Karrie posted her most recent Wheat Belly update, now down a total of 80 pounds. She told us that she started with the aftermath of a brain injury and that, in addition to experiencing accelerated (partial) resolution of the phenomena associated with her injury, she has experienced numerous other benefits:
“I started Wheat Belly January, 2016. With lots of help from my hubby with food prep and a new addiction to yoga, I hit 80 pounds lost this week.
“Not related to the brain injury, my 20+ years of suffering with GERD was gone in two weeks of starting the program. That was an amazing perk of the program as was the relief of pain in my feet and knees.
“My vitamin D3 dosage ranges from 5,000-10,000 IU depending on the season and my needs. The dosage has upset my doctor at times, but the test results speak for themselves. I drink magnesium water daily and have since week one. I also supplement lots of fish oil, have taken kelp on and off over the years and am currently finding zinc to be of benefit.
“My husband did a fabulous job of following your way of cultivating bowel flora and has made homemade yogurt for us since you started posting information. I haven’t had wheat, grains, preservatives or sugars since Jan. 2016. Love eating fats every day, which surprises others outside this way of eating. Especially loved learning that adding fat to my diet would actually suppress my cravings for anything sweet. Prior to beginning the program, I was a sugar addict. Today, I never crave sweets and am never tempted to cheat the program. My weight loss has been slow because of the medications I’m on for my brain injury symptoms, but it’s not an option to quit them at this time.”
While losing 80 pounds is a terrific result, I believe that even more important to Karrie’s health is the amount of inflammation that she has succeeded in reversing. You can see it plainly on her face, no longer puffy, swollen, and red.
There are plenty of ways to lose weight. You could follow the paleo or ketogenic diets, or just go low-carb. You can also lose weight by reducing fat and/or calories. These last two choices are accompanied by high-risk for health problems down the road, especially gallstone formation and regain of weight. And each of these paths can, to varying degrees, reverse inflammation.
But genuine and profound reversal of inflammation requires that you go several steps farther. You also need to reverse phenomena such as insulin resistance, leptin resistance, hormonal disruptions, restore normal circadian timing of cortisol, correct persistent nutritional deficiencies, reduce abnormal postprandial (after-meal) lipoprotein excursions, reduce expression of oxidized small LDL particles, increase brain content of DHA, and take steps to correct a disrupted microbiome including disrupted intestinal biofilm–correct all the disruptions shared by people because of the inadequacies of modern life. Cutting carbs or cutting fat do NOT achieve these sorts of benefits.
But what more does reversing inflammation achieve? Plenty. Among the additional benefits of reversing inflammation coupled with addressing the above factors are:
- Maximal weight loss benefits including greatest potential for breaking weight loss plateaus
- Maximal reversal of insulin resistance and thereby greatest likelihood of reversing type 2 diabetes
- Maximal reversal of the phenomena of PCOS such as insulin resistance, high testosterone levels, and infertility
- Maximal potential to reverse the phenomena of autoimmune conditions
- Reduced inflammation of intestinal dysbiosis, SIBO, and SIFO
- Increased protection from dementia
- Reduced potential for diverticular disease
- Maximal potential for relief from celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease
- Maximal potential for reversal of fatty liver
- Maximal correction of lipoprotein distortions that would have led to heart disease
There’s more, but I think you get the idea: Diet is powerful—but it’s not enough. If magnificent health, slenderness, and youthfulness are among your goals, then you need to take additional steps. You need to, for example, address vitamin D deficiency, magnesium deficiency, optimize thyroid status, restore Lactobacillus reuteri and other “foundational” antibiotic species in the intestines. You need to know that avoiding aspartame and polysorbate 80 are important components of your bowel health program, or that addressing intestinal fungal overgrowth can be the key to full relief from eczema or eradicating H. pylori for full relief from rosacea.
Here is Karrie and her husband’s 18-month update that she posted previously. Some impressive progress, isn’t it?