Wheat Belly Diet Review

Wheat Belly was written in 2011 by William Davis, MD whose primary goal is to help dieters get off of wheat. Davis contends that it is the high consumption of wheat in the average person’s diet that is responsible for their excess weight, especially in their belly area. By eliminating the wheat, he says most dieters can also eliminate their bellies. Wheat is found in much of the countries processed foods and almost everywhere you look in grocery stores today. Eliminating wheat is not an easy feat, but it sets the dieter up for a reality check regarding their everyday foods.

Wheat contains 75% amylopectin and 25% amylsoe, which can have a negative effect on insulin response.* This in turn prompts the body to store the wheat as fat, and it is more often than not stored in the belly. Also, wheat contains gluten, which can be linked to a number of ailments and diseases including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and even gastrointestinal cancer. According to Davis, a large amount of weight can be shed within the first few months of being totally wheat free.*

Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Wheat Belly Diet?

The Wheat Belly diet book calls for a very specific way of eating. Basically, dieters are all but eliminating carbohydrates. Because many of the eliminated foods are ones that are higher in calories, that means some weight loss is almost sure to occur. However, this weight loss will only continue as long as the dieter continues to eat in this very specific way. Any slip up could cause the gaining back of some, or all of the weight already lost. The book contains alternatives to the banned foods so that you do not starve when you are looking to supplement more whole foods into your diet. Foods on a low glycemic index are foods that you should be eating such as nuts, fruits, healthy fats like avocados and yogurts without the added sugar, as well as high quality meats and veggies.

There were many reviews done by real customers, take a look below:

PR* said, “The good: The book is an interesting read for the first half or so. For me, the information was new and insightful. Of course we know that genetically modified food exists and is being consumed, but have these really been tested on humans? Apparently not.” She goes onto say that she feels the effects of the diet coming over her and they are pleasant. She no longer gets 2:00pm mid day crashes and does not indulge in muffins that make you even hungrier than when you consumed them. Many of the food companies now days only care about making money, even if that means making innocent people fat and sick in the process. It all has to do with the mutant alien dwarf grains, and it is rather sad.
“The downside: While the author does a fantastic job of setting up his ideas…he closes terribly. The “now what” sections are not linear and poorly correlated and summarized. The recipe section should be removed and properly vetted. I’ve tried three recipes and all were sub par or simply gross (Tofu Chocolate Mousse was horrible). This is a significant waste of money for experimentation purposes as the alternate ingredients are sometimes quite costly (i.e. almond flour ain’t cheap).” 

Nicole J. Barrett* said, “I liked reading about the evolution of wheat and how modified it is nowadays. I have a friend who lost 60 pounds from excluding wheat from her diet. I tried the diet too but lost nothing. Then I took a food allergy test that showed that I wasn’t even mildly allergic to wheat but was sensitive to whey and eggs. Dr. Davis suggests eating as much cheese and eggs as you want without even warning you that you could be allergic to these things.” Nicole went onto say that she felt like the author was convinced that everyone and their dog had a wheat allergy, when that is not so much the case. It is still good however to get educated about food and health even though she felt like it related to her personally regarding allergies.

Is The Wheat Belly Diet Easy To Follow?

The Wheat Belly book does a great job of explaining why wheat may need to be eliminated from a diet, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy to do. Many favorite foods contain wheat. Foods like pastas, muffins, and breads all contain wheat. By completely eliminating these foods, dieters will have cravings in a big way, especially at first. This can be amplified if a dieter is eating out as there are little options that are totally wheat free. There is also no guidance on fitness with Wheat Belly. So, the book only covers half the weight loss battle and leaves the dieter to figure out exercising on their own. Many times the dieter is going to experience serious withdrawal symptoms like headaches, fatigue, irritability, and nausea.


The Wheat Belly diet book retails for $15 and the information provided can prove to be helpful. However, the book is lacking in overall guidance. While it may be great for someone who has a wheat allergy, it is not going to be the solution for someone who is looking for a program that offers complete direction in the areas of both nutrition and fitness. As stated by the customers above, it has seen to be educational but not work for everyone who picks up a copy. Do you research, and understand that there is more cost that comes along with this book when you take into consideration food costs as well as your time spent incorporating these habits into your everyday life.

*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary.

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  • Cat

    After reading your post I feel inspired to at least give GF a shot and see how I feel. That’s fantastic that you are so improved that you are able to reduce medications. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Cheri Gee

    This is not just elimination of wheat; it’s elimination of grain.

  • Mary Ann Vacek

    A Naturopath referred me to “The Wheat Belly” book. I am 93 years old and was taking prescriptions for Acid Reflux Disease, Irritible Bowel Disease, and Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3. I follow menus of safe foods for ARD, IBS and CKD3. After enduring a whole year of upset stomach from prescriptions, I decided on a trial period of less meds plus a gluten free diet. In three weeks on the GF diet I lost 13 pounds, IBS and bloatng subsided, I feel much better and sleep better. After I told my doctor about this improvement, he agreed to eliminating three prescriptions. I have purchased gluten-free ingredients and make some of my own GF recipes. GF products are available at some stores. At my age I do simple exercises as I have spinal stenosis and need to use a walker. I am so thankful that this simple, easy change in menus, no gluten, no wheat, has been of such tremendous help for me.

  • Sharon Scott

    The doc explains that it isn’t just wheat but all grains should be avoided. Also avoid starches. Avoid all that contains these ingredients. It differs from Paleo because is OK to eat eggs and limited kinds of dairy. Grains raise glucose levels that cause all kinds of serious illnesses. The weight loss wasn’t important to me. It is the best health and sleep I’ve had in decades

  • Jim

    The reviewer is missing the point re why you lose weight by going wheat-free. (And, by the way, it is NOT a diet.) You lose weight because wheat is addictive, meaning it makes you hungry for even more wheat. By eliminating wheat completely, you are MUCH less hungry throughout the day. As a result, you eat a lot less, and lose weight. NO QUESTION you have to be determined if you want to go completely wheat-free. If you are not determined, then the wheat-free plan is not for you. And of course you should be exercising, anyway, but only 20% of weight loss comes from exercise; that is a pretty small percentage, which most people really do not realize. And, finally, of course you have to stick with it, for the rest of your life. Isn’t this just common sense?

  • debra

    You can’t rate a diet only the individual participant and their determination to follow through and find a way that works for them that they can continue to sustain in the future. All diets work! It is when we go back to eating “normal” that the weight reappears. Normal is what made us fat in the first place. I have read all the diet books. They all make sense but can you do it forever? I got out of the “on a diet” mentality and I am working on my own way of eating that I can stick with from now on, basically making a lifestyle change. I am doing a version of Paleo except I do eat cheese. I have changed to Almond milk for smoothies and recipes and I don’t eat ANY processed foods at all anymore. No bread, pasta, milk, rice or beans and no peanuts. I am trying new recipes, and no junk food in the house at all. Cleaned out my cupboards and donated all the bad (for me) foods. The changes I have made are working for me. I have lost 15 pounds in 35 days. Having acid reflux every day, not being able to sleep well, being tired all the time……just a few of the lovely things that eating “normal” did for me. Why put myself through that again?

    • Jim

      You are EXACTLY right. I believe the same thing. And, by the way, going wheat-free had BY FAR the greatest benefit for my weight and blood test levels. It is actually pretty easy to go wheat-free, if (1) you are a determined person, and (2) you have someone to do it with you, like a spouse. Without those two, I would imagine it would be pretty tough.

    • kbmomhope

      Yes, it is a lifestyle change, a permanent dietary change, not diet as in “lose ten pounds in a week for that trip to the beach” mentality. I do basically the same as you. I actually started out with Gary Taubes and then later read Wheat Belly. It all makes so much sense if people really cared about their health. Heck, in fact if doctors and dieticians actually cared about people’s health instead of pushing meds to cure the ailments that come from eating the highly processed convenience foods of today’s world.

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