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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Q & A's

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.
Get the darker blue 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.


  1. Good informative post Amber. Personally, if all my support & additional info, etc was to be found on the FB group...I'd be lost. I've found it way more beneficial to be a blogger and connect w/ other like-minded people. Thanks for always try to help the masses. Bless you.

  2. Fantastic break down of the plan! It seems that people really just need to exercise a little common sense. Maybe some have become so afraid of food that they are afraid to do anything without being told, what, when, where, and how to eat. If so, this needs to be fixed because it's no way to live. Thanks for being the voice of BFC for those who are not getting answers elsewhere.

  3. Great info, Amber. I too, have lost faith in the FB group. I prefer you and Rosie to help me along my limping path.

  4. Hi Amber. Trying to catch up a bit. This post was great! Hugs to you from me!

  5. Great post Amber. I have seen these questions more times than I can count. I'm sure this will help all the new people.
    Have a great day :-)

  6. GREAT post Amber! I am always amazed at some of the comments I read on the various FB boards. I think most things are spelled out pretty clearly in the book. I think you nailed it on the head when you said it is just an excuse. I don't know, for me, this has been easy. I just resolved myself that this is how I need to eat to save my life and haven't looked back. Granted, it has only been 2 weeks, but that is usually when I think the cravings are the worst. I have been a good 7-10 grams of sugar UNDER the 15 everyday and usually have 1-2 carb servings left too. I am under in fiber though...I have to find a better way to up that.

  7. Thanks for the post Amber. I know someone with a milk allergy and it is not just "milk" she can't have; butter, cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt...all are no-no's. So with an emphasis on cheese I can see why people with milk allergies might wonder if they can do this plan. With some adaptation, anyone can. I believe they are looking for an "out", so they can say why the plan wouldn't work for them.

    Just curious, but when you switched your kids to a healthier diet, did you notice any behavioral changes in them?


    p.s. I am starting to get annoyed with Jorge. He keeps ramping up new programs/ideas, but doesn't seem to have a support staff to answer basic FB questions much less I.T. type questions.

    1. I see how it could be a little confusing with the dairy, but it is not needed for the BFC. He just uses it a lot because you can, definitely not a requirement or important part of the plan. Other than the cheese and butter you have to use dairy very sparingly on the BFC.

      Yes, that IS extremely annoying! I wouldnt start a new program with basic login problems on the old. And I would not have sold it as a new program, but a new feature on the existing one - which is what it is. Ugh.

    2. Also on the kids - YES! They are less cranky now and are quicker in the bathroom :) I think the additional protein helped them stay full longer and they dont have sugar highs/lows. And the fiber made the difference for my one son that used to spend 15 minutes on #2. GREAT question!

  8. Hi Amber,

    I am trying the 2 meals that Jorge suggested. I just wanted to ask if i have to eat exactly as written? For breakfast i have to eat blueberries. Can i remove that? would it affect the weight loss? i did do the calculation of both the sugar and carbs and i am pretty sure i didnt exceed the 15/6. Do i religiously have to eat 5x a day?

  9. Hi Amber! Long time follower, new blogger, and second time on the BFC, but for good this time! Thanks for this post! I think it is fantastic that you have an outline for kids. I'm struggling with it for my girls as one is 13 and starting to become body conscious. I want them to focus on health and not weight loss, of course. This is an excellent post!

  10. Thanks for putting these out there!!

  11. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions. Why doesn't Jorge answer them?

  12. I love your blog, and this FAQ, Amber. And may I add that I love the way you set up your before-during-after pics? I hate the before pics showing someone in a much-too-small bikini with their stomach pushed out and their hair all messy, which is then compared with an "after" pic by a professional photographer in wearing a black dress suit at a special angle, with the stomach sucked in and perfect grooming. You look great, and your grooming is great, but I really like seeing the ACTUAL results of the diet, as opposed to a makeover. Thanks for keeping it real - I believe in your results and am inspired.

    1. Thanks! I know exactly what you mean with the makeover after pics! One of my sisters said it looks I'm pushing my stomach out in the first one. Honestly I was sucking it in the best I could. I was also about 2 months in when I too the 1st photo, initially I didn't plan to share photos of myself.

  13. I'm sorry if I sound a little lost...but I am. I just got a smart phone (Droid 4) so that I could use the apps to help with this program. I have the BFC Tracker and My Fitness Pal downloaded...but is there another one I should have? Did My Fitness Pal take the place of Calorie King or should I be using both?

    This is a complete lifestyle change and I want to set myself up for success not failure. I signed up for Jorge's on-line program but I'm quite disappointed in the menus and the bare bones, no customer service low quality site. I found this blog after I signed up and I wish I had found this first. You are SO helpful! Thank you.

    So please let me know what apps are the best to get. Is there an app that you punch in where you are eating and it will suggest belly good meals? Or is just reading the nutritional info the way to go?

    All suggestions welcome! :)


  14. Thank you! Great Q&A! I emailed it to my hubby....I really need to get back on track...I did it for 6 weeks...Loved it and had great results!

    I haven't been following it lately but I certainly wouldn't blame the diet or Jorge, lack of willpower or not being able to find products.

    I've just been lazy and unfocused...I can't wait to get back to my healthy lifestyle and find inspiration here..thanks!