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Does the Belly Fat Diet Really Work?

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Just wondering. I'm an apple, and when I lose weight, I seem to get too thin in the legs and still have a fat belly. So...does the Belly Fat Diet really work to lose fat in the belly, and what are the magic foods that you have to eat? Is it whole grains, lack of sugar, lack of meat, just vegetables, or what???? {#emotions_dlg.huh}

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DianaFran1304526632.4210849 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

What exactly does this diet consist of? I'll google it and see what I can find.

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soccerjunk­ieee1304526879.1431603 PostsRegistered 8/1/2010

Hopefully Oceantown will see your post. She lives this diet.

Personally I think all these types of diets are just too complicated and hard to follow.

Hopefully you find something that works for you.

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DianaFran1304527380.97310849 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

I just researched it and what I found on one site looks to be just good sense eating. All of the sites said exercise must accompany this and that is no quick fix. Here are the foods listed as musts, but all in moderation:

Oatmeal

Almonds and other unsalted nuts

Protein Powder low fat smoothies

Olive Oil

Berries

Eggs

Beans and other legumes

Lean unprocessed meats and fish

whole grains

all natural peanut butter

green veggies

low cal or fate free dairy

avocados

Iced tea

1 ounce of parmesan cheese a day

Cannelli beans

This looks very much like most good sense diets, including the American Diabetes Association diet.

hckynut1304529404.62720068 PostsRegistered 5/20/2006Nebraska

All correct eating programs work if one goes by the simple rules.

Eat the right foods/eat them in the right portion sizes/get regular exercise for both the body and the mind. Most of all the key thing for most that want to adjust their weight? Patience is the key. Doing the things I mentioned above and adding "patience" to those things====equals success long term.

Quick weight loss programs are a ripoff. I won't say that about this one because I know absolutely nothing about it. When a lot of weight is lost quickly, it is not visceral fat tissue that is lost. It is mostly necessary body fluids and lean muscle tissue.

You can call the "eating program" I mentioned above any name you like. If strictly followed my program will adjust your weigh downwards, if that is your goal, and also make you much healthier/more physically and mentally fit.

My book will be coming out soon!

I'm kidding about the last sentence. Cool


hckynut(john)




happy hous­ewife1304529708.42333162 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

wagnerdanc­er1304529886.694744 PostsRegistered 4/28/2008
On 5/4/2011 hckynut said:

All correct eating programs work if one goes by the simple rules.

Eat the right foods/eat them in the right portion sizes/get regular exercise for both the body and the mind. Most of all the key thing for most that want to adjust their weight? Patience is the key. Doing the things I mentioned above and adding "patience" to those things====equals success long term.

Quick weight loss programs are a ripoff. I won't say that about this one because I know absolutely nothing about it. When a lot of weight is lost quickly, it is not visceral fat tissue that is lost. It is mostly necessary body fluids and lean muscle tissue.

You can call the "eating program" I mentioned above any name you like. If strictly followed my program will adjust your weigh downwards, if that is your goal, and also make you much healthier/more physically and mentally fit.

My book will be coming out soon!

I'm kidding about the last sentence. Cool

Totally agree. Also, the less lean muscle you have the slower your metabolism which means you burn up calories at a slower rate which means you gain weight!!! So once you go off the quick loss diet and start eating normally again you will gain weight and most likely more than what you lost. It is imperative to eat proper foods in proper amounts and exercise both cardio and toning! Its that simple (and that hard). Unfortunately, there is no easy fix. If there were no one would be overweight.

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Brinklii1304529980.1710278 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

Thank you, Everyone! The foods listed by DianaFran are pretty much the way I eat, and I've lost ten pounds so far....but it is such a slow process. I am eating healthier than I have before, but like Hckynut said, I need to add exercise to my routine. I know I have lost some belly fat, but I wish there were a magic diet that just melted the fat away. Oh well, no pain/no gain (or weight loss), I guess! {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

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Clover291304530214.7310912 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

I don't think there is any diet that lets you lose weight from where you want/need to, rather than losing fat evenly all over. My bust is the last place that fat arrives, and the first that it goes from. I'd have to get down to under 100lbs before my butt would shrink enough to notice.

Exercise is the thing for toning and shaping, not diet.

VioletEyes1304530257.04313180 PostsRegistered 2/11/2009
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Low carbohydrate diets do not cause kidney failure. A person would have to already have kidney damage where they were told to reduce their intake of protein. Every thing in the medical literature supports that fact.

As far as the diet is concerned it is relatively high protein with an emphasis on reducing your intake of sugar. It doesn't seem very different to me than the exchange system given out at most physician's offices when a person wishes to lose weight.

Personally, I think the reduction of carbohydrates helps some people with their physiological cravings for carbs. It sometimes reduces appetite and then people eat less because they aren't as hungry and they lose weight.

However, I do not think this diet is right for everyone. My daughter stay slender by eating a diet consisting of all food groups and found this diet to make her gain weight.......leading me to believe that the one size fits all approach to weight loss just doesn't work.

Ripley1091304550486.969346 PostsRegistered 2/1/2006

There's a thread about this diet on the "Wellness and Health" forum. People who are on this diet post their experiences and results there.....It's like a support group.

"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." - Mark Twain

dozer41304554116.143172 PostsRegistered 2/11/2006

having great faith in mother nature i often wonder if there's a purpose in the belly fat older women get.

maybe it's to protect organs from something?

if you live you will grow old.
the problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence

KittyLouWho1304554718.87726542 PostsRegistered 1/11/2006
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Nonsense.

The Belly Fat Cure diet is about eating a low sugar diet. Something that everyone would benefit from. Americans eat way too much sugar.

"You make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven, for too long, for too long"
Bruno Mars

KittyLouWho1304554798.56726542 PostsRegistered 1/11/2006
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Low carbohydrate diets do not cause kidney failure. A person would have to already have kidney damage where they were told to reduce their intake of protein. Every thing in the medical literature supports that fact.

As far as the diet is concerned it is relatively high protein with an emphasis on reducing your intake of sugar. It doesn't seem very different to me than the exchange system given out at most physician's offices when a person wishes to lose weight.

Personally, I think the reduction of carbohydrates helps some people with their physiological cravings for carbs. It sometimes reduces appetite and then people eat less because they aren't as hungry and they lose weight.

However, I do not think this diet is right for everyone. My daughter stay slender by eating a diet consisting of all food groups and found this diet to make her gain weight.......leading me to believe that the one size fits all approach to weight loss just doesn't work.

The Belly Fat Cure is not a low carb diet. It's a low sugar diet.

Big diff.

"You make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven, for too long, for too long"
Bruno Mars

VioletEyes1304555874.12313180 PostsRegistered 2/11/2009
On 5/4/2011 thunderkitty said:
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Low carbohydrate diets do not cause kidney failure. A person would have to already have kidney damage where they were told to reduce their intake of protein. Every thing in the medical literature supports that fact.

As far as the diet is concerned it is relatively high protein with an emphasis on reducing your intake of sugar. It doesn't seem very different to me than the exchange system given out at most physician's offices when a person wishes to lose weight.

Personally, I think the reduction of carbohydrates helps some people with their physiological cravings for carbs. It sometimes reduces appetite and then people eat less because they aren't as hungry and they lose weight.

However, I do not think this diet is right for everyone. My daughter stay slender by eating a diet consisting of all food groups and found this diet to make her gain weight.......leading me to believe that the one size fits all approach to weight loss just doesn't work.

The Belly Fat Cure is not a low carb diet. It's a low sugar diet.

Big diff.

It is definitely a reduced carbohydrate diet because when a person reduces the amount of sugar in their diet, carbohydrate intake is also reduced as a given. Counting sugar grams definitely correlate to reduced carbohydrates. If somebody is eating plain, unsweetened yogurt and gives up sugared yogurt with 32 grams of sugar and the non-sweetened yogurt has 7 sugar grams, the carb difference can be as much as 25 less grams of carbohydrates.

I have seen it touted as being low carbohydrate on many websites and when Jorge Cruise was at a book signing he stated it was a reduced carbohydrate program. It certainly does not rely upon the same strict forumula that Atkins does but it is similar in the fact that once a person reduces their sugar intake, the carbs are reduced as well. Compared to what most Americans eat in carbohydrates, the Jorge Cruise diet is greatly less.

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KittyLouWho1304557447.7126542 PostsRegistered 1/11/2006
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 thunderkitty said:
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Low carbohydrate diets do not cause kidney failure. A person would have to already have kidney damage where they were told to reduce their intake of protein. Every thing in the medical literature supports that fact.

As far as the diet is concerned it is relatively high protein with an emphasis on reducing your intake of sugar. It doesn't seem very different to me than the exchange system given out at most physician's offices when a person wishes to lose weight.

Personally, I think the reduction of carbohydrates helps some people with their physiological cravings for carbs. It sometimes reduces appetite and then people eat less because they aren't as hungry and they lose weight.

However, I do not think this diet is right for everyone. My daughter stay slender by eating a diet consisting of all food groups and found this diet to make her gain weight.......leading me to believe that the one size fits all approach to weight loss just doesn't work.

The Belly Fat Cure is not a low carb diet. It's a low sugar diet.

Big diff.

It is definitely a reduced carbohydrate diet because when a person reduces the amount of sugar in their diet, carbohydrate intake is also reduced as a given. Counting sugar grams definitely correlate to reduced carbohydrates. If somebody is eating plain, unsweetened yogurt and gives up sugared yogurt with 32 grams of sugar and the non-sweetened yogurt has 7 sugar grams, the carb difference can be as much as 25 less grams of carbohydrates.

I have seen it touted as being low carbohydrate on many websites and when Jorge Cruise was at a book signing he stated it was a reduced carbohydrate program. It certainly does not rely upon the same strict forumula that Atkins does but it is similar in the fact that once a person reduces their sugar intake, the carbs are reduced as well. Compared to what most Americans eat in carbohydrates, the Jorge Cruise diet is greatly less.

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Reduced carb and low carb are quite different. People have also characterized the South Beach diet and low carb when, in fact, it's a reduced carb diet.

Look into the Paleo diet if you want low carb.

"You make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven, for too long, for too long"
Bruno Mars

VioletEyes1304558289.4913180 PostsRegistered 2/11/2009
On 5/4/2011 thunderkitty said:
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 thunderkitty said:
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Low carbohydrate diets do not cause kidney failure. A person would have to already have kidney damage where they were told to reduce their intake of protein. Every thing in the medical literature supports that fact.

As far as the diet is concerned it is relatively high protein with an emphasis on reducing your intake of sugar. It doesn't seem very different to me than the exchange system given out at most physician's offices when a person wishes to lose weight.

Personally, I think the reduction of carbohydrates helps some people with their physiological cravings for carbs. It sometimes reduces appetite and then people eat less because they aren't as hungry and they lose weight.

However, I do not think this diet is right for everyone. My daughter stay slender by eating a diet consisting of all food groups and found this diet to make her gain weight.......leading me to believe that the one size fits all approach to weight loss just doesn't work.

The Belly Fat Cure is not a low carb diet. It's a low sugar diet.

Big diff.

It is definitely a reduced carbohydrate diet because when a person reduces the amount of sugar in their diet, carbohydrate intake is also reduced as a given. Counting sugar grams definitely correlate to reduced carbohydrates. If somebody is eating plain, unsweetened yogurt and gives up sugared yogurt with 32 grams of sugar and the non-sweetened yogurt has 7 sugar grams, the carb difference can be as much as 25 less grams of carbohydrates.

I have seen it touted as being low carbohydrate on many websites and when Jorge Cruise was at a book signing he stated it was a reduced carbohydrate program. It certainly does not rely upon the same strict forumula that Atkins does but it is similar in the fact that once a person reduces their sugar intake, the carbs are reduced as well. Compared to what most Americans eat in carbohydrates, the Jorge Cruise diet is greatly less.

Last edited on 5/4/2011

Reduced carb and low carb are quite different. People have also characterized the South Beach diet and low carb when, in fact, it's a reduced carb diet.

Look into the Paleo diet if you want low carb.

It seems to be subjective depending upon who you believe. The nomenclature seems to vary with every health practioner I have spoken to. One specialist I spoke to said it was very low carbohydrate while another said it was reduced carbohydrate. In the end it does help people to lose weight so it's all good.{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

VioletEyes1304558398.17313180 PostsRegistered 2/11/2009
On 5/4/2011 dozer4 said:

having great faith in mother nature i often wonder if there's a purpose in the belly fat older women get.

maybe it's to protect organs from something?

Love that theory!{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}Now all you have to do is write a book about it and make it a best seller!{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

ChynaGirl1304558433.253895 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Bee ess.

ChynaGirl1304558577.123895 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005
On 5/4/2011 dozer4 said:

having great faith in mother nature i often wonder if there's a purpose in the belly fat older women get.

maybe it's to protect organs from something?

A purpose? No, not really. Unless heart disease is a purpose.

KittyLouWho1304590900.3226542 PostsRegistered 1/11/2006
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 thunderkitty said:
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 thunderkitty said:
On 5/4/2011 VioletEyes said:
On 5/4/2011 morning lover said:

the 'belly fat diet" is just another one of those diets that make a person burn fat because it makes you acidotic - a very toxic state for your internal organs, esp. your kidneys. So if you really want to lose weight that way it is up to you but I'll tell you for sure you will not like being on dialysis.

Low carbohydrate diets do not cause kidney failure. A person would have to already have kidney damage where they were told to reduce their intake of protein. Every thing in the medical literature supports that fact.

As far as the diet is concerned it is relatively high protein with an emphasis on reducing your intake of sugar. It doesn't seem very different to me than the exchange system given out at most physician's offices when a person wishes to lose weight.

Personally, I think the reduction of carbohydrates helps some people with their physiological cravings for carbs. It sometimes reduces appetite and then people eat less because they aren't as hungry and they lose weight.

However, I do not think this diet is right for everyone. My daughter stay slender by eating a diet consisting of all food groups and found this diet to make her gain weight.......leading me to believe that the one size fits all approach to weight loss just doesn't work.

The Belly Fat Cure is not a low carb diet. It's a low sugar diet.

Big diff.

It is definitely a reduced carbohydrate diet because when a person reduces the amount of sugar in their diet, carbohydrate intake is also reduced as a given. Counting sugar grams definitely correlate to reduced carbohydrates. If somebody is eating plain, unsweetened yogurt and gives up sugared yogurt with 32 grams of sugar and the non-sweetened yogurt has 7 sugar grams, the carb difference can be as much as 25 less grams of carbohydrates.

I have seen it touted as being low carbohydrate on many websites and when Jorge Cruise was at a book signing he stated it was a reduced carbohydrate program. It certainly does not rely upon the same strict forumula that Atkins does but it is similar in the fact that once a person reduces their sugar intake, the carbs are reduced as well. Compared to what most Americans eat in carbohydrates, the Jorge Cruise diet is greatly less.

Last edited on 5/4/2011

Reduced carb and low carb are quite different. People have also characterized the South Beach diet and low carb when, in fact, it's a reduced carb diet.

Look into the Paleo diet if you want low carb.

It seems to be subjective depending upon who you believe. The nomenclature seems to vary with every health practioner I have spoken to. One specialist I spoke to said it was very low carbohydrate while another said it was reduced carbohydrate. In the end it does help people to lose weight so it's all good.{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

It's certainly not very low carb so the specialist you spoke to didn't know what they were talking about. Cruise allows quite a few carbs in the dense variety (grains) which true low carb diets do not. He focuses on keeping sugar grams very low.

But I would certainly agree that if it helps people to lose weight and gives people real food to eat then it's good.

"You make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven, for too long, for too long"
Bruno Mars

DianaFran1304608265.2810849 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

As a diabetic myself, I can tell you that carbohydrates DO figure big in a low sugar intake diet. They convert to sugar. For instance, a potato, definitely a carb, converts about 98% to sugar in the body. Rice, though a grain, is also a high sugar carb. The key is to limit the carb intake, not eliminate it, AND to choose good carbs such a whole grains, instead of processed carbs such as those made with bleached, processed flour. And that goes for foods made with processed sugar too. There is sugar in fruits, but they are not eliminated from a diabetic's diet. They are essential. Dairy too has carbs in it because lactose is a sugar based chemical. As with any diet, it's the combination of high fats, high carbs, and sugar that combined can spell disaster for one's health. Eating healthily and watching portions and not eating junk food between meals is something to which we all should aspire.

chrystaltr­ee1304609694.37313228 PostsRegistered 5/10/2010

It's just a marketing scheme, there is not Belly Fat diet. And there certainly are no "magic foods" that will let you shed your jelly belly. If you really want to lose your belly, of course you need a good diet. A low fat, high protein diet that includes complex carbs (whole grains, fruits, veggies) works and you need exersize that targets that area. Even then, you might lose weight but you won't change the distribution of the weight or your basic body shape. I speak from personal experience. I've lost 75lbs. When I was 244, I was a size 20/22 with a "booty" and heavy thighs. Well now I'm a size 12/14 with a "booty" and heavy thighs. Liposuction is the only way I can change my basic body shape and I am not at all interested in that.

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