Oct 092012

Wheat Belly.
William Davis.
Google Books

On August 12th, 2012, nearly a year after being published and having popped on to the top-ten list 16 times, Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis finally made it to the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list under the Hard Cover Advice & Miscellaneous category. Except for one week as #2 it has remained at the top spot for the last 3 months. The contrarian Wheat Belly message, that eating “healthy whole grains” is ineffective, fattening, and downright destructive, appears to be growing.

Book Info

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
by William Davis
Publisher: Rodale
Published: 08/30/2011
ISBN-10: 1609611543
ISBN-13: 978-1609611545
Started: 10/07/2012
Finished: 10/31/2012
Source: Amazon
Reason: I decided to read this book because it was mentioned frequently on the numerous Low-Carb websites and podcasts.
Format: Hardback

Publisher Synopsis

A provocative look at how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse a broad spectrum of health problems–from acne to diabetes and serious digestive disorders.

Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic–it is wheat. How this once-benign grain–now genetically modified almost beyond recognition and found in virtually every course of every meal–has come to have such a profound and deleterious effect on our collective well-being is one of the great untold health stories of our generation.

In Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis exposes the truth about modern-day wheat, deconstructing its historical role in the human diet and the agricultural evolutions that have created a hybrid grain that has a greater impact on blood sugar levels than pure cane sugar and many of the addictive characteristics of a narcotic. He sheds light on wheat’s connection to weight gain as well as to a host of other adverse effects from diabetes to heart disease to immunologic and neurologic disorders like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia.

Finally, to help listeners dependent on wheat products make the move to a wheat-free diet, he presents a clear-cut action plan packed with food and lifestyle tips, meal plans, and recipes.

Informed by decades of clinical research and backed by case studies of men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving good-bye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at a familiar food as well as an affirmative life plan for regaining health and losing unwanted pounds.

Author Info
William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the TrackYourPlaque.com program. He lives in Wisconsin.

Oct 092012

Living La Vida Low-Carb

Von and I have both been eating the same basic foods for the last 4 months yet I have lost twice as much weight as she has. Why is it that guys seem to be able to lose weight easier than gals? I was listening to Jimmy Moore’s interview of Jenny Ruhl from back in January. Jenny Ruhl has the website Blood Sugar 101 and is the author of the book of the same name. When Jimmy Moore repeated the oft quoted, “Oh you men have such an easy time losing weight,” Jenny Ruhl mentioned something I had not considered as an answer to this question.

That’s because you’re not necessary metabolically, if the famine comes they’ld rather you starve to death than the breeding females.

It makes sense that human metabolism was designed so that if a famine comes men are more expendable for the survival of the species. A woman’s body is designed to hold on to fat whereas a man’s body is designed for other tasks. This may offend sensibilities but it seems like a good answer to me.

May 182012

I have been reading about LCHF, which stands for Low Carb – High Fat and pretty much turns the food pyramid upside down. It is probably not right to call it a diet since the word ‘diet’ has come to mean something temporary you do till you loose a certain amount of weight rather than how you eat on a day to day basis.

I really like the way this video answers the questions people naturally have since LCHF goes against conventional wisdom. Interesting thing is, the arguments all make sense.

Favorite Quote: “People around you will tell you that you are crazy but still they cannot tell you you are wrong either”