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The Lean Belly Prescription: Diet Review

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Having belly fat and a "muffin top" around the waist is common -- and it can be unhealthy. Follow the advice in The Lean Belly Prescription, and according to the book cover, you canlose up to "15 pounds of dangerous belly fat in four weeks" and improve your health.

The Lean Belly Prescription is written by Travis Stork, MD, an emergency room doctor and a host of the daytime talk show The Doctors. His prescription promises you will lose weight and keep it off for good -- without ever dieting or counting calories.

And there is no way to fail on this diet because it isn't a diet.

The Lean Belly Prescription: What It Is

The Lean Belly Prescription is a collection of tips, food suggestions, and motivation to enlighten people about nutrient-rich foods, hidden calories, and how to make small changes that promote weight loss and become sustainable lifestyle habits.

"This is not a diet but an easy prescription to help people eat healthier by swapping out empty-nutrient foods like sugary beverages and processed foods and replacing it with foods that satisfy and are nutritious," Stork says.

Eating healthy foods four to five times a day will make you feel full, control cravings, and squeeze out the junk food in your diet, Stork says.

He uses a simple 'Pick 3 to Lean' system designed to modify eating behavior while still enjoying your favorite foods. Choose three at a time from a list of 12 options starting with Stork's basic "laws of leanness" to the more ramped up "lean-living turbochargers."

Once you master three changes, move on and tackle additional options.

Examples of simple changes are eating three servings of dairy, noshing all day on fruits and vegetables, and discovering healthy fats.

Stork says it's the small changes that can make the biggest difference and throughout the day you have 200 chances to make better choices, fight belly fat, and improve your health.

The payoff? "Reduce the dangerous visceral fat and you will have more energy, sleep better, improved health and live a longer, happier life," Stork says. And the good news, says Stork, is that belly fat responds better to diet and exercise than fat elsewhere on the body.

Aim to reduce waistlines to less than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men to minimize risk for health problems.

A gym membership is not required, but Stork encourages regular activity and finding opportunities to add more movement into your day.  Cardio sessions, muscle building, interval training, and pages of workout diagrams in the book illustrate proper techniques for the beginner, intermediate, and expert levels of exercise.

The book includes four weeks of meal plans, grocery lists, and a basic workout plan.

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