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Zero Belly Smoothies: Lose up to 16 Pounds in 14 Days and Sip Your Way to A Lean & Healthy You! Paperback – June 28, 2016
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David Zinczenko is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zero Belly Diet, Zero Belly Cookbook, Zero Belly Smoothies, and Zero Belly Breakfasts, and the co-author of the Eat This, Not That! franchise (which has sold more than eight million copies worldwide) and the Abs Diet book series. He is a health and wellness contributor at NBC News and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Rachael Ray and is the award-winning former editor in chief of Men’s Health and editorial director of Women’s Health, Prevention, and Best Life magazines. Zinczenko is also the founder and chief executive of Galvanized Media, where he oversees a number of life-changing wellness brands. He lives in New York City.
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If you had the power to make your life better with the push of a button, would you use it?
Well, that power is yours. With one simple whir, you can turn your body into a hyper-efficient fat-burning machine by revving up your metabolism, toning and defining your muscles, and turning off the genes that contribute to fat storage and myriad chronic health issues.
All you need is a blender, and the recipes in this book.
Zero Belly Smoothies are plant-based protein drinks that have been shown to make a dramatic impact on people’s lives in as little as 72 hours. They will flatten your belly, heal your digestive system and strip away unwanted fat in just days. All you need to do is blend them up and drink them down.
I know these smoothies will work for you, and fast, because I’ve seen them work for so many others. Consider the case of Fred Sparks. A 39-year-old emergency-response advisor from Katy, Texas, Fred used Zero Belly Smoothies as part of his weight-loss program. “I noticed results in the first week,” he says. “It really was amazing.” Fred lost 21 pounds and 5 inches off his waist in just the next six weeks.
Martha Chesler, 52, who lost 21 pounds and 7 inches off her waist in less than 40 days, had the same experience:
“I saw results immediately.” she says. In fact, our original Zero Belly Test Panel of more than 500 men and women lost as much as 3 inches off their waist in less than a week, and 16 pounds in the first 14 days. Now, you can achieve results like these even more quickly, with this carefully created, highly effective sample of the delicious drinks you’ll find in Zero Belly Smoothies.
What’s So Special About Smoothies?
They are fast, effective, simple to whip up, and delicious, which makes them ideal for a weight loss program. Consider the proof:
In a 2012 study in Current Nutrition and Food Science, researchers put a group of obese adults on a regimen in which they replaced breakfast and dinner with a high-protein smoothie. That was all: no exercise, no limit on what else they could eat. After 12 weeks, the subjects lost up to 18.5 pounds and reported significant improvements in “physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health.”
A high-protein diet featuring meal- replacement drinks is more effective than exercise at helping people lose weight and keep it off, according to a 2013 meta- analysis of 20 studies in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Five percent of your body weight is the gold standard to prove effectiveness in a weight-loss plan. But smoothie-based plans beat that number consistently. In a study at the University of Kentucky in 2009, patients were asked to drink at least 3 smoothies a day. After 18 weeks, the subjects lost an average of 16.4 percent of their body weight—up to 44 pounds!
When researchers at Columbia University crunched the numbers on six separate studies following dieters on either a smoothie-based plan (one or two smoothies a day) or a reduced-calorie plan, they found that both sets lost weight, but those on the smoothie-based plan experienced “significantly greater weight loss” at both the 3-month and 1-year marks. In a 2015 review of studies on weight-loss plans, researchers at Johns Hopkins reported that participants who used low-calorie meal-replacement drinks like smoothies lost more weight than other dieters over the course of 4 to 6 months.
Are you ready to make the magic work for you?
It Worked for Her!
I’ve been amazed and gratified at how Zero Belly has changed the lives of thousands of Americans. Before going on the plan, Jennie Joshi would avoid walking past the full-length mirror in her Morristown, NJ home. “I hated the way I looked. I wanted to see the old me,” says the mother of two.
Anyone who has had a child knows that feeling and how difficult it can be to lose pregnancy weight. A University of Chicago study last year found that 75 percent of moms were heavier than they were pre- pregnancy a year after giving birth and 45 percent had retained more than 10 pounds.
A high-risk pregnancy made it impossible for Joshi to exercise; she even had to limit her walking. Her weight gain was more than she had expected, and she struggled to lose it. “I really wanted to get rid of my belly,” she says. But the calorie-cutting diet programs weren’t doing it for her; then she learned about the Zero Belly Diet and signed up as one of the program’s first test panelists. She was drawn to its no-sacrifice approach: “I loved that I could just focus on eating healthy foods and not worry about controlling portions.”
She says the healthy recipes in the book made the difference because they included family-friendly options that even a foodie like her husband would enjoy. “Unlike a fad diet that you do once and stop, it’s a lifestyle that’s easy to make your own,” she says.
Joshi also followed the program’s suggested workouts and mixed in some running, spinning, and Zumba. In just four weeks, she lost 11 pounds.
“I saw the pregnancy pooch leaving,” she says, and she pressed on, eventually dropping 26 pounds and fitting into a size 4 dress.
Her co-workers were astonished. “They wanted to know what I was doing.”
What she was doing was drinking Zero Belly Smoothies.
And It’ll Work for You!
One of the key components in Zero Belly Smoothies is the veggie protein powder and use of nut or dairy-free milks. Unless you’ve been living in an igloo for the past two decades, you should know by now that Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, recent surveys have found that only about 30 percent of Americans are eating the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That’s a pretty pitiful performance and no doubt a partial cause of the obesity epidemic that grips this nation.
Another cause: Over the years, the line between smoothie and milkshake has been irrevocably blurred by the beverage industry. What was once a reliable, all-fruit concoction is now likely to be an ice-cream-and-added-sugar extravaganza, capable of carrying over 2,000 calories a serving (see Smoothie King, Hulk).
If you happen to be one of those 7 out of 10 of us who don’t eat enough plant matter, then you need to make fast friends with Zero Belly Smoothies. They’re the quickest, most delicious way to make up for the fruit-and-vegetable deficit, no ice cream required: Roll out of bed, toss some fruit in a blender, top with a bit of liquid, hit “liquefy.” Boom! You’re on the path to a skinnier, healthier you!
Test Panel favorite!
Try the smoothie that ABC News correspondent Dan Harris called “dazzling!” Consider using wild blueberries (you can find them in the freezer section); they’re higher in just about every nutrient than conventional blueberries.
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
½ tablespoon almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
Water to blend
254 calories, 7 g fat, 19 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 20 g protein
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A little over four months ago I started to get a grip on it. Never a fan of diets (in theory), I started working out five times a week. A few Leslie Sansone walking videos three times a week and yoga/stretching on alternating weekdays. Since I've never really had to worry about what I ate, I didn't really make any major changes in my diet. It took me two months to snap out of that denial. So, it took me four months to lose 10 lbs.
I was feeling and looking better, but still wanting to get to my goal weight of 100, which is where I feel most comfortable physically. And my belly was still very much my trouble spot. I started losing momentum on the motivation train. After doing some research, I saw that the Zero Belly Smoothies was coming out in a week. David Zinczenko has been in the belly business for years, so of course, I'd heard of his passion and even though, I've never even had a smoothie, I liked the idea of no focused shopping and eating, AND the possibility of losing up to 16 pounds in 14 days.
It worked. Still working out five times a week (nothing hardcore) and replacing breakfast and dinner with Zero Belly Smoothies - eating pretty much what I wanted, yet sensibly, for lunch and on the weekends, I lost 10 lbs in 10 days, and my belly is as flat as its gonna get.
The smoothies are quick, easy and delicious. My energy level is through the roof with out the jitters that comes with caffeine, and for you other meno's out there, the smoothies seem to alleviate other (struggling to lose weight) menopausal symptoms as well. For me specifically, maybe a coincidence, but I've not had any of the leg cramps from hell or scary heart palpitations I used to get prior to the smoothies.
Highly recommended - give it a try weight warriors!
So this is going to be a longer review, and in case you loose patience with it, I'm going to hit you with one of my criticisms first because it's super important and this is a conversation I would be having with any loved one in my life:
Loosing 16 lbs in 14 days is not safe. *Not*. *Safe*. And the titular promise that following the dietary recommendations in here will do so is part of what gives this book some fad diet earmarks. I come at this from the perspective of having worked in healthcare, and being a woman who is currently in recovery from medication induced liver damage. The very first meeting I had with my GI Dr when this all went down, she told me, because I did have a few pounds I could loose at that time, that for *anybody* (not just people with liver damage), loosing more then 2 pounds a week puts stress on their liver. More then 4 pounds will damage your liver. She had wanted to make sure I was clear on that point because I already had liver damage we were trying to heal and she didn't want me to make it worse. You can actually do the same type of damage that will ultimately lead to fatty liver and cirrhosis by chronic yo-yo and/or crash dieting. So the best medical advice on the subject when it comes to your health is go slow. You'll get the same place in the end, put your systems under less stress, and you'll be more likely to keep the results long term. Unless there is a more serious threat to the patient's life that needs to be addressed, generally medical practitioners avoid encouraging rapid weight loss of this kind.
That being said, there are a mix of things I agree with and disagree with when it comes to the content of this book. I agree with the author that only permanent lifestyle changes are going to achieve long term healthy weight maintenance. And I actually think the recipes are generally nutritionally sound, though I personally would reduce the fruit amounts and up the veg. I roll that way. But this book has some misstatements on a few factual matters and tries to present anecdotal testimonials as strong support for this approach, which I have mixed feelings about.
I know when I'm reviewing books on things that pertain to my son's disabilities, I'm often relying on my own “testimonial” to explain my views. So I get that there is a place for that. But then I also try to be clear that what I do may not work for every child with the same or similar struggles. Testimonials are murky ground, from the scientific perspective. An example would be a woman mentioned who followed this diet plan and lost the weight. Her success was attributed solely to the diet, but then it was also mentioned she did zumba and had made some other changes in her life that, from the scientific perspective, would have also influenced her results. If you really want to demonstrate the efficacy of something, you do controlled studies where you are only looking at the difference of this one factor.
I'm going to go through a few of what I consider to be a few of the misstatements. The author lumps sucralose (Splenda) in with sugars. It is the only artificial sweetener he does that with, the exact reference goes in part: “...crystalline fructose, and sucralose (all forms of sugar).” Sucralose is an artificial sweetener derived from sucrose, and up until studies came out showing that it kills of a bunch of your good gut microbes and that it can damage your liver, it was on the tips of many a physician's tongue when it came to recommending sugar replacements for diabetic patients. I think Sucralose is super bad news and won't consume anything with it, don't get me wrong, but it is an artificial sweetener and should be classed as such for informational purposes.
He cites the number of Americans who have been benefited by his dietary recommendations and then says, “But the war is only partly won. Two out of every three of us still struggles with belly fat...” Technically, obesity rates are still on the rise in this country. He may have hundreds of thousands of people buying his books, but the way he states this makes it seem like his approach is leading to improvements in health that are affecting obesity rates, and there's no evidence that supports that, the very increase in such rates flat out refutes it. There are a few other similar statements in there where he attributes outcomes that aren't actually measurable or evidence based to his diet, and what I would tell you from the medical perspective is that usually, when you see that it should make you view what a person is telling you with a heavy dose of caution.
Some of the recipes have inaccurate calorie and protein counts based on the ingredients listed. For example, his “Great Grape” recipe. I happen to use two of the protein powders he recommends, and this recipe calls for ½ scoop of the protein powder, but lists a protein amount of 30 grams, which would actually only be provided by one of the two protein powders...with the entire scoop, not half. That would be Vega's Vanilla Sport Performance Protein powder (which I totally love!). The calorie count shown would be closer to correct if it included the entire scoop, not half, but the protein would still be off because there is some protein in the flax, but not enough to account make 15 grams of protein from a half scoop into 30, we're talking only 1.5 grams in that 1 TB of flax...there were a couple other recipes I noticed similar problems on, but I'm going to save your eyeballs the full accounting ;)
He says that watercress has a higher amount of nutrients then kale, and you know, it actually doesn't based on what nutritional labels tell you if you google them. He also tells you not to drink smoothies with juice as a base, and I encountered one recipe that had juice listed as an ingredient. It was no sugar added, but no sugar added apple juice still has on average more then 20 grams of sugar per cup and none of the fiber that would help slow down the absorption of those sugars.
I actually could go on, but I don't really want to pound this one into the ground. Because I do think that overall, these are some pretty solid smoothie recipes and that's all I bought it for. Some of them are higher in fruit then I would personally recommend, and for some of them if I make them, I'm totally planning on adding cauliflower to them (in fact, I did that to the peanut butter sandwich one and it worked awesome) because it's a great way of sneaking veg into smoothies that may not taste good with the green stuff (he has smoothies in it that don't have any veg, and I always do veg in my smoothies). And if you medically need to go lower fat on some of the recipes, you can substitute things like PB2 for regular fat peanut butter. You can also add pumpkin to chocolate smoothies and it hides in there very well. So if all you're wanting out of this is some solid, healthier smoothie recipes, I think this could be a good find for you.
My best piece of advice would be that if you need to loose weight and you can afford it or your insurance covers it, go see a registered dietician. Not your physician or medical provider, because as well-intentioned as they are, they don't have to take general nutrition as part of their training, they only need to learn a few dietary guidelines for management of certain chronic diseases. If you can't afford that, google a good base metabolic rate calculator, input your data accurately, don't cut your calories below the number given by that. And otherwise, you know, I think many of the other recommendations he makes in here from the nutritional stand point are solid enough. And I 1000% (that number is intentional) agree with him you should ditch the added sugars for most occasions, because they increase your risk for a rather sizeable list of health problems.