Lose Your Belly Fat with a Wheat Belly Diet
Have all of you attempts to lose your belly fat been unsuccessful? It may be because you were giving up the wrong kinds of foods like sugars and fats, and instead needed to rethink wheat and what it may be doing to your body and your weightloss efforts. According to a special guest on The Dr. Oz Show, a Wheat Belly Diet plan will help you to at long last get rid of your persistent belly fat for good.
“Today―the key to finally losing your wheat belly. We have a controversial doctor who says it’s not sugar or fat, but wheat that is making you pack on the pounds,” says Dr. Oz who promises that the code has been cracked to go wheat free that in turn will not only help you lose your belly fat, but will also give you a healthier heart and a sharper brain.
With Dr. Oz is special guest Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist and author of “Wheat Belly” and “The Wheat Belly Cookbook” who says that if you can lose the wheat, then you will lose the weight.
“None of it [wheat] is good for you,” says Dr. Davis who tells viewers that bread products advertised as organic, whole wheat or multi-grain are misleading the consumer into believing that today’s wheat—which he calls “Frankenwheat”—is good for you. Dr. Davis’s message to the public is that in reality wheat is not good for you and is the reason behind weight gain and other health problems.
This “Frankenwheat” has to do with the idea that over the past 60 years, the wheat used in breads today is not the same wheat that fed our parents when they were younger. In fact, it has been genetically modified and selectively cultivated to be remarkably shorter and thicker resulting in a wheat plant that is disease resistant and more financially beneficial to farm. The problem with this, according to Dr. Davis, is that the wheat of today is nutritionally poor and damaging to our bodies and our health.
“Today’s wheat has a glycemic index that is worse than sugar,” says Dr. Oz. “There are plenty of candy bars that have a better glycemic index than what a slice of bread would have.”
Furthermore, Dr. Oz points out that the types of gluten in wheat have changed and may be the reason why so many people are having gluten sensitivity problems today. These glutens may also be causing constant cravings for more wheat products, which then results in developing an excess of belly fat that Dr. Davis refers to as having a “wheat belly.”
According to Dr. Davis, however, it’s not so much the gluten that is the real problem, but everything else that is contained in today’s wheat that is making wheat addictive and damaging.
“We don’t want to make this mistake. We don’t want to look at wheat as nothing more than a source of gluten. There’s thousands of proteins and other things in wheat that has nothing to do with gluten such as the “Gliadin protein” that has mind-effects—it’s a mind active drug, Dr. Oz, that stimulates appetite and it has other mind-effects like anxiety and depression,” says Dr. Davis who adds that in addition, the unique carbohydrates in today’s wheat is the reason why someone who eats 2 slices of bread has a greater blood-sugar response than if they had eaten 6 teaspoons of sugar.
Dr. Davis tells viewers that not only will going off wheat lead to loss of belly fat, but that it will also help people with other health issues such as acid reflux disease, decreased energy and depression, and skin problems such as acne and eczema. More startling is his claim that just 5 days off of wheat will have a profound improvement on your health.
The Wheat Belly Diet
So what’s in a recommended wheat belly diet? Actually, some surprising changes as to what foods and how much of each we can eat and still lose weight according to Dr. Davis’s recommendations.
In his book, Dr. Davis tells readers that they can eat all of the colored vegetables they want such as broccoli, bell peppers and mushrooms, but that potatoes are out. For protein, a Wheat Belly Diet allows you to eat an unlimited amount of nuts such as almonds and pecans; and, meats such as steak and pork, and even cheeses even though they are filled with saturated fats!
“Interestingly, you allow us to have fats that come with animal proteins…now why is that? That is a problem with most heart doctors,” says Dr. Oz.
“The whole notion of saturated fat in total fat being related to cardiovascular disease has been pretty much debunked,” says Dr. Davis. “So I would say, ‘Have that fat on your steak and your pork.’”
The foods that you can have in limited quantities (only 1 serving a day) include fruits on the lower end of the sugar scale such as apples and oranges. Berries are allowed as well, but only a handful a day. Dairy such as whole milk and plain yogurt are allowed. Grains are limited to lentils, and brown or white rice, but no more than a serving or two a day.
And bread?? Nope—since this is a “wheat-free diet” no commercially made breads are allowed at all. However, this does not mean that you will go through life never eating bread again―you just have to use alternative ingredients and make a wheat-free wheat belly bread as recommended by Dr. Davis with this one sample recipe from his book:
Dr. Davis's Wheat Belly Bread
• 1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
• 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. garbanzo bean flour
• 1/4 cup ground golden flaxseed
• 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 5 eggs
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1 tbsp. buttermilk
• 4 drops liquid stevia (or to desired sweetness)
• 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
• Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 8.5" x 4.5" loaf pan.
• While the oven is heating combine the almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, flaxseed, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor and pulse until well blended.
• Next, add the egg yolks, butter, buttermilk and Stevia and pulse until just blended.
• Then, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and pour them into the flour mixture and pulse until the egg whites are evenly distributed, but avoid over-mixing.
• Spread the mixture into the pre-greased pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
• Cool the fresh “bread” for 10 minutes while still in the pan, and then remove and cool it completely on a rack for delicious non-wheat dining.
For an informative article about fighting belly fat and how to avoid eating bread, click-on the titled link, “Lose 20 Pounds with Dr. Oz’s Carb Craving Cures.”
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show