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March 13, 2013 12:14 PM
I keep seeing articles on this and yesterday and entire book on the subject. Cut out wheat and lose weight. I'd love to hear everyones thoughts ,opinions. Not sure I'm buying it. Although I did not read the book or the whole articles.
March 13, 2013 12:16 PM
I glanced at an ad on the side of a bus today. It was for Arbys. Now I only eat Arbys.
March 13, 2013 12:18 PM
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I glanced at an ad on the side of a bus today. It was for Arbys. Now I only eat Arbys.



LOL
March 13, 2013 12:21 PM
anyone???
March 13, 2013 12:23 PM
No. Its like every thing else that "they" say will help you on the scale. I am gluten intolerant and do not eat any wheat. The only thing that has gotten lighter is my purse. Proper portions and exercise is how you lose weight.
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March 13, 2013 12:24 PM
If you have a medical condition that would be causing a problem in your weight loss by eating them then by all means you would want to cut it out... beyond that people can lose weight eating wheat, grains, etc.. as part of their daily diet....... Best of Luck....
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March 13, 2013 12:24 PM
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No. Its like every thing else that "they" say will help you on the scale. I am gluten intolerant and do not eat any wheat. The only thing that has gotten lighter is my purse. Proper portions and exercise is how you lose weight.



I agree
March 13, 2013 12:25 PM
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No. Its like every thing else that "they" say will help you on the scale. I am gluten intolerant and do not eat any wheat. The only thing that has gotten lighter is my purse. Proper portions and exercise is how you lose weight.


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March 13, 2013 12:27 PM
I eat wheat and have lost 25 Lbs doing so. Some people do have gluten intollerance (though I think it's kinda overblown) and apparently giving up wheat helps them lose weight. Personally, I think it's just hocus pocus just like any low carb/low fat/low whatever diet.

When you cut something out of your diet you're inevitably creating a caloric deficit so long as that thing isn't replaced by more of something else. So...people go on low carb diets and lose weight...yeah...because they're cutting and/or eliminating an entire macro that also happens to be calorie dense. Same goes for low fat/no fat diets...cutting out an entire macro that is calorie dense.

On that same token, foods made with wheat tend to be calorie dense...so if you cut them out, you'd likely to lose some weight. Same thing happened to me when I gave up soda...I lost some weight just giving up soda because I was simply taking in less calories.

All diets work on the same principle...calorie deficit.
Edited by cwolfman13 On March 13, 2013 12:28 PM
March 13, 2013 12:33 PM
QUOTE:

I eat wheat and have lost 25 Lbs doing so. Some people do have gluten intollerance (though I think it's kinda overblown) and apparently giving up wheat helps them lose weight. Personally, I think it's just hocus pocus just like any low carb/low fat/low whatever diet.

When you cut something out of your diet you're inevitably creating a caloric deficit so long as that thing isn't replaced by more of something else. So...people go on low carb diets and lose weight...yeah...because they're cutting and/or eliminating an entire macro that also happens to be calorie dense. Same goes for low fat/no fat diets...cutting out an entire macro that is calorie dense.

On that same token, foods made with wheat tend to be calorie dense...so if you cut them out, you'd likely to lose some weight. Same thing happened to me when I gave up soda...I lost some weight just giving up soda because I was simply taking in less calories.

All diets work on the same principle...calorie deficit.



yes, I agree with that too, was just wondering why I'm seeing this everywhere! I guess its the new thing they are pushing. laugh
March 13, 2013 12:36 PM
I successfully went from obese to a healthy body percentage while eating wheat, in the forms of weetabix (my favourite breakfast), bread and pasta

wheat products are calorie dense, wholegrain wheat is better than refined for various reasons such as containing more fibre and vitamins but it's still calorie dense - so long as you are careful to be accurate when you weigh and log them, and keep it within your calories and macros, you can still lose weight eating wheat. It works for some people to give up wheat without counting calories, because wheat products are calorie dense, if you eat the same meals but cut out bread, pasta and other wheat based products, then the person will be eating fewer calories, and that may well result in weight loss. It's easier not to overeat if you don't eat so many high calorie density foods............ but that doesn't mean you have to cut them out, if you're careful with calorie counting and logging, you don't have to cut anything out of your diet, just pay attention to getting the nutrients your body needs and stay within your calorie and macronutrient goals. So yes, you can eat wheat and lose weight, but probably you'll end up eating significantly less of it as a result.

Giving up wheat is more about health for some people, because allergy to wheat is more common than people think, and wheat can be dangerous to people with celiacs disease. If someone has a low level wheat allergy, the symptoms may not be immediate enough for them to realise it's wheat that's causing it. So of someone has an ongoing issue with allergies that seem to have no cause, or digestive problems, giving up wheat for a trial period may be a good idea. If they give it up and notice a big improvement in health, then they probably have a low level wheat allergy and should avoid wheat altogether. Anyone who doesn't have health issues from wheat can enjoy it within their calorie/macro goals and still lose weight.
March 13, 2013 1:12 PM
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No. Its like every thing else that "they" say will help you on the scale. I am gluten intolerant and do not eat any wheat. The only thing that has gotten lighter is my purse. Proper portions and exercise is how you lose weight.


I recently read "Wheat Belly", which is probably the book you are talking about. The research findings are definitely interesting and thought provoking. The science is based on the high glycemic index score of wheat - that it raises blood sugar more than table sugar (I can't remember the exact numbers or measurements) . There is also a lot of information about the modification of wheat from it's original form.

Re: the comment I quoted above, the Wheat Belly doctor/author discusses weight loss (which is not the primary purpose of the book -- the primary purpose is to discuss research findings related to health problems that have been alleviated by cutting wheat from diet) and advises those who go off of wheat to also avoid "gluten free" versions of foods because rice starch and tapioca starch and other gluten free substitutes that are used to make "non wheat versions of wheat containing processed foods". Apparently those types of starches and substitutions are among the very few foods with a higher glycemic index than wheat. Which is one possible reason why not everyone who becomes gluten free loses their excess weight.

Just for the record, I am by no means a Wheat Belly expert. I read the book once a few weeks ago and thought it was interesting. I may not be stating the info exactly 100% correctly, but if you are interested there is a comprehensive website that is official and more informed than me!
Edited by haanmom On March 13, 2013 1:16 PM
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March 13, 2013 1:13 PM
No.
  15656772
March 13, 2013 1:41 PM
I hear it makes you poop cuz your body can't digest it. well with whole wheats anyways.
DONT LISTEN TO ME IM NOT A NUTRITIONIST
March 13, 2013 2:03 PM
I credit cutting wheat and sugar with completely changing how I feel about food. I'm not even interested in food any more. I feel free and unshackled. Food is just fuel to me, now.

I think I probably have one of them there intolerances, though.

YMMV
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March 13, 2013 3:33 PM
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I credit cutting wheat and sugar with completely changing how I feel about food. I'm not even interested in food any more. I feel free and unshackled. Food is just fuel to me, now.

I think I probably have one of them there intolerances, though.

YMMV


thats probably due to cutting out sugar
  15656772
March 13, 2013 3:42 PM
eat quinoa or buckwheat or amaranth or brown rice instead
March 13, 2013 3:44 PM
Unless you have an intolerance, eat the wheat.
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March 13, 2013 3:45 PM
I have a gluten intolerance, and when I cut out wheat, it was easier for me to cut down on carbs too.
March 13, 2013 3:46 PM
unless you have issues with it it's not worth it. i have a wheat allergy and didnt lose weight by cutting it out.
as someone who has issues with wheat, i advise to NOT cut it out unless you have to. it's in so many things and it's just not worth trying to go out of your way to avoid because it's in so many things that you wouldnt even realize, so even i you're thinking you're going wheat free because you're not eating bread or pasta you still are consuming it with flavored coffee, condiments, lunch meats, etc
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March 13, 2013 3:47 PM
The whole 'wheat belly' thing has been pretty well debunked

this is a good review: http://noglutennoproblem.blogspot.com/2012/03/wheat-belly-busted.html


Unless you have a sensitivity to it, there is no reason to cut it out. Wheat is just the newest 'big bad' that is being blamed for people being overweight. Or, to quote something I read yesterday: "I personally feel that it's unlikely that the richest 1% of humans on earth all suddenly and simultaneously developed allergies to every single common food, but that's just me"
March 13, 2013 3:47 PM
I eat wheat, and I still lose weight...AND I do have a slight intolerance to it (not celiac disease though), but I still eat it and lose while eating it.
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March 13, 2013 3:48 PM
I started eating wheat the first day I found this site. If I bust my ars working out and maintain my wheat bread intake it works in the end compared to eating white bread, not working out and gaining weight.....
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March 13, 2013 3:48 PM
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I glanced at an ad on the side of a bus today. It was for Arbys. Now I only eat Arbys.


That's how I went to chick-fila
March 13, 2013 3:49 PM
I am reading the book now. so far, it sounds a little like Atkins, basically telling you to cut way down on carbs, and eliminate breads, pastas, rice, etc.... I haven't gotten to what he actually wants you to eat, I'm on the intro part where he is discussing why the wheat and wheat-like gluten foods are bad for you and how they cause a multitude of ailments in addition to obesity. Oh yea the book I am reading is called Wheat Belly.
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