DO I HAVE A WHEAT BELLY?

Friday - - Beauty -

Q I have a lot of fat ac­cu­mu­la­tion around my tummy. I’ve tried di­et­ing but it has not helped. Re­cently, a friend of mine sug­gested that I might be hav­ing a wheat belly. Is there some­thing like that?

AIn my clin­i­cal prac­tice I’ve no­ticed that many peo­ple are con­vinced that whole wheat is good for them. But if you belch, have a bloated feel­ing, have flat­u­lence and is­sues with your skin, are lethar­gic and have stub­born fat around your waist, chances are you have a wheat belly.

A lot of peo­ple do have what is called a wheat belly, but are un­aware of it.

The only way you can get rid of the fat is by elim­i­nat­ing wheat from your diet.

I have found that mod­ern­day va­ri­eties of wheat cause in­flam­ma­tion in the gut. Once you elim­i­nate it from your diet, you will ex­pe­ri­ence re­lief in al­most all di­ges­tive is­sues. That said, please do not start go­ing all out on gluten-free prod­ucts. Most of them have corn starch, potato starch and other un­healthy flours that will not help you lose that wheat belly.

In­stead, I sug­gest you re­place the wheat in your meal plan with rice, potato, sweet potato, quinoa and starchy veg­eta­bles.

RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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