The Zero Belly Diet

Is your belly too big? Does anyone answer "No!" to that question? How small is small enough when we're talking about bellies? Is one inch of belly fat acceptable? How about half an inch? The Zero Belly Diet sets a lofty goal: zero belly fat! Small enough?

David Zinczenko has created the Zero Belly Diet, and published a book with the same name. His concept is that our bodies are naturally skinny, but the food we eat triggers some genes and suppresses others, resulting in increased visceral fat. Visceral fat is the layer of fat outside of the muscle wall of the abdomen which is associated with health risks.

The diet has a 14-day intense period, followed by a lifetime of healthy eating. The crash phase takes 14 days. You can optionally start with a cleanse to eliminate the toxic leftovers from your lifetime of poor eating choices. Then you adopt a vegetable-centered eating regimen. You are permitted chicken or turkey (lean), fish, plus lean beef once or twice a week and eggs. Otherwise you are focused on green, non-starchy vegetables.  During the cleanse phase, you are not permitted fruits or grains.

Every day, the Zero Belly Diet recommends three balanced meals, one Zero Belly smoothie, and a snack. Once a week you are allowed a cheat meal, where you can eat anything you want. Woo hoo!

Processed foods, especially those foods containing processed sugar and/or saturated fat, are to be avoided. The diet also recommends avoiding fruit juices because of the hidden processed sugar they contain.

Following the Zero Belly Diet is supposed to reset your genetic makeup and allow your body to naturally burn fat instead of storing it around your belly. Zinczenko also says that it will reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's, memory loss and dementia, cancer, diseases of the esophagus, stomach and intestines, heart disease, obesity and stroke.

Could this work for you? Let us know your thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I'm on day 3 of the Zero Belly Diet and need someone who's experienced it already to ask some questions. Like, can I eat other fruits not listed WITH a meal? Thanks...