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16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

21-Day Tummy not only aims to help you lose stubborn belly fat,

21-Day Tummy not only aims to help you lose stubborn belly fat, it also is designed to help people deal with the stomach problems that plague so many people- gas and bloating, heartburn and acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Millions of Am...
21-Day Tummy not only aims to help you lose stubborn belly fat, it also is designed to help people deal with the stomach problems that plague so many people- gas and bloating, heartburn and acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Millions of Americans suffer from these stomach issues, and this book, written by Liz Vaccariello from Reader's Digest, along with Kate Scarlata, a registered dietician, share the science behind their methods in easy-to-understand language, and if you are one the people who suffer from any of the above stomach problems, this book is more than worth your time.
Vaccariello recruited eleven people to try the diet with her (she lost 10 pounds in 21 days) and their stories are interspersed throughout the book. They lost of a total of 90 pounds in the three weeks, with the participating men losing slightly more than the women.
The book's main goal is to balance gut flora (bacteria in the GI tract) and reduce inflammation by eating more magnesium-rich foods and anti-inflammatory fats and reducing carb-dense foods and carbs that ferment rapidly.
They describe foods to avoid, called Belly Bullies, which include such surprising foods as garlic, onions, apples, asparagus and the popular agave sweetener, which contains fructose, a big no-no. Belly Buddies, foods that you should eat, include fiber-rich foods magnesium-rich foods like spinach, kale, peanut butter, bananas, blueberries, quinoa, whole oats, almonds, chia and pumpkin seeds and Greek yogurt.
The book lays our the three-week meal plan, divided into three phases. Each day has its own page with a breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner menu. All of the meals seem very doable, with no crazy food supplements or ingredients that you have to shop for at specialty stores.
Recipes follow the menu plan, and there are several I would like to try, including
Scrambled Egg QuesadillaMini QuicheHearty Roasted Vegetable SoupGrilled Turkey Cutlets with Grape Salsa
There is also a week-by-week shopping list, which is very helpful, and a simple exercise plan, with an interval walking workout and core routine laid out clearly and simply for the reader, with illustrations of the each exercise.
With so many diets out there, including the Paleo Diet and Mediterranean Diet, the 21-Day Tummy Diet seems to be a sound, scientific way to lose belly fat and help people with their myriad digestive problems. The eleven people who tried the diet shared interesting results, including being able to eliminate prescription heartburn medication completely in one case.
The website for the 21-Day Tummy contains more information, and there you can try the book free for 14 days to see if it can help you. 

posted by bookchickdi on January 11, 2014

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Did not get the book.

I cant write a review as the book hasn't shown up on my i pad.Will I get a refund?

posted by Nancijt on January 24, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    No sample available ?

    No sample available ? I always read the sample before buying a book.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    21-Day Tummy. The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes An

    21-Day Tummy. The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes Any Belly Fast. Liz Vaccariello with Kate Scarlata.
    Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.

    Like so many people I’m always conscious of my weight and especially my tummy :( Now I’m a wheelchair user that's even more noticeable, so this book had me hooked just from the title! I'm reading it on kindle though – I love my kindle but have learned that some books such as this one are simply better in traditional format, where its easier to flick through and browse for what interests you.
    Its packed with useful information on many common ailments – those where we're not always ill, but where the effects of diet make us feel below par. Of course there's practical tips too for those who have problems such as arthritis, diabetes, irritable bowel, indigestion, all the illnesses that can be helped by a proper diet. Our portions have increased vastly over the years from what we actually need to eat, and add to that the way we eat so much processed food its no wonder our stomach and health is so often suffering.
    I found it really interesting reading. I like to think I’m quite aware of food and the healthy eating we need and yet...there were issues that hadn't occurred to m,e and were good to know. The recipes were practical and easy to follow even for a Brit reader – I love the US way of weighing using cups – though a stick of butter.... ? that needs looking up, likewise some foods: arugula, scallions, cilantro – google is my friend for telling what the UK name is :) Added to that there are some simple, easy to follow exercises that can be fitted into everyday life. Again some like the walking/standing ones are out for me, but the sitting/lying ones I’ll certainly try. After Xmas of course!! Jan always signals my resolve to get more healthy and maybe this year with the help of this book I’ll actually do it!
    All in all this is a really useful book for people looking to make the best of their bodies, to help them run at maximum efficiency and to make us not only look slimmer but to be slimmer.
    Stars: five. Excellent all round book, though buy the traditional format rather than ebook for easiest research .

    ARC supplied via Netgalley

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    so helpful

    so much info in this book; it gives me hope that I might start feeling better

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    This works!

    I'm not using this diet for weight loss. I'm using it to tame my stomach, and, so far, it seems to be working. While it can be complicated, it seems to be worth it. The information seems to be well worked out and has good science behind it. I like the soup recipes that it has. I haven't tried much except the smoothies and soup.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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