Like many people I made a new year's resolution to lose weight. I already knew the statistics of people breaking their resolutions within a few weeks, but I was determined this year to make my resolution a reality.
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Since I had already tried several different ways of losing weight I decided this time to try and do more reading and research. I checked out the health section on Amazon and found the number one seller to be "Wheat Belly - Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health", by Dr William Davis.
The title alone was enough to draw me in so I made the purchase and started reading it straight away on my Kindle. I felt like the book really spoke to me unlike any other diet book I had read. Although I don't (currently) suffer from any kind of serious ailments, I knew in my mind I would start to suffer from some kind of problem due to being overweight.
I never thought I overate and I never had a problem doing exercise and I love being outside riding my bike, but no matter how much I exercised it was never reflected in the scales. One of the big problems with wheat that Dr Davis discusses is that it is an appetite stimulant.
That was a real 'light bulb' moment for me, as I would usually have toast for breakfast and I would be hungry a couple of hours later. I would have sandwiches or a focaccia for lunch and some kind of dish with rice for dinner. I would feel lethargic in the afternoons, all of the kind of symptoms the book discusses from eating wheat.
I was pretty much convinced from reading the first chapter that I wanted to give it a try. I did however read the whole book until the end before I got started so I had the complete picture. The book discusses in depth the various wheat related diseases such as celiac, which I don't suffer from, but it was interesting reading and a disease that I have never even heard of.
At first I wondered how I was going to survive. I wondered what I would eat and the first few meals I had at restaurants. Although the book is primarily about the problems caused by wheat, to get all of the health benefits you need to give up all grains, including rice and potatoes. At first I would just leave the potatoes, but then I started ordering meat dishes and just asking for vegetables with no potatoes.
I often felt really hungry and was tempted to have an healthy snack. By the third day around lunch time I started to feel very nauseaous and thought I might faint. I thought it was from a lack of food. I ordered up big on salads and pork ribs. I came home and slept, then I basically got diahrreah and spent most of the next day going to the toilet. I thought it might have been from what I ate, but later read on the Wheat Belly facebook page that this can happen, even though it was rare.
By the following day my bowels were pretty much back to normal and I continued on being wheat free. I haven't really looked back since and rather than a wheat free diet being restrictive, I have rediscovered my interest in food - healthy and nutritious meals, with large portions that I never feel hungry and rarely feel the need to snack.
The end result after three weeks is that I have lost around 4 kilograms or 8.8 pounds, since going on a wheat free diet. I feel healthier and am finally starting to lose my "Wheat Belly".