Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wheat Belly - Quick & Dirty

Given the amount of interest generated by his appearance on the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. William "Wheat Belly" Davis has posted on his blog a "Quick & Dirty" breakdown of the main ideas of his approach to weight loss and nutrition. If you've been vaguely interested in the whole "wheat elimination" philosophy but won't bother to read Dr. Davis's book, take a couple minutes to look at his "Cliffs Notes" version and see what you think. (Dr. Davis advocates moderate intake of some foods I tend to avoid altogether, but, out of appreciation for his ideas starting to see widespread, mainstream attention [and even tentative hints of acceptance], I'll save my minor disagreements with him for another time.)

"This is the same diet," writes Dr. Davis, "I advise patients in my office to follow that achieves spectacular reductions in weight, provides relief from joint pain and acid reflux, reduces triglycerides, shoots HDL upward, reduces small LDL particles (the #1 cause of heart disease in the U.S!), and unravels diabetic/pre-diabetic tendencies. The diet starts with the biggest step of all: elimination of wheat. But a healthy diet cannot end there, else you and I could eat no wheat but fill our calories with soft drinks and jelly beans. So the next step is to limit carbohydrates if your goal is to lose more weight and correct metabolic distortions like high blood sugar and small LDL particles."

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