Updated: Apr 15
Of course, you've probably heard time and time again, how bad trans fats and high fructose corn syrup are for your health... among other things, so I'm not going to give you that same old story.
Instead, we need to look at one common food that is probably in your diet in large quantities that may be causing major problems such as weight gain, headaches, sicknesses, indigestion, etc, etc... and the very likely culprit is: Wheat
Don't worry, I'm not going to tell you that this food needs to be eliminated from your diet... but read on to see an interesting test that may help you a great deal...and you may, on your own, choose to remove it.
In all of my years of personal training and nutrition counseling, if I had to choose one VERY simple dietary change that has made the biggest difference for my clients in allowing them to FINALLY see fat loss results (and other health problems solved), it would be this following test:
* Test removing all wheat products from your diet for 2 full weeks, and then notice how you feel, look, and your body composition.
The best way to do this is, once you have eliminated wheat for a 2 full weeks, then reintroduce it back into your diet a little at a time, and see how you feel. This will help you determine if it is causing negative effects on your health. I suggest that you literally take notes and document each day’s change (if any), when removing it and then reintroducing back into your diet.
Wheat is easily 1 of the biggest intolerances that a large percentage of the population in America has.
Now this doesn't mean that I'm saying you have to entirely eliminate wheat for the rest of your life, but what I am saying is that this is an important test to do for 2 weeks or so, to gauge if you see some dramatic changes in your body fat percentage, and how you look and feel overall You may notice changes in your energy levels and other health issues as well. That’s why I recommend documenting the results.
If you do the 2-week elimination of wheat and didn’t feel any difference as far as helping you in any way or made you feel better, than you can probably do ok with eating it in moderation.
But most people don’t realize this, but a large percentage of the population has at least some degree of intolerance to the gluten in wheat and several other grains. The biggest offender is wheat though, as it's in such a large percentage of the average western diet... from breads, to pastas, to bagels, to cakes, wraps, cereals, etc, etc.
Most people don't have the extent of intolerance that a person with Celiac has, but you’d be surprised that most people feel much better, improve all sorts of health problems, and also lose fat faster when they eliminate wheat from their diet.
In fact, people have said that they have eliminated wheat from their diet, and their chronic headaches disappeared almost instantly... some had been having these headaches for years, and after eliminating wheat from their diet, they are gone (as well as some body fat too!)
What about me? Do I eat wheat?
I don’t eat wheat at all, because I am ‘gluten intolerant’, and when I do eat bread, it bread made from sprouted grains and seeds or lintels. And wheat is such a part of the typical western diet, that it's almost impossible to avoid when eating out or at other people's houses, but I just graciously pass on the bread items.
There have been times when I have eaten a product and didn’t realize until after the fact that it was wheat based and not ‘gluten free.’ I felt so sick, bloated and miserable for hours. If you have experience this, you know what I’m talking about.
Also, most people don’t know this, but all the wheat crops in America are sprayed with Glyphosate (or Round Up), which is a very toxic weed killer, as we know. These crops are sprayed to make them dry out and ripen faster, so they can be harvested more quickly.
Then a new crop can be immediately planted. Not to mention that all the wheat crop here in the U.S. is genetically modified. This has a serious negative effect on our health as does the Glyphosate. It’s not rocket science here folks. Most people, including myself, more than likely, have a so called “gluten intolerance” only because the wheat is GMO and saturated with Round Up. Of course the body is going to have a negative reaction!
These things I listed above can be verified.
I used to tell to all my clients to buy 100% Whole Wheat products, but for obvious reasons, I no longer do.
So I’m not telling you that you have to, but I am encouraging you, to consider no longer eating wheat products of any kind and if you do want to have bread (now and them), go the ‘sprouted’ route.
It’s much healthier for you. Your body will thank you!
(Portions of this article were taken from an original article written by Mike Geary)