Thanks so much for supporting my sister on her weight loss journey! My maintenance is pretty boring and I am hoping she will share her story here often with us all. Sadly Jorge's Facebook page has turned into a complaint spot for login problems with his recipe club. I thought it would be useful to answer the questions that I get asked the most and see online, I see these over and over again.
Q. Jorge has so many books, I am confused on which one to buy and which plan to do.
Belly Fat Cure book, it is the original and the easiest to follow. On Amazon it now says "Original Cookbook" on the cover but I'm not sure if all the copies say that. That is how I lost all but my last 10 pounds. It is all about limiting your sugar and carbohydrate intake and regulating your insulin. The other books are companion guides, this the one you want.
The newer Quick Meals book (light blue/purplish) is a good book if you eat out a lot, especially fast food. Only pick up the Fast Track (red) if you are truly interested in going grain-free or have gluten issues. Skip the (orange) Carb Counter book and use www.calorieking.com to look up foods instead. Jorge has moved on from the 3 Hour Diet, which is time and calorie counting based and published in 2006.
Q. Can I have LESS than the 15 grams of sugar or 6 carb servings?
YES, Yes and yes! Those are a maximum, not a target goal. On Jorge's FAQ and in the first book he says should get all 6 carb servings, but that could actually mean as little as 35 grams of carbohydrates depending on how you spread them out. Plus he answered this question in class once and said what he actually meant was that you need to get your fiber out of the carb servings and less meant less fiber. So YES!
Q. Is your whole family, kids included, on the Belly Fat Cure (or Fast Track)?
No, they really aren't. I greatly altered my kids diet to cut way back on the sugar, up the fiber and completely eliminate all artificial sweeteners for them. Changed their bread, tortillas, milk and cereal. My kids not overweight to start with and quickly after doing this I could count their ribs, I got freaked out and decided we would not be so strict! They get dessert after dinner and after school snack, we just keep it reasonable. Here's the details on how I implemented a version of the BFC for my kids.
So yes this is hard to juggle and they all made sacrifices for a bit while I figured it all out!?
Q. I'm allergic to peanuts (or dairy, fish or whatever), can I still do the Belly Fat Cure?
I see this question ALL the time, and honestly I feel like it is just an excuse. Of course you can do the plan if you are allergic to nuts, dairy or fish! Just substitute another like food for the one you are allergic too. For example nuts are mentioned on the plan as a snack. Nuts are a good source of protein or what Jorge calls Skinny Fats. Choose another snack instead, like cheese, salami, celery,etc. The dairy allergy always confuses me, since we are allowed very limited dairy as it is. You don't HAVE to put cream in your coffee, it is just a suggestion.
Q. I lost weight the first two weeks and was really happy with that. But the 3rd week I gained a pound. What am I doing wrong.
Oh my, I have seen this question dozens of times and I DO have an answer for you: Who says your doing anything wrong? Just keep it up, keep doing the diet exactly as it is written. Ignore the scales and try to weight less often. Some days the scale measures you up, some days lower. As long as the overall is lower, you are on the right track.
If it has been longer than two weeks and you have not lost weight, make sure you are following these guidelines for 5/2 S/C Value per meal along with the 15/6 per day. That is really important so that you can truly control your insulin levels. Make sure you are getting 25 grams of fiber a day through food, not through chia and flax seeds or supplements.
Q. I can't buy the specific products where I live that are mentioned in the book, can I still do the Belly Fat Cure?
Here is what you need to do the BFC: Protein and green vegetables. Period. Pretty much all the products listed in the book are found at Whole Foods and Sprouts, but are difficult to find elsewhere. So if you live outside the U.S. or without a Whole Foods you're screwed... although not really. You don't need a single one of those products to do the BFC. Not a single one! There are numerous products that are just as good as the ones in the book at your corner store, no matter where you live. Just check the labels and look at the product reviews here. I've sought out most of the products listed in the book and most still sit lounging in my cupboard. You don't need them, but some are nice to try. I put together an Amazon list of all the products from the book HERE if you really have to have them.
I hope you found these useful! If you have a specific question feel free to leave a comment here and I'll try to answer or others in our wonderful BFC community will help you out. You can also EMAIL me! Check out my older Q&A here for older questions too.