Heart Disease Diet: Do You Have a "Wheat Belly"?

Dr. William Davis Health Pro July 08, 2008
  • Low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, small LDL particles: the most common triad of abnormalities today behind heart disease. Along with this pattern comes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes and pre-diabetes, increased inflammation, increasingly blood clot-prone blood. This common col...

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  • mishapraise
    Feb. 07, 2013

    When you talk about eliminating wheat, are you including rye berries, hulled barley and oat groats as some others do? Or is it the wheat grains and all processed foods that use them. I don't eat any processed food  but I do eat rye, barley and oats, the grains themselves.Just wondering.

  • barbara191919
    Dec. 11, 2012

    I'm staying away from their products now.  I too have low hdl, high ldl/triglyercides.   Hope this helps my wheat belly.

  • jm
    jm
    Dec. 06, 2011

    A little over three months ago I was diagnosed with rhumatoid arthritis and after doing so research decided to go totally vegan.  I cut out all breads, but did eat some low carb whole wheat tortillas and a bit of whole wheat pasta.  My rhumotoigist put me on some steriods and anti immune drugs.  Last week I went and had my blood tested to make...

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    A little over three months ago I was diagnosed with rhumatoid arthritis and after doing so research decided to go totally vegan.  I cut out all breads, but did eat some low carb whole wheat tortillas and a bit of whole wheat pasta.  My rhumotoigist put me on some steriods and anti immune drugs.  Last week I went and had my blood tested to make sure my liver was okay, but also had a lipid panel done.  My results: cholesterol-148, triglyceride-91, HDL-82, LDL-48.  I have also lost 18 pounds and my arthritis is 99% in remission.  I read this article to see if soy/ wheat setin was also a wheat product the doctor reccommended, but having read all these posts - I continue to believe that there is no one road for all people and those who say there is, no matter how well intended, are just fooling themselves.

  • Anonymous
    bmee
    Oct. 14, 2011

    Anyone who feels deprived of bread knows gluten free bread tastes terrible.  Here's what I've done:  buy non-wheat flour & make a thin crepe to use as a wrap! or make pancakes with it

  • Anonymous
    iluvfood
    Sep. 02, 2011

    Really liked the article in Woman World. So i purchased your book. A lot of helpful info. However,...

     

    The sample menu in the magazine is great cuz it makes it easy to follow for people like myself who are always in a hurry.  I liked the menu suggestions in the book & the 7 day sample of things to eat. But could you maybe consider a short book...

    RHMLucky777

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    Really liked the article in Woman World. So i purchased your book. A lot of helpful info. However,...

     

    The sample menu in the magazine is great cuz it makes it easy to follow for people like myself who are always in a hurry.  I liked the menu suggestions in the book & the 7 day sample of things to eat. But could you maybe consider a short book or something else which outlays something similar to whats in the magazine. 

  • Anonymous
    Dcaptivating1
    Aug. 31, 2011

    I also have found this to be true and encourage this lion/paleo/O bloodtype/high phytochemical diet to all for optimal health and happiness even. Pounds shed, skin gets clearer (and even glows), I feel more focused and in control and it makes me happy. 

    Danielle Schaefer, NC

    Everything Healthy Home

  • Anonymous
    Dcaptivating1
    Aug. 31, 2011

    I also have found this to be true and encourage this lion/paleo/O bloodtype/high phytochemical diet to all for optimal health and happiness even. Pounds shed, skin gets clearer (and even glows), I feel more focused and in control and it makes me happy. 

    Danielle Schaefer, NC

    Everything Healthy Home

  • Anonymous
    Anne
    Jul. 12, 2011

    I dropped wheat out of my diet a year and a half ago and have lost over 60 lb, went from a 42" to a 34" waist, and my every-other-day migraines went away.  Also, my BP has dropped to almost normal levels and I have LOTS of energy.  Wheat-free FTW!

  • rmbw
    Apr. 04, 2011

    I too have given up eating wheat and my first week I have lost 5Ib. I don't crave foods like I did, my head is clear and I hve energy like I never had before. I love bread but too be honest I also love being healthy and at 46 believe all my excess weight is down to too many carbs of the wrong kind in my diet.

  • Anonymous
    Ela
    Apr. 01, 2010

    Does rye havethe same effect? Is 100% rye bread ok to eat?

    • BrianM
      May. 27, 2010

      Look at the label for ingedients - most or all "rye" breads contain a LOT of wheat.  Sorry!

  • Anonymous
    heidimotsch
    Dec. 04, 2009

    There is NOT one diet that fits all, INCLUDING the wheat belly diet.  I eat plenty of whole wheat products, as well as lots of other whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and lean meat, exercise almost every day and am extremely healthy.  I have low LDL, high HDL, very little belly fat, low blood pressure, excellent blood sugar...so don't jump...

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    There is NOT one diet that fits all, INCLUDING the wheat belly diet.  I eat plenty of whole wheat products, as well as lots of other whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and lean meat, exercise almost every day and am extremely healthy.  I have low LDL, high HDL, very little belly fat, low blood pressure, excellent blood sugar...so don't jump on the wheat-is-the-enemy bandwagon just because this type of diet has worked for others.  Find what works for YOU.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 19, 2009

    I have been tested for a wheat allergy but it shows that I am not allergic.  Yet, if I eat wheat, my blood pressure sky rockets and get anxious with terrible pounding in my ears.  Does anyone know why?

  • Anonymous
    DianeGBS
    Oct. 09, 2008

    I just wanted to let the world "out there" know that I practiced the method of eating as prescribed by Dr. Davis for three months and it works.  I lost 15 pounds, slowly, but that just shows I lost FAT, and all the pain I had in my joints was gone - I felt it was like a miracle!!  But then I got lazy and I started eating my old ways, I gained back...

    RHMLucky777

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    I just wanted to let the world "out there" know that I practiced the method of eating as prescribed by Dr. Davis for three months and it works.  I lost 15 pounds, slowly, but that just shows I lost FAT, and all the pain I had in my joints was gone - I felt it was like a miracle!!  But then I got lazy and I started eating my old ways, I gained back the fat and the painful joints.  Dr. Davis is absolutely correct, I have found, it his recommendations on what to eat.

  • Anonymous
    Tippytoes
    Sep. 27, 2008

    I'll be darned if wheat doesn't sound like my problem!  I have a large belly and thought it was due to beer but I only drink one a day and I couldn't figure out why my stomach did not do down.  I try to eat right (baked/broiled fish or chicken, leafy salad greens, brown rice, etc.) and I drink lots of water all day long.  My doctor said I was...

    RHMLucky777

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    I'll be darned if wheat doesn't sound like my problem!  I have a large belly and thought it was due to beer but I only drink one a day and I couldn't figure out why my stomach did not do down.  I try to eat right (baked/broiled fish or chicken, leafy salad greens, brown rice, etc.) and I drink lots of water all day long.  My doctor said I was 6 pts. away from being put on a cholestral-lowering drug and to cut out most carbs, including my favorite double-fiber wheat bread and shredded wheat and pasta.  I was astounded at my numbers!  I am definitely going to go wheat-free for the next 3 months; I have to get my lipids tested again in December.  Hopefully, the numbers will reflect a much better panel.  Thanks Dr. Davis for this insight into what wheat can do to your cholestral!

  • Anonymous
    vickie
    Sep. 25, 2008

    The yogurt I eat has cornflour as an ingedient - does this count?

    • Anonymous
      -h
      Dec. 04, 2009

      no - cornflour comes from corn, not wheat

    • Anonymous
      AK
      Jul. 12, 2011

      But remember, corn is fed to cows to fatten them up.....

  • Anonymous
    Melissa
    Jul. 23, 2008

    A great link for the diet mentioned above is located at The APO E Gene DietSmile

    • Anonymous
      tailormade
      Sep. 29, 2011

        Theory sounded good on the surface but all the diet plans for each of the genotypes were heavily carb oriented......invalid.

  • Anonymous
    Melissa
    Jul. 23, 2008

    The "wheat belly" is definitely a popular problem. So many people have tried to follow different fad's to get healthy, but there is no "one diet fits all" out there. Each individual is unique and therefore would benefit from a diet that works for each persons

    <a href="http://www.apoegenediet.com/">genetic blueprint</a>

    . The APO E Gene Diet does...

    RHMLucky777

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    The "wheat belly" is definitely a popular problem. So many people have tried to follow different fad's to get healthy, but there is no "one diet fits all" out there. Each individual is unique and therefore would benefit from a diet that works for each persons

    <a href="http://www.apoegenediet.com/">genetic blueprint</a>

    . The APO E Gene Diet does just this. Medicine is now delivering on a problem with true science and the APO E Gene Diet holds a powerful answer to such chronic illnesses such as heart disease, alzheimer's disease, and other popular emerging epidemics like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

  • Anonymous
    theo
    Jul. 10, 2008

    i've been moderating my carbs (and whole wheats) in general, except for some oatmeal. feel more energized without all the excess sugars.