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MAMAADJUSTE SparkPoints: (1,179)
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1/28/14 9:16 A

I read Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. Been following the Grain Brain diet since Dec 26 th. It's very similar to wheat belly. I choose to follow this diet to help me with a medical problem. I feel great and have lost 13 lbs. I have tons of energy and my medical problem has greatly been helped. Any time I've gone off the program I feel awful and my weight immediately blows back up.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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1/27/14 4:03 P

I am a firm believer that you will lose weight by cutting Wheat off your diet. A study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine tested 120 people and those who eliminated Wheat from their diet saw reductions in body mass index, waist and hip circumferences, and lost an average of one to two pounds per week. Everybody is different, but some of the healthiest people I know tell me: Stay away from bread. .. Once I did that I was able to drop pounds. I do enjoy a burger, but on a lettuce bed.

Edited by: BANDOMOM1 at: 1/27/2014 (16:05)
EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/27/14 3:36 P

Thanks - I knew that about the obesity link.

I was just curious if anyone had heard that about wheat or not - I'd heard it, I don't know if it makes sense or not, was just wondering what others thought of wheat.


SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/27/14 3:17 P

These charts will quickly tell you why we have such an obesity crisis in this country:

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/27/14 9:08 A

Keep doing the diet, as long as you feel good, and it is easy to stick to,

I eat low carb, because I prefer it, and it works better for me than anything else. Other programs will work though.

I am not familiar completely with the Wheat Belly diet, but if it just cuts out wheat, then I have to ask why. For those of us who have issues with certain carbs, wheat may be a main culprit, but there are certainly others, so why single out wheat.

I am going to go out beyond my expertise, so maybe I can get a point across, and someone else can fill in the science behind it. When I was reading Atkins, he mentioned that the bread we eat today changed in the late 1800's, do to mills breaking down the grains. Not sure exactly what this means, or have time to research it, especially since I do not eat bread, cereal, or pasta, but maybe someone else knows. The thing is, you can tell a huge difference between bakery bread, and grocery bread, and it may be how the grain is handled, not that grain itself is bad. That, plus any genetic stuff they did to it, along with added sugar, and salt have made the bread we eat today a problem for some people.

I really think bread is not a problem for most people, and if they ate bakery bread, it might be a problem for even less of them.

If it helps reduce cravings though, and thus allows you to lose 11 lbs., then it is working, and as long as you don't miss it, why not continue doing it. If you love bread, and are at a healthy weight, why would you cut out wheat though?

So it is all personal preference, and how you react to wheat. Personally, I think that since 75 % of America is expected to be " fat " by 2020 ( I am guessing overweight, not obese ), there is some problem with the food that has caused this 40 year obesity epidemic. The coincidence? that it corresponds exactly to the same 40 years where we dropped fat %, and upped carb % is very interesting, but there are many factors to consider, and wheat alone is not the problem. Most of the problem is what they did to foods that are healthy otherwise ( processed, packaged, salty, sugary foods ), and most of us can just eat clean.. meaning make our own food, and stop buying pre-packaged foods, and fast food.

Still, we all vary, and some of us do well on low carb, others on lower fat ( under 40 % ), and some people have trigger foods, one of which may be wheat.

So telling someone wheat isn't the problem, is not much different than if I said no one could eat wheat, and be healthy. Both may be true for some of the population, but not absolute.

to the OP: If removing wheat from your diet has ended cravings, and has caused you to lose weight without effort, even if it just allows you to eat the proper amount of calories, just stick to it, if you like it. Sure, there may be reasons why the wheat is a problem, but what really matters, is that you need to reach a healthy weight. If wheat is a problem, then the reason why is meaningless. It isn't like they will "fix " the wheat, right? Reducing sugar may help even more, if you consume any, and you can eat more vegetables to make up the carbohydrates. Remember that a healthy weight, with proper nutrition is the goal, not eating any one food. You may want to see a dietitian to see what you can substitute, and make sure you are getting all your vitamins/minerals, but otherwise, just keep doing what is working.

GEORGIALOVER SparkPoints: (5,188)
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1/27/14 9:03 A

The problem for me is I hear it both ways. What's a person suppose to believe. I go back and forth between wheat or no wheat.

KELLYFIT123 Posts: 1,312
1/27/14 8:32 A

Is this program something you can adopt for life? That to me is what makes a successful diet -- one that is a true lifestyle change.

Good luck!

1/27/14 8:25 A

Congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

There is a Wheat Belly team here at Spark.

I personally do extremely well on a wheat free/gluten free diet.

Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 1/27/2014 (08:38)
EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/27/14 7:32 A

"The author of the book says that it "must be" different, but he never checked with farmers or botanists. He learned that farmers are growing shorter wheat and decided for himself that it must be a new "Frankenwheat" that they're growing because it makes you addicted or something."

Ok thanks - I was just wondering how it could have suddenly become bad after all these centuries.

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
1/26/14 11:58 P

If it works, stay with it.

But no, it's not true that wheat has been messed with and is now somehow evil. The author of the book says that it "must be" different, but he never checked with farmers or botanists. He learned that farmers are growing shorter wheat and decided for himself that it must be a new "Frankenwheat" that they're growing because it makes you addicted or something. In fact, the dwarf wheat is an extremely old, heirloom variety that got abandoned for a long time because it's not pretty. Everyone wants fields to be "amber waves of grain," and this stuff is short and stubbly and plain brown. But the fact that it doesn't wave in the wind is actually a very good thing. Farmers were losing huge amounts of the crop to hail and wind as extreme weather has increased over the past twenty years or so. Dwarf wheat doesn't get blown over or beaten down. They sacrificed beauty for the ability to avoid losses and stay in business.

The part of the wheat that you eat is the same. It's just the stalk that's sturdier.

Wheat isn't the cause of obesity. Too much food is the cause of obesity. You will lose weight and be healthier if you eat less-- even if some of what you eat is wheat.

But again, if it's working for you, there's no reason to quit. You won't die or become malnourished from cutting out one specific food. There are plenty of other things that are just as healthy as whole wheat, and much healthier than refined white flout.

1/26/14 5:29 P

The Wheat Belly Program contains a great deal of misinformation. This paper reviews many of the concepts that are inaccurately stated in the program. Basically, you lose weight cause you are eating less food.

However, if you like this style eating plan, are selecting other health carb containing foods to meet your nutritional needs, this program can be a healthy option. Just don't believe all the content in the book.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/26/14 5:05 P

I agree with JENNILACEY on this one. I think anyone would find success on a diet that restricts processed foods and emphasizes whole foods like fruits, veggies and nuts. I don't think there is anything inherently "evil" about wheat. Yes,there are some people with issues but this proliferation of gluten-free products is just like the fat-free craze. If you are eating chips, muffins and pasta and going over your calorie needs, it doesn't matter if you are gluten free or not.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/26/14 3:29 P

I looked it up
it looks to be a form of low carb? Lot's of veggies, non processed foods (sound familiar to anyone??)

It's one concept, for me, raises a very interesting question.

Wheat. Bread. Flour.

Ok - now this may sounds waay off the charts - please bear with me.

People throughout the ages (I'm not talking "primal" here.... Ancient Egyptians, Jesus times, etc.) have eaten bread right? All though the centuries, people have eaten and relied on bread. Bread was a staple.

Now (bear with me here), people (not all people) are finding that carbs from bread (pasta, etc.) are bad for them. Makes them gain weight, hold onto weight, causes binges. Why now?

The people that ate the bread in olden times were not fat.

So that's my question. Was it that they were doing more physical labour back then, so it didn't matter? Or has the grain changed?

The reason I ask, is that I have heard this theory before - the grain is different than was 100 years ago:

"Wheat strains have been hybridized, crossbred, and introgessed to make the wheat plant resistant to environmental conditions and to increase yield per acre. These changes have required drastic changes in genetic code, which change how our body and immune system reacts to wheat. Wheat is also an appetite stimulant, and in some people it can yield drug-like neurological effects. Grains, including wheat, are acid-producing, and reduce LDL particle size. Digestive by-products in wheat lead to joint inflammation, increased blood sugar, brain effects, and effects on the skin. The book also recommends an overall reduction in carbohydrates because of small LDL-triggering effects and appetite stimulation, and also foods that cause oxidation and AGE formation such as certain fats, cured meats, and processed foods."

Does anyone else buy this about wheat? Just curious. Sorry, totally off topic.....

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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1/26/14 3:03 P

I lost 10 lbs my first month of eating on a calorie deficit, all while eating wheat. Lost 60 lbs in 8 months eating wheat. Not sure I understand the benefits/difference of cutting out wheat? I actually find wheat to be quite tasty and don't plan on being wheat-free.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/26/2014 (15:04)
1/26/14 1:56 P

Wheat Belly Book was recommended for me to read and for the last three weeks I have been Wheat free. I weighed in at 237.8 and weighed in this morning at 226.6...I am extremely happy with eating this way.....I bought the journal as well as the cookbook...trying new recipe this evening. I am not new to Spark People but have been off the site for a long time. Anyone who is doing Wheat Belly and would like to keep in contact with me I would sure appreciate it. Have a good week of eating wheat free...............


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