It is a scam because it's basically the Mediterranean diet made over and you can't target belly fat. Losing belly fat is the result of losing weight and lowering your overall body fat percentage.
That's not saying it's not a healthy diet but *they* didn't come up with the diet. Losing weight is more about calories in vs. out than anything else. Your diet may lead to overeating if you have a lot of certain foods in your diet; refined, processed, high sugar, fat etc. So when choosing a diet it is important to look for 3 things;
a) Is this diet healthy? Does it ensure I'm getting nutrient-rich foods? Is it balanced?
b) Does this diet help with satiety? (recommend healthy fats, protein, adequate fiber, whole foods, etc.)
c) Is this a diet I can see myself eating even after I lose weight? (Does it force you to cut out food groups/foods you enjoy eating, severe calorie restrictions, is it too rigid?)
Personally, I prefer a non-rigid approach to nutrition and don't follow any particular "diet". I just choose foods that are nutrient-rich, help with satiety and try to ensure my overall diet is balanced and consists of whole or minimally processed foods, watch my added sugar intake and enjoy treats in moderation. I have never followed a diet and never will. They are often times far too restrictive to maintain for life for most people.
Any diet that claims they have the magic cure for abdominal fat or are privy to some magic fat burning food or that you have to cut out certain foods/food groups to lose weight or that you will lose some insane amount of weight on their diet compared to other diets and throw numbers at you from participants of their diet 3x higher than the safe amount of 1-2 lbs/week; are just trying to make a buck.
I'm not saying you shouldn't follow this diet because from what I've read about it, it's essentially healthy and non-restrictive. You might as well just research the Mediterranean diet and save your money. Just don't get your hopes up that it will target abdominal fat. Most of the reason that some people carry more fat in their abdomen compared to others is due to genetics. Just as some people carry more fat in their thighs and bottom.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/3/2013 (07:22)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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