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The Lean Belly Prescription: Experts' Views

Elisa Zied, MS, RD, New York nutrition consultant and author of Feed Your Family Right, gives Stork's book a thumbs-up for its motivating and well-researched content.

"There are lots of positive aspects to this book, from the author's cheerleading for weight loss, illustrations of exercise, attention to moving more in the day to the solid nutrition and lifestyle advice," Zied says.

Simple, small, and practical tips, Zied says, can make a big difference and offer a new way of thinking about how to lose weight.

Since calories are nowhere to be found in the book and the plan has not been tested, Zied says it is hard to predict if the weight loss promise of up to 15 pounds is realistic. "Bottom line: how much weight you will lose depends on your genetics, current weight, calorie intake and physical activity," she says.

Zied takes issue with the title, choppy layout of information, and lack of recipe nutrient analysis. "Not everyone who loses weight will have flat abdominals and be free of belly fat," she says.

"It claims, on the book cover, to be a diet and weight loss plan, so the recipes should include the nutritional information so dieters know what is in the food they are eating," Zied says.

The Lean Belly Prescription: Food for Thought

For people who are fed up with diets but want easy-to-follow tips to incorporate into their lifestyle and still want to eat their favorite foods (in limited quantities), this nondiet may be for you.

Stork, the handsome former star of the ABC reality TV show The Bachelor, might be exactly what the doctor ordered to inspire women (and men) to make lifestyle changes that will promote weight loss.

Although there is very little new information, it is comprehensive, solid advice based on research that if used properly can help dieters lose weight, incorporate more fitness, and improve their health.

You might not lose 15 pounds in four weeks, but you will learn a wealth of very helpful information that can lead to slow, steady, and most important, sustainable weight loss.

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