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

1,489 Responses to Success Stories

  1. Liz says:

    I eliminated wheat about three weeks ago to see if I could get rid of my small, but growing WB. I am 51 years old, 5′ 6″ and 134 pounds and didn’t feel overweight except for the stomach area. The unexpected, but wonderful surprise was I immediately stopped having hot flashes! Hooray! In addition, I’ve lost three pounds and feel so much better…never bloated and never hungry! I am anxiously awaiting your cookbook in late December!

  2. Rick Hoffman says:

    I knew I would forget something now a 34″ waist
    RH

  3. Janne says:

    I just had my blood work done after 14 months wheat-free and 6 months corn & GF product-free. Prior to that it was the dreaded “Lipitor Lecture” and me refusing to play.
    Good news! While my ‘bad’ cholesterol is still sky-high, my ‘good’ cholesterol is WAY higher and my triglycerides normal, placing me in the low-risk category. My BP, consistently high even on meds is now “excellent”. While I wasn’t overweight to begin with, I am down 10 pounds and 2 pant sizes and my belly has shrunk. I am 62 but get mistaken for 40.
    Next week I visit a Naturopath to see if she will work with me to get off the BP meds. Happy dance!

    • Rick Hoffman says:

      I have been going to my General Practitioner for over 25 years & although we are old friends he is a quite sarcastic know it all. & really pushes the stannics . Unless I have a problem I see him once a year for a physical as my medical covers before deducible kicks in. I have been terrified to see him as I am paranoid he will say this is a bad diet. Although he is very trim & fit & for a 70 year old man & looks 50. He has always said my weight is ok but sent me to a loony dietitian who loaded me up on whole grain etc blah blah & made me a vegetarian for 6 months which did nothing for my GENETIC Cholesterol problem. I plan to ask him for the specific blood test Dr Davis discusses in the book for “accurate Cholesterol measurement. I will have to look it up. But even with 30lb loss I believe my numbers will justify his insistence on stannics which I will never take again.. Years ago when he started this with me I said.” I come from a family where everybody dies wasting away form cancer. It is I fear inevitable. I onl;y saw one family member have a heart attack & die & he married into our clan! I think a heart attack sounds like a good plan!” He laughed. I think he knew I was right. I bet on cancer.
      RH

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Good progress, Janne!

      Ask for either an NMR Lipoprofile or an apoprotein B test to get the real measure of heart disease risk, by the way.

  4. Rick Hoffman says:

    I would be honored! I want to also start to share my recipes. As a long time Chinese Food Lover & a griller I have also been a slave to bottles of “cooking & dipping sauces”. When I finally got the regimen together & started scrupulously reading ingredients I noticed that everything from the most exotic top shelf honey mustard salad dressing to duck sauce quickly jumped to fructose as maybe the 2nd item & certainly some sort of wheat thickener. So my goal was to convert those “dressings” I love to acceptable versions. & even with the higher cost of natural products there is at least a 50 to 200% savings in making your own. Oh sure who wants to cook duck sauce. But I make at least a nice jar full of these hen I do so they last at least as much as the store bought. & dont make the same mistake I did- thinking “your organic super market type store” or some healthy place was going to have “better made stuff”- they just charge more.. So a 1/2 a cup of berries boiled down to a thick syrup only takes a few minutes & the key to all of these sauces is the same. Be it salad dressing or duck sauce or a grilling sauce VINEGAR!!!!! the cheapest edible still sold in the super market.

    Add vinegar to the berries to taste. You will know. You usually will like a good amount & then stevia -in the same way. Most healthy folks including a number of plumper vegetarians stick their nose up at the sweetener because they say “its too sweet”. Hello – add to your taste. If you are a pre-diabetic- you may need a good dose to taste it but normals will tread happily & there is no sugar bump! Now our bigger problem with the diet is thickeners as corn starch & wheat flower are not acceptable but I have been using spelt in small quantities to do this with little problem. Im going to experiment w/arrowroot next but I guess the nature of “thickeners” in general are in conflict with our diet. But I feel that this is a minimal cheat – but then I may be rationalizing & of course it may be problematic to Celiatic sufferers. Of course “appropriate” spices to your taste are important as well.

    Now the rest of the details are right on the old bottles. & in the order of quantity so you dont have to guess. I also found that most sauces work better if used after the cooking so – season with spices & trust what you have made for “dipping”. Its a more than acceptable alternative. Also I found the stevia doesnt work well when cooked- best to add when your sauce is done & cooled & add in small quantities to taste.

    Next time my – “KFClike” extra crispy almond flour chicken.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Wow, that’s great, Rick! Please feel free to share your recipes here or on the Wheat Belly Facebook or Wheat Belly Recipe Central Facebook pages.

      I also just posted your story. Watch the fireworks!

  5. Frank - Spring,Texas says:

    I seem to “Holding” at 175 (down from 181 I believe). The worst things I eat as far as grains are concerned is an occasional soft corn tortilla and Old Fashion Oat Meal sometimes 2-3 times a week. My wait size is down to 34 from 38 over the past 5-months. I am wondering how regular gym exercise routine (cardio and weights) factor into the Wheat Belly Program. I am 74. Exercise is important for me especially since my heart attack back in 1996 (no re-occurring problems), but about 4-years ago I underwent EECP therapy daily over seven weeks, which brought it back into the 50-s range. Since then I’ve become even more “religious’ in heading to the gym three times a week. Any particular exercise routines I should be doing?

    Frank

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yes, though my views are simple on this topic, Frank. Have fun.

      Yes, choose activities that are enjoyable, rewarding, or at least are productive (e.g., raking leaves, digging in your garden, walking to the store). Yes, they should increase heart rate to the 120 bpm range, but they should be–first and foremost–fun.

      I am not a big fan of advice like “Walk a treadmill for 30 minutes, 5 days per week, and achieve a heart rate of 70% of your age-predicted maximum heart rate.” Yes, it’s good for you, but incredibly dull and tedious. Most people do it for weeks or months, then give it up.

      Contrast this to doing things you love to do that involve physical exertion: You look forward to it, you love the process, and even the feelings while doing it are different. In fact, it reminds me of the playfulness that kids have that we have largely lost.

      So go out and play!

      • Frank - Spring,Texas says:

        Actually Dr.Davis,

        I enjoy going to the gym three evenings a week. Since my Cardiovascular Center, with it’s workout facility and supporting cardio-nurses and degree therapists, I have put my own workout routine together. I actually spend an hour (sometimes less) on treadmill, efx equipment and weights. The fact that I am socializing with people I would not normally….it is a break from the workday grind.

        When I was in hospital in Sept.1996, recovering from a stent in my 98% closed LAD, my cardiologist (An Italian fellow) came in to check on me. He asked if I had any question. I told him that most of my life I had strived to eat properly, worked out in the gym, never smoked, never did drugs, lived a clean life….SO WHY DID I HAVE THIS HEART ATTACK?

        His answer has stayed with me for years; “Frank, I want you to consider the fact that if YOU had NOT done all those things then we might not be having this conversation!” He’s now been my cardiologist for the past 16years.

  6. Cathy Lowry says:

    Two months on “Wheat Belly” and my blood work made my doctor exclaim, “Your blood work is like that of a teenager!” I’m 65. Blood pressure was 122/68. I’ve never felt better!

  7. Rick Hoffman says:

    KFC “Almond” Breaded Chicken
    for the mist part this is simple
    a couple of Fried chicken givens
    the oil needs to be hot for the breading to get crispy w/o burning preheat oil so it is hot when you are ready to put the chicken in
    it get hotter on the grill so try a cast iron pot on the grill
    lots of choices -you can cook the chicken “rare” on the grill with your choice of seasoning Montreal Chicken seasoning is good or read the ingredients & mix up your own – add some chilli powder to the mix
    if the chicken is somewhat cooked you are only cooking the breading
    breading is 100% ground almonds- I dont buy the flour I grind my own its much cheaper but do the work & see what you find.
    mix in more spices as above & a liberal portion of ground flax seed- I grind my own as well for the same reason
    here is the tricky part. But Im assuming you want fried chicken so this wont be for everyone. You need a thickener & I usually go with about a tablespoon of spelt (but then I am already 0ver 30lbs below my pre wb diet so I view this as a minor divergence. I have been experimenting w/arrowroot but havent tried it in this recipe yet. Or try eliminating it . put the dry ingredients in 1 bowl in a 2nd bowl mix 1 raw egg & liquid milk of your choice. From coconut to soy to cows pick 1. I use 1/2 & 1/2 or heavy cream or even buttermilk if we have it.
    mix the milk w/the egg

    cut your chicken in small pieces I use strips of white meat- its just easier ie “fingers”
    dip & coat the chicken in the liquid then put in dry mix & cover completely on both sides. It should stick if treated delicately.
    Do so with a “batch”. place the “fingers” 1 by 1 carefully in the hot oil being careful not to pick off the breading. If its nice & hot it should stay coated. when the bottom of the pan if reasonably full stop- dont stack. With tongs check the 1st pieces -look for a slight darkening of color & hardening of the breading. Carefully turn over those 1st pieces. You are going to be doing this & watching the pan from now on. It goes quickly. You can take a piece out & check it if in doubt & judge your work & still put it back. Your most important goal is to keep the breading intact. When you are happy w/your results drain on a paper towel & serve hot or cold.
    If your breading fell off try again maybe your oil wasnt hot enough.

  8. Sean K says:

    Dr. Davis,

    I must admit I’d had loosely heard of the term “Wheat Belly” in the past year or so but never gave it a second thought until I saw the Dr. OZ show the other day. Actually, my Mother called me and told me to turn it on (I work from home) as I’ve been trying to loose weight an belly fat for some time now.

    My brief background it as follows: Lifetime of activity. Former athlete both HS and college, military service, former professional pilot, currently a practicing martial artist and play men’s hockey. I coach several of my kids teams and remain very active. HOWEVER – I am embarrassed to be seen without my shirt!!! I have tried everything. As a matter of fact when I was training for my Black Belt test last year (I tested on 12/23/11) I was training 6 days per week and my total workout time daily was over an hour and a half, I literally LOST NO WEIGHT OR SIZE ON MY WAIST. Your program, with what I saw on TV and everything I’ve been reading since yesterday, seems to be the answer I’ve been looking for.

    I’m posting to let yo know that I’m going to pull the trigger on a “Wheat-Free lifestyle” this Monday Dec. 10th, 2012. That will give me enough time to get the book(yeah I don’t even own it yet), read it and prepare a little bit before going cold-turkey as you discussed with Dr. Oz. I’m going to take a starting photo and track my progress. I’ll post with updates as they occur. If this works as you described – you simply won’t have a bigger advocate!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      I predict, Sean, that you will have a 6-pack by the new year!

      Please feel free to post your “before” and “after” photos, as others love to see these wonderful wheat-free successes!

  9. April says:

    I started Wheat Belly last Thursday, 5 days later I am down 9 lbs!! I have going to weight loss programs and the local weight loss center/bariatric surgery center for years! Their only answer was less calories, more exercise and/or surgery. I lost 20 lbs in 10 months and spent a fortune on medical bills. I have PCOS and I am insulin resist, I can’t believe none of the doctors I have seen over the years have NEVER suggested I stop acting wheat. Thanks Dr. Davis for changing my life!

  10. Hazel says:

    Thank you for Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis!

    I cut out gluten from my diet in summer for a few weeks as an experiment, for a myriad of “smallish” health issues that has been accumulating over the years. When I ate it again I instantly felt horrible and knew that I was indeed sensitive.

    Since then, I have avoided it, and reading your book gave me the strength to be more determined than ever, and to stick to it and confidently justify my diet to anyone that asked.
    Weight loss was just the icing on the cake for me (I was never a very big person, but I have lost maybe 5-10 pounds, which is nice) – the things that resolved were:
    - fuzzy brain, forgetful
    - Reynaud’s syndrome (my fingernails used to turn purple, and my hands were like ice!)
    - cold sensitivity – shivering and goosebumps even when warmly dressed and after drinking hot tea
    - awful, debilitating fatigue…I dragged myself about like a zombie
    - flaky scalp (looked like dandruff, but wasn’t) and dry flaky skin generally
    - severe constipation (I still get moderate constipation sometimes)
    - very dry, hard skin on my feet, and painfully cracked heals – they felt like thick, hard leather or something!
    - almost complete inability to sweat (I think my thyroid was being disabled by the gluten)

    That is not the full list, but you get the picture. I don’t believe I have celiac, but like many, wheat definitely does not suit my body, and I will never make it a regular part of my diet again.

    Thank you for all that you do!

  11. Mom of 3 says:

    Hi, I’ve only been on WB for a week and have replaced every meal with fresh steamed veggies, salads, chicken in the wok, or smoothies. The smoothies and salad dressing recipes from your book, and they’re great by the way! But I’ve gained 3 pounds??!! Is this normal??! I’m going to stick with it bc I’m totally convinced it’s the healthy thing to do, just curious if my body is so jacked up that it’s shock or something?!! I’m 5’2, and 135…….so I’m not grossly overweight, but do have the dreaded WB. Any tips or suggestions are appreciated! ….I love reading all the comments, it’s encouraging to someone like me who’s slightly frustrated and wants to see faster results. The comments help me realize I need to keep moving in this direction and the results will come.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Normal, no. Odd and uncommon, yes!

      Because your diet is clearly quite healthy, most people just start to respond after a delay. Should this continue, however, some new questions have to be asked.

      Please update us in a week or so, Mom!

      • Mom of 3 says:

        Ok, starting my 3rd week and here’s my update you requested……..I ended up gaining 4 pounds. I lost that though, thankfully….but nothing else. I’ve not had a dt coke in 2 weeks, no fast food AT ALL. Smoothies from your book for breakfast. For lunch either chicken, broccoli, red peppers, mushrooms and carrots in the wok and dinner is a spinach salad with the dressing from your book. I do sneak a little piece of chocolate here and there…..certainly nothing major, just enough to keep me sane! But it shouldn’t trump replacing each of my meals with healthy stuff??? Oh….and for a ‘snack’ should I get hungry in between, I eat a hard boiled egg. Is my metabolism stuck or something? I’m healthy, no thyroid issues, no cholosteral issues ect……..any idea what the heck is going on?!!

        • Dr. Davis says:

          Have you seen this discussion:http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/10/i-lost-the-wheat-but-didnt-lose-weight-2/?

          You may find that, while elimination of wheat is an exceptionally powerful strategy, it does not cure all the conditions that are associated with failed weight loss.

          • Mom of 3 says:

            Interesting. I’m going to cut the Whey Protein from my smoothie and see what that does. I have taken phentremine for years, except during pregnancies of course, to help lose the baby fat and it also helped with joint pain. I stopped taking it altogether about 6 weeks ago or so. Do you think that’s playing a factor in this? I’m very healthy, check ups always come back spot on. I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, 10 pounds tops. Nonetheless I’m going to drop the Whey Protein unless you think the phentremine is playing a part in this. Thanks for your time Dr.Davis, very appreciated. PS……regardless if I lose a pound, I’m sticking to this bc overall I feel better, more energy, sleeping better, joint pain gone, waking up actually feeling rested and not exhausted. Thanks for that!

  12. Mom of 3 says:

    Will do! Thanks!

  13. Amy Crain says:

    I am 47, 5’2″, and I was up to 149. Never had any health issues..just wanted to lose weight that I had gained from having a baby 4 years ago. I had not even read or heard of your book when I began my quest back in April 2012, I just began to eat what different websites had listed for how to lose belly fat..and these lists said to avoid wheat. What was listed to eat…was things that I loved, so it was going to be easy. I began eating a berry/greek plain yogurt/flax seed/kia seed/coconut mik smoothie every day, drinking a ton of green and oolong tea, sweetening with stevia, increasing my green’s intake by eating kale, and would make a mixture of quinoa/barley/lentils seasoned with curry powder to mix with different things like salmon. After reading your book..I know now barley has gluten..oh well. Anyway..I began eating raw nuts, and dark chocolate, and found a very yummy raw almond butter with maple flavoring, that I use occasionally. I quickly began to lose weight..and I was running on a treadmill, and riding a stationary bike as well, so it was truly falling off quickly with my new eating habits and exercise. Now, it’s December 2012 and I fluxuate between 109-113. I bought the book a few months back, and I was thrilled to see that what I had been doing was lining up with your book! Now my husband is beginning to catch on..as he suffers from asthma, acid reflux and high blood pressure. Now if I can only convince my stubborn mother in-law who also has gerd and IBS..but I think she is convinced I’m following a looney because “we really need to eat healthy grains”!
    Oh..and with my busy schedule with a 7 year old and a 4 year old..I haven’t had time to keep up the exercise, so it’s actually been a few months since I exercised…but..I haven’t gained back weight from the “lack”! I just need to do it to firm back up again~

  14. Theresa says:

    I remember at 14 going to see an uncle. His first comment to me, instead of hello, was “my, arn’t you getting pudgy”. And the next 27 years have been a battle with weight.

    This book changed my life. No more 24 hour heartburn, tummy cramps, diarrhea, bloating, mood swings, pms, headache, fatigue…my heartburn was so bad I’d often wake up from my sleep with a mouth full of acid and not sure if I should swallow or vomit. Even the ringing in my ears, that started two years ago and I was told to “get used to it” has gone. My friends tease me cause now I always say ” this meal is the best I’ve ever had”, because every meal was accompanied by pain for so long.

    One bad side effect though…I had to buy a new wedding dress because I’ve lost 8 dress sizes and am still loosing. I’ve lost 32 lbs in 2.5 months, and I have not tried to loose weight. It’s just leaving my body, and from areas i could never loose weight, like my belly. I feel SO good now.

    Thank you for the gift of this book.

  15. Hope says:

    Dr. Davis,

    I just finished reading your book. It was a gift from my in-laws. They purchased your book after seeing you on Dr. Oz’s show and with both of them being diabetic, decided to check out your book. My story is a very long one but I was very glad to see research and to have words to put with my motherly instincts that have been nagging at me for 3.75 years now. I am wondering if you have any DVDs of your wheat belly book (lectures) or have any plans on making any? My husband is on board with the removal of wheat from our diet and we will be starting this “cleansing” today. I would really like him, and my children to have all the information that is in your book and he’s not a reader and my children aren’t at an age to understand your book. It would be very helpful to me in the transition if they could understand. Keep doing what you are doing! People will start to see what is going on. My plan is to write down all 5 of our symptoms and to track how we do. When I am more organized and further along with this I will happily share our progress!

    Sincerely,
    Hope

    • Hope says:

      P.S. What about popcorn. That may be a silly question…being that it is corn. I saw no mention of popcorn. Air popped no added anything, popcorn.

  16. Jen says:

    Well, one month into this journey and I am easily a dress size smaller, my skin is clear and I’ve lost at least a few inches from my waist. I didn’t get a scale until 6 days ago but in that 6 days, I’ve lost 3 pounds. Jeans that I could not snap one month ago are now falling off. I can see my ribcage again. My lower abs–a problem area even last century when I was a size 2–are losing fat. I’m not the kind of gal that misses a meal so losing weight while eating 3 squares a day plus snacks seems too good to be true. I keep waiting for the other show to drop. Instead, my weight drops.

  17. Jane says:

    Started the WB diet 4 days ago….am down 3 pounds. Can I have Brewers Yeast tablet supplements? I take it for arthritis. Thanks

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yes, I believe you are okay with the Brewer’s yeast, Jane. You might find, however, that your arthritis is improved or gone with wheat elimination alone.

  18. Rob Glasier says:

    I am a 66 year old, 6’ 2” guy, and thought I was in reasonable shape “for someone my age”. But, I bought and read “Wheat Belly” a few months, and was stunned. I have been eating, what I call the “Wheat Belly Way” since.

    I had my first official physical yesterday (6 Dec 2012) since I started eating Wheat Belly, and I thought you might like to hear the results. My last official Doctor workup was in late February (2012)

    I have been taking 6 different prescription meds daily for years, but stopped taking all of them a few weeks ago, in order to rebaseline myself for this physical, not knowing what to expect for my measurements.

    Results:

    Weight – down 38 lbs., so far (265 to 227 – shooting for 205)

    Waist down at least 4 inches, so far

    BMI (Body Mass Index) – down 20% (44% to 24% – and dropping)

    Heart Rate – down 10 bpm (81 to 71 – and dropping)

    Blood pressure, good normal 120/80, with NO meds, while I was still marginally high (130’s/90ish) WITH BP meds in Feb

    Cholesterol – good (no meds)

    Blood Sugar – good (no meds)

    EVERYTHING normal and good.

    Doctor has directed me to now STOP taking ALL prescription medications.

    ALL measureable physical parameters are in good/normal ranges, ALL

    I have gone from taking 6 prescriptions to ZERO…

    And, I am still going. This truly is a lifestyle change, NOT a diet per se.

    Not bad for an “Old Fart”.

    My Doctor and staff were stunned.

    I have had several friends also buy the book, are now eating the “Wheat Belly Way”. One of them, a female in her 50’s, who has suffered severely with Fibromyalgia for years, says she has not had ANY Fibro symptoms, nada, nil, zilch, since three weeks into eating “Wheat Belly”.

    Thank you so much….

    Rob Glasier
    Madison, Alabama

  19. Donna says:

    I have a question for Dr. Davis and would appreciate any help.
    I am a 52 year old woman that underwent a triple bypass 6 mo. ago, I want desperately to try this diet as I need to lose at least 50 pounds. I bought your book and wanted to try it but I am concerned about adding fat to my diet. Since my surgery the only protein I eat is natural peanut butter, salmon, and sometimes chicken breast. I have been eating a substantial amount of “whole wheat” products and of course have not lost any of the much weight my body is carrying.
    So I guess what I am trying to find out is this eating plan okay for someone that has had this type of surgery (bypass)?
    I appreciate your time and help.

  20. merry says:

    dr davis thank you for wheat belly!! when will the cookbook coming-out? i’ve aready order one thank you,very much!!!merry

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