Tara has had a fabulous response following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, providing another example of the age-reversing and health effects that can occur.
“It has been a year since I started my Wheat Belly journey and I have come a long way. Here are my stats when I first began in November, 2014. I have lost 47.5 lbs, dropped 8 dress sizes, going from a 14 down to a size 6!
Weight: 180.7 lbs–133.2 lbs
Fat pounds: 59.2 lbs–29.6 lbs
Fat %: 32.8%–22.3%
Total inches lost: 26.5
Blood pressure: 139/94–108/74
“I no longer need my allergy and asthma medicine. The only thing I’m still working to improve is my eczema.
“I get sooo many compliments on how YOUNG I look now. You have changed my life for the better, Dr Davis, and for that I thank you!”
Tara’s starting stats show a drop from an overweight body mass index (BMI) to an incredibly slender value; a drop in blood pressure from hypertension to confidently normal; a drop in fasting glucose from pre-diabetic range to normal. And just look at her waist: no sign of her former wheat belly here.
I think it is safe to say that Tara has also turned back the clock 10, if not 20, years, as also evidenced by the many compliments she receives. By following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, Tara achieved all these spectacular effects without cutting calories, without pushing the plate away, without extreme exercise.
Patricia shared her photos and story of living the Wheat Belly lifestyle.
At the start, she was experiencing:
-Total exhaustion after even minor physical or mental exertion known medically as post-exertional malaise
-Cognitive impairment (aka ‘brain fog’) or a worsening of symptoms upon standing.
“I had all of the symptoms listed above and ALL of them are greatly improved by going wheat/grain free.
“At my largest, I wore a size 24/26 and weighed at least 110 pounds more than I do today. At some point, I just stopped getting on the scale, so my exact highest weight is unknown. I kept one pair of my biggest jeans as a reminder and I can fit all of me into ONE leg of those jeans now.
“For the record, I had weight loss surgery in 2009, but eventually regained almost HALF of what I had initially lost. As of this week, I’m officially one pound lighter than my lowest post-op weight thanks to finding Dr. Davis’ book, Wheat Belly.
“This is a skirt [right photo] I’ve had for a while. Bought it in 1986 when I was 16 years old, and was visiting my sister in Albuquerque. Somewhere there is a picture of me wearing this very skirt to the senior cookout party my parents hosted in our backyard in May 1987. I was going through my closet earlier this week and came across the skirt and had to try it on… IT FITS!!!
Beyond Patricia’s spectacular weight loss and change in appearance that allowed her to fit into a skirt she wore as a teenager, she got rid of incapacitating fatigue and brain fog by living the Wheat Belly lifestyle. It’s got to strike you that so many symptoms and diseases caused by wheat and grain consumption are “medicalized,” i.e., turned into medical conditions with fancy names and prescription drugs to “treat” them.
“Post-exertional malaise”? How about fatigue and malaise caused by eating the dietary poisons called wheat and grains—not a medical condition with an official name, but just another of the hundreds of varied consequences of following awful advice to consume plenty of grains. The healthcare system tries to treat such conditions with hundreds to thousands of dollars of testing and prescription drugs, while you can treat them by removing the initial cause and being freed of such conditions at practically no cost.
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Remember Matthew? Here was his original Wheat Belly success story describing how he obtained relief from near-diabetic blood sugars, asthma, sinusitis, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, skin rashes, and daily headaches.
Here is Matthew’s latest update. “Down a total of 77 pounds since May 1. Wheat Belly rocks!! Have incorporated more ketogenic principles and eat-stop-eat intermittent fasting into the mix.”
Even better, Matthew shared some recent lab work:
The drop in triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, and HbA1c (reflecting Matthew’s prior blood sugars over 90 days) show a dramatic reduction, while the HDL has gone up by 50%, something most doctors would say is impossible. The LDL cholesterol, of course, is meaningless, as it is the calculated–what I call “fictitious”–value, the silly and misleading value that drives $23 billion in statin drug sales. (Had Matthew had access to the superior advanced lipoprotein analysis, he would have witnessed dramatic reductions in small LDL particles along with a reduction in total LDL particle number/apoprotein B, far better than the near-useless calculated LDL cholesterol.) And look at the change in his blood pressure, waist size, Body Mass Index, and body fat percentage–spectacular improvements.
Matthew changed his weight, his facial and body appearance, and is well on his way to achieving ideal metabolic health–no diabetes, no hypertension, no inflammation, no fatigue, no IBS, no asthma or sinusitis, no skin rashes or daily headaches. This cannot be achieved by reducing calories nor exercise. You achieve spectacular results like Matthew’s when you remove the dietary poisons called “healthy whole grains.”
By following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, you can observe such wonderful effects as loss of belly fat, reversal of facial skin rashes and edema, and relief from acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
But, because we have all been told to “cut fat and eat more healthy whole grains” that triggers a domino effect of metabolic and health distortions, most people also typically start their Wheat Belly journey with high blood sugars, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, dysbiosis, inflammation, and other abnormal patterns, the abnormalities that drive billions of dollars of drug prescriptions every year.
What if you want to observe and track the metabolic transformation that occurs in your body beyond the effects you can feel and see? Well, you can obtain blood work that magnificently reveals what is going on. While there are differences among various individuals, a basic panel of blood tests to consider that allow you to watch the unfolding transformation includes:
Because all of us here aim for total health, here are some additional tests to consider that, if not at ideal levels, can impair your return to full health and normal weight:
If you are among the highly motivated, a Ubiome test or other means of assessing the status of your bowel flora can be helpful. Although nobody yet knows what truly healthy bowel flora looks like in terms of species, relative proportions of species, etc., stool testing for bowel flora allows you to track the composition of your bowel flora to assess whether you are approaching the patterns observed in the healthiest people, e.g., increased species diversity.
There are additional tests that may apply to your unique individual situation. But the above tests cover a broad swath of the metabolic transformations that occur as your body re-adapts to this new and healthier lifestyle. Also, bear in mind that, if you are losing weight, your labs should not be obtained, as the process of weight loss will distort your values. It is best to wait 4 weeks after your weight has plateaued before any blood is drawn, else some wild numbers can be seen that will be uninterpretable.
If you have an uncooperative doctor, you can have blood drawn on your own with a self-testing laboratory, such as Direct Labs and many others. (Google “direct to consumer labs.”) We are, after all, entering the age of the empowered individual in health, no longer held hostage by a profiteering and largely indifferent healthcare system.
Some people following the Wheat Belly lifestyle have asked this question: “If I eat real, whole foods rich in nutrients, why do I need nutritional supplements?”
It’s a valid question. After all, after the phytates of grains are removed that previously prevented the absorption of magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium, and healing of the gastrointestinal tract ensues with removal of the bowel toxins intrinsic to grains, nutritional status improves in most people. You can even track this by, for instance, measuring ferritin levels (that reflect iron stores in the body) and watching them climb over the months after rejecting all wheat and grains.
But there remain several important reasons why I believe that everyone needs to include the Wheat Belly collection of nutritional supplements. Among the reasons:
What we are not doing is treating the deficiencies that develop with wheat/grain elimination, aside from the drop in prebiotic fiber intake. We do not have to increase our cellulose intake, nor our B vitamin intake. But, if total health is among your goals, we take these simple steps to treat the most common deficiencies, no matter how terrific your food choices.
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Living the Wheat Belly lifestyle means having no wild fluctuations in blood sugar.
Take a look at the curves above on the graph. The red curve shows the typical blood sugar rises in a young, slender, non-diabetic person who includes grains and sugars in their diet. While the after-meal peaks shown only reach 110-120 mg/dl, they can go much higher, e.g.,f 180-200 mg/dl, in otherwise healthy people. Recall that high blood sugars oblige high blood insulin that causes weight gain in visceral fat, distortions of hormones (e.g., rise in testosterone in females with polycystic ovarian syndrome), and resistance to insulin that, over time, leads to rises in fasting blood sugars. High after-meal blood sugars also cause glycation, the glucose modification of proteins that is irreversible. If you glycate the proteins in the lenses of your eyes, for instance, you get opacities–cataracts. If you glycate the cartilage proteins in your knees and hips, you get brittle cartilage that, over time, erodes and leads to joint damage and arthritis. If you glycate small LDL particles (that are very glycation-prone compared to large LDL particles), you lead to coronary heart disease. And so on, with no organ system spared from the long-term ravages of glycation.
The black curve is an example of someone with type 2 diabetes who begins with high fasting blood sugars, then follows the ridiculous American Diabetes Association diet that advocates a reduction in total/saturated fat and includes plenty of “healthy whole grains” and other carbohydrate/sugar sources. This awful approach exaggerates and accelerates the harmful effects of high glucose/high insulin explaining, for example, why diabetics develop all the consequences of diabetes, many of them from extreme and repetitive glycation, faster than non-diabetics. Also, note that blood sugars return to much lower levels about 2 hours after meals, especially if insulin or oral diabetes drugs are taken. This causes many doctors to say “Your blood sugars are well-controlled.” This is, of course, nonsense, as blood sugars are really way out of control due to poor food choices, but just brought back down to earth with drugs.
Finally, the yellow curve is the curve we aim for in the Wheat Belly lifestyle: normal (90 mg/dl or lower) before eating, then NO CHANGE or NEVER >100 mg/dl after meals. (If you begin with a higher fasting glucose, e.g., 120 mg/dl, as in pre-diabetes and diabetes, we still aim for NO CHANGE after meals.) By following the Wheat Belly lifestyle of eliminating all grains and managing carbohydrates, while addressing insulin/glucose-controlling factors such as vitamin D, magnesium, and bowel flora, the vast majority of people can achieve this ideal curve, even if you begin with diabetes. In addition to having magnificent control over blood sugar, this lifestyle also:
And, if blood sugars after meals no longer rise, guess what: the majority of people with type 2 diabetes no longer need medications to “control” after-meal blood sugars. Over time, by permitting no after-meal rise in blood sugars, even fasting blood sugars trend downward.
You don’t have to check blood sugars to know that your blood sugars are not rising after a meal, though that is the most confident way to assess this effect. If you are simply following the Wheat Belly lifestyle of eating no wheat or grains, not consuming junk foods, and keeping your net carb exposure to more than 15 grams per meal, and have addressed the other factors that need correction (vitamin D because of modern lifestyles, magnesium because its absorption was previously blocked by grain phytates, and bowel flora cultivation to correct the distortions introduced by prior grain consumption and other factors), then you are likely enjoying the healthiest blood sugar experience as show on the yellow curve.
A great recipe from the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox.
Here is an easy way to make a quick and portable single-serving-size pizza that can be handily transported to school or work. Of course, any number of variations are possible by adding different ingredients, such as green bell peppers, sausage, mushrooms, etc.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Arrange the eggplant slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and spread with the pizza sauce. Place 1 or 2 slices of pepperoni on each eggplant slice, then sprinkle generously with the cheese.
Drizzle about 1 teaspoon olive oil over the top of each. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
Per serving: 176 calories, 7 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, 12 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 4 g fiber, 275 mg sodium.
Beth shared photos of her breathtaking facial transformation following the Wheat Belly lifestyle.
“I wanted to thank you again for changing my life! I am still going strong and continue to see improvements in myself physically and emotionally.
“My current weight loss is at 73 pounds, my psoriasis continues to improve and, while hunting this past weekend, I found myself walking terrain I never thought I would be able to. Everyday I find myself accomplishing things I never would have thought possible.
“Although I still have about 65 pounds to lose for optimum health and weight, I will be having blood work done in December just to see the difference in my overall health and can’t wait to share my results.”
As so often happens on this lifestyle, Beth is thinner, quite dramatically so. But look at her face: the tense, edematous, swollen face of the wheat/grain-eater has been replaced by the larger eyes and deflated skin that develops when the inflammation and edema recedes. Doesn’t she look spectacular?
Thinner, healthier, younger–try achieving THAT by counting points!
Patricia shared her impressive photos reflecting the changes she experienced with the Wheat Belly lifestyle.
“My ‘before’ shows my large arms I had become accustomed to. I was affectionately referred to as ‘flag arms’ and the kids often teased me when I had the audacity to wave in public.
“When I lost wheat/grain/sugar, my new arms emerged. I found myself highly surprised. Instead of being called ‘flag arms,’ I was complimented by my children and stopped many times in public, asked if I lifted weights. No, I never go to the gym. The removal off excess fat and inflammation in my arms revealed my hard-earned mother muscles. It was proof of my work holding babies, sweeping, and lifting heavy iron skillets.”
Not only did Patricia lose the flabby fat off her arms, look at the facial transformation that occurred, as well. Here is another photo she provided of her “after” face:
Compare this recent photo with Patricia’s edematous, bloated face when she was eating wheat and grains: a dramatic transformation.
That is why the Wheat Belly lifestyle is so magnificently effective: yes, you can lose lots of weight from fat, but you also lose the inflammation and edema body-wide, arms, face, internal organs.
Clay shared his 3-month Wheat Belly photos.
“This was from August 1st, 2015 to November 1st, 2015: 3 months. I also exercised by walking about 26 miles per week.
“I have more energy and stamina. I no longer have to use nasal strips to prevent snoring. I sleep better, my food tastes better, my acid reflux has improved, my LDL amd HDL are headed in the right direction, as is my blood glucose. Also my blood pressure is now easily managed.”
You can see the dramatic reduction in tummy fat, the visceral fat that drives inflammation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and increased risk for heart disease, cancer, and dementia. And you can see that Clay was not that heavy at the start. He may even have had a body-mass index, BMI, at or near the ideal of 25 or less—he was what some call a “skinny fat person,” or “metabolically obese normal weight.” Such people are often told that they are healthy, but have all the metabolic distortions and health problems associated with obesity because of the presence of excessive visceral fat despite the lack of fat thighs, arms, buttocks, etc.
Clay combined a pretty serious walking program that likely made a contribution to his weight loss/loss of visceral abdominal fat. But walking will NOT reverse acid reflux or issues such as joint pain, skin rashes, and migraine headaches. Exercise is beneficial for overall health, but outsized and extraordinary health benefits develop by removing the offensive agents that caused these problems in the first place: wheat and grains. Compound the health benefits of wheat/grain removal with reduction/loss of inflammatory visceral fat, and the total effect is an astounding recovery of health.
Clay’s weight may not have been all that excessive at the start, but the loss of visceral fat and inflammation has changed the course of his life, not to mention his appearance.
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