Not that it needs it, because the proof is in the pudding, but I'm going to take a moment to defend Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure.
First of all, it is not a gimmick. Can Jorge himself come off as gimmicky? Sure. Despite how I named my blog, the diet isn't about him. A gimmick is a trick, something with short term results that are later reversed. This is not a gimmick diet. It is real plan that allows for 3 meals a day and snacking. It lets you have alcohol and even chocolate, if you plan for it. It lets you eat out and cook at home. You can fulfill all your nutritional requirements and still limit your sugar and carb intake. I have thrown out an entire closet full of size 16 clothing and replaced with size 8s. That is not a gimmick.
You are not eliminating sugar on the Belly Fat Cure, you are LIMITING sugar. Other diets limit calories and fat, this one limits sugar. Most nutritional guides and restaurants do not even list the amount of sugar in their food, so this is different. But it is based on newer research and studies that say our bodies convert sugar into fat and THAT is what makes us fat. Not calories and fat digested, but sugar. So you can have some sugar, just not a lot.
There is one thing you do eliminate on the plan, and that is ARTIFICIAL sweeteners. You can have none, zero, zilch. Not allowed. This is a really strange concept for dieters, since we have relied heavily on our "diet" drinks and foods for so long. But it is key on the Belly Fat Cure. If you do everything else on the plan, but leave in artificial sweeteners (such as Sucralose/Splenda, Saccharin, Aspartame) then you will crave foods that are sweet. You will never lose the taste for sugar and expect sweetness in your foods. This is all very subtle and you don't even realize that this is happening. That is the simple version, as I now believe that artificial sweeteners are actually very harmful to us in so many ways. So to artificial sweeteners, I say good riddance!
Sure it is a low carb diet, but it isn't Atkins. No offense to Atkins at all. For induction on Atkins (the losing stage) you get a max of 20 grams of carbs a day, I forget the number of sugars, but I think the goal is zero. You can also subtract things like sugar alcohols and fiber from your carb count. It's mostly meat and cheese baby, meat and cheese! Plus Atkins dieters rely heavily on artificial sweeteners. I think of the Belly Fat Cure as more of a low sugar, moderate carb plan. On the BFC we get tons of green veggies and limited fruit (hello little berry), along with the meat and cheese. You can have up to 120 grams of carbs a day, limiting each meal to no more than 40 grams. It concentrates on what you have in each meal, as your body processes the food and how that affects your insulin levels, not so much on an end of day total.
Extreme implies that it is far beyond the norm, and I see that point. We have never been told to limit our sugars before. How much sugar is too much or too little? The FDA doesn't have a recommended daily value even. Jorge, and many others, have suggested it is lobbied against it by the food industry. But if it were too extreme then I (and many, many others) would not be able to eat this way for over 18 months. It would be a quick fix diet and that is not the case. For me, this diet is not extreme at all. I make different choices now, low sugar choices. I can eat out at any restaurant you pick and find something that fits in perfectly.
This is feedback I get from friends and family all the time, even though they see the results in me. Change is scary and doing something different the Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or the standard calories in/calories burned goes against so much of what we thought we knew about dieting. That is my .02 and how I see it. Do you get the same push back from others on this plan, or have the same worries you have seen addressed here?