Fat Loss Rules: Grains and Weight Loss (A Twisted Relationship)

The Wheat Belly book articulates around a simple concept: proving that grains are the "magic" cause of many problems, including weight gain.

There is research, case studies and even some statistics that look good on paper. There is only one problem.

The hypothesis of weight loss and exaggerated claims are not accurate. Many people want to know how to lose weight. But it's very different from "how to lose fat." Or more importantly, how to maintain this fat loss in the long run.

Any book or program that highlights a food as the root of all problems oversimplifies the way weight gain works.

Although there are many reasons to remove cereals from your diet (in fact, it's something I do with customers who need adjustment ) , eating cereals does not have a direct effect on weight loss and fat gain.

Or perhaps more importantly: wheat and cereals are not the cause of obesity.

These food sources do not automatically make you gain weight. And the elimination of grains (or carbohydrates, important fat) does not remove the laws of thermodynamics or the role of calories.

You see, there's an attribute that I'm universally hated because it's my somewhat agnostic approach to nutrition. I've been in too many research labs, read too much of studies, and worked with too many clients to ignore an undeniable truth: Many diet approaches work for the fat loss, muscle gain, and general health. From low carb diets to high carbohydrate diets, I've seen both more.

Why? Because there is not a single "cause" of fat gain.

This is why "eating less, moving more" does not work as a practical tip that leads to better results.

And this is not just about opinion. Scientists have literally created a regimental royal battle, pitting one against the other, only to discover that … surprise! … there is more than one way to lose books . Many diets work. It's a scientific fact.

Create a diet that consists mainly (but not exclusively) of real foods (think of protein, fruits, vegetables, nuts and even cereals) and you can lose weight and be healthy.

So after reading Wheat Belly and other similar demonizations of wheat, I was more than frustrated by the overly generalized claim that frightened many people into useless wheat-free eating habits with belief erroneous that it offers a magical weight loss.

But the recent influx of customers who sought to know how they were eliminating cereals and gaining weight has reached a critical mass. And even if it's not my preference to undress the work of others, there is a social responsibility to help you make choices that make weight loss and the pleasure of eating easier.

Wheat does not make you fat: the proof

To make a point about grains and weight loss, I'm going to do something that I've never done before on this site: share a shirtless picture of myself.

I'm not a fan of playing the body image game, so why share now? To argue that the overly generalized wheat hypothesis simply does not make sense.

If you want to make a general statement like "wheat makes you fat," refuting that theory would be easy enough. If you have examples of people who eat wheat and are not fat, we can not apply the rule universally.

And that's the problem with wheat and weight loss: any book or program that highlights a food as the root of all the problems oversimplifies how the gain weight works.

Having abdominals does not make you healthy. But they are a very good indicator that you are not resistant to fat loss.

This photo shows me a diet where I ate cheesecake once a week. Yes, I counted macros. And, of course, about 80 to 90% of what I ate was in the form of vegetables, fruits and proteins. Did I mention that I also ate cereals every day?

By this association, I should conclude that adding cheesecake to your diet once a week leads to abs, is not it?

Obviously, this sounds crazy and is not true. But it's the same reasoning that leads a researcher like Dr. Davis to say, "I have customers who have taken wheat and lost weight. Wheat must be the problem. "

It is not that the removal of wheat is ineffective. Instead, we can not draw a definitive conclusion that wheat causes weight gain.

Not only because the wheat hypothesis lacks evidence to suggest it with certainty, but also because there are far too many case studies of people who eat wheat and can losing weight.

Take the picture above. During this period of the picture above, it was my diet.

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As you can see, wheat and cereals were an important part of what I consumed every day. Eventually, I achieved less than 10 percent body fat following this plan. And it 's not because I' ve done anything special or that I 've removed a particular food.

I ate well, worked a lot and was extremely patient with the process.

This is not to say that people do not have allergies or sensitivities to wheat. These are real and can be problematic.

Intestinal health can play a role in weight loss, and we continue to research and learn about the microbiome. And I believe that many people can benefit from the elimination or limitation of grains.

But that does not mean that the grains cause weight gain or prevent you from losing fat.

Whether it is wheat, gluten, dairy, carbohydrate or fat, it must end the "cause" of weight gain.

I also have many customers who wanted to eat wheat and who were terrified of removing some of their favorite foods. We ensured that their diets were not devoid of carbohydrate sources. Here are their "bellies of wheat".

The science of fat loss: the only undeniable truth

The choice of a diet based on the blind elimination of a food group can result in weight loss. But this should be a choice that fits your lifestyle, not one that is made on unworthy faith that any food with a magic gene of "weight gain".

And this is not because an adjustment in a diet results in weight loss as the impaired variable is the cause of weight gain.

If you want to remove wheat because it's not something you enjoy or eat often, then do it.

If you have reason to believe (medically) that wheat is a problem for your digestive system, do the adjustment.

Or if you feel better not eating cereal, then you should change your diet and do what works best for you.

But do not believe that a single food – especially if it's "natural" and has many studies suggesting health benefits – is suddenly problematic.

In the end, any diet that suggests absolute certainty about a subject and does not even recognize other possibilities only increases the hype, which may lead to frustrations long-term.

Is wheat your problem?

If you are interested in why wheat is not the cause of weight gain (as well as other research), click here for a comprehensive review that analyzes all research presented in Wheat Belly. Unraveling the truth about wheat and weight loss .


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