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Wheat Belly

Can eliminating all wheat from your diet really solve your weight and health problems?

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  • Established: 2011
  • Founder: Dr. William Davis
  • Accessibility: Book
  • Diet Type: Wheat-free, gluten-free
  • Gender: Male and female

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Wheat Belly is a new book written by Dr. William Davis that shows you how to lose weight through eliminating wheat. Dr. Davis is a renowned cardiologist who has witnessed over 2,000 patients regaining their health after eliminating wheat from their diet completely. As a result, Dr. Davis has written Wheat Belly to serve as a step by step guide to living a lifestyle without wheat. This book can be used by both men and women and includes cutting edge science and nutrition ifnormation. The book covers wheat as the unhealthy whole grain and talks about how the wheat we eat now is not the same wheat our grandparents ate.

Wheat Belly singles out wheat as the most destructive ingredient to our modern health. Wheat is blamed for the rise in type 2 diabetes, cataracts, wrinkles, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and a host of other diseases. By simply eliminating wheat from your diet, it is suggested that you will be able to quickly lose weight, think more clearly, sleep better and reduce your chances of several diseases.

  • Highlights the benefits of eliminating wheat
  • Many people have improved their health using the methods in this book
  • Makes a clear connection between eating wheat and several diseases that are on the rise
  • Following a wheat-free diet can yield quick weight loss results
  • Several success stories available
  • Book written by an experienced cardiologist
  • Talks in-depth about modern wheat
  • Giving up wheat completely will take effort
  • Book only offers one point of view where wheat is concerned
  • Information directly contradicts recommendations for whole grain given by the USDA
  • Gives the impression that eliminating wheat is the only solution

Wheat Belly is all about eliminating all wheat from you diet in order to improve your health, lose weight and lower your chances of getting several diseases. Dr. Davis offers several examples of patients he has tested this program on and the health improvements they have experienced. Because wheat is included in foods more than sugar, fat or salt, it will be difficult to adjust to not having it at all. There is an extensive list of the types of food that contain wheat as well as those that don’t. The types of food that you will be eating after eliminating wheat are listed below:

  • Dairy Products
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Cheese
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Soy Foods
  • Legumes
  • Oils
  • Avocados
  • Dark Chocolate

There is no specific exercise program included in Wheat Belly. It is suggested that after you eliminate wheat from you diet you will have a lot more energy to do things like exercising.


Wheat Belly is a book that offers the point of view that wheat causes the majority of health and weight problems that are currently plaguing so many people. Although this style of eating may not be suitable for everyone, the suggested foods are part of a healthy diet. Dr. Davis has used this program for his patients and has seen dramatic results. If you are looking to lose weight and improve your health, you may find that giving up wheat can help you reach your goals.

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I went off Wheat and grains about 2 years ago after a friend at Zumba swore by Dr Davis' book. It worked, I was losing weight, not starving, my knee pain was gone in 3 days, better sleep and my skin looked better. Sadly, I didn't stick with it and I really regret it. I am wheat free again as of this week. I highly recommend. I am post menopause and was warned that losing weight would be very hard, but that's not true when I follow WB/Grain free eating.

posted Apr 16th, 2016 1:13 am

John baker


Is it ok for Kidney Transplant patients ? I,am a kidney transplant,2 1/2 years,I as my Cordinator a bout wheat belly,she referred to the Hosp. Dietician ,oh Ido ,recommend fad diets!

posted Apr 7th, 2016 8:08 pm


After one year on the Wheat Belly Diet, 70 lb loss, I feel great! I have so much more energy, minimal migraines (now only weather related), can walk away from food once craved, and most important blood work numbers all in normal range!!! Keeping healthy is hard work but it is worth the effort !!! Dr. Davis' diet and books are informative and helps you to understand the importance of choosing the right foods to eat!!!

posted May 27th, 2015 11:16 am



I am halfway through the book and this book does give the impression that elimination of wheat is the only option as stated as the final bullet point under the "con's" listed. As a matter of fact, he routinely comments about the elimination of sugary foods, processed foods, etc. Yes, his focus is primarily on the elimination of wheat but he in no way indicates that is the only answer on its own. The book is extremely informative and supports many assumptions I've made on my own over the years. It has been my experience that my only successful weight loss has been with a "low carb" option which often back fires (as it is now) once I "fall off of the wagon". I am listening to his book in audio form and finally feel that someone recognizes the plight I face; that food (primarily carbs) are "my crack". I am hiding "evidence" from my family, sneaking off to eat a croissant, and spending in excess on Starbucks pastries. I am excited to complete the book and hold a glimmer of hope that I can overcome this addiction.

posted Sep 16th, 2014 4:47 pm



I am halfway through the book and alot of what the Dr says makes sense, but alot is also hard to believe. I decided to try eliminating all wheat products, but not rice, beans, etc. Here's where I am really freaked out - I am a middle-aged male, 6'1" and 212 pounds. After 2.5 days (with no excercise but extreme cravings for bread) I now weigh 203.5 pounds. How is that even possible? I couldn't lose that much weight even if I was fasting. That's more than 8 pounds lost in 2.5 days! And yes, I weighed myself twice each time just to be sure. No doubt, for me it's tough giving up wheat, but this is just a one-month experiment that I've embarked upon. If I don't like it, then it's back to toast with peanut butter for me! But so far, wow - quite a weight loss in a short amount of time.

posted Sep 4th, 2014 2:31 pm

Frank Shinpaugh


I got the Wheat Belly book for my birthday 3 years ago and reluctantly and suspiciously read it 3 times. It took me 6 months to wean myself from wheat, barley,and rye. I think that it is really addictive. I lost 80 pounds in 7 months. My wife lost about 30 pounds and my daughter lost 62 pounds. We all feel great and I finally have the hang of eating correctly. Portion control is still my weakness, be it fruit or vegetable and I continue to work on that. But, I have learned to eat a balanced diet and rarely get hungry like I used to.
I was able to give up my blood pressure medicine, cholesterol meds, gout pills, and a diuretic pill. I feel great and sleep great.
I am a believer in this new lifestyle. It works for me at age 65 when no other diet has ever done so, and I have tried them all.
I eat a good breakfast, a modest lunch, and a good supper. I do not find it necessary to eat after supper as I used to before this lifestyle change.
I can mow and weedeat all day if necessary, raise a garden, and generally stay a lot more physically active than I previously was able to do.
I am most pleased with the Wheat Belly book and have incorporated most of it's suggestions. I do however occasionally eat potatoes, corn, and even ice cream when I want to. I just don't do so every day. The operative term is MODERATION in all food selections. As I have come to learn you can overeat just about anything and it will be bad for you, but eat moderately and you can get away with something real good every once in a while, but no Wheat.

posted Aug 22nd, 2014 2:58 am

Stan Diehl


I tried a wheat free/gluten free lifestyle this past July 1st and have lost 35 pounds (today is November 14th). I feel so much better, and for one instance, I no longer have acid reflux! This will be my lifestyle (I am 64) and not just a quick-fix diet. Wheat based foods, which I loved to indulge on in the past, no longer is even tempting to me (even as others eat these items in front of me) I'm FREE of being hostage to wheat.

posted Nov 14th, 2013 10:50 pm



He is a fake. He tells you to stop eating so many things, including all grains and potatoes and starches, so what you're left with has no calories and you'll go hungry and of course lose weight. You can do this by just eating less calories, but still eating all of these things. Don't by the book. A sham.

posted Oct 24th, 2013 3:15 am

John koroloff


Don't read anyones opinion about Dr David's book until you have read it and understand the science that supports his thesis and have tried the diet for at least 30 days...originally a super (overweight prediabetic) skeptic ... Found That appetite disappears most of the time, belly shrinks, lost 12 lbs, energy increased..this way of eating is for real

posted Jul 17th, 2013 1:46 pm



Four weeks 20 pounds gone.
Notice the nay sayer didn't try the

posted Jul 11th, 2013 3:46 am

Kimberley Raehn


Is eliminating wheat or gluten from my diet safe for a seizure patient and a cdiff patient? I'm a seizure patient and would like to know if it's safe.

posted Jun 7th, 2013 7:08 pm

vicki ensz


Will the Wheat Belly diet help get rid of back fat? I know it gets rid of belly fat, but I wonder about back fat.

posted May 29th, 2013 11:39 am



I have tried every diet under the sun. NEVER have I felt this good than I have after trying Wheat Belly. It was a bit tricky to get used to in the beginning, like deciding what to have for breakfast, but once I started, I have never looked back and have continued to loose weight all the way through. I found it very hard to believe what Dr. Davis was saying would actually happen like not being hungry, but it really does happen! I decided to give it a fair try for a month and then stop if I hated it. I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. I don't really care what people are saying that there is no scientific evidence, the evidence is, it's working. Period.

posted Apr 24th, 2013 7:16 am


I've been on Dr. Davis' plan for 90 days today. I can tell you that I can't stop looking at my stomach. For the first time in 25 years, I see ab-muscles again. Lost 18 pounds, but if it is possible, it seems it came all from my belly.

Plus, my energy level is noticeably improved.

Blood sugar levels are going in the right direction.

Peripheral neuropathy is disappearing from my feet.

Bottom line: I'm much healthier today than I was 90-days ago.

posted Apr 20th, 2013 2:56 am



I noticed a lot of these reviews are people who have been with it a month. so heres a guy thats coming up on a year:
Pragmatic Pros: I lost 50-60 lbs very quickly Its easy... sometimes I think (forgive me) that men do better on this diet better than women , but I like the simpleness of this thing.... no grain, no sugar period. thats easy for me. counting points and thinking about portions can be tough for me..... my cravings are gone, my appetite is in check... and my gastro problems are gone. I havent had my blood glucose checked, but Im sure its better...
Cons: making gluten free sugar free foods can be expensive .....
Restaurant eating can be tough once you get past the house salad
do I want a cupcake now and again, YES, but it passes. Yoga is lightyears easier to do with 50 less lbs. My migraines have almost been eliminated. the most common trap people make with this diet is moving to gluten free packeged products and substitutiing potatoes and rice for pasta and bread. bottom line... eliminate the packaged foods: gluten free or not. I think everytime Im looking at one: would I rather just have a baked potatoe or a cup of rice cause its pretty much the same thing. Almond flour costs a bloody fortune... im rambling.

posted Apr 17th, 2013 3:34 pm


After reading Dr. Davis' book "Wheat Belly" I wasn't impressed. It seems the premise of his book is to eliminate wheat from your diet and all of your problems are solved. You'll loose tons of weight, your blood pressure will improve, your glycemic index will improve, no more aches and pains, etc, etc. Well, if you read the book carefully you'll see that in conjunction with cutting wheat from your diet, Dr. Davis also tells you to cut corn, rice, potatoes, barley, and just about any other starch on the planet. Then he goes on to say that natural sugars, as from fruit, are also as bad - so, cut fruit. I've read in his blog where people who've told him they are not loosing the weight even though they've been on his diet for a month or more are told to FAST. Really, fast. Sorry Dr. Davis, you're a sham, a charlatan, a hoax. It seems in the end all you are telling people is to eat a heck of a lot less and you will loose wight. No kidding ?

posted Apr 2nd, 2013 4:23 pm



I eliminated wheat products from my diet one month ago tomorrow. I was suffering from intense sharp pain in both knees. I could hardly walk. On the third day the pain was gone in my left knee and on the sixth day it was gone in my right knee. I have also suffered from "Proctalgia Fugax"(rectal pain) for the last 7 or 8 years. I just realized the other day that the pain is gone. Coincidence or what. There must be something to it and I am going to stick to it. I bought some chickpea flour today so that I can have wheat free pancakes tomorrow morning. I loved home made bread but I love being pain free a whole lot better.

posted Mar 4th, 2013 3:11 am


If you read the book carefully you'll see that the Dr. also recommends cutting ANY product that includes gluten. That means, oats, rice, potatoes, etc. This would make it a basic no carb diet. Carbs are where most of the calories are in the western diet. The only think new in the book is the studies done on chemical reactions to the GM wheat we all eat now. That would include Whole Wheat.

posted Feb 15th, 2013 6:07 pm


You cant argue with proof in results from real people!!! The Dr. Has done his research along with the proof of his patients!! He said that with the success of his patients brought him to the realization that he had to share his findings with the public instead of keeping it just within his Wisc. Practice. It is a lifestyle change just as diabetes, high cholesterol, celiacs, etc. People with these kinds of problems have reduced and eliminated them by eliminating wheat - why would we all do this then? Proof is in the people who are eliminating and having the success that they are We can't trust the Gov't or anyone getting paid money for people having the diseases they do-they know there are problems with people eating wheat and they do not care - we have to look out for ourselves!!

posted Jan 28th, 2013 2:45 pm



I'm going on three weeks with the Wheat Belly recommendations and I'm finding it very successful. I've always been suspicious that I was allergic to wheat since I would have increased sneezing and coughing after ingestion, but I didn't want to admit it because I'm a bread freak. I also have tried Atkins but missed bread too much, so this diet works well for me. I find the recipes for bread work fine for me, just increased and decreased a few things until I got it right. It's not wheat bread but it can take the place of it. One thing I have noticed I can have two small pieces of wheat free bread and I'm full. Not like wheat bread where I'm craving for more! Down 8 pounds in 3 weeks, less sneezing and wheezing. May have found my problem after all these years.

posted Jan 19th, 2013 11:32 pm


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