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

1,487 Responses to Success Stories

  1. Deana says:

    Dr. Davis,
    I found out about your book a couple days ago. And I have been reading, researching, and watching youtube vids about it as well. I have had 3 bread-free meals so far. I have only tried this one other time and quit after one day. I never thought I could give up breads. I think I can do it now since I have learned all this wealth of knowledge. But I’m having a slight problem now. I’ve been looking on your blog some, but haven’t come across anyone mention this so far. And I also haven’t finished reading your book either. My problem is that I feel hungry all the time! I can eat a meal and feel quite full, but maybe 30 minutes later I feel hungry again. What is going on?? All testimonies I’ve read and watched attest to the opposite…not feeling hungry all the time. Please help!

    P.S. I am so thankful for finding this book and learning this info! Thanks so much Dr. Davis!!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      The most common cause is insufficient fat intake.

      Try adding more fats: eat the skin on your chicken, along with the dark meat; eat the fat on your pork and beef; add coconut oil, olive oil every chance you get (even to your eggs and smoothies).

  2. Avivit says:

    Hello,

    I wanted to ask if baking with almonds flour is safe? As far as I know, the fat in the almonds is oxidized when heated.

    Thank you,
    a.

  3. Edward Wagner says:

    Wheat/Gluten Free for six years now. In the “wheat years” periodically, tow aor three times a year, I would have break-outs of Herpes Simplex “Type A” characterized as lesions appearing on my lips which lasted 10 days before healing. Wheat free, I have never had another herpes breakout. Absolutely amazing. Free at last!

  4. Joanne says:

    I have been wheat free now for about 6 weeks. When the withdrawlswent away, I found a new energy and bliss for life that I didn’t think possible. I have anxiety formost of my life and now I am more relaxed and don’t get agitated anymore…. I feel wonderful!! Well… Except for the constant diarrhea I have been experiencing. I went for going for the #2 about every second day to now going 3-5 times a day. And when I feel the urge to go… I have to run if you get my drift. Is this a normal thing to happen??

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Normal? Absolutely not.

      Ideally, a formal evaluation from a functional medicine practitioner is obtained. However, until then, some people obtain relief by supplementing with a high potency probiotic to help accelerate restoration of normal bowel flora, e.g. 50 billion CFUs per day for 4-8 weeks.

      If this does not work, there are a number of conditions to consider that require evaluation.

  5. Cameron says:

    My partner and I started a wheat free diet last September. I was pushing 217 lbs at the end of August and I’m now 177 lbs (lost 40 lbs) and feeling great. Thank you for the amazing book Dr. Davis. I turned 50 years old last year and I’ve suffered from gastrointestinal problems all my life. In fact, when I was in high school I was told to drink a chalk like medication when ever my stomach was upset. I’ve always felt that I ate healthy but I now know the truth and it’s frightening! We’ve been fed a load of horse $#@% by major drug companies, agri-businesses, close-minded and powerless government agencies, and an antiquated medical profession all our lives. Why do doctors not ask what you’ve been eating but rather start prescribing medication right away? I’ve never been someone to go with the flow and I wish I had learned about these life saving facts years ago.

    In any event, I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt. The bloating is gone, the weight is off and my constant cravings for bad foods has disappeared and it’s been replaced with a craving for veggies. I’ve been combining the wheat free foods with daily vegetable juicing and the P90X excercise regimen.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Terrific, Cameron!

      Yes, we’ve all got a load of horse– to fight from a multitude of well-funded sources! Your success will be noticed by others–the best “advertising” we could possibly have!

  6. mari kingshott says:

    Dr. Davis, I heard your interview today on Q on CBC radio and I was very interested to do more research. I’m going to buy your book and give it a good read. I do have one question: you mentioned the fact that the wheat we consume has been altered by selective / genetic and other methods, and that it is NOT the same wheat as our parents/grandparents consumed. Are there places still growing good quality wheat? If you have studied the altered wheat and seem to know the changes that are present, you must have samples of non-altered (or non-GMO) wheat which to compare it to. Are there places in Canada/U.S. that growers are growing “non-altered wheat”? I realize that you are advocating eliminating wheat all together – but the reasoning is the mass consumption of processed enriched white flour – I just wondered if the original wheat is still out there.

    thanks for the great interview today.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Thank you, Mari!

      Yes, there are indeed some small, usually organic, farms that grow older strains of wheat, such as Red Fife of the 19th century, emmer, einkorn, kamut, and spelt. HOWEVER, these older forms of wheat are LESS BAD compared to modern wheat, but they are not necessarily without their own set of problems.

      I will be talking about this issue more in future. In the meantime, here is a relevant discussion:http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/12/anybody-know-a-neolithic-dentist/

  7. Mike Brooks says:

    Hello,
    I work for a a health care organization that is both the insurer and the provider. I came across your wonderful book in the fall of 2012 and have been following the formula since November and have since suggested it to several people, in fact my wife, three children and two coworkers are also wheat free. My problem is getting the message out to more people. As you know this is a tough sell, I counsel diabetic patients during my workday and have had success with some. The main issue at work stems from departmental territory and politics. I am a pharmacist and when a diabetic patient with a double digit Hga1c lab value would ask me what they could do to correct it, I would tell them about Wheat Belly and suggest they look into it, purchase the book etc. I spoke with a couple dieticians that work in the same clinic and we are definitely not on the same page regarding nutrition as they still promote myplate and the current recommendations. At first we were coexisting but now things have changed and I am not allowed to mention any nutritional counseling to patients because management wants to present a unified message to our patients and myplate etc is the current recommended standard. I argued that the track record for this diet is terrible and do they really want to stand on this record and their answer was yes, until the recommendations are changed that is the nutritional advise we will give to our patients. The result is great frustration on my part. I know that you said that getting the current recommendations changed would be a long haul but we have to start somewhere. I am wondering if anyone following your blog would be interested in contacting a few key public figures to get the process started. If Wheat Belly can get some positive press, maybe the Wheat Curtain will crumble a little sooner. My first two choices would be Michelle Obama and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Just a thought. thanks for your wonderful books. Mike B

  8. Jean says:

    July 1st of 2012 I started the Wheat Belly diet / way of life – It was a challenge during the Holidays but as of January 2013 I have lost a total of 41 lbs and have cut my Blood pressure medicine in 1/2 and take reflux medicine ever other day and in 3 months plan to stop the blood pressure med and aciphex all togeather (with the Doctors approval) and I am 10 lbs away from my original goal of 160 lbs at age 48 – I feel amazing!! Thank you! (I went from a size 22 to a current size of 16) and still loosing

  9. Rebecca says:

    I developed a wheat intolerance manifested by inflammation of my joints in my late 40s (during menopause): I then became wheat-free for 5 years, which removed about 92% of my inflammation. I was eating many rice-based products, as well as other “gluten-free” wheat substitutes. However, I still had pain in my hips when I exercised, and intermittent pain in my thumbs and feet (which my doctor said was osteoarthritis). I went on the “Wheat Belly” low glycemic index lifestyle one year ago as of tomorrow: I’ve since lost 1/6th of my bodyweight, and can hike, downhill ski and dance without pain. I fit in clothes I wore a quarter of a century ago (those few I kept). I’ve since recommended this low-glycemic index, wheat-free lifestyle to many friends with a variety of medical conditions: they are amazed at the disappearance of pain they had thought they would have to live with forever. I am vegetarian (not vegan), and allergic to soy products, so my diet is fairly restricted. However, my health is worth the inconvenience. When I walk into a regular supermarket, I am astounded at the horrible “food” that most Americans are eating. Check out the photographic essay on “What the World Eats” Parts 1 and 2 by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio to compare our addiction to highly processed “junk” foods compared to other cultures around the world. I don’t like to call my new wheat-free, grain-free, sugar-free low glycemic index eating a “diet,” as this implies a temporary state of eating. Instead I tell everyone it is a lifestyle. I carry around zip-lock Baggies of raw almonds, and eat MANY vegetables, and usually two eggs everyday. In addition to this being great for my health, it is gentler on the resources of Mother Earth: a win-win situation for all except the corporate processed-food industry. I am not a fad-following nut-head; rather I am a chemistry professor at a research university (who eats many nuts). To all of those reading this, please share what you have learned from Dr. Davis with those you care about, so they can benefit from moving to a healthier low-glycemic, wheat-free lifestyle.

  10. Sydney says:

    Dear Dr. Davis,
    Today is day one of my journey to wellness via “wheatlessness.” Very excited and hoping to soon be a success story. I have a question…I have been using a fiber supplement, 2 scoops mixed with water, once daily that has 12 grams of fiber per serving (24 grams of carbs, 7 grams of sugar, also contains prebiotic and probiatic fibers as well as many other beneficial ingedients). This has helped me immensely but I am wondering if it is okay to continue taking this with my new eating plan? It says it contains malodextrin fiber, oat fiber and rice bran and in your book you said we should avoid malodextrin, oats and rice. Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! Syd

    • Boundless says:

      > … 24 grams of carbs …
      I suspect that the net carbs amounts to 15 grams or more, which is an entire meal’s limit.

      I’d suggest switching to psyllium capsules (with no additives) and get any needed probiotics simply as such, and not bundled with high glycemic cereals (oats & rice).

      • Sydney says:

        Thanks for your response Boundless. I think the net carbs are calculated to be 12 g which is close to the limit. I have been drinking my fiber and eating a hard boiled egg for breakfast which will keep me under the 15 g limit per meal. This fiber has helped my cholesterol go down 20 points and keeps me regular so I would like to keep taking it but I am concerned about the malodextrin, rice and oat fibers…don’t want them to sabotage what I am trying to do. Dr. Davis?? Can you help?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Provided you don’t have an extreme gluten sensitivity, I believe you are okay with this preparation, Sydney.

      However, note that most people lose their ‘need” for such products once bowel health is restored with your wheat-free experience, a process that usually develops within several weeks.

  11. Conor says:

    2 weeks today no wheat and few grains to boot, lots of exercise AND quit alcohol as it was giving me the munchies. Feeling proud of myself but concerned i am eating too many walnuts and almonds. I eat a lot as they keep me full. Had a bunch of dates with them yesterday 8 or 10 dates. Is that too much?

  12. Bonnie Spruin says:

    I have dairy allergy and inflammation in the stomach and the start of an ulcer. I also have reactive hypoglycemia and have blood sugar crashes. I changed my diet quite a bit and was eating paleo. Then I cut out fruit because of yeast. I was feeling better (my stomach didn’t hurt and I had no blood sugar crashes) but I lost too much weight very quickly. I am small (weighed 115 lbs) and lost 15 lbs. My clothes were falling down!

    How can I safely eat this diet WITHOUT losing weight, or is that possible? I just want to feel good and be healthy. I am fine with my weight.

    Thanks,
    Bonnie Spruin

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Consider eating more fat and proteins, Bonnie.

      You will see that there is NO talk of calorie or fat restriction of any kind here!

  13. Melody says:

    Thank you so much for this book! It’s amazingly insightful–I always wondered if I had a wheat allergy, I could tell I was sensitive to certain things and didn’t react well (pasta, beer), but I have a friend with Celiac so I knew that wasn’t the issue. I already try to eat healthy, buy wheat still is in there; I was floored with you points about “healthy” whole wheat bread. Knowing that there’s nothing wrong with me is so empowering. Ive been telling everyone about this book and I hope to have my own success story! Thank you Dr. Davis!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      That’s great, Melody!

      Exactly right: There is NOTHING wrong with you; there is something desperately wrong with modern wheat and the advice to consume more of it!

  14. Fanny T says:

    So, I was starting to feel pretty low last year – tired, joint pains, headaches, irritability, ear pains.
    Then I read Wheat Belly! Gave up wheat at beginning of the year and all the pains went away!
    I actually found it relatively easy ( with a little planning) to eat wholesome and enjoyable meals without wheat.
    then…on February 14, I ate a chicken salad at a restaurant and there were a couple of small pieces of white bread on the side Of the Plate .. Yes, you guessed it, I Popped those things in my mouth.
    The following day, I had a HORRIBLE sore and scratchy throat. By evening I had a fever and chills and now 2 days later I still have sore throat and fatigue. So my question: could it be the wheat? (first time I have knowingly eaten it in 6 weeks) or is it more likely to be a bug?
    I am guessing the only way to find out is to eat wheat again at some point (not that I want to feel like this again!)
    Thank-you…

  15. Sarah says:

    I am writing to record my journey to a cure for my health issues. I am currently dealing with multiple problems. First, I am 45-50 pounds over weight. From head to toe my problems are: My hair is dry and brittle and is falling out at an abnormal rate. I have dry flaking scalp. I get awful tension headaches. Randomly, about once a year or so I get vertigo. I get episodes where my eyes and mouth are painfully dry. I get build up in my tonsils of tonsiliths. My lips are dry and peeling constantly and break open and bleed. I have pain in my neck all the time. It’s hard to turn my neck to the left. In my back, I get muscle spasms, knots and stiffness as well as burning pain all over in my muscles and spine. I have strong body odor. I have a wheat belly. I have irregular digestion. My hips are constantly out of alignment and hurting. I have terrible periods. So heavy that I told my husband that I want to get a hysterectomy if it stays so awful. My hands are swollen and painful. My left elbow joint Is very sensitive and hurts so bad that it is painful to lie on my bed at night and rest it on the bed. I get calcium deposits in my calves that cause me to have a difficult time walking. It’s like having a pulled muscle. My middle three toes are tingling and numb. I get depressed and have months where I have to fight every day just to do basic tasks. I can’t sleep well. I am fatigued all the time.

    I am a 35 year old mom of five kids ages 12, 10, 8, 3 and 7 months. I am a stay at home mom and just a few months ago started home schooling them. I eat so “healthy” my friends tease me. I grind my own grains from organic wheat. We don’t have any “American-ized” snack foods. We only buy cereal as a special treat. I cook foods from scratch. We eat fast food only a few times a year.

    About once a month I get food cravings so intense I feel panicky and will eat a whole half gallon of ice cream over a couple of days. That will spur my cravings even more. I will over eat until my body re-balances. I thought that I had an allergy to processed sugars. But I had been noticing that even when I don’t have them I still have an immune response. Honestly, I can’t remember why I decided to read the wheat belly cookbook. I was convinced that I didn’t have a problem with wheat. Now I am convinced that I do.

    It’s been a week and I am down 7 pounds. This week I felt more peaceful and my pain had begun to subside. I had a piece of Valentine candy yesterday and I feel like all my symptoms have come right back. It had no wheat, but it did have sugar. I have decided to never have processed foods, even if they are gluten free. I can’t spend another day miserable like this. I will update as I go.

    -Sarah

  16. Sandy says:

    I started the wheat belly diet on 9/30/12, and have lost 20.5 pounds without one minute of feeling hungry. I guess I am lucky that I didn’t have any wheat withdrawal, I immediately felt better, my appetite was no longer voracious, and now 4.5 months later I don’t even think about having anything with wheat in it. I did learn a valuable lesson at Christmas, my daughter-in-law brought some really good dip and instead of waiting to get out some carrots or celery to try it with, I went ahead and ate 2 wheat thins with the dip. I had diarrhea that evening and the next day. The was my first and last time falling off of the wheat wagon! Unless I unknowingly eat something with wheat I have learned my lesson.
    I have modified the pancake recipe by adding some coconut extract and small amount of Truvia, I also modified the biscuit recipe by adding some almond extract. I found the original recipes lacking any flavor, and this has really perked them up. My husband who did not like either of them likes them both now.
    People I know ask what I’m doing, but when I tell them they don’t believe how easy it is once you get started. They just can’t imagine their life without bread, biscuits, tortillas, cake, pie, cookies, etc. I tell them that there are replacements for these items, including scrumptious cheesecake, flaxseed wraps, etc. but they won’t give it a try. Everyone should try this for one month, you will never go back!

  17. Elizabeth V says:

    I just found your book and it’s wonderful and frightening. I am 43 and for the last two years have been experiencing some pretty scary neurological symptoms that can’t be explained by any doctor. My MRI did show some white matter on the brain but was stable 6 mos later. My question is if this is related to wheat and I stop eating all gluten could this be reversible? Or will I stay the same? I am scared that it will get worse even if I stop eating wheat. I was negative for Celiacs but I do have microscopic colitis. Thank you so much for writing this book!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      There is absolutely no harm in a wheat-free trial. HOWEVER, with neurological issues you really need an absolute MINIMUM of 6 months to gauge an effect, given the slow response of neurological tissue.

      I will say that, given these unexplained neurological syndromes, a good response to wheat elimination is common.

  18. jhanvi says:

    hello dr.,
    i have being trying to search out but could not figure out if jaggery can be used as sweetner since its completely natural and unprocessed here in india

    • jhanvi says:

      sir i want to start the diet at the earliest. kindly provide your valuable input please

      • James says:

        Hello jhanvi,

        As far as I can read in wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaggery), jaggery is a raw form of cane sugar. As such, it is probably best to avoid as a staple … not to say at all. If you have access to these sweeteners, I would go for “xylitol, erythrytol or stevia” and would not even use them too often, even though xylitol would greatly enhance your mouth / dental health and help keep yeast in the guts on forced starvation (jaggery would be a feast for these yeasts! think about candida albicans here).

        Hope this helps.

        J.

    • Boundless says:

      Jaggery is just another regional term for nearly raw sucrose (glucose plus fructose). It’s a faddish euphemism when used outside of that region. Whether called demerara, rapadura, muscovado or turbinado, high glycemic saccharides are a disaster for human health. Being “natural” is part of the marketing scam, and doesn’t even confer symbolic benefit.

      An interesting use of this particular sugar, according to recent news, is adulterating honey, which you don’t want to be eating either, whether pure, watered-down with ordinary sugars, or contaminated with Chinese heavy metals and antibiotics.

  19. Andree Catpm says:

    My husband and I have been on the wheat belly diet since the last week of December. We are 75 and 76 years old. Thanks to our family doctor who recommended we read your book. We did and are now wheat and gluten free. I do have your cookbook and use it faithfully. The rye bread turns out great . It is our favourite. It makes great sandwiches so does the foccaccio bread. I could go on and on regarding your great recipes. I had joint pain, back pain , neck pain , hip pain, now I am living with no pain at all. I weighed 172 and now weigh 163. The fat is also leaving my belly. My husband and I have no cravings whatsoever, We always have a great breakfast in the morning and sometimes can go until dinner time without even being hungry. Our downfall was always munching. No more!!!! Our doctor is following us closely as he is also following your book. Cholesterol down, ldl down hdl up . Our doctor is really pleased at what we are doing.
    This is not a fad for us, this is a lifetime way of eating. Thank you Dr. Davis for your wonderful enlightening book. I believe that you are never too old for a good and healthful change in your life.
    Andree

  20. Alex Rion says:

    Hello Dr. Davis -
    I’m sure you don’t need another “Success Story” but a preponderance of evidence never hurts. After hearing about your book on Christmas 2012 I did a bit of online research, ok, maybe I was CDO (That’s OCD in its proper order) about looking into wheat and its effects. I then bought your book and had my wife read it. January 5th 2013 we purged our home of wheat products and have been wheat free since.

    Today is February 16th 2013 if I did my math correctly that’s 6 weeks. My wife has lost 22 pounds and Me being a 6’4” just turned 50 year old went from 221 lbs to 202 lbs. I want to stress I have intentionally done NO exercise as a way of “testing” going wheat free. I’m anxious to see the results when I do begin exercising again.

    Some additional things have happened as well. I have for many years bought Prilosec by the box along with a host of other antacids. Lo and behold no matter how spicy the food I can’t seem to give myself heartburn – strange indeed.

    The other effect I’ve noticed is the physical shakes and feeling nauseous are gone. Prior to being wheat free, if had a bowl of cereal at 10:00 AM and didn’t eat anything until 3:00 PM I would feel physically ill and my hands would shake. Since giving up wheat I’ve gone 20 hours without food – no shakes, nausea or feeling ill.

    Thanks for putting all your research out there for anyone to find.

    Keep up the good work!

    Alex Rion
    Kirkland, WA

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