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This is an Instaread Summary of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health by William Davis MD.
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Dr. William Davis invites the reader to take a look at old photographs of his or her parents or grandparents. He contends that the majority of readers will notice that everyone in the photos seems to be thin. In the 50’s and 60’s, women typically weighed between 110-115 pounds while men ranged from 150-165 pounds. Today, most people carry between 50 and 200 pounds more than this; even those who exercise and believe they are eating a healthy diet. William argues that the problem with the current diet of most Americans is not sugar or an inactive lifestyle – it’s our consumption of what is being sold to us as wheat. Modern wheat is a product of genetic research that took place during the second half of the 20th century. Davis believes that the best known grain in the world is also the most destructive part of our daily diet. He blames wheat for increasing appetite, surges of blood sugar, and the triggering of immune responses and disorders. As a cardiologist, he has seen thousands of patients lose their bellies and feel and look much healthier after cutting wheat from their diets. Clinical studies have been done for decades, but unfortunately, the startling results never came to the forefront. We’ve been given bad advice to eat more “healthy whole grains” and, as a result, have lost control over our appetites, impulses, and health.
1: What Belly?
A large belly used to be a sign of wealth and success because it meant you probably weren’t the one cleaning your own stables or plowing your own fields. Now it’s okay for everyone to have a big belly. Modern day wheat negatively affects every organ system in the body. Wheat consumption triggers insulin, the hormone of fat storage. Belly fat is unique because it provokes inflammatory responses that cause destruction and chaos in our bodies. Wheat negatively impacts the intestines, liver, heart, and thyroid gland as well as the brain. William practices preventive cardiology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and says it is a great place to live, but many of its inhabitants are extremely fat. There are fat athletes and sedentary people and fat people of every race dealing with the American weight gain crisis. William disputes the arguments that Americans are fat because of excessive consumption of soft drinks, chips, and/or beer and little to no exercise. He says these arguments don’t tell the whole story. Many people struggling with excess weight claim they’ve cut fat intake and increased their consumption of healthy whole grains. The national trend to reduce fat and cholesterol has caused products made from wheat flour to dominate most diets. The increase in wheat products parallels the obesity crisis in America. In 1985, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute advised people to cut down on fat and cholesterol and replace those calories with whole grains. The Centers for Disease...