I had only lost five pounds in three months.
    In August I started having female problems. I went to my GYN, and as a result of the problems I was having, he switched my birth control. Within three or four days I started losing a pound a day for a couple of weeks. Since August, I have lost nearly 20 pounds.
    I just wanted to share this with other women. If you’re not losing weight, it’s not because WB isn’t working. Keep looking until you find a reason why you’re not losing weight. If your thyroid is normal, keep looking, something is not right. I never would have thought that just simply changing my BC would result in my weight dropping off.
    Thanks for all you do!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Ah, excellent, Julia!

      Yes, wheat elimination is powerful, but not so powerful as to overcome the undesirable side-effects of all drugs like birth control pills!

  20. Rick Hoffman says:

    Last March I tried to put on a 38 waist suit I bought a few years ago & it was impossible to squeeze in so on our way to “ta wedding” I had to stop & by a pair of 40″ slacks. That should have done it – but no. I blamed gravity. The doctor said 212 wasnt a problem for a 62 year old 6’2″ man but he wanted me back on the terrible pain inducing Crestor & once again I balked. Later that month we went to Florida. I was quite comfortable with my self & my 40′” stomach till we were on the beach w/old friends & the husband said to my wife – how can he look like that. I was bitter but later on the trip we saw my cousin & he looked like a rail & talked endlessly about your book. I was a life time bagel breakfast – deli sandwich lunch – pasta 3 times a week (3-plates) & would if no one was looking eat a whole pizza anytime. I used to say when I ate a slice that I missed it & had to eat the next one slower so I could remember it. This is not a joke! I was terribly addicted. I didnt understand – I havent eaten chips or candy in years – havent had a soda in 30 years. Whey was I fat & getting fatter. I finally accepted there was something wrong. In the 1st few weeks while reading your book I started a gluten free regime- every few pages you would kill another sub-product I had added. I finally stopped the half way measures & abandoned all grain & all forms & sources of sugar except for a few berries a day & the wonderful stevia. I have been on a basic- meat & vegetables diet since then. Im in the hunter-gatherer clan of your followers. I eat a ton of nuts too. I have invented many almond flour recipes & have outdone KFC with an incredible extra crispy recipe for chicken. I also have converted 3 old friends who were equally as tragic. I personally went from 212 to 177 & it seems to have leveled off. Between me and my 2 friends both 6′+ ex athletes we have collectively lost over 90 pounds. I will never go back I love what I eat now My arthritis has diminished – I feel great.
    Rick Hoffman

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Great turnaround, Rick!

      Yes, I experienced something quite similar, but required YEARS before the lightbulb finally went off for me, too.

      But now bask in your 177 pounds of rock-solid muscle and flat abs next trip to the beach!

      I’d like to post your heartfelt story as a blog post. Thank you!

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