I get lots of questions about The Belly Fat Cure Fast Track by Jorge Cruise. The book isn't set to come out until very end of 2010 or early 2011, but it seems like people are really curious. The program may change a bit, but here is the low down.
First, how do I know about the Fast Track? I was part of a group that Jorge's team put on the plan for 6 weeks. Initially I attended a conference where he spend a whole day explaining the research behind the plan. The group was primarily from San Diego and met weekly with Jorge and his team, in person. I'm not local, so I participated online. We were given weekly menus/information sheets and at the end several of us were asked to preview the book itself while it was a work in progress. So that is where I get my information from.
The Fast Track is basically the Belly Fat Cure diet plan without any grains. No cereal, breads, tortillas, crackers, rice or pasta. I see lots of postings that says it is No Carb, but this is false. It is No Grain. There is a heavy reliance on animal protein and green vegetables. It is one step closer to a Paleo diet, with the implication that we are all, in some way, allergic to or unable to process grains. Paleo and Primal diets are quite popular right now, and tend to focus on very fit people (lots of athletes). I feel Jorge's presentation is aimed more at regular, overweight folks.
Differences in the original Belly Fat Cure and Fast Track? There a few:
* No counting Sugar/Carb Values, no counting anything (including calories). 15/6 is out the window!
* Very little mention of specialty products (no Ezekiel breads or trips to Whole Foods)
* You can have some Stevia and dark chocolate, but less than you were allowed on the original BFC.
Is it hard to cut out grains completely? At first, yes. Especially since I tended to get my fiber from grains. At first I did the FT for 3 weeks and I didn't love it or hate it, I just did it. I stopped when I had a lot of stress and felt the need to eat every carb in site. So I just stepped back and started the regular BFC again. After a month, I really thought about how I wanted to give it another try and some of the benefits I saw from it, and started it again.
Does it sound a lot like Atkins? Sure, but so does every other low carb diet plan. But it isn't Atkins and there are several differences. Most notably for me is the exclusive of artificial sweeteners (no sucralose, aspartame or saccharin), unlimited green vegetables (not just the 20 grams a day allowed on Atkins Induction), the inclusion of alcohol and your goal is not Ketosis. But I will leave it to Jorge to defend against the Atkins comparisons. For some people all low carb plans will just be another take on Atkins.
What do I eat on the Fast Track? I load up my plate with lean proteins and then fill it out with green veggies. With a huge emphasis on the green vegetables. The plan encourages you to cook with "skinny fats", but I usually prefer my veggies raw at the moment. The most difficult part for me is breakfast. I don't like eggs in the morning and don't have much time, so honestly, many times coffee and cream are my breakfast while on the Fast Track. I know, shameful! The other hard part? Fiber! Benefiber and Psyllium Husks are grains, and thus not allowed (shocker!). So I get my fiber from the green vegetables and lots of them.
Celery with cream cheese and chia seeds
Coffee and Cream
Tuna or chicken salad made with mayo, pickles, celery and cucumbers
Eggs with cheese and salsa, cottage cheese
Turkey rollups with cheese and sliced cucumbers or zucchini
Grilled chicken or fish
Cauliflower crust pizza
Egg based dihes - quiches, omelets
Any green vegetable - usually I have sauted spinach, zucchini (I'll post the Zucchini cake recipe soon!) or a salad
Spinach Salad loaded up with feta (pretty much any cheese), avocado, celery, broccoli and the like
Hot Tea with cream
2 squares 85% Dark Chocolate
Can I maintain grain free forever? I don't know the answer to that, only time will tell. I find over thinking my diet leads to panic, so I just think "Can I do grain free for the rest of today?" Most likely I think I will move between the two plans.
If you would like further information on the Belly Fat Cure Fast Track by Jorge Cruise, try Googling it. Sometimes you can find a menu out there and other documents that Jorge had available. I also recommend signing up for the Free Email Club, he sends out announcements there first. You can also preorder the book from Amazon HERE. But remember, the Fast Track is no "Magic Pill". If you just can't wait, Jorge recommended Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint (the cookbook looks fantastic) but it is even more hardcore (no stevia sweeteners!) or you check go to the source The Paleo Diet.