Saturday, 31 August 2013
Wheatbelly', for anyone that is considering losing weight and struggling to get going, or who is interested in general health and fitness, it is a really good read. The content is all scientific, evidence based research, not just the latest faddy diet.
I've always been reticent about total bans on food groups or particular foods since, this can lead to the obsessive 'feast and famine' emotional eating that I have posted about before.
But where wheat is concerned, it is probably the quickest way to lead people down the path of healthy eating. Just think about it for a few minutes and you can see why...without wheat, you can't eat any processed or fast food and you have to cut out the obvious calorie laden offenders; bread, cakes, biscuits, pies etc. Just from a practical point of view, going 'wheat free' will improve the quality and range of your diet. In the past if I was asked just one diet tip that would work regardless of personal circumstances, my answer was always, 'stop eating wheat'.
Do you ever get that feeling that you could just carry on eating? That your stomach is a bottomless pit that will never feel satisfied and you can just continue grazing all night without feeling full? I notice that I get this with toast, I can easily eat a whole loaf as long as I switch from marmite to jam to relieve the monotony.
I can easily eat a whole packet of biscuits, but even a small yoghurt with a sweet fruit compote will leave me feeling completely satiated.
I used to think that it was the sugar and salt combinations that left me desperate for more, but when I look more closely at my eating habits, particularly the downfalls, the common thread seems to be wheat.
Weight loss aside, wheat is seen by many as the cause of a number of modern day ailments, and Wheatbelly explains much better than I can the science that backs up these theories.
If you are trying to lose weight or want to feel fitter and more energetic, it is worth a read, not least because the case studies featured are so inspirational.