Wheat Belly Diet? The skinny on wheat in your diet.
Wheat Belly Diet, What Is It?
The best selling book, Wheat Belly Diet, written by cardiologist William Davis, M.D. makes some astonishing claims about the dangers of wheat. Dr. Davis suggests that wheat is so addictive that it causes uncontrollable eating and produces withdrawal symptoms when you stop consuming it. He also states that giving up wheat may cure type 2 diabetes, asthma, acid reflux, joint pain and insomnia. Also that wheat and the products containing wheat are largely to blame for the obesity epidemic, but I don’t agree. Obesity is caused by increased consumption low quality sugary, greasy foods, flours of all types and not just from wheat. People are oversized because they take in too many calories, and this excess is not being balanced with an increase in physical activity.
Dr. Davis blames wheat for “central obesity” (belly fat). An excess of this type of fat tissue is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and premature death. Losing weight regardless of the diet you choose can reduce abdominal obesity.
I do however agree with Dr. Davis’s advice, on eating carbohydrates that rank low on the glycemic index (carbohydrate foods ranked on how rapidly they affect blood sugar). He also advises eliminating all fast foods, processed snacks and junk foods, with which I am in total agreement.
I have no doubt that you’ll lose weight if you follow the wheat belly diet. If you are diabetic, have heart disease or high blood pressure the weight loss should improve your health. But keep in mind it is the pounds you lose not the elimination of the wheat that will make the difference in your health.
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