Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog:
not lack of exercise . . . It’s the wheat
Jeanine left this telling tale of
gaining weight despite vigorous exercise.
We see this day in, day out: People
who exercise, even to extreme degrees, who are unable to
control weight. We see it on overweight professional athletes.
We see it in overweight triathletes, marathon runners, and
long-distance bikers. A big part of the motivation driving
such extreme exercise efforts is a desire for . . . weight loss.
But it’s not the
exercise that represents the crucial factor here. It’s
As of today, I have lost 30 pounds following Wheat Belly. My original goal was to lose 40 pounds, and someday that might happen. But what I realized along the way is that it’s more important to be “healthy“ and today that has become a reality.
Last September, I went to the
doctor for my annual physical and realized that my weight
put me at just shy of “obese.“ I had been
trying off and on for years to lose weight and the news that
day couldn’t have been more depressing. I had
been running three times a week for the previous five months,
and instead of losing weight – I had gained.
Since an increase in exercise did
nothing for me, I became obsessed with nutrition and trying
to figure out the exact combination of foods and calories
would lead to weight loss. I read a lot of books and studied
the Food Pyramid. When I read “Wheat Belly“,
it’s like a light bulb went off and I decided to give
wheat-free eating a try.
I couldn’t believe the success I
had right away. I thought for sure it wouldn’t last. I even
weighed myself every day because it helped me to see the
effects when I was eating right and when I wasn’t. Forget
calories in/calories out…I finally
knew how to lose weight.
Today’s milestone is a big
one. I’m “healthy“ according to several
different measurements and I hope that I never have to worry
about being in the “unhealthy“ range ever again.
I’m planning to start running again in the spring, but
this time it will be for pleasure and not for exercise.