Should you ban the bread and bring on the eggs? Dr. Mehmet Oz and “Wheat Belly” diet author Dr. William Davis say yes. The two physicians talked on the Sept. 23 episode of the “Dr. Oz show” about the reasons for going grain-free. Get the skinny on the ultimate wheat-free low carb diet for health and weight loss here.
Dr. Davis explained that the weight loss benefits from a wheat-free diet result from more than just cutting calories. Wheat stimulates the appetite, causing most people to crave more food after they consume bread, crackers, cookies, cereal and other products containing wheat. In addition, for some people, eating wheat results in brain fog and impulsive behavior, making it more difficult to stay on a diet.
Since authoring his original “Wheat Belly” diet book, Dr. Davis has explored the additional benefits of eliminating all grains. As a result of that work, he has expanded his recommendations and written a new book about the benefits of a high fat low carb diet: “Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan.”
In an exclusive interview, Dr. Davis revealed why he changed his diet prescription. “Because grasses, the source of grains, are highly promiscuous, they overlap considerably in genetics. It means, for example, that rye and corn can mimic some of the effects of wheat. So I extend the original discussion to include all grains, all seeds of grasses that, to varying degrees, overlap in effects in humans who try to consume them,” he said.
Moreover, Dr. Davis cautions that most dieters don’t immediately recover from the adverse effects of consuming wheat. For example, “most people do not enjoy a rapid transition back to normal bowel flora; specific efforts need to be undertaken to accelerate restoration of healthy species of microorganisms in the colon, a critical factor for overall health. Understand this concept and weight loss is further facilitated,” he said.
Other health improvements from giving up all grains include improved blood pressure, blood sugar, mood, sleep and cholesterol. However, Dr. Davis does warn that some people may experience temporary withdrawal symptoms after they give up what he calls “Frankenwheat” and changes to the “Wheat Belly” diet. He estimates that the withdrawal period usually only lasts about five days.
A new study supports the low carb weight loss plan recommended in the “Wheat Belly” diet book. Researchers found that dieters on low carb diets lost an average of 5.4kg (12 pounds) compared to 1.8kg (four pounds) for the study participants on low fat diets, reported NDTV on Sept. 23.
The low carb diet study participants also improved their cholesterol levels while reducing their body fat more successfully than those who followed a low fat diet. Those on the low carb diet ate less than 40 grams of carbohydrates a day. They ate a variety of protein and fat, including cheese, red meat, fish and nuts.