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The Belly Fat Cure

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

33 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

Concise, practical Information

I was dreading reading another diet book but was happy that this book was not so much reading and more practical ideas for recipes and shopping lists. The actual information on the diet logistics and the research and explanation behind this way of eating took one chapt...
I was dreading reading another diet book but was happy that this book was not so much reading and more practical ideas for recipes and shopping lists. The actual information on the diet logistics and the research and explanation behind this way of eating took one chapter. The majority of the book is dedicated to comparison recipes. The author places a restaurant meal and photo of the meal on one page listing it's nutritional value, points ratio according to the belly fat cure and then on the opposite page pictures the meal and recipe for a carb swap "belly good" meal. All the recipes are easy to reproduce and ingredients are not exotic or hard to find as long as you have access to a good whole foods or equivalent super market. Most of the hard to find products were available at Sprouts instead of Whole Foods so if you are lucky enough to have a Sprouts in your area that is where I found the Clemmy's ice cream or you will have to make your own. I did find the number of burger, pizza and salad recipes redundant. You really only need about 2 or three recipes for burgers. This book gives you nine, plus eleven different taco/burrito/wraps variations. If you really want recipes for sandwiches, burgers and pizza you will enjoy the recipe section. If you are wanting something more rounded you'll have to come up with your own recipes by "belly gooding" your current repertoire. If recipes are not what you're looking for the shopping list section was not disappointing. Again it follows the format of one side of the page being "belly bad" with a list of products and the opposite page being "belly good" with a corresponding list of products. This section alone was worth the price of the book for me. I was instantly gratified to learn there is an Omega Swirl in chocolate/raspberry flavor from Barlean's. There were a ton of products I was not aware of so this was a great way to be introduced to some new "belly good" products as well as to learn which products were "belly good" that I was already familiar with. I took the book with me to the grocery store the first few times. Now I can remember just by looking at down the grocery aisles which are "belly bad". It's also nice to be armed with new information for reading nutrition labels. Overall this book is a good buy. The program is easy to follow. I didn't even follow the exact ratio and still lost weight just by switching products and shopping carefully and making adjustments to portions of carbs and sugars in my diet. My only complaint about this book is the binder format. I flip pages so frequently, the book did not stay in tact and didn't stand up to my amount of referencing and frequent use. I keep this book in my purse when I go to store or know when I'm going to be eating out. It's like a little security blanket for eating right. A glued spine would have worked better. The size is perfect for my big handbag, it's like a wide planner. I'm looking forward to future editions. You will not be hungry on this program.

The author also has companion website which is nice and interactive but not necessary to follow the program.

posted by 3483088 on May 3, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

25 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

Very Disappointing

I was hoping for lots of food ideas, swaps and menus. He only offers a one day menu that has food items on it that can be bought most anywhere. His other five weekly menus include obscure foods are speciality items that you would only find in a specialty store in a la...
I was hoping for lots of food ideas, swaps and menus. He only offers a one day menu that has food items on it that can be bought most anywhere. His other five weekly menus include obscure foods are speciality items that you would only find in a specialty store in a large city - otherwise you have to order them online. That means you have to order in quantity before you even know if you like it. His website says he makes money from these "recommendations", so he doesn't offer any alternatives. For instance, I could not find the specific mayonnaise he recommended, but there were others that had 0% sugar in them. If you read nutritional labels carefully, you don't really need the book. He also doesn't cover quantities that you can eat nor how to cook the item. His daily "go-to" menu says chicken or steak for supper, but doesn't say how much to cook or any details about it's preparation. I was pretty much left to develop my own program.

posted by GAJo on January 11, 2010

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