Contemplating going wheat-free? Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly ($15) was offering a very convincing argument on Live! With Kelly this morning. Davis says that the diet can not only help you lose weight (and get rid of the tummy bulge he refers to as "wheat belly"), but explains that ditching wheat can also alleviate and prevent a whole slew of health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, acne, and IBS.
Davis explains that wheat contains a unique protein called gliadin, which converts into a morphine-like compound, which can make wheat cravings feel addictive. The wheat we eat now has been genetically engineered to produce a bigger seed head and resist mold, but according to Davis, it also contains more gliadin, leading to bigger cravings and a bigger waistline.
Keep reading to learn what critics say about the Wheat Belly Diet.
Some critics agree that giving up wheat may aid in weight loss and also offer health benefits, but it's not because today's wheat is a "franken-plant." The majority of critics believe it's because we eat too much of the processed grain, eating wheat products five or more times a day. With this logic you'll of course drop pounds and feel better if you replace wheat with more lean proteins, beans, fruits, and veggies.
Davis says that the best way to stop this cycle of eating wheat and wanting more food is to avoid eating products containing wheat altogether. His diet plan includes eggs, nuts, vegetables, fish, poultry, and other meats, and limiting fresh fruits to twice a week since the naturally occurring fructose in fruit is a simple carbohydrate. You must also ditch fast food, processed food, and packaged gluten-free alternatives since they can raise your blood sugar levels. According to Davis, you'll end up eating about 400 fewer calories a day. In his practice, he's seen proof of the health benefits of going wheat-free, and says, "What have you got to lose except your . . . bagel butt?"
What do you think? Would you or have you given up wheat for weight loss or health issues?