Millions are aware that giving-up wheat is one of the best things you can do for your health, and many more millions are not aware, so until science proves us wrong, I will continue to help spread the word.
This podcast, from Bulletproofexec.com, is an interview with preventative cardiologist Dr. William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly, Lose the wheat, lose the weight. If you are interested in learning more about the effects of wheat on your body, I encourage you to listen to the podcast.
In this post I’ll summarize the discussion between Dr. Davis, Dave Asprey and Armi Legge, and then I’ll add my own 2 cents about a simple strategy for beginning to implement such a dietary change.
What happens when you eat wheat?
- Wheat raises your blood sugar higher than almost any other food
- The spike in blood sugar causes your insulin level to spike
- The repeated spiking of your insulin level (every time you eat wheat) leads to insulin resistance
- Insulin resistance leads to accumulation of visceral fat (intra-abdominal fat, or organ fat), which is also an inflammatory fat, which leads to:
- Heart disease
Some benefits of giving up wheat include:
- Weight loss
- Clarity of thinking
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Elimination of acid reflux
- Disappearance of gastrointestinal problems
- Disappearance of joint pain
Wheat creates a “perfect storm” for obesity:
- Wheat increases appetite
- Wheat spikes blood sugar
- Wheat creates a 2-hour cycle of hunger
- There is evidence in animals that wheat blocks leptin receptors, preventing the chemical that says “I’m full” from being detected
- Wheat is addicting — modern wheat is an opiate.
What, then, shall we eat?
It is becoming clear that the advice, “Eliminate the fat and increase the grains” is the complete opposite of what we ought to be doing, which is “increase the (good) fat and eliminate the grain.”
My advice is to eat a diet similar to the Paleo Diet, plus science, because there are good fats out there that a traditional Caveman Diet doesn’t allow.
Here is a good place to start:
But giving up wheat is hard!
So, in the beginning, don’t aim to give up wheat forever — give it up for 30 days. At the 30-day mark you will be free to eat whatever you want, you’ll be proud of your accomplishment, and you will have much more confidence during future 30-day trials. 30 days is also enough time to experience some of the benefits of going wheat-free, because there is a detox period during the first week or two in which you may feel worse.
Some of the habits you develop during these trial periods will stick. And when something becomes a habit, you can do it effortlessly.