I could stop by here and say a lot of silly things, but I read your statement that you have pre-diabetes and that is more than a Go Girl, issue. Please read Arthur Agatston, M.D.'s book "The South Beach Diet" in which he talks about Insulin Resistance/Pre-diabetes and what needs to be done to lose the belly fat when we have such a difficult time getting weight off. He is not a "fad" doctor, but developed the diet to help his heart patients who were having heart attacks at 45. He didn't start out to write a "diet" book.