Ever since the New York Times bestseller, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight by Dr. William Davis became popular, the term “wheat belly” has been a buzz word that can be heard anywhere you go.

Even the Dr. Oz Show has featured the wheat-free diet, which can have many health benefits, including losing that bloated belly that many otherwise slim people have.

The Benefits of Going Wheat-Free

People with an allergy or sensitivity to wheat must eat a wheat-free diet, but many people without a food allergy are also avoiding this food. People have eaten wheat for years without problems, but Davis claims that today’s wheat is different from the type eaten by people years ago. He claims that it raises blood sugar to a level higher than sugar and most candy bars do. It is the surge in blood sugar that cause you to gain weight, and this is often stored in the belly area. It can lead to diabetes, arthritis, lupus, and other health problems.

What the Wheat Belly Diet Can Do for You

Although the wheat belly diet is controversial, there is no doubt that you can eat a healthy, balanced diet even if you eliminate wheat from it. You can eat chicken, eggs, cheese,and if you do not have a peanut allergy, you can even eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on gluten-free bread. Spread as much jelly or jam as you like on your sandwich; Dr. Oz says, “It’s not sugar or fat that is making you pack on the pounds.” Eating wheat is the real cause of weight gain, because it increases your appetite and causes your body to store fat.

Dr. Davis believes that you not only can get rid of your wheat belly if you stop eating wheat, but you will also have a clearer mind, more energy, and less pain in your joints. Eating this kind of diet can also give you clear, bright skin, and you will probably have fewer problems with bloating, gas, and digestive problems as well. Besides eliminating wheat from your diet, you’ll also limit the amount of rice, fruit, and some other foods. Vegetables with bright colors can be eaten as often as you like. Best of all, you can finally get rid of that wheat belly when you begin replacing wheat with other foods in your diet.

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