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21-Day Tummy:The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes Any Belly Fast [Hardcover]

Liz Vaccariello
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Book Description

Dec 26 2013
We love to eat but that doesn’t mean our stomachs always enjoy digesting what we put in them. And thus, digestive woe. Add to this the fact that our nation is heavier than it’s ever been, and it’s clear that our tummies don’t just need to function better, they need to be smaller. In general, smaller stomachs digest food more effectively, and that’s why dropping the pounds isn’t just a matter of vanity but of health.

Based on the latest science, the 21-DAY TUMMY diet balances gut flora and reduces inflammation in order to target excess weight and belly fat while simultaneously addressing the most common digestive disorders (heartburn/acid reflux, gas/bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome). It does this by minimizing Belly Bullies (foods that are rapidly fermentable, carb-dense, and pro-inflammatory) and emphasizing Belly Buddies (foods that are carb-light, anti-inflammatory, magnesium-rich, high in fiber, and low in rapidly fermentable carbs). These delicious—and easy to find—Belly Buddies are incorporated into an easy-to-follow 21-day eating plan. In addition, 21-DAY TUMMY includes:

• 50 scrumptious recipes such as Tomato-Ginger Flank Steak, Peanutty Chicken Couscous, Twice-Baked Potato with Pepper Hash, and Almost Pumpkin Pie
• a Digestion Quiz to help you measure your overall digestive health
• tips on how to combat the Four S’s (Supersizing, Sitting, Stress, and Sleep Deprivation) that also contribute to excess weight and digestive disorders
• inspirational stories and advice from our successful test panelists
• an optional equipment-free workout plan that helps to both sculpt and soothe your belly with a mix of core strengthening, walking, and yoga
• guidelines on how to incorporate potentially problematic foods back into your life so you are never deprived of your favorite foods

21-DAY TUMMY is a fun, easy guide to healthy eating that will have a smaller, healthier you feeling better than, well, possibly ever!

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About the Author

Liz Vaccariello is the editor in chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest, one of the world’s largest media brands, with 26 million readers. A journalist with 20+ years’ experience in health and nutrition, she’s also the coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Flat Belly Diet!, The 400-Calorie Fix, and The Digest Diet. Vaccariello regularly appears on national programs such as Good Morning America and The Doctors, and has been featured on The Biggest Loser, Today, Rachel Ray, and The View. Previously, Liz was the editor-in-chief of Prevention. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin daughters. Her blog, Losing it with Liz, lives on rd.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book March 19 2014
By Sean
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This book is very informative and a good read. Thanks for sending it to me. It took a little while longer but it was worth the wait. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. April 17 2014
By Judith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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An enjoyable & easy read. Good advice. Love the way the plans are laid out. Easy to follow. Well illustrated.
I would recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We see results!!! Jan. 7 2014
By Sassy C - Published on Amazon.com
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My Dr. wanted me to follow a low FODMAP meal plan because of my continuous problems with bloating and constipation. I dreaded starting such a plan because you cannot have what Liz (the author) refers to as Belly Bullies which include onions, garlic, apples, peaches and other yummy staples! I was ecstatic to learn that Liz came out with a book to address these problems because having been successful on The Digest Diet (also authored by Liz) I knew that the recipes included in this book would not disappoint.

The results are in:
I decided to recruit my mother and sister. We started on 1/1/14. We completed the first phase (5 days) ... I (age 36) am down 8.5 lbs, my mother (age 57) is down 6.5 lbs and my sister (age 28) is down 7.5 lbs. My sister and I can stand to lose between 15 - 20 lbs and my mother is about 50 lbs overweight. Both my sister and I exercised about 45 minutes per day for all five days and my mother only exercised one day for about 45 minutes. We all did light to moderate cardio such as elliptical and stationary bikes.

Meal Plan Insight:
I believe the book says that you can eventually add back "belly bullies" but I think it does a good job in helping you identify which of these bullies is the culprit of tummy issues. I have been 7 days and counting without them and I can say that I have ate delicious meals! I tried most of the recipes in the book but have created my own meals by using recipes in the book as guidelines and paying close attention to allowed portions. I agree the shakes are just OK so I just have them at breakfast. The first 14 days require you to have a shake as a meal. Sorry no way around them! On another note my husband who is not participating on this meal plan has enjoyed the onion-less/garlic-less meals.The recipes are quite simple to make my sister who does not cook managed to make the recipes in the book.

Rating explanation:
There are a few random ingredients in Liz's recipes that had me venturing to specialty stores. I only needed 2 teaspoons of Garam Marsala (what is this?!? --really do you have this in your cupboards???) and because I was so determined to follow the recipe to a "T" I went to 3 stores to locate it. There are quite a few recipes like this and YES it will make you crazy! This book is more deserving of 4.5 stars and I am comparing it to Liz's other book (The Digest Diet) because I recall the shake having over 10 ingredients and I found myself on the search for finding items I never heard of and only to use it once. Also, I can appreciate that in this book Liz does a better job of making sure those hard to find/items you had no choice but to purchase in excess (sorry but you just can't purchase two teaspoons of Garam Marsala!) get used more than once through different recipes. I see myself using some of these ingredients for my own creations. Also, like other reviewers it would be nice to have all the recipes separated by phases rather than by breakfast, lunch and dinner. I purchased the hard cover copy.

Liz gives you a meal plan for the full 21 days. I found it easier to stick with two snack choices and change out my meals once every couple of days. For example, I would make a large batch of soup and have it every other day for lunch. The same with dinner I would repeat it every other day or so. I have 2-cup servings of soup in the freezer so it's easy to grab them and thaw them as needed. The only requirement is to stick with meals in the current phase or in a prior phase. Go into this as using it as a guideline and pay special attention to the Belly Buddies (foods that you can have) and mock the portions and create similar meals to the ones suggested. As far as the shakes; I have been sticking to having banana/blueberries as a fruit and adding cinnamon/vanilla extract for flavoring. Also, I find that using flaxseed vs. chia seeds in the shakes give them a much milder taste.

Wishing you much success!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love the results! Jan. 14 2014
By Billie Jo - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished day 9 and I have had 9 wonderful days with my tummy. Not one solitary issue and I deal with many digestive issues since I no longer have a gallbladder. I was uncomfortable almost all day every day with one thing or another. I am sure when I do the bully tests I will find out what is not agreeing with me.

I wish the layout of the book was a little better - I have put my meal plan on a spreadsheet with the location #s from the book for easy referencing.

My favorite breakfast is the banana smoothie Liz shared (I switched the pumpkin seeds with half chia and half flax seeds). (oh and freezing the banana before hand is a must - I forgot one day and I could barely tolerate the smoothie) The one snack I keep craving is the Mini Caprese Salad - it is to die for. The Curried Chicken Soup is wonderful. My kids loved all the meals so far with the exception of the salmon/cabbage meal - but I got smoked salmon by accident and the lemon was just way too much. I will try it again with chicken (or maybe tuna steaks) and switch the lemon out with something else...

I used to basically have coffee, lunch maybe once or twice a week, then at dinner a lot of pasta or bread meals. (strangely enough I do not miss bread or pasta) Then late night snacks with awful for me foods. I cut out the coffee and now my late snack is a handful of almonds or a piece of soft cheese which is not really part of the plan (to eat a late night snack). I lost 4 lbs the first 4 days. I have not done any exercising as of yet.

The trickiest thing for me was the fact I have 7 in my family and so the shopping list was something I had to tweak and my fridge can not hold a week's worth of the fresh veggies so I have to go shopping 2x a week instead of my usual 1 day a week.

This is the first time I have ever really worked on eating healthy and I hope to make my goal of feeling fit at 40. It is sad how just eating properly can cause weight loss. My weight has been slowly creeping up - like a pound a month for the last year so to actually lose weight is amazing - but honestly the best part is how my belly feels. I gave up ever feeling normal. I am so relieved that it is something I have achieved..and I don't have to sacrifice yummy flavors for it!

Edited to add: My husband lost 5 lbs and he still eats like before (skipping up to 2 meals a day and still having late night snacks and chips) all he does is the dinners.

After writing this review I was watching TV and absentmindedly grazed my face with my hands and notices my skin is softer and smoother than it has been in a while. I was also able to remove my wedding band from my finger with little effort and no dents in my skin - a difficult task when I go in every 6 months for cleaning and inspection. It was so bad the clerk suggested I re-size it cause I may damage the nerves. A lot of puffiness all over my body is gone and I have this general sense of well being.

I see a lot of people complaining about the lack of flavor - but what you need to understand is the flavors we eat on processed foods are artificial and preservatives. Once you get past the 3 weeks and can add garlic back in (if it passes the bully test) that may help - or you can add a tad more salt to the meals afterwards. The soups were really good - yes - a tad more salt would have been nice - but you have to weigh the pros and cons of extra salt etc and your health.

I do not miss garlic bread or bread at all. Nor do I miss pasta.... I am finding I am not missing the coffee so much either. The only thing I can't wait to have again is garlic and as a treat bacon maybe once a month...

Update: I am past week 3 and in the test phase. I lost a total of 8 lbs in the first 14 days and maintained my weight loss in the 3rd week. Now that I am on my own I went back to phase 2 and have lost an additional 1.5 pounds. Basically switching to smoothies for breakfast 5 days and regular breakfast for 2 and picking from the lunches during week 1 and 2 and I have just gone through the list of dinners that were not on the 21 day plan - like the ratatouille frittata and the spiced fish cakes and a few others for this week....
So, in 25 days I have lost 9.5 lbs and just did a before and after picture and was amazed at how different I look. It is hard when you see yourself everyday. The swollen face is gone!

Edited again to add the part about freezing the banana for smoothies and to update my weight loss - it is at 16 lbs now.
70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Specific regimens not only for weight loss and wholesome eating, but also focused on digestive health Dec 29 2013
By Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Published on Amazon.com
What I love about 21-Day Tummy is that it isn't just a book on weight loss and diet management; it's unique in that it also places importance on the digestive tract. Many of the recipes and theories revolve around the bodily chemistry regarding certain foods and exercises, so this diet plan is one that targets both shedding pounds and metabolizing your digestive system.

If you suffer from weight gain due to digestive slowdown, this is the perfect book for you. It is well backed and well explained, so anyone can follow and understand the logistics of the diet—even if you have minimal experience with dieting. That's what I love about Vaccariello's diet guides; they're so accessible!

The recipes, as expected, are amazing. Just looking at the photographs makes my mouth water, and I love how each ingredient is elaborated upon. There are helpful lists of digestive do's and don't's throughout the book, which are entertaining and useful for the kitchen. Other helpful tools include measurement conversion charts, grocery shopping lists, green lights and red lights of foods (regarding how they'll treat your stomach), and myths about certain foods busted or confirmed.

I find it really helpful that the regimen's goal is to not only flatten tummies, but also regulate the inner workings of the body. It takes the focus off the scale and tape measures, and places it onto feeling and being HEALTHY.

Pros: Methodical, biologically sound approaches to dieting and improving the digestive system // Lots of tried-and-true recipes that are worth testing // Real-life testimonies and weight loss plans and interviews of successful dieters included

Cons: Some recipes don't include pictures and are difficult to follow // I'm skeptical of the timeline. Although the book doesn't necessarily claim to change lives drastically in 21 days, it keeps dieters on a schedule that seems a bit too rigid

Verdict: I personally was not really able to follow this diet book because it deals a lot with digestive issues rather than just wholesome, healthy eating, but I appreciate how specific the regimen is. It isn't something I could actually stick with—in fact, it doesn't seem very lenient—but I recommend Vaccariello's newest diet book for those who struggle with acid reflux and eating the right way due digestive problems. With the perfect amount of motivation and realistic, delicious-looking recipes, 21-Day Tummy helps you look and feel your best by using a targeted approach of not only eating well, but also taking care of what's on the inside.

Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable; borrow, don't buy!

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, FSB Media!).
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blech Jan. 14 2014
By MatiFam - Published on Amazon.com
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I was SO looking forward to this. I have some gastro issues and need to lose 15 pounds and was hoping that it was going to be a success. The meals are bland to say the least. They were just not well flavored. Plus, there were barely any recipes! I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch (so I made the shake daily and made a soup to last the week) but even with that there were a handful of dinner options for each stage. It's also confusing how the recipes are laid out. I would have done by stage each section (ex stage 1 breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner). It would also help to know what foods are ok in each stage (are eggs ok in stage 1?). I didn't lose any weight, although I did have a little more energy. I personally would not recommend or do it again based on the flavor of the food, it was confusing and the fact that it didn't work for me.
65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars packed with useful info Dec 27 2013
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
21-Day Tummy. The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes Any Belly Fast. Liz Vaccariello with Kate Scarlata.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.

Like so many people I’m always conscious of my weight and especially my tummy :( Now I’m a wheelchair user that's even more noticeable, so this book had me hooked just from the title! I'm reading it on kindle though – I love my kindle but have learned that some books such as this one are simply better in traditional format, where its easier to flick through and browse for what interests you.
Its packed with useful information on many common ailments – those where we're not always ill, but where the effects of diet make us feel below par. Of course there's practical tips too for those who have problems such as arthritis, diabetes, irritable bowel, indigestion, all the illnesses that can be helped by a proper diet. Our portions have increased vastly over the years from what we actually need to eat, and add to that the way we eat so much processed food its no wonder our stomach and health is so often suffering.
I found it really interesting reading. I like to think I’m quite aware of food and the healthy eating we need and yet...there were issues that hadn't occurred to m,e and were good to know. The recipes were practical and easy to follow even for a Brit reader – I love the US way of weighing using cups – though a stick of butter.... ? that needs looking up, likewise some foods: arugula, scallions, cilantro – google is my friend for telling what the UK name is :) Added to that there are some simple, easy to follow exercises that can be fitted into everyday life. Again some like the walking/standing ones are out for me, but the sitting/lying ones I’ll certainly try. After Xmas of course!! Jan always signals my resolve to get more healthy and maybe this year with the help of this book I’ll actually do it!
All in all this is a really useful book for people looking to make the best of their bodies, to help them run at maximum efficiency and to make us not only look slimmer but to be slimmer.
Stars: five. Excellent all round book, though buy the traditional format rather than ebook for easiest research .

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