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The Wait is Over

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

After 5 months of patiently trolling blogs, message boards, and Gluten Free communities to glean whatever information I could find, I finally have in my hands… a copy of Wheat Belly.

Back in February – when I first heard that Wheat might be the cause of my problems – I put myself on the library waiting list. Well, not myself – I didn’t actually have a library card back then. So I used my husband’s. I knew it was going to be a while before it would be my turn, as I was 6th in the queue.

I would check the online hold queue periodically until about April, when I figured I should just get my own library card. Although I stopped checking, I asked my husband to keep an eye on it for me – not 100% necessary, as the library kicks off an email when reserved books become available. Every once in a while, I’d ask if he heard anything and he would say no.

The weeks continued to pass with no word from the library. I worried maybe we missed it while we were away on vacation last week… So I went online and checked the queue myself.

Apparently, the book was in LAST MONTH… My husband must have missed the notification, and never went in to check on it for me (although he had renewed two books online since then). Plus, they fined him $0.50 for not picking it up and blocked him from reserving it again. I immediately used my own account to place another hold – and, to my dismay, saw that I was once again 5 people back in the queue. It would likely be another 4 months or so until I could get my hands on a copy.

I.. was… LIVID. And I let him know it.

(It probably didn’t help that I was still within one week of wheat-elimination since vacation. I think perhaps I was irritable because of wheat withdrawal).

When I got home from my Sunday morning Bodyworks and Yoga classes, a fresh copy of Wheat Belly awaited me on my Nook. I won’t ask how it got there, but I think my husband felt guilty and just bought it for me.

So I’m about 40 pages in and can say that most of what I am reading I have already learned from various stops on the web, but there have been helpful insights into some of the “whys” of Wheat Belly. For example, I have heard over and over again that two slices of wheat bread spike your blood sugar higher than table sugar ( wp.me/p1N36Q-3U ). Why? Because wheat bread contains the most digestible of carbohydrates, Amylopectin A – therefore, it enters the blood stream very quickly.

Why does this matter? Carbs in the blood stream trigger insulin, the primary trigger of fat storage and mobilization. A quick internet search yielded this illustration, which I find helpful in explaining why blood sugar spikes are a problem for losing weight:


If I am understanding this correctly, it means that – because there is such an excess of glucose in the bloodstream in such a short amount of time – the excess gets stored as fat. It then gets pushed out of the blood stream within two hours, and one might experience a blood sugar crash – feeling shaky, confused, anxious, and hungry. (I can relate). Start the cycle over again after two hours.

Compare it to a meal that provides a more stable release in blood sugar – no need to store any excess as fat, and you don’t have that corresponding crash.

Can anybody validate my interpretation?

On a related – but different note – I read this article today about the “Counting Sugar Calories” diet:


It references the insulin/fat storage principal – but groups all carbs into one “to be avoided” group. This approach would allow you one apple each day – no other carbs allowed.

Does this sound dangerous to anybody else?
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  • 434TERESA
    If i read right Counting Sugar Calories” will put you at 25 carbs per day. I eat 20 to 25 total carbs per day and the weight is not falling off as to the way the book says it will.
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    I try to stick to the lowest carbs possible (should be italics here) for me- I have never been a fruit eater preferring to have a tomato instead. I don't necessarily like processed food so I'm lucky there but once in a while I like a hot link or bratwurst (like yesterday so I bought some) and I like honey mustard, only a teaspoon with them. I have found in the short time I've been living low carb that I can pretty well stick to under 40 a day just by eating what I like to eat.

    The majority of books on "diets" or "lifestyle programs" talk about insulin resistance and the effects it has on your person. A super good book called Living Low Carb by Johnny Bowden outlines most of the programs out there and give detail on the insulin thing. I am about 3/4 through it and like it- he has a writing style that makes some of the dry science behind LC more palatable.
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    1721 days ago
    Just remember this and that we never had this obese problem until they came out with the food pyramid and that was in the 50's and since then we have gotten fatter and sicker too.
    1721 days ago
    Your interpretation is pretty accurate.

    As to the diet plan, it seemed kinda confusing and I doubt there's much science behind it. Better to check out something like this:


    Dr. Peter Attia is, first, a doctor, and second, a relentless self-experimenter. His explanations of the science of low carb are some of the best out there.

    As to being dangerous? Truthfully, there are some people who do perfectly well on zero carbs, but that means that their source of protein and fat must be very high quality. Your body can manufacture glucose from protein (and you really don't need very much - ideal blood sugar is approximately 1 teaspoon dissolved in your entire blood stream at any given moment). And when there is much less systemic inflammation from the elevated insulin levels, you need much less of any of the vitamins from veggies and fruit.

    1721 days ago
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