We Decoded the Wheat Belly Diet—Here's What You Need to Know

Erin Jahns


A buzzy diet touting weight loss, appetite regulation, healthy metabolism, and reduced susceptibility to conditions like heart disease and diabetes is hardly newfound. After all, we live in a diet-obsessed world constantly on the verge of "the next big thing" when it comes to quick and easy fixes. 

And while certain diets and eating habits can be an instrumental (and sometimes imperative) tool, we've become somewhat loathe to top-trending eating plans promising superhuman turnarounds where our energy and various circumferences are concerned.

Every person has unique needs, and what feels amazing for one person might feel miserable for the next—c'est la vie. So these days we're more into the idea of having an intuitive, non-restrictive relationship with our food, rather than a dramatic one. However, that's not to say that certain dietary plans don't have some validity and potential benefit—they can—especially for those with restrictions stemming from food sensitivities and allergies.

One such diet that's been on people's radar for years now is the wheat belly diet, created by cardiologist William Davis, MD, and based on his New York Times best-selling Book, Wheat Belly. And though it's been around since 2011 (that's ages in diet years), people still have a lot of questions. From benefits to counterarguments, to, yes, even a shopping list, keep reading to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the wheat belly diet. 

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