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Lose The Wheat, Lose The Weight

Wheat BreadI recently read a shocking book by Dr. William Davis called: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health.

In this book, Dr. Davis (a well-known cardiologist), gives wheat the biggest smack-down I have ever seen… and backs it up with hard science.

He also provides a well-backed critique of “whole grains” masquerading as health products…

“There is a germ of truth in this whole grain disaster: Whole grains are indeed healthier than white flour products–just as filtered cigarettes are healthier than unfiltered cigarettes. So should you smoke more Salems in place of your Marlboros? I don’t think so!”

And then there is the scary fact that modern wheat contains 42 chromosomes (28 more than ancient wheat) and leads to multiple health issues.

Quite frankly, this is pretty scary. Ancient wheat isn’t exactly good for you, but modern wheat far more troublesome.

How Does Wheat Make You Fat?

The primary reason wheat makes us fat is due to its high insulin response.

Did you know that whole wheat bread has a higher glycemic index than table sugar? So when you eat that sandwich, those crackers, or have that tortilla…

You are fighting against a hormone cascade that you simply can not win.

The reason is because wheat carbohydrates (amylopectin A) cause a larger spike in blood sugar than almost any other food (except some starches included in “gluten free foods” which we will get to later).

That is higher than a candy bar, ice cream, or (as I said before) pure table sugar.

The Consequences of Amylopectin

Amylopectin is a super carbohydrate contained in wheat that produces an insulin response so strong that it causes fat to form specifically in your visceral organs.

This means that your liver, your kidneys, your pancreas, you intestines, and your belly become engorged with fat… creating a no-win situation.

Dr. Davis calls this a, “unique, twenty-four-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week metabolic factory.”

The result is inflammation and abnormal cytokines (chemical messengers that can cause leptin resistance and arthritis). And this causes reduction in adiponectin (your fat burning hormone).

And that is what causes an uncontrollable spiral of weight gain (among other issues Dr. Davis mentions that I will not get into here).

There is More

I am not going to go into too much more detail in this post, but there are a lot more problems associated with wheat:

  • Wheat contains Zonulins, which can create permeability (small holes) in your intestines.
  • Wheat can create withdrawal symptoms upon its removal.
  • Wheat is a large culprit in the night-time cravings.
  • Wheat can cause mental sluggishness and attention disorders.
  • Wheat is responsible for multiple skin disorders.

Reversing The Fat Cycle

A wheat free meal of lean protein and vegetablesSo what does one do in order to reverse this effect. You might have guessed it, give up wheat!

However, Doctor Davis is clear that you should not replace it with other high glycemic foods like cornstarch, rice starch, potato starch, and tapioca starch.

And if you read the ingredients of most gluten free packaged foods, these are the exact ingredients you will find.

So the trick is to read labels and stick to fresh vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats, fruits (preferably berries), and cheeses. I will go into other dairy at another time.

I know this seems difficult, but one effect of giving up and/or dramatically reducing wheat, is that your appetite and cravings will diminish… so it gets easier.

I have been on a low modern wheat and low sugar eating plan for a long time, and I find it very easy to follow.

What I suggest is to try this for a week (no wheat) and do not replace with other high carb foods like sugar, corn syrup, and the starches I mentioned above.

You might feel a withdrawal at first, but after 7 days… you might never want to go back!

In fact, there are two things I’d like you to consider posting about in the comments section below:

1) If you have already had success giving up wheat, let us know what made it easier for you, and the benefits you experienced. This will help inspire others in their pursuit as well. And…

2) If you have any questions, or struggle with certain wheat foods (pizza is a tough one, especially here in NYC!) – then mention that and perhaps another reader will have an alternative or suggestion that will help you.

Fair enough? Great!

Lastly, I definitely recommend going to the book store – or hopping onto Amazon.com – and getting Dr. Davis’ book. It is highly motivating!



Dr. Steven Sisskind, M.D.



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Comments

  1. Suzanne says:

    I am on an all organic, Paleo Plan about 95% of the time. I really love it and feel great. About the only wheat I have is a couple of slices of pizza once or twice a month and take off as much of the crust as I can. These cravings get less and less as time goes on. Even cheese steaks I have on a salad instead of on a roll. It’s delicious. I don’t miss the roll at all. There are a number of other tips I have figured out over the years.

    • Tina Tiller says:

      Are you from Philly or New Jersey or the east coast? You mentioned cheese steaks so that’s why I thought you might be from my home town. :-)

      I agree 100%. I have given up wheat in the same way except when I have a sandwich every once in a while (and when I do, I can feel the difference). The cravings were so surprising to me; I had no idea I would crave it due to its addictive components.

      • Hi Tina,

        Thanks for your post. I am on the East Coast! A lot of people say the same thing, once they read the research related to wheat products and especially once they implement the research to their daily meals planning. Again, thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.

    • Opal says:

      Suzanne,
      Could share your tips? It would help those of us just getting started.
      Thanks so much
      Opal

  2. Jon says:

    I used to get a build up of hard skin around the soles of my feet and would suffer painfully with cracking to my heels and soles. Each time I give up wheat both problems go away and each time I slip back into old habits they return. I also find I have more energy, am more alert, carry less water weight and suffer less from random outbreaks of spots when I exclude wheat from my diet.

  3. Eva says:

    I have gone off wheat and generally carbohydrates (sugar, potatoes, noodles, rice,etc.) since the end of February, and have lost 9 kilos. I feel great! Once a week or so I have something in the carbohydrate family, usually something sweet. I have found that when I eat some bread, I don’t feel well afterwards. I also have been eating very little milk products. What is interesting, I have less problems with allergies.

  4. Wayne says:

    I am Australian and ate an Australia diet very much like an American diet , 2 years ago I moved to China , where I don’t like the bread and wheat products…….so easy to avoid bread !, now 15 kgs lighter and with a healthly food intake mainly vegetables and a little meat, chicken , duck , fish etc here, although we do have a bit of pasta, at 58 I feel 35 so I will never go back to wheat products ….so everybody should be aware . In China there is a cake shop on every corner and the people are getting fatter and fatter ( mainly the older women)…very scary about what is to come…more McDonalds , Pizza Hut …I feel very sorry for the people that are now changing a health diet to a very poor diet…! without wheat products I have more energy and live a young lifestyle here….if I don’t look in the mirror I could convince myself I am 35 ……..maybe!!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Wayne,
      It is very scary, how the “western diet” is creeping into all corners of the world, and a very big possibility, the US obesity epidemic may spread world wide. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rajat Desikan says:

    What about other grains, like brown rice?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Rajat – Brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, bulgur, buckwheat and rye are all great alternatives to wheat.

      • Nicole says:

        Dr. Steve, what about “Ezekiel Sprouted Grain” bread? I’ve read from sources like Andrea Albright that this is different from regular wheat…

        • Hi Nichole – Thanks for writing in. Ezekial bread is a great source of whole grains and protein. I would definitely recommend that, but still not to have your servings in excess. A good diet is made up of firstly fruits and vegetables before grains, dairy, meats and fats. I hope that helps!

      • maureen says:

        Thank God, I was beginning to wonder if you would be able to have any grains! I love oatmeal with fruit and nuts for breakfast. I want to cut out more dairy, any suggestions about yogurt and ice cream?

        • Hi Maureen,

          Thank you for taking a moment and sharing your thoughts with us. We recommend nonfat or low fat over whole fat . Milk is a natural source of fat, with most of it saturated, and whole milk, yogurt made from whole milk and full-fat cheese are high in animal fats Animal fats, such as butter, lard and meat drippings, are mostly saturated, and they are unhealthy choices. Saturated fats are the No. 1 cause of high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, according to MedlinePlus. LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol. When your LDL cholesterol levels are high, it can lead to plaques in the arteries, which may raise your risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S

      • Jerie says:

        Dr. Steve, I had assumed that bulger would not be allowed if one is avoiding wheat products. Would you please explain why it is okay? I love tabuleh and would love to be able to add that to my diet.

        • Hi Jerie,

          Thank you for writing in and for sharing your question with us! Bulgur is considered a whole grain and packed with fibers as well as protein. For example, one serving (approximately 1 cup), contains 25 grams of Dietary fiber and 17 grams of protein. When compared to other grains and cereals, this one is the “lesser evil”, so to speak. And I too, have recently come across Tabbouleh and really enjoyed that dish. Still looking for a great recipe to recreate! Hope this helps! And, make it a healthy day!

          • Laura says:

            Hi Dr. Steve,

            I’ve discovered that subbing cooked quinoa for the bulgur in tabbouleh helps eliminate gluten – and it’s still really tasty!

            Thanks,
            Laura

          • Hi Laura,

            Thank you for writing in and for sharing your idea with us! That is an excellent discovery and I thank you for your great contribution to this discussion! Have a healthy day!

      • Shila says:

        Hi Dr Steve, when you say Rye is ok..do you mean rye bread? Because everytime I look at ingredients on the packaging of rye bread, they all still contain wheat!!! What should I look for?& avoid?
        Thanks shila

        • Hi Shila,

          Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Yes and No, rye bread is better than white bread as it does contain more fiber, less gluten and more protein. However, it is still bread and you should always watch your portions and have them early in the day. Most commercially prepared breads (large scale productions) often have a mix of wheat and rye in the recipes. It is good that you have taken the time to read their labels carefully.

          You should avoid bread as much as you can, white bread especially, and opt for vegetables instead. Have them steamed, tossed or quickly stir fried and you can have as much as 3 to 5 (depending on the kinds of vegetables) servings in a day. Also, lentils and beans are your friend if you want to pack in protein with out the fat. Sprouted grain breads are also healthy but you still ought to watch your portions!

          Hope this helps, Shila! Have a healthy day!

  6. Michael says:

    Thanks Dr Steven for this post. I’ve read so much about not eating whole wheat bread but no one has ever pointed out why it is not good and what it does to the body. We are in a scientific world so when you give advice particularly on food products, there is the need to back it up with proof for it to stand the test of time. Keep it up

  7. Joseph says:

    I switched to wheat and whole grains years ago thinking they were healthy for me,as I read this article I find that is definately NOT the case. What I would like to know is how do you change recipes like spaghetti and soup with noodles, etc.?

    • Carolyn says:

      Quinoa pasta is delish! There’s two ingredients in the Quinoa pasta I use. Corn flour & Quinoa flour. If you don’t find it in the pasta section of your Grocery store, check the gluten free section or ask someone. Good luck!

      • shell says:

        but… isn’t ALL corn terrible for our health? I’m honestly thinking NOTHING we can buy to eat in the US is healthy- and i’m certain the stress of all the rules is not healthy either!

    • Bev says:

      Spaghetti is fabulous over spaghetti squash. Although its not recommended I do cook it in the microwave for speed. Rice noodles are not so good so use the squash in place of any noodle. Quinoa is a great substitute for rice and wheat.. You will feel lighter and the digestive tract wont weight you down if you cut out most grains. I am still on the fence about oats though, but any bread is just a glycemic catastrophe in my humble opinion. Good luck and keep drinking the water.

    • Jackie Stanfill says:

      I just made a recipe from Paleo that used roasted green beans in place of pasta and it was really delicious.

    • I also love to make my spaghetti sauce and pour it over cooked cubed zucchini squash. Yum!

  8. BILL HANKES says:

    OK; I BELIEVE YOU WHEN YOU SAY ELIMINATE AS MUCH WHEAT AS POSSIBLE. I WAS ONCE DIAGNOSED AS PRE-DIABETIC. STOPPED EATING ALL BREADS ATE MORE VEGETABLES EXERCISED A LITTLE . LOST 22LBS . WAS IN A DIABETIC CLASS ON FOOD. NUTRITION ETC. THEY TO THIS DAY CAN NOT TELL ME HOW TO EAT A SANDWICH WITHOUT BREAD !!! OR WHAT IS THE BEST BREAD AS A SUBSTITUTE !!! PLEASE ADVISE !!!????

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Bill,
      There are “wheat free” breads, however there are no grain free breads. If you are looking for a traditional sandwich with bread, without the use of grains, I’m sure that has been and will continue to be a challenge. If you find something let me know. In the mean time, for an un-traditional sandwich, I use romaine lettuce leaves as a wrap instead of breads or tortillas.

      • Jeff says:

        There are some “bread-like” recipes out there for more or less grain free bread substitutes. Unfortunately, their ingredients are rather pricey. We’re talking some sort of combination of Almond Meal, Coconut Flour, and sweet potato mixed with, oh, an egg, some healthy oils, and baked.

        It won’t taste like Wonderbread, that’s for sure, but it’ll pass for bread and can be made into texas toast to have with eggs or made into “Fake-cake” pancakes and stuff.

        As Dr. Steve said, lettuce wraps are really a better deal.

        For my own diet, I’ll say this, don’t let the perfect or ideal get in the way of the better. If you eat a “wrap” instead of a sandwich, you’re still avoiding a lot of bread, even if you do eat some. If you manage to go with Salads over sandwiches 3 out of 5 workdays and opt for the wrap on those other two days, you’ll still end up feeling a lot better and losing weight, compared to a traditional diet.

      • suzanne says:

        what about ezekiel bread? the ‘sprouted’ wheat that is suppose to be absorbable, due to the sprouting process.
        and a product from ‘now’ foods that lists brown rice bread (1st) then tapioca, flaxseed, and almond meal

        • Dr. Steve says:

          Hi Suzanne – Ezekiel is a great brand of bread. These are all great wheat free alternatives.

          • Carolyn says:

            Is Spelt bread a contender? It’s really good toasted.

          • Dr. Steve says:

            Hi Carolyn – Spelt is a great alternative to processed wheat products. This is mainly because the few companies that are making spelt have kept true to keeping it’s great nutritional qualities, unlike our butchered friend Mr. wheat. Although, for those who have Celiac’s disease, they should be aware that spelt does still contain gluten. As long as you don’t have this disease though, yes spelt is a good source of whole grain.

          • shell says:

            From what I’ve just been taught- I don’t understand why sprouted is ok…doesn’t it also contain too many chromosomes? As for gluten- is gluten (the protein in wheat) really a problem? Or is it the crazy processed, extra chromosome thing that’s the problem? And GMOs. And chemicals….
            I’m not being sarcastic, i’m seriously concerned!
            WHY can’t we get real food in this country and WHAT do we do about it?

          • Hi Shell,

            Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts with us! Sprouted beans are a healthy food choice as they contain fibers, phytonutrients, essential vitamins without the starch you would normally find in the original bean. Not only that but bean sprouts are easier on the digestive system as they reduce your risk of bloating and gas.

            Genetically Modified Organisms may be in almost all of our food items but they can still be avoided in this day and age. I suggest that you stick to farmer’s markets to get your fresh produce as these small producers advocate Non-GMO products and often live near your area. You get your vegetables fresh minus the pesticides and hormones.

            As for the gluten, yes, it does promote inflammation and this becomes more pronounced if you have a Gluten or Wheat Sensitivity.

            Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

      • Aza says:

        As well as lettuce leaves, you can substitute bread with sheets of Nori (seaweed)…fill sheet with avo, raw garlic, salad, tahini, hommus or cashew spread & roll up…yum….or make your own…enjoy… :)

      • Linda says:

        I have been using Tofu as bread for sandwiches … I use firm tofu and slice it across the block of tofu to make a bread sized slice about an inch thick. I then season it (Spike is great) and fry it quickly in olive oil until crispy. I then use the fried slices to make a sandwich or even a hamburger.

  9. Becky says:

    Does anyone have suggestions for something that is wheat free,and free of the other starches that makes a cracker for hummus dips or artichoke tapenade etc. They just don’t seem the same with out something al= little bit crunchy?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Becky,
      Thanks for you question. You might try flaxseed meal. I don’t have recipes but I’m sure you can do an online search and come up with a few.

      • June Levin says:

        Hello everyone in the same boat.

        I have for many years now only eaten whole and multigrain breads, organic. Now to my horror I see this is not a good thing. Not to mention I’m about 20 lbs over weight. And as I suspect most everyone has the same issue, I love bread, period. Now with this new scientific information, I suggest the following:

        I do have a wonderful suggestion, albeit it may be cumbersome for a sandwhich, but I am going to try. I love the Lundenberg organic brown rice cakes. They are pure and delicious. I put fresh ground chunky peanut butter and Polander all fruit preserves on them and they are to die for. I assume they would be just as good for a sandwich, but with each bite, they may strart to come apart so make sure you have some nice condiments on them.

    • Mimi Young says:

      Yes one way we have done it is with homemade “crackers” made of 1 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup sesame seeds [we used hulled usually] 1/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Make into a dough and roll out between waxed paper. cut with a pizza cutter into rectangles. Peel off top waxed paper and place onto a cookie sheet. Peel off top sheet of wax paper and bake 325 oven about 30 min… till slightly brown. We preferred the blanched almond flour, but both work.

    • Chas says:

      Try breads made from Spelt flour.

      • Marylouise says:

        American and Canadian “spelt” breads are crossed with Am/CA wheat.
        Try Spelt with grain not crossed. The grow and test in Germany to make sure it is not contaminated with the extra genes.
        I can get from ” Berlin Bakery”. Their spelt rye is good and there’s your sandwich.

    • Frances says:

      Hummus is really great with veggies. I like to dip red bell peppers or snap peas.

      • Dr. Steve says:

        Hi Frances,
        Thanks for sharing. I love hummus. It’s traditionally make with chick peas, however recently I found a black bean version, that was very tasty too !

    • Anna says:

      Hi Becky,
      My husband and I have gone off wheat and most dairy and have lost weight without difficulty. We love hummus and make our own. We use fresh veggies sticks (carrots, celery, cucumber, green peppers to dip into it and love it. We used to use pita chips, but do not miss them. Try it.

      • Carol says:

        Okay, with the hummus I make the veggies sound great. Will try! Thanks so much! I am thankful, Dr. Steve, for this article and although I have heard this before about wheat causing belly fat, I did not know why. I was under the impression then that whole wheat was a health food. Interesting how science proves it all out! Thanks, Dr. Steve!

    • Kate says:

      We use organic corn chips in place of crackers. Don’t know how ‘good’ this is, but it’s not wheat, nor any of the other ‘flours’.

      • Dr. Steve says:

        Hi Kate – Organic corn chips are not a horrible choice, but they are still a chip and most tend to be high in fat. If you would like a low calorie choice which is also delicious you can try rye crackers (I like Ryvita brand). These provide a great source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. You can even put hummus on them or some low fat cheese for a great convenient snack! Thanks for writing in!

    • stella says:

      Try jicama! This crunchy vegetable has a texture similar to a carrot, but a very neutral flavor. I use thin slices as “crackers” topped with almond butter and cinnamon. Sticks are great for dipping in guacamole. I also use it cubed and boiled as a pasta substitue… toss with marinara, top with a little cheese, its delicious!

      • Joan Garrity says:

        Jicama is good, but it has a lot of natural sugar in it. I love it, but have stopped using it except very occasionally because I am Type II diabetic, and try to watch carbs and glucose. In addition I am on Warfarin because of two titanium heart valves replaced in 2000, and a AICD-implanted cardiac defibrillator-so have two diet issues-vitamin K from veggies I love and of course, the glucose thing. However, my doctor says that they will adjust my Warfarin according to my green veggie intake, since Warfarin does not interact with any other med I am taking. So, the dark green veggies are back in my diet in pretty large percentage of my eating. Jicama is not low carb, which is probaly why it tastes so good-crunchy, juicy and sweet.

    • Anne says:

      How about rice cakes with houmous? My favourite is marmite flavoured rice cakes with caramelised onion houmous – though I’m not entirely sure how ‘healthy’ it is … it’s great flavour combination and a good treat :-) I’ve been using sprouted wheat bread instead of ordinary bread for a couple of mo the now and feel a lot healthier for it.

      • Hi Anne – Thanks for sharing this. Sounds good. Some rice cakes tend to be quite processed and starchy, but I bet you could always make your own rice cakes. This, done with brown rice may be a good alternative (probably cheaper than buying too). Hummus is great though, especially as a vegetable dipper.

    • bev says:

      I like to use cucumber medium thick round slices instead of crackers or chips. They are crunchy and hold the hummus well.

    • Wendy says:

      Mary’s Gone Crackers brand is a good one. You can order them on vitacost and I also found them once at Costco. They are sprouted seeds and gluten free- taste great with grassfed, raw cheese and good for dipping. You can also look up organic gluten free chips on Vitacost or Target carries good alternatives sometime.

    • Sheryl says:

      Jimca chips are good with hummus

  10. joan mayer says:

    For great crunch -try the the dry roasted vegetables. The carrot and beet slices are my favorite and have as much crunch as any crackers you can buy. Spouts stores in AZ sell these products.

  11. Samara Zitnik says:

    Giving up the bread and baked goods was difficult, but so worth the effort. To help wean myself off wheat I began by using some gluten free substitutes but now am almost free of all substitutes. I will eat a few rice crackers or a piece of Udi’s bread on rare occasions. I eat Paleo and am also a Holistic Health Coach, trained by IIN. It was in the experimenting with all the different diet theories that I realized Paleo was best for me. My arthritis that was developing in my hands has now abated, it is not painful anymore and the swollen joints are getting smaller! The best advice I can give to anyone trying to go gluten /starch free is to crowd out those foods with healthy ones. Don’t start by worrying about counting calories or losing weight – just concentrate on eating whole real food. Eat so much healthy food that you don’t have room to crave the processed stuff. It is difficult to stay overweight eating veggies! Thanks for condensing this information, I shared it on FB!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Samara,
      Thanks for the great information. I completely agree with your statement the more processed foods you are putting in our body, the less opportunity to put whole foods in.

  12. cathy says:

    i can give up wheat but i cannot give up rice… i love rice very much because i am a Pilipino… Bread is not my major food her in the Philippines… i don’t believe rice make people fat… i eat 3 to 5 rice nothing change my weight… when i eat fast food, processed food and imported goods that’s the time i gain weight…

  13. MARTINA says:

    Hi,

    l need help, i eat only vegitables and fruits and i can´t wheat during 2 week, but i got up night frekvently, because i have hungry. When i ate something, my bell was bigger and bigger. I would like don´t eat wheat, but i don´t know what eat for my calm sleeping. Thank you very much.

    Martina

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Martina – It sounds like you’re having a lot of hunger cravings, even to the point of not being able to control what you’re eating. The RealDose Weight Loss Formula no 1 can calm cravings and make you less prone to nightly eating. Sometimes, we do have hunger cravings that we can’t control with attitude alone. Hunger is a strong enemy at times.

    • nova says:

      I started making spelt, quinoa, and buckwheat pancakes, and would make huge quantities. I found that when I had a couple of pancakes adding either sweet (agave and berry of choice) or savoury (goat cheese and other vegetable topping), I never felt hungry in between meals or late at night. In the pancake I added about 2 cups spelt, maybe about 4 tbspns each buckwheat and quinoa flakes, an egg, olive oil, goat milk – you can also use almond, but as the goat milk contains protein it satisfies longer, as does the goat fetta cheese topping! We eat spelt bread -but my plan is to finetune my own recipe containing spelt, buckwheat, quinoa, and chia seeds!

      • Dr. Steve says:

        Hi Nova,

        We recommend one serving of whole grains daily and Your breakfast sounds delicious and healthy. Keep up the good work and thanks again for your pancake recipe.

    • Debbie says:

      This has been a very interesting blog this week. I have changed to eating whole grain thinking I was being healthy. I am 60 years old and need to loose about 35 pounds. I started taking real dose 1 a month ago. I have only lost 1 pound but can say I sleep better at night and don’t have the cravings. After reading this I am also going to try to give myself 4 days a week without any processed anything. Maybe besides feeling better I can start losing the weight.

      • Thank you, Debbie, for sharing your experiences with us. Hopefully, it will help others who are struggling. Best of wishes to you on eliminating processed foods for 4 days a week. Keep me updated and let me know how you are doing.

  14. jo jo says:

    Yes, Dr Steve, the book is great. The author is from Milwaukee WI. And that is the city we live in. Both my husband and I started a no -wheat diet (lifestyle) after reading his book. We went through our cupboards and took out all the items that contained wheat. We were shocked at the volume of items that we were consuming and did not realize it.
    It is now day 110 for us on this new way of eating. I have lost 10 pounds (I chose to take Real Dose for 3 months) he did not. We are both surprised at how easy it is to eat with out wheat now that we are use to it. At first we were just going to “try” it for a a while, however, now we see it as a way of life and staying healthy.

  15. Lee Goff says:

    The question was raised about an alternate bread source and I recommend fresh baked Spelt Bread. It is excellent. We had a bakery in the past city we lived and bought it every Thursday. It would sell out so you had to place your order and be sure and pick it up or it was gone by the next day. Be aware that the big bread and grain producers don’t like competition that is real food like Spelt Bread and numerous Spelt products, so I suspect they buy the businesses that offer these products and make them hard to find. Search online and you can find them. Spelt Bread and good quality peanut butter and no sugar added Jelly – excellent!

  16. Cathi says:

    What about Sprouted Grain Breads? Is there a difference?

  17. Ktev says:

    Dr. Steve, how about Quinoa? how does that react

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Ktev – Quinoa is a great whole grain to use! Just make sure you follow correct portions with this grain, because a small amount contains a lot of carbohydrates (1 cup cooked contains about 39g). The benefit of quinoa is that it is very versatile, tastes great in lots of dishes and cooks extremely fast when compared to rice. Enjoy!

  18. Bev says:

    Thankyou so much for the email and the post. I have been substituting brown rice for a lot of the wheat products I used to eat…How does that fair in the scheme of removing wheat/gluten? I also had my mother who was a diabetic start using steamed spaghetti squash instead of pasta to lower her glycemic index and it seemed to help her. It also tastes great and has a similar texture. I have since tries different types of squash in those capacities and they work well also.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Bev – Good job on making these changes in the type of carbohydrates that you’re eating! The spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta and you even get some added vitamins and minerals with that switch as well. With brown rice, you don’t get all of the necessary B vitamins and minerals that you need, so don’t rely on that alone. You can check the nutritional content of foods on sites like http://nutritiondata.self.com/. So mix in oatmeal, rye and some of the other whole grains to get all of your necessary nutrients. Congrats again on taking steps towards a healthier life.

  19. Tracey says:

    I have been avoiding wheat and bread now for a number of years. I have no problem sticking to a wheat-free diet. But it’s difficult when the family likes spaghetti bolognese. So, while I’m simmering the sauce I quickly chop pumpkin, zuchinni, capsicum, onion, whole button mushrooms and eggplant. Lightly spray with oil and roast. I mix these with the sauce while the rest of the family eats pasta. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything and we get to eat together.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Tracy – Those are all great additions. Try to encourage your family to try the same thing and mix up the recipe until it’s something which pleases the palate. That is probably how we should all be eating our “pasta”.

  20. stacy says:

    So do you rely on carbs from veggies? I know that good carbs are what give you energy, but without eating the whole grains, where do you get your carbs? Thanks!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Vegetables, fruits and some good grain alternatives like quinoa, flax, rye and oatmeal. These are all great sources.

  21. T Kelso says:

    Switch to grain products made with spelt. More and more availability exists in the last 5 years or so, esp in health food stores, Whole Foods, etc. I suggest the chromosomes involved are of the older, traditional number. Ditto kamut, though harder to find. Bon appetit!

  22. Tom B. says:

    Hi. I always thought that wheat and whole grains are healthy. After reading this post I’m not so sure about it.
    You brought up some very disturbing facts. Also, I find some of the comments here very useful and encouraging.
    Most of the people don’t care about what they eat, especially today when everything is so fast and time consuming. Thank you for great information.

  23. jude.austin says:

    help, I tried no wheat for eight weeks, ate a little rye bread and nothing else, a very few potatoes and no other starches, hardly lost any weight, nothing seems to work on me, I tried melatonin and it kept me awake all night, tried a few other herbal sleep inducing stuff, same thing, tried good quality probiotics, gut got worse, tried red yeast rice cholesterol didn’t budge one number. I would love to be wheat free but find the results very depressing. I was a veggie for 25 years and felt I was much healthier then. The only oil or fat I use is coconut, olive or butter, what else can I do

    Jude

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Jude – I’m so sorry that you’ve tried all these things and your body hasn’t responded. I want to very quickly discourage the melatonin use because new research is coming out to show that this supplement actually doesn’t help our sleep and may even disrupt normal sleeping patterns.
      I wish losing weight was as simple as cutting out wheat, but it definitely requires a multi-factoral approach which combines daily activity, lots of fruits and vegetables and adequate sleep. Try incorporating new behaviors one at a time rather than changing many things at once. Start with something simple like going for a walk everyday for the next 30 days or eating at least 5 fruit/vegetable servings each day. Then, once you have your goal, write it down and tell a friend or family member. Psychologists say these are strategies that keep goals fresh in our mind and keep us determined. Good luck in all your efforts!

  24. Irene says:

    I have been eating wheat free for at least 5 years now; since before the gluten free craze. I stumbled on this idea by accident. I read about eating for your blood type. As an O+ wheat is bad. I tried to scrap the bread and potatoes to eat according to my blood type. I was amazed at the results. I stopped having gas and cramps that I had been used to for so many years. At this point, seeing someone eat pizza is like watching a cat eat his cat food. It just does not look tempting at all. It nice to see there now is research backing up my “weirdness”.
    How do you live without grains, pasta and white potatoes?
    Yoghurt with fruit and protein powder shakes.
    Greek yoghurt and berries.
    Eggs, chicken and duck.
    Grass fed beef, organic meats, bison, ostrich and wild fish.
    Raw milk cheese.
    Lots of veggies.
    Make your own salad dressing with lemon juice and olive oil.
    Organic cold pressed coconut oil.

    Bake a sweet potatoe. Mash it with coconut oil and share with a friend for two wonderful deserts.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Irene – Your food ideas all sound great! You listed some of my favorites on their (greek yogurt, berries, eggs, grass fed beef, veggies, lemon juice salad dressing)! I’m happy to hear about your success with eat right for your blood type. I will point out that most of that diet is based on theory and not so much research. If it leads people to eat a healthier diet, then I tell them to go for it, but it really just comes down to eating more healthy whole foods and avoiding processed junk.

  25. Robert says:

    I have given up on wheat and some gluten-free foods and it has helped me lose 25 pounds of fat over 6 months and all the pains that I had been experiencing throughout my body has virtually dissapeared and my sleep has even improved as well.I have more energy than I have ever had before and I never wake up hungry and am even able to fast for 4 to 8 hours after I wake and never get hungry. My craving for wheat has virtually disappeared and I can say now that this is the best I have ever felt in my life at 45.

  26. annie says:

    yes I was looking among the comments for advice about sprouted wheat bread ??
    I have been told it is even okay for coeliacs- but want confirmation please!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Annie – Sprouted wheat can still be harmful to those with Celiacs. Even though some patients can tolerate it, whether you can eat it or not depends on your personal sensitivity. Make sure if you haven’t already gotten tested, to get a celiac’s test done. This can not only determine your condition, but also what damage if any has been done to your bowels from wheat. Great information to guide future practices! Thanks for writing in!

  27. Arnold says:

    Why are some questions answered and others not?

  28. Patricia Boyce says:

    I started a low carb diet last December and have lost 34 lbs and counting. I gave up all “white” carbs and sugar. I used to have rash out breaks etc, during the winter and summer. All of them have stopped. I actually do not want to eat any of that type of food anymore. I feel like it was kinda of poisonous in a way. i have started growing my herbs and some vegetables and the food is so good, I can not believe the difference in the way I feel now.!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Patricia – That sounds amazing! What a great, radical change you’ve made! Keep up the efforts and remember to focus on a diet and exercise plan which you can maintain for a life time and keeps you happy! Best of wishes!

  29. Ruth Goss says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I had Graves desease several years ago and went from 145 to over 200+. I am now on a diet counting points and in 4 weeks have lost 2lbs. I am allowed bread, rice, sugar etc, as long as I don’t exceed my allowed 27 points. I sometimes think since I have had radio active iodine to take care of the Graves I simply can’t loos weight no matter what I do…………soooooooooooo…………I am going to try following your guidelines. Do you think I will loose some of my weight or am I doomed to be fat because of my thyroid problem….. I do take Armour Thyroid.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Ruth – I’m sorry to hear about your past thyroid disorder. Actually we have several customers with thyroid dysfunction and they are able to still lose weight. Having tight control of your thyroid medications and regular testing of your thyroid hormones will help you be successful, so work with your doctor to do this. It sounds like your diet is working well for you, make sure you get plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as at least 20 minutes of daily activity each day. Best of luck to you!

  30. Cathie says:

    I am so happy with this dscovery of mine I have to share. A substitute to pasta that has zero carbs. Konjac pasta or sometimes called Shirataki noodles. Konjac is a root vegetable . Very few calories and very high in fibre. In Australia one brand is called Slimpasta .
    It is very quick to prepare, very filling, has no flavour but takes the flavour of sauces very well.
    Great for any diet.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Cathie – Thanks for sharing this! I will have to try this sometime, it sounds interesting.

    • Sal says:

      Thank you! I’m Italian so cutting pasta out of my diet is difficult. I will give this a try. Looking at their website now.

  31. Michelle Lee says:

    I read Wheat Belly a little more than 3 months ago. I realized my bloating was due to wheat. The bloating is non existent and I have lost 6 lbs. I believe the biggest reason for the weight loss is just the fact that now since I do not eat wheat, I say no to those treats that appear in the office breakroom, that piece of cake to go with my coffee at Starbucks, most desserts at business luncheons and dinners, and any other empty calories that we try to blow off as just being “one llittle treat” each day! I feel great! And going wheat free has been realy easy! Quinoa has been the best find…my family would rather have quinoa spaghetti that regular pasta! They think it tastes better and it does!!

  32. Connie says:

    The store in the Phoenix, Az. area is, SPROUTS. I noticed in one of the comments that it had been spelled incorrectly. This store is excellent for many gluten free and all natural foods.
    I’m a newbie so all of your info has been helpful. Are all of you folks on the, Real Dose weight loss formula? I have not tried it yet.

  33. sue says:

    I have read wheat belly.Igave up wheat about 10 yrs ago with great benefits.Ihad suffered with awful sinus infections for most of my life until I gave up wheat & dairy.If I eat wheat now my nose runs.I would like to suggest that your readers read “the coconut oil miracle” by Bruce Fife.

  34. julie says:

    Dr. S
    I am curious about your comment about melatonin above. Could you please provide a reference and more information? I take 3 mg nightly for migraines, something recommended by the Mayo clinic. I have done this for 3 years now and am concerned. It definitely helps the migraines as I used to have 5 to 10 a month and am down to 2 or 3. One thing I noticed is that it is slighty addictive in that if I forget I get a headache the next day and am cranky. Also does your formula work for reducing migraines? Any info you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you.

  35. Dawna says:

    I am a professional counselor in my early 40′s and have been exercising consistently for many years. I just bought Real Dose and started a few days ago. I had Wheat bread today at lunch because I have read it is better than white bread. I have also heard to eat spelt or sprouted grain bread instead of white bread. I have put on 15 pounds in the last two years that even running doesn’t change. I run 8 – 12 miles per week. The weight gain is in my belly and I have never had weight there before. I am recently on horomone therapy too through my M.D. and I hope Real Dose helps. Is there no healthy bread?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Dawna – Thank you for sharing your story and past efforts. Ezekial bread is good, Udi’s makes a good wheat free alternative and there’s lots of other kinds made from barley, brown rice, etc. Keep working with your doctor, keep running and I’m sure you will find success with your continual efforts!

  36. Margaret says:

    Since I can remember I struggled with allergies and ecscema and also lack of energy. At age 33 I realized that I might have some kind of food intolerance. I decided to give up wheat products and now I hardly ever have allergies or sinus problems. I have so much energy. I don’t get ecscema anymore and I lost a dress size! My fiance also quit eating wheat products – he also had some skin conditions which disappeared and he lost his belly fat. We do now and then succumb to the temptations of pizza etc. But we will never go back the way we use to eat. We eat meat and eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables and nuts and dairy products and what a tasty way to live!

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Margaret – Thank you for writing in. It would be very helpful to be tested for Celiac’s disease. Confirming whether or not you have this condition can really guide your future efforts at bettering your health!

  37. John says:

    I have a bowl of organic oat each day with fruit and organic or Pro Active milk, would this be considered as a bad meal because of the oats.

  38. LInda K. says:

    Is there anything directly demonstrated that having more chromosomes in modern wheat is bad? I have a PhD. in molecular genetics, and a lot of genome research lately compares related species of plants and where they came from. Grasses vary in their number of chromosomes and it isn’t “unnatural” to crossbreed varieties. Is it a doubling and tripling of existing chromosomes? This done frequently in agriculture in fruits such as strawberries to yield a larger berry, and it occurs infrequently in the wild spontaneously. If people simply want to avoid genetically manipulated plants, even when done through traditional breeding methods, you would have to take a hard look at those fruits and vegetables you are eating. Many of them do have duplicated or triplicated chromosomes. However, I don’t believe there is anything intrinsically bad in doubling up the chromosome count — the general gene expression is the same. If these changes have caused an increase in the expression and storage of the amylopectin in modern wheat, then that may explain why wheat eating seems more detrimental in modern society. Has any direct testing of that been done?

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Linda – Thank you for writing in. I see your point that these added chromosomes in wheat occur naturally in some scenarios. I’m sure an enemy of Monsanto or someone passionate about Non-GMO food could bring more evidence against why this makes our produce undesirable. However, I specifically want to focus on the insulin effect that wheat products (particularly white bread and other non whole-wheat products) create. Due to the overwhelming use of wheat in our commonly eaten foods, this creates a disaster for our population metabolically speaking. It leads to extra fat storage, uncontrolled blood sugar responses and daily fatigue. People have every reason to avoid this as the benefits of staying away from processed wheat far out weigh the any downsides.

  39. Sal says:

    I cut out sugar, bread, and pasta from my diet (very hard since I live in Italy) but I dropped 8 lbs in 2 weeks. I’ve been doing this for 4 weeks now and still have only lost 8 lbs but I think that fat is being replaced with muscle because I’m getting noticably more defined. So the scale isn’t a catch-all way to judge the effects.
    I will say that it has been easier than I thought it would be. I have one cheat day a week where I’ll eat pizza or some other high carb food, but I no longer gorge on ice cream, cookies, and cake, even on cheat days. I might have a little but not nearly as much as I used to.
    Now I mostly eat fish and chicken with a lot of veggies. So far the change is not difficult and I’m enjoying finding new receipes for things I normally don’t eat.

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi Sal – Thanks for writing in and sharing. Your progress so far is inspiring! I’m glad to hear you have a useful strategy to controlling your weight! Good luck on your future efforts!

  40. William E Neal says:

    I am going to Scream! Eat tghis don’t eat this, No more dairy eat 0rganic no more wheat eat the Psleo diet, Yada, Yada It is confusing

  41. William E Neal says:

    I am going to Scream! Eat this don’t eat this, No more dairy eat 0rganic no more wheat eat the Psleo diet, Yada, Yada It is confusing

    Reply

    • Dr. Steve says:

      Hi William!
      Thanks for writing in. I completely understand your frustration. With so many processed foods on the market, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what is good for you.
      What we do know is if you want to improve your health and keep the weight off we should 1. Avoid foods made with processed or refined flours 2. Avoid foods and drinks with added sugar
      3. Avoid fast foods, fried foods, and foods high in saturated fats 4. Drink lot’s of water. Try to focus on eating whole fresh foods, like lot’s of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts & seeds, and lean cuts of meat or other protein sources such as eggs and fish. Of course, even when you make healthy choices you have to watch how much you eat, but filling up on nutritious food means you aren’t getting empty calories. It takes a lot of vegetables to add up to the amount of calories in a can of Coke. In addition to a diet high in nutritious food, we need to get plenty of exercise. If you need ideas for recipes or meal plans I would recommend “The Fat Resistant Diet” by Leo Galland it contains weightloss advice, great meal plans and recipes.

      • shell says:

        Oh, but William, don’t forget that all those ‘whole fresh foods’ cannot be GMO, should not contain gluten (the protein in grains) Def. don’t contain saturated fat and though they may say ‘organic’ it’s not well regulated so they may not be… SO be SURE they’re organic!! Then wash them well with a non-bleach solution to kill any parasites or bacteria on them. With all these issues- you won’t have time to eat, thus, you won’t have to worry about it! And don’t even start me on our water supply….

  42. Lucienne L. says:

    I have a question about gluten cross-contamination products. Which gluten-free grains can I buy that have the smallest amount of cross-contamination? I heard that even Quinoa can cause a gluten reaction. Some products labeled “gluten free” are not completely gluten free. Thanks.

    • Hi Lucienne – Thanks for writing in. Yes, many grain products can be cross contaminated with gluten, because many grain producers must use the same equipment to process wheat as they do their other products (quinoa, rye, buckwheat, etc.). Most manufacturers should list for allergy reasons what other products are processed in their facility. For example, labels may say “this product is produced on equipment which also processes nuts and wheat”.
      As a general rule, if you want to avoid all gluten, stay away from Barley, Rye, Triticale and of course wheat products. I hope that helps!

  43. Cyndy MacKenzie says:

    I had a doctor 30 years ago tell me to not eat wheat, I have found a bakery in Deland Fl. that makes oatmeal bread, when I need to have a sandwich I use this. Is this a good substitute?

  44. Azeb Sjöholm says:

    Hi Dr Steve

    I do like bread very much infact i can eat them all time but since i started your program i stoped. I am follwing all

    your advice. When it comes bread, i do not eat it everyday but everyother day as my breakfast with light cheese so

    what i did was replace the wheat with Ots, fully made of Ots bread, they are a little heavier and darker but okey i gusse.

    So, is it bad or not i don´t know. I have lost 6kg (which is the right weight for me) since i started your program 4 months ago.

    I am open for any ideas.

    Thank you

    Azeb

  45. Laura says:

    I have been trying to cut down on wheat in my diet for many years now, and definitely notice a difference whenever I do slip up and eat a lot of it, like at a party (runny nose, bloating, etc.). The resulting ‘carbo-coma’ is a good reminder of how it saps my energy, and a good motivator to return to a healthier diet. I have found a line of gluten-free breads here in Toronto, ON, Canada that are amazing – simply wonderful when toasted, and very tasty, but, most importantly, without the gluten hangover. They are made from romano bean, white bean, and/or grape skin flours. I encourage people to try to find something similar near them, or make them themselves if they can. Delicious!
    http://www.yoshissweets.com/gluten-free.html

  46. Laura says:

    I have been eating only 100% whole wheat bread that I make myself. I do have a fat belly, and I have problems with bloating, aches and pains, etc. Even though it is “healthy” bread, do you think the wheat could be responsible for y problems.

    • Hi Laura – Thanks for your input. This is definitely better than buying what is in the store. I couldn’t say whether this type of bread may or may not be contributing to metabolic problems. However, it is important to emphasize how processed wheat still is in bread form. The wheat kernels still go through a process where they are crushed, cooked, grinded, dried, then put on shelves for days and finally baked in bread before being eaten. It’s pretty clear that this process really illustrates how manipulated the wheat plant is and this isn’t even touching on genetically modified crops and the effects of that.

      When you compare that to other grains like oatmeal or quinoa which is significantly less adulterated, you can see there are still better choices.
      Sorry to harp on wheat, but it’s important that we all realize what we’re eating and how it effects our bodies. Thanks again Laura!

  47. Lia Polizopoulos says:

    Is Rye flour or oat flour considered as refined flour?

    • Hi Lia – Flours tend to be more processed just because of how broken down they are and this makes them so much easier to digest. These two examples are good choices because they tend to be higher in fiber content and they are significantly better than white flour. The most ideal form of grains though is the WHOLE unprocessed state (ex: steel cut oats, quinoa, etc.). I hope that helps!

  48. Darlene Seale says:

    We have read the book and believe in the Wheat Belly concept. I have been using corn meal to make ‘fried in olive oil’ johnny cakes, as we call ‘em in Texas. They are great. . .but of course 100% corn meal and hot water. We eat a lot of corn tortillas as they contain no wheat. We eat Fritos a corn meal chip. . . I know the frying in fat is bad, but it is all corn meal. No Gluten. Can we get away with using the corn meal without problems?? It is a staple of our life style. I do buy Betty Crocker’s GLUTEN FREE white flour (no wheat); her Brownie Mix, her cake mix, her “Bisquick Gluten Free for pancakes, etc. All advertised as gluten free. Am I being mislead?? We do buy the Eudi breads, and raisen cinnamon breads. . .all good. . . .are we walking a fine line?? or can we trust the Gluten Free advertised products, when the boxes clearly state Gluten Free??

    Thanks! We have been on Real Dose but decided it was not working for us. We are on our quest to lose the Wheat Belly!! That is our goal.

    • Hi Darlene – Thank you for your comment. It is great that you are avoiding gluten and wheat, but general nutrition principles still apply. For instance, fried foods, processed snacks and flours all spike blood sugar just like wheat does.
      As a rule of thumb, try to make WHOLE fruits, vegetables and legumes be the basis of your diet with starches and grains in smaller amount than those.
      I hope that helps.

  49. Darlene Seale says:

    Add to my post please. . . we faithfully execute the unbroken law. . .MANAGE YOUR PORTIONS ON ANY FOODS. WE USE SMALL PLATES OR SAUCERS TO MEASURE OUR INTAKE. WE HAVE STOPPED THE USE OF ANY PROCESSED FOODS, SUCH AS CAN GOODS, PREPARED MEALS (FROZEN) OR VEGGIES. WHEN SHOPPING WE TRY TO STAY TO THE OUTER WALLS OF ANY SUPER MARKET AND DARE NOT VENTURE INTO THE INTERIOR DISPLAY ISLES. . .THAT IS THE DUNGEON OF FORBIDDEN FOODS. CEREALS. . .COOKIES, TREATS, SAUCES , MAYO, SUGAR PRODUCTS (WE USE SPLENDA IN ALL OUR BAKING) PASTAS, ALL FORBIDDEN . . .. AND AVOID ALL FROZEN FOOD DISPLAYS, THERE IS NOTHING THERE WE SHOULD BE CHARMED BY.

  50. Michael Drenth says:

    I’ve been taking Real Dose No 1 and following the accompanying diet plan since April. I have dropped 18 kg in five months – from 114kg to 96 kg. I plan on getting to 85kg or perhaps 80kg before I attempt to stabilise my weight.

    I have removed ALL grains from my day to day diet – substituting beans at breakfast and lunch. Plenty of green vegetables, tomatoes, capsicum but very little in the way of root vegetables except onions and garlic. Lots of chilli, spices but little salt. I have eggs, steak, salmon or herring daily. I eat grapefruit, strawberries, some dried fruits, the occasional avocado. I don’t feel deprived – or particularly hungry – but do crave sweet things and baked goods from time to time. If I do give in and have a bit of cake or chocolate – I suffer from increased cravings – so I’m better off not giving in the first time!

    For my “break-out” meal I may have rice or perhaps some whole grain bread toast (which I still crave!)

    I have noticed that I have had no indigestion since giving up grains – used to suffer quite badly from “heartburn.

    Also, my doctor has now taken me off my blood pressure medication and cholesterol lowering medication because both of these have returned to normal…

    I exercise – but not too hard – forty laps of the 25M pool three times a week and 20 minutes of “interval” training (jogging and resting) twice a week – gardening and housework on weekends.

    I don’t think I could have done this without Real Dose and Dr Steve’s advices. Thank you!

  51. denero says:

    A year ago, I was diagnosed with severe tendonitis and arthritis in my left wrist — the pain was so bad, I was given cortisone injections and was put in a cast for six weeks to totally immobilize it along with very strong anti-inflammatory meds. When the cast was removed, I had no relief and still had little use of my wrist. I read your pieces about giving up wheat and thought that I would give it a try to alleviate the inflammation. After seven days of a gluten free diet and no wheat, the pain and inflammation is gone!! I also suffered from arthritis in both knees but now, having eliminated wheat bread (which I like very much), that pain is also gone and I’m walking pain-free three miles every day, sometimes twice a day. I grew up on whole wheat bread and ate it every day for 50 years. Now — no more wheat and I’m much better for it. Thanks for the good information.

  52. Bonnie says:

    I was wondering if the GG Brand Scandinavian Bran Crispbread is ok to eat. The only ingredients in them are unprocessed wheat bran, rye flour and salt. Each cracker has 5 grams of fiber and 2g bet carbs per slice. I ordered them online at http://www.brancrispbread.com They would definitely give you the crunch that people crave.

    • Hi Bonnie – If you are trying to avoid wheat completely, this wouldn’t be a good choice due to it’s ingredients. It may be a good option for those who must still have some grains in their diet. I hope that helps!

  53. Andrea H. says:

    Hi Dr. Steve,

    Thanks for the information about the wheat! I think it has been a big contributor to my belly fat! (My legs and arms are thin, so I look a little strange!)

    I have followed the plan and already lost 8 lbs in 2 weeks! Giving up artificial sweeteners, sugars, and especially breads has been difficult, but I find that it’s getting easier. My cravings for breads are getting better, but I still want something like a cracker or toast. I have substituted ezekiel bread and I see from the other posts that it is ok. I try to keep it to 1 slice a day. I was wondering if Wasa whole grain crackers are ok? They are whole grain and very high in fiber (14g). Again, I limit them to only 1 or 2 a day. I’ve given up sandwiches for salads, but I liked the other posts for substitutes for sandwiches which will add more variety! Thanks!

    Andrea

  54. Tina Tiller says:

    I have been using the RealDose product for about three months (see previous testimony).

    When I was stuck at 155lbs trying to get to 150, I read this Lose the Wheat…article and sure enough, the next five pounds came off effortlessly.

    I was surprised that modern wheat was so addictive that I really did crave bread/pasta, etc. I must have always been addicted because years ago when I did not have a weight problem, I would eat pasta 3 or 4 days in a row; and then when I stopped, 4 or 5 days later, I would crave and eat it again.

    Now, since I am older and have altered my eating habits to become healthier and lost the first 20 pounds on my own, added RealDose and lost almost 10 more. I look for wheat in products and avoid those. As bad as potato chips are, they are better for me than crackers, or any other product with wheat in it. Don’t worry, I eat them sparingly, too, but they are a treat for me, not daily diet.

    When I stop RealDose for more than 3 days, the cravings come back and so does the unnecessary hunger. I’m trying to find my maintenance dose which may be 1 every other day over the long haul while I maintain my yoga and walking exercise plan together with carefully watching my diet with flavorful and tasty food (otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to stick to it).

    • Hi Tina,

      Thank you for taking the time to post to our website. The usage instructions for RealDose are to take one capsule 3x a day — that’s one a half hour before each meal. Its VERY important that you take all three each day, so if you forget — please don’t skip that dose. Take it as soon as you remember keeping in mind that RealDose is going to do more than suppress your appetite, it’s going to optimize and balance your hormones so be sure you’re getting the complete dosage each day.

      • Barbara Theberge says:

        I have been taking ONLY 2 capsules each day because I only eat 2 meals (been taking them for a few weeks now). Haven’t lost an ounce BUT 100% whole wheat is a staple of my diet. NOT any more, thanks to your article. BUT is it o.k. to only take the 2 capsules (I take 3 on the occasions I have 3 meals). Barbara

        • Hello Barbara,

          Thanks for a great question. Congratulations on successfully, making the shift away from wheat! The process was worth it, wasn’t it?!

          As for your question regarding the dosage, keep in mind, the documented successful results from the studies on Weight Loss Formula No. 1 ingredients were completed on adults who took the product 3 times per day. For this reason, we can’t guarantee you will achieve optimal results if you vary from the recommended dosage. We recommend you take the product 3 times per day as directed on the package. Each capsule should be taken approximately 30 minutes before each healthy meal, however if you forget don’t skip a dose; take it as soon as you remember. If you do not have a third meal, then take the third dosage anyway. Staying as close to the successful protocol of 3 doses per day as done in the clinical study, will grant you more optimal results. Make it a healthy day!

  55. Esther Cimet says:

    The popular and traditional diet in Mexico, where I was born, included traditional soft white or blue corn tortillas without any aditives, beans vegetables, fresh fruits, etc. Obesity was exceptional until junk food and tv became a la mode.
    Do you have any information about traditional natural corn tortillas? You can make chips out of them without frying them, by just hardening them on the oven, and you can fill the soft ones with whatever you wish.
    Unfortunately the best known mexican tortilla in US is the wheat tortilla.

    Esther

  56. Kimberly says:

    My husband is a “meat n potatoes” man and I have a horribly difficult time getting him to eat less wheat and more veggies! My kids are wonderfully more adventuresome! Any suggestions?

    • Hi Kimberly,

      Thank you for taking a moment and posting to our website. We understand how losing weight can be very overwhelming trying to start so many new things at once. As a 1st step we recommend eliminating all refined flours and sources of sugar from your diet. This one step will have you well on your way to losing weight quickly.

  57. paula frazer says:

    I have an easy and fast recipe for a flax bread or cracker that I really like. If you want crunchy crackers you spread the dough about 1/4″ thin and you can add more seeds too – or for a more panini type bread, add a little more ground meal then whole seed and water and leave the dough a little thicker.
    I bought a Silpat sheet to bake on that makes it easier to make it thin or thick and easy to remove. I also got a coffee mill grinder to grind my seeds and nuts.
    I think the trick with baking generally is not to mess with the mixture too much once you’ve added everything together because it will take the “rise” out of it. so blend all the dry ingredients first and just fold in the water right before it goes in the preheated oven. You might have to experiment a bit to get it the texture, flavor etc.. that you like. Also slicing into the size pieces you want is easiest when it is still hot right out of the oven. Since I use a Silpat, I score the tops and fold them apart so I don’t cut through the Silpat.
    - you can use any kind of nuts and seeds you want with the flax meal — hemp seed is also a great addition if it’s available. It has a lot of protein and nutrients.
    My most recent batch I made is pecan and flax meal with whole sesame, flax and hemp seed.

    Flax Bread Recipe:
    pre heat oven to 400
    - 1 cup ground meal — flax (and other seeds and nuts if you want)
    - 1/2 cup whole seeds and/or nuts
    - 1 tbl baking powder
    - a little salt to taste
    - 1/2 cup water
    mix the dry together add the water – spread on baking sheet and bake 20 to 30 min
    I often under cook it a little and cut it up to save in a container in the fridge to toast later as needed.

    I can send pictures too if it will help – Best Wishes!

  58. Rob says:

    any issues with 100% rye bread?

    • Hi Rob,

      Thanks for sharing your question with us. Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed.
      We recommend one 1/2 cup serving of whole non processed grains daily.The following, when consumed in a form including the bran, germ and endosperm, are examples of whole grain foods:
      Amaranth
      Buckwheat
      Millet
      Quinoa
      Rye
      Teff
      Wheat
      Wild Rice
      Barley
      Corn, including whole cornmeal & popcorn
      Oats, including oatmeal
      Rice, wild, brown, colored
      Sorghum (also called milo)
      Triticale

      • Jeanstar says:

        Does this mean that rye bread is ok as long as it contains the bran, germ and endosperm?

        • Hi, thank you for posting to our website. Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed.
          We recommend one 1/2 cup serving of whole non processed grains daily. The following, when consumed in a form including the bran, germ and endosperm, are examples of whole grain foods:
          Amaranth
          Buckwheat
          Millet
          Quinoa
          Rye
          Teff
          Wheat
          Wild Rice
          Barley
          Corn, including whole cornmeal & popcorn
          Oats, including oatmeal
          Rice, wild, brown, colored
          Sorghum (also called milo)
          Triticale

  59. Kathi says:

    My husband has been off of wheat for a couple of months and shops a lot at a local health food store. He buys quite a few gluten-free products (cookies, crackers, pasta, bread) are all gluten-free products good for you? He buys an excellent rice bread that we like. Is that okay? Just started to read your blog, please excuse me if I am asking questions that you have answered numerous times.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for posting your question to our website. Gluten free products are good choices, but always check the product labels for hidden additives. But in most cases Gluten Free products are a good healthy food choice.

  60. Mary says:

    I gave up all products made with flour. The main reason is that I had cancer 19 years ago and Brian Scott Peskin in his book “The hidden Story of Cancer” tells how to keep from getting cancer and from cancer returning. Flour and sugar are bad as cancer cells respond well to sugar. Carbohydrates also help cancer. It is not easy but knowing that your health is affected makes me strong. I eat a lot of vegetables, chease, fruit but those that are low in sugar, good meat that farmers feed on grass and do not give them hormone shots. I try to have a high oxygen level in my body and protein helps in this. Your RealMeal GF helps as it does not have much sugar and the protein comes from cows who are fed on grass. I am not sure whether the cows get shots. I also do not eat any cereals which is something that I did not have growing up. We ate eggs, meat, very little bread but lots of real butter from our cows that my father fed very well and no shots.
    sincerely, Mary Ulsh

    • Hi Mary,

      Thank you for posting to our website. The foods you eat are very important to maintaining a healthy body. Thank you for sharing this information with the Realdose community. Our grass-fed cows only graze on natural grasses, legumes, and herbs that grow naturally in New Zealand pastures. They live a natural “cow’s life” and their milk delivers the purest whey on the planet. In order to preserve its natural benefits, our whey is non-denatured, never exposed to high temperatures when processed, thus retaining its full biological activity. No Growth Hormones (rBST or rBGH):
      Most whey is derived from cows pumped up with dangerous growth hormones, so they produce more milk. The result is an increase in IGF-1 levels which can lead to increased breast cancer risk. You don’t have to worry about that with RealMeal GF.

  61. Marti says:

    I eliminated most grains, sugar, dairy and corn from my diet a few years ago… since then I have lost almost 80 pounds. More importantly I no longer need to use my cane just to walk and I have eliminated all the prescription drugs I used to take! I continue to lose weight, but the loss is slower now… (I still need to lose about 60 more pounds)
    .
    I used to have a problem with triple vision. Since the vision problem occurred intermittently, it couldn’t be fixed with prisms in an eyeglass prescription… numerous visits to eye specialists could not find a cause or a solution. A few months after changing my dietary habits, i realized that I hadn’t had any vision problems for a while… then one night I went out to eat at a restaurant that kept an endless supply of warm rolls coming to the table… I had several rolls that night and the next day the triple vision was back… after that scenario was repeated a few times, I realized the connection between my vision problems and my diet… needles to say I avoid bread now!
    .
    As a substitute for bread, I use lettuce wraps or flatbread (made with almond meal, yogurt, eggs…)
    I have used recipes for simple flatbread, phase one pizza, cauliflower crusted pizza, quinoa pancakes, etc… that I got from the recipe link at the knowthecause(dot)com website
    .
    If I want pasta, I substitute spaghetti squash or “Andean Dream” pasta that is made with quinoa.
    .
    When my sweet tooth kicks in, I make a “Healthy Chocolate Cake w/ a Secret”- there is NO flour or sugar in it… I got the recipe off the Healthy Indulgences website…

    • Hi Marti,

      Thank you for taking a moment and stopping by our website. Also, thank you so much for sharing your story and great healthy recipe ideas and healthy baking tips. We always enjoy hearing new and exciting ways to eat and live a healthy lifestyle. Here’s to your Good Health!

    • Patti says:

      I agree with Marti that the Healthy Indulgences website is a great source for recipes.

  62. JARNAIL says:

    how about replacing corn totilas alternate to wheat tortilas

    • Hi Jarnail,

      Thank you for posting to our website. Wheat would be a healthier alternative to corn tortillas. Whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked),it’s likely the food product would lose nutrients that are found in the original grain seed. We recommend one 1/2 cup serving of whole non processed grains daily. The following, when consumed in a form including the bran, germ and endosperm, are examples of whole grain foods:
      Amaranth
      Buckwheat
      Millet
      Quinoa
      Rye
      Teff
      Wheat
      Wild Rice
      Barley
      Corn
      Oats, including steel cut oatmeal
      Rice, wild, brown, colored
      Sorghum (also called milo)
      Triticale

  63. Janet says:

    Hi Dr Steve
    Thank you for your time to research and share this awesome information. I’ve recently started eating only organic Kamut bread instead of the wholegrain, sour dough and soy bread I used to eat. As far as I know Kamut is an ancient grain and much healthier for you. Is this a bread you would recommend or am I off track?
    Thank you :)

    • Hello Janet,

      Thank you for your wonderful positive feedback. I am happy to pass along information that I feel will help people like yourself reach their optimal health. Further research on Kamut is needed for a definitive answer to your question. However, I have found a study done in Italy that was recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, where the findings suggest that Kamut does have health benefits over common wheat. (To read more about the study, click here: http://wholegrainscouncil.org/newsroom/blog/2013/03/health-study-kamut-wheat-vs-modern-wheat ) Kamut is not gluten free so those suffering from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, should discuss its use with their physician. Hope this gives you some insight into Kamut. Healthy Day to You!

  64. Debbie says:

    I read something at one point that said the problem with today’s bread is that the fast processing doesn’t allow the gluten and yeast to “act normally, ” and that it is the processing that makes it bad for us and the reason so many people have a gluten problem. So my question is, what about homemade whole wheat bread with wheat I grind myself? It’s allowed to raise slowly and contains very few ingredients. Does this make any difference at all?

    • Hello Debbie,

      The wheat that is available today, has been genetically altered over time from the wheat that was available even as recently as the beginning of the last century. It has been speculated that these alterations are at the root of growing problem of people with gluten sensitivities.

      Ideally, we suggest a diet of foods that are minimally processed. So, while grinding the wheat yourself would most likely produce a bread that has a higher nutritional value than a store bought version, it is still processed. A suggestion that some have done is to skip the bread, altogether, and roll up your sandwich filling into sturdy leafy greens (think romaine) like a burrito. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  65. jody says:

    I have tried to reach you through your website and “contact us”… all I keep getting is error do it again. I have tried to talk to someone online and all I get is you’re not in a chat room, but won’t let me in. I’ve been usingrealdose for 5 wks and GAINED 6 lbs. Is this just another product that makes claims but really doesn’t work? Returning my 120 day supply as I had high hopes that your product would actually work. No weight loss, no customer service, very disappointed.

    • Hi Jody,

      Thank you for sending in your email! I am sorry that our product has not given you the desired results. And furthermore, I also apologize for the delayed response, I was away for the 4th of July and was not able to see your comment until today. I have already forwarded your request to our team and they are already in the process of contacting you as well as looking into your refund request. I know that losing weight can be challenging and most of the time, frustrating. This is why I always remind folks that results often vary from one individual to the next. One person can lose as much as 4 to 5 pounds on their first week into the program while most do not start to see results until the 8th or 12th week. Keep in mind that the healthy rate for weight loss is only between 1 to 2 pounds per week. Once again, I apologize for the misunderstanding and know that steps are being done this very moment. Make it a healthy day!

  66. sr says:

    is oat bran wheat? does it count? or i can have a limited amount , 1.5 table spoon of it in porridge daily?

    • Hi SR,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns with us! Bran is the tougher or hard outer layer of most cereals or grains. Oats are a different cereal from wheat. Oat Bran is rich in soluble fiber while wheat bran is high in insoluble fiber. Together they can help not only bulk up your stool but also take with them fats and toxins as they are passed out. I suggest you take a limited amount to start with. 1.5 tablespoon is a healthy serving and will give you good results. However, you should be careful with your portions as too much fiber in your diet, whether soluble or insoluble, may stress your digestive system too much which in turn could result in you experiencing some form of discomfort (stomach craps, gas and even constipation). I do encourage you to incorporate more whole grains when you can as they have not only have the fibers needed in your diet but also because the nutrients in them are still intact. I hope this helps! have a healthy day!

  67. Mary Huffer says:

    After reading your articlew today about wheat bread, I realize that eating my kellogs special k is also not good as it is a wheat. Am i right?

    • Hi Mary,

      Thank you for sending us your feedback! Wheat based commercial products may not exactly be unhealthy, per se, but they could deter your weight loss progress. This particular brand of cereal you mentioned may be the healthier option but still contains wheat and has gone through several processes which include high heat and plenty of fat. As a rule of thumb, the less processing a grain or cereal has gone through, the healthier it is for you. Whole grains such as barley, corn, buckwheat and so on, are better choices. You can have a half cup serving of these early in the day to ensure proper digestion. I hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  68. Maria Glesener says:

    I love love love whole wheat bread! I ate a lot of sandwiches. Recently I started having problems with my stomach. I was bloated and gassy and I also had lots of all over joint pain and inflammation. I saw my doctor and she gave me a whole range of tests, from celiac decease to Lupus and RA and checked my gall bladder. All was fine except I was developing a peptic ulcer that was caused by all the ibuprofen I was taking.
    My doc was baffled She just said to lose 50lbs and that my relieve my joint pain. (I have been Dieting half my life!!!) I couldn’t lose weight! So I took matters into my own hands and started researching the causes of joint pain and bloating. I found out a lot about the negative effects of wheat, so I did an experiment on myself and stopped eating all wheat products. In just 24hrs my joint pain and inflammation was gone and slowly my bloating and gas went away. It was a miracle!!! I also lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks of just keeping away from all wheat products. Of course I stopped eating pasta and pizza and I miss them dearly. But I feel so much better. I am also using Real Dose and I have lost more weight! My follow-up with my doctor was very funny. What I did for myself made her more aware of diet and certain foods. And now she will implement diet causes in her routine. WOW!

    • Hi Maria,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us! That is truly amazing! I do hope you are feeling all better now and that the joint pain has manged to stay away. Yes, wheat can cause a number of problems in the human body but these are often missed because they form such a big part of diet. No one would ever suspect that they are allergic to or unable to eat wheat. I am glad of you dedication and tenacity in finding out the root cause of your problems. Even more so, for taking the initiative of pairing your new found diet with our RealDose Weight Loss Formula No.1. Lastly, if the scales do not seem to move fast enough for you, keep in mind that a healthy rate of weight loss is 1 t 2 pounds per week. This means that your body is well adapted to the changes and your good health is maintained though you are losing weight. I hope to hear more of your progress! Have a healthy day!

  69. Jackie says:

    In Mid June I saw Dr. Davis on the Dr. OZ show. He explained what wheat does to the body and many of the symptoms that we think of as normal aging: brain fog, joint pain, stomach gas, low energy, etc. I am the cook for my 85 year old mother, and 87 year old father who suffer from all sorts of ailments: High blood pressure, type II diabetes, joint aches and pain, and irritable bowel. I too have type II diabetes. I immediately bought Dr. Davis’ book and when I read it I knew that I had found to key to so many of my families ailments and distress. One week later I bought the Wheat belly cookbook ( and the Realdose) and haven’t looked back since.
    I have eliminated wheat, sugar ( I use stevia or xylitol), buckwheat, rye, corn and mostly all starches and grains. I use nuts, seeds ( did you know Quinoa was a seed and not a grain? I just found that out.), (limited beans), lean meats, eggs, veggies of all kinds, yogurts, berries (very little of the other fruits). In one week the aches and pains of everyone just went away. To date, My mother has gone back to walking every morning. No more IBS, no more hip pain. My dad’s doctor has had him cut back on his insulin because his blood sugar is normalizing. My blood sugar levels have dropped, as well as the high pressure, and we all have so much more energy. And the biggest plus is … I DONT CRAVE ANYTHING ANYMORE !! I have added realdose along with this change so I really don’t know which one has caused the slow, but steady weight loss. I’ve lost 6 pounds in the last 7 or so weeks. I think it is a combination of the two and we all feel and look so much better! Thank you for all you do. And It’s good to know that you have read this life changing book and recommend it too. I try to tell everyone I know about it, because it has literally changed my life and the way I eat. By the way the cookbook has pizza crust, foccacia, rye bread recipies and more.

    • Hi Jackie,

      Thank you for sharing your story with us! The positive changes you have made to your family’s diet is amazing and inspiring! It can be a challenge to care for our parents, especially at such an advanced age, but I am glad that you have managed to do so while also successfully maintaining their great state of health. It is an effort worthy of praise. I hope you continue with your changes towards better health not only to lose weight but to stay healthy for a very long time.

      Diabetes is hard to manage but not entirely impossible. At first, it may seem that there is absolutely nothing safe for you to eat, when in truth, you just need to take a closer look at the label and find healthy substitutes. Getting rid of wheat and other starches from your diet will almost immediately give you better control of your blood glucose levels. I would suggest you take it a step further and cut down on processed foods as much as you can.

      I hope to know more about your amazing progress in the very near future! Have a healthy day!

  70. PRISCILA says:

    HI DR. STEVE I USED YOUR PRODUCT FOR 4 MONTHS AND I LOVED IT IS THE ONLY NATURAL LOSE WEIGHT PRODUCT THAT EVER MADE ME FEEL GREAT, A LOST 30 POUNDS (ALSO WITH DIET AND EXCERSIZE AS YOU RECOMMENDED) WITH LOTS OF ENERGY, AND NEVER FELT SHAKING OR DOWN AT THE END OF THE DAY WHICH IS WHY I LOVED IT MORE BUT I GOT PREGNANT SO I STOP TAKING IT, I JUST HAD MY DAUGHTER SO I WANT TO START RE-TAKING BUT IS IT SAFE WHILE I’M BREASTFEEDING??

    • Hi Priscila,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with RealDose Weight Loss Formula No.1 with us! I am glad to hear of your great results and losing 30 pounds is just amazing! Unfortunately, I do not recommend taking our weight loss formula if you are either pregnant or nursing. Your baby needs all the nutrients she can get as her rate of growth is rapid. I suggest you instead concentrate on eating healthy to ensure that both you and the baby are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. The moment you are done nursing or breast feeding, then you can go back to taking RealDose Weight Loss Formula No.1. I hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  71. Hi Dr. Steve, I usually eat a burrito with a wheat tortilla, but I’ll just eat the rice, beans, salad, onion with out the wheat tortilla. I was wondering what you would recommend for loose biccepts? I think it is a hormonal problem as I exercise with weights, and carry stuff. Is there something I could do, eat or take as a supplement to help me? Thank you for being there for us. Esther Pearlman

    • Hi Esther,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns with us!

      A burrito every now and then is alright, but be sure to watch your portions. Rice, beans, salad and other ingredients often piled into this tasty meal can bring in the calories. As for your Biceps and Triceps, there are plenty of exercises which you can do to tighten them up a bit. However, you need to be supervised by a trainer as doing the exercises wrong could make your arm muscles puff up or enlarge. A safe exercise would be either Pilates or swimming, to name a few, but progress may be slow. You can visit your nearest fitness center and sign up for a program to tone not just your arms but your legs and ab muscles as well. I hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  72. Dr. Steve
    I have a question about Stevia is this allowed when you are trying to loose weight. I use stevia a lot when drinking coffee and making ice tea. I would also like to know about fat free half and half, I just can’t seem to give up half and half in my decaf coffee?

    • Hi Victoria,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with us! Stevia is a suitable replacement for table sugar if you want to regulate your insulin and blood glucose levels. Fat Free Half And Half, are essentially your basic Half and Half, only the butterfat portion of the mixture is replaced with corn syrup and thickeners to emulate the texture of the replaced fat. You may detect the difference but mixing them with coffee will mask the obvious change.

      That said, Stevia and Fat Free Half and Half, can help you reduce your calorie intake but you should also try to wean yourself from them as much as possible. I do recommend trying to limit artificial sweeteners and fats as much as possible while opting for more wholesome alternatives instead in order to have a healthy diet overall, and not just in terms of calories.

      I hope this helps, Victoria! Make it a healthy day!

  73. Audrey says:

    Please loose the music. It is annoying! In your video the music is way to loud and your voice soft. It is difficult to hear what you are saying.

  74. Nancy Q says:

    Dr. Sisskind,
    I am a vegetarian on my way to being vegan. About 4 mo. ago I began having problems digesting fiber, so I quit eating salads and reduced my vegetable consumption, beans are out of the question, (plus I’m lactose intolerant) I have added more starches to my diet to counter the loose bowel, not to mention the bloat that won’t leave me. Unfortunately, I have been gaining weight; which is why I have just started taking RealDose Weight Loss Formula No.1. Starting today I will cut out all Wheat products, next, I will get a colonoscopy, is there anything else I should be looking out for?
    Thank you in advance for your response,
    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for writing in and for letting us know of your concerns! Ideally you want to add more fiber and less starch into your diet. This is because, starch is not only your body’s source of energy but it is also food for microbes in your stomach and gut, in general. Most of these microbes are non-pathogenic but produce gas which in turn aggravates your bloating. Cutting out wheat products is a good start and you should be able to feel less bloating after being on your diet for a given amount of time. Simple exercise such as walking after dinner will help ease the discomfort as well help with digestion.

      I understand that you are unable to digest fibers however, a small amount from vegetables would help your stool have more body and be firmer. I do encourage you to give our Fat Loss fast Start program booklet a read and see which ideas fit into your diet and easy for your system. As for other things to lookout for, you may want to incorporate fruits into your diet in order to get better nourishment as well as more soluble fibers. Soluble fibers are easier to digest and gentle on your digestive system.

      In terms of prep works prior to your colonoscopy, your personal doctor may be better able to orient you. However, in my experience, you are usually instructed to fast (no solid foods over night) and a laxative may be given to help clear the colon for better visualization. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

  75. Bindu Nair says:

    Dr.Steve,
    you mentioned wheat as a threat to losing weight. What about rice? I am a rice eater from south Asia. Would be great to get some advice
    thanks
    Bindu

    • Hi Bindu,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! I completely understand where you stand and how difficult it must be to cut rice from your diet. I know it is practically a staple in most Asian meals and some hearty recipes are meant to be consumed with a fair amount of rice included. To help, I do suggest that you slowly cut back on your intake and then confine these to meals during the day time (breakfast and lunch). Over time, you will feel the need to incorporate rice into your meal start to dwindle. And, you can easily substitute it with fresh vegetable to get more fiber and nutrients in. I understand that the change will not happen over night but the fact that you are taking positive steps in changing into a healthier diet will make all the difference in the long run. I hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  76. Ron says:

    I wondered about sprouted grain bread such as sesame bread. Is this any better or just as bad?

  77. Joe Sweeney says:

    Is beer made from wheat? If so are there some wheat free beers out there?
    Thanks,

    • Hi Joe,

      Thank you for writing in and for posting your questions! Yes, beer is made from a mixture of cereal grains such as hops and wheat. Lately, there have been several brewers who do retail gluten free beer. Have a healthy day!

  78. Geri says:

    Since February I have given up all wheat , starches and sugar. No beans, quinoa, rice- anything starchy.
    I still do enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine.
    I have dropped about 7 lbs but thought it would be more. At 61, I am thinking it may be an age thing.
    A bit disappointed but feeling so good I am sticking with it.

    • Hi Geri,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your story with us! I hope you do stick to the sugar and wheat free diet as it is doing wonders for your body. Our age is indeed something to consider when you want to lose weight but it is still possible so long as you maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Hope to hear more from you! Have a healthy day!

  79. Melliott says:

    All you people touting a “healthy diet” are the same–in order for us to be so-called healthy, we have to kill everything in our paths. I am a vegetarian. No, that doesn’t mean I eat fish or chicken–those aren’t vegetables. Let’s make it simple–no food with a face. So if I give up meat (which I have for 25 years), and I give up sugar, and I give up wheat, and I don’t replace the wheat with other grains or potatoes or beans, what’s left? Sorry, as much as I would like to lose weight, I don’t see a subsistence on exclusively fruit and vegetables in my future. And dairy? Let’s talk about dairy. No, YOU talk about dairy–because I would really like to hear how consuming the products meant to feed baby animals of other species is “good” for you.

    • Hi Melliot,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts with us! It is good to hear that you are maintaining a vegetarian diet. I am always an admirer as I myself find it hard to completely avoid meat. However, not all of us can easily adapt to such a lifestyle change and I try my best to help educate folks in choosing the healthier option when it comes to food choices.

      The same can be said of the fruits and vegetables, while I do advocate that we add as much “anti-inflammatory” fruits (cherries, blueberries and raspberries, for example) other fruits such as your apples and grapes are packed full of fructose. This, in turn, could lead to unnecessary fat storage instead of being utilized for energy.

      It is not the wheat itself, per se, to avoid but the gluten in wheat flour which can not only add pounds to one’s body but also negatively affect your weight loss efforts. Instead, I do recommend that we use whole wheat or grains as these are packed with much needed carbohydrates but fibers as well. Also, these are best to have early in the day to give your body time to efficiently make use of them.

      While I do respect your views on Dairy and other dairy products, it is still an essential source of nutrients. Milk and its products are great sources of Calcium and Protein along with other nutrients and fat. We recommend low fat or non-fat milk for those who are not sensitive to it. That said, in terms of fat, we always prefer we get those from plant sources where possible as well as fish for Omega 3 fatty acids.

      Again, I thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Melliott! Have a healthy day!

  80. Deb says:

    My question is regarding supplements. I take a Vitamin D, a Magnesium and an Omega 3 with my shake in the morning and then again with my evening meal. I was told that I should not take the magnesium with the vitamin D, that I should take them at separate times. Is that true. Am I blocking the affects of the vitamin D?

    • Hi Deb,

      Thank you for writing in and for posting your question! Vitamin D and Magnesium can be taken together and in fact, have a complimentary action with one another. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  81. Anne says:

    Your regular emails and tidbits of information are both supportive and motivating. Thank you very much. One quick question for now. Are sprouted wheat breads as worrisome as whole grain and whole wheat breads?

    • Hi Anne,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Sprouted grain bread are healthier in the sense that they contain more proteins, nutrients but less carbohydrates when compared to whole grains and whole wheat bread. However, they do still contain a fair amount of gluten and wheat. I do suggest that you watch your portions and have these early in the day. One portion is roughly two slices of bread.

      Lastly, I am glad that you enjoy the articles and blog posts. Please feel free to share these with your friends and loved ones. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  82. Kelly says:

    I read Dr. Davis’s book last October and went completely off wheat and wheat products for almost 12 weeks. I felt thinner but I did not lose a single pound or any inches. And no, I did not replace with any other starches–I was true to Dr. Davis’s suggestions. I wasn’t a big wheat eater to start with so cutting it out was easy for me. I agree that wheat can be a problem for many, but I am still struggling with my weight around my middle and don’t know what else to do.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! I completely understand your frustration but know that getting rid of wheat is a step in the right direction. Losing weight is a long journey and it can test your patience and focus. That said, you may need to implement other changes such as limiting your intake of other carbohydrates and starchy vegetables, getting more lean protein as well as healthy fats into your diet.

      Also, I want to share that each time I feel like my metabolic rate is slowing down or if I feel like I am gaining weight, I usually change my exercise routine or add a few exercises into the mix. By changing your routine, you are challenging your body and making it work twice as hard than it normally does. This will make you burn more calories and rev up your metabolism significantly.

      I hope this helps, Kelly! Have a healthy day!

  83. Aggie says:

    I have been on the Weight Loss Formula #1 for almost a month now and have lost 2 lbs. I have not eaten any wheat or starchy carbs but I am drinking raw goat’s milk once in awhile. Is that okay or should I eliminate milk entirely? I am 80 years old and am not able to do too many exercises. I cannot get on my knees or stand for a long period of time. I tried the metroblitic exercise but cannot do them for a long time. Have you any other suggestions? I am trying diligently to stay away from sweets. I still have that yearning for something sweet especially at night. I am also taking the RealMeal GF for one meal which is breakfast. I am an early riser and eat as soon as I get up so I thought the RealMeal GF would be good. It does sustain me until about 11 am. I am also taking taking Omega 3 TG. Of course I am not losing weight as fast as I would like but trying to eat healthy. My main question is the goat’s milk which I drink about 1 glass every two weeks??

    • Hi Aggie,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Your goat’s milk consumption is fine, but you may want to cut down on your dairy intake if you tend to eat a lot of cheese or add cream into your meals. That said, losing 2 pounds on your first month is great progress and we do hope that your success continues in the coming weeks.

      I recommend that you try other low impact exercises such as swimming or biking, if possible. Sometimes, all it takes is a new exercise to stimulate your muscles to work harder. It can be as simple as adding light weights or walking on an incline to challenge your muscle groups and have them burn more calories. The trick is to shock and awe your body so that it does not get complacent and your metabolic rate is maintained throughout the day.

      As for sweets, curbing your craving for them may be tricky but possible. I suggest you keep a bag of fresh berries with you and snack on these if and when you feel the urge. You can have as much as 3 servings per day and one serving is about half (1/2) cup. Also, RealMeal GF can be taken as a snack or an evening meal to keep you fuller until bedtime.

      Hope this helps, Aggie! Have a healthy day!

      • Emie says:

        All difficult when you have diverticulosis and cannot eat berries, seeds or nuts.

        • Hi Emie,

          Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Living with Diverticulosis may not be easy but there are ways to avoid the discomforts often associated with the disease. I do suggest that you drink at least 64 ounces of water every day for proper hydration and lubrication in your intestines. Getting enough water in your body means you push out waste with ease and little resistance. Also, a diet high in fiber and getting plenty of exercise will help with peristalsis in the bowels. Also, if you are unable to eat berries, seeds and nuts, you can easily substitute with fruits and vegetables, where appropriate. Greens come highly recommend as are fibrous fruits such as apples, pears and avocados. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  84. Victoria says:

    Can’t we just go back to producing ancient wheat with 14 chromosomes? There certainly would be a market for it. Dr. Steve, don’t you have a degree in product engineering?

    • Hi Victoria,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts with us! Yes, I do have a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and while the notion of reincarnating ancient wheat sounds ideal, it would take a lot of resources and time. However, I would be sure to share this idea to my colleagues who are adept to doing this kind of research. Thank you for sharing! Have a healthy day!

  85. Linda says:

    My favorite thing so far with quinoa is to prepare it, refrigerate it, add tomatoes and cilantro. Serve with warm black beans that have onion cooked into them. Delicious and filling!

  86. Emie says:

    What to do if you have diverticulosis and cannot eat berries, seeds and nuts?

  87. Ally says:

    While I find these posts extremely interesting, I must admit I have not read every message. I am eating exactly as you recommend for six months now. At least 65% of my diet is raw vegetables and berries in addition to 3-4 oz of lean protien a day. I am completely grain free and really don’t miss pizza, wraps and bread now. My huge issues are extreme constipation and inability to sleep. I do walk and drink plenty of water. I’ve tried fiber powders but nothing works. Any other suggestions? Sorry. If this is redundant.

    • Hi Ally,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! I completely understand your concern and do encourage you to send us your concerns. We are always happy to help! That said, while there may be several factors that cause constipation, there are also a few things you ca do to help alleviate your discomfort. The first one is to eat smaller and frequent meals. A smaller meal is easier for your body to digest and eating 5 to 6 times throughout the day will help maintain your metabolic rate. Second, a warm drink during and after dinner will not only help with digestion but also prevent that bloated feeling you usually get after a heavy meal. Last, not many realize that one cause of constipation is the lack of peristalsis in the colon. The lack of movement in the lower gastro-intestinal track could be caused by several factors such as stress, waste build-up, or an obstruction in the bowels. While taking in dietary fibers will help, too much too soon will only cause more discomfort. To help, I do recommend that you check out this site and see it can help ease your symptoms as well as make your more regular: http://www.ultimatelifespan.com/

      As for the lack of sleep or inability to get a good night’s rest, factors such as stress, anxiety, indigestion or simply extra energy can keep you awake at night. I suggest that you try going for walks a little after dinner to help with digestion and burn off some of your restlessness. Also, there are a few simple meditation techniques (for example: deep slow breathing) you can apply right before bed time to clear your mind. Lastly, you may want to decrease your intake of beverages that contain caffeine, such as sodas, power drinks, coffee and even tea.

      Hope this helps, Ally! Have a healthy day!

  88. Carole says:

    Any thoughts on red or black rice? I have heard good things and find them delicious. Red Rice Alfredo?

    • Hi Carole,

      Thank you for writing in and for posting your question! Yes, Red or Black rice are quite healthy as they are packed full of nutrients, anti-oxidants and fiber. You can have as much as 1 half cup serving and paired with vegetables and/or meat. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!

  89. Lisa Purcell says:

    I started your diet plan about six weeks ago and not only am I slimmer, I have more energy, and I noticed a rash is gone. I think you are onto something with the wheat and the gluten. Thank you for all of the information you send.

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for writing in and for letting us know of your experience! I am glad that you are responding well to the changes the formula is implementing and are now ever closer to reaching your goals. That said, I want you to know that you are not alone in your journey to better health and we are here to help. Feel free to send us your questions or concerns! Have a healthy day!

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