Do You Have the Visceral Fat of a Wheat Belly?

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The consumption and wheat, grains, and sugars provokes release of blood insulin, a process that stimulates accumulation of visceral fat. Although you cannot directly view visceral fat that encircles the abdominal organs, you can see the “spare tire” or “love handles” that commonly accompany deep visceral fat.

Having visceral fat is a very unhealthy factor that raise potential for type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and dementia substantially. It results from consumption of wheat, grains, and sugar, commonly developing in people who have been told that a low-fat diet is healthy. Low-fat diets are destructive and inflammatory, with results that include an expansion of inflammatory visceral fat.

Regain control over health by ignoring conventional dietary advice to cut fat and eat more “healthy whole grains.” Instead, eat NO grains or sugars, include more fat in your diet, and eat real, single ingredient foods such as green peppers and pork chops.

Find the Wheat Belly approach summarized in the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox book.


Do you have the visceral fat of a “Wheat Belly”? Let me tell you what that means. Visceral fat is the fat, mostly in the abdomen, that surrounds the abdominal organs, like the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, and lines the intestinal tract also.

This fat is highly inflammatory, as compared to subcutaneous fat (that’s fat in the layers of the skin that provides warmth, and it doesn’t seem anywhere near as damaging to overall health as visceral fat). It’s not entirely clear why visceral fat is such a different thing than subcutaneous fat, but it’s clear that people who have visceral fat are at much greater risk for cancer, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, dementia.

In other words, that visceral fat is not just a cosmetic issue. It’s a real serious health issue. It’s quite common. If we were to biopsy that visceral fat, and look at it under a microscope, you would see that’s filled with white blood cells — kind of like pus — it’s all inflamed. It has inflammatory white blood cells, and, the fat cells and inflammatory cells, are emitting, producing, inflammatory factors, that gain access to the bloodstream and further increase inflammation body-wide.

Visceral fat can lead to inflammation at the heart, lead to inflammation in the arteries, in the brain, other parts of the body. That’s why the visceral fat is not just a problem of appearance, or a big tummy. It’s a body-wide problem. Recall, for instance, that a big driver of dementia risk, and heart disease, and cancer, is inflammation, and visceral fat is inflamed.

Now you really can’t see visceral fat, because it’s deep inside the abdomen, but typically it’s expressed as a protuberant abdomen, and/or the kind of spare tire look, or love handles, as some people call it. You know, that itself is not a visceral fat. That is highly indicative that you have visceral fat inside, deeper inside. Having that kind of pattern: spare tire / love handles / protuberant belly is highly suggestive of having abundant quantities of visceral fat.

Why do people get visceral fat? Well, because we’ve been overexposed to the amylopectins of grains: wheat and related grains, and sugars. Those foods dramatically increase insulin, and that sets in motion a series of responses that cause visceral fat to grow.

Once visceral fat gains a foothold in your body it tends to do things that make it grow. Visceral fat is inflammatory. It further blocks insulin. It causes your triglyceride blood level to go higher, and other effects, all of which make insulin resistance even worse — make your blood sugar go higher, and make visceral fat get worse. Visceral fat sets in motion a vicious cycle that makes a visceral fat get worse, and worse, and worse.

It’s very important, if you’ve got visceral fat, to stop this. You start by removing the original cause, which is grains and sugars. Most people are shocked at how quickly the visceral fat (or what I call a Wheat Belly because it comes from wheat and other grains largely) will recede.

There’s more you can do to accelerate, and go further in improvement, in reducing visceral fat. These are all the components of the Wheat Belly and now the Undoctored program. These are factors like
• normalize your vitamin D level and
• cultivate healthy bowel flora and
• supplement magnesium (because it’s been taken out of your drinking water) and
• make sure you get iodine, and
• normalize your thyroid status.

All the basic components of the Undoctored Wild-Naked-Unwashed program, a lot of things I talked about in the Wheat Belly Total Health book, a lot of strategies delivered in a kind of an encapsulated get-it-done-quickly program in the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox — these are all the strategies we use to reduce, or remove, or minimize visceral fat.

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