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.
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