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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Zero Belly
Diet
is the revolutionary new plan to turn off your fat genes and
help keep you lean for life! Nutrition expert David Zinczenko—the
New York Times bestselling author of the Abs Diet series, Eat
This, Not That! series, and Eat It to Beat It!—has spent
his entire career learning about belly fat—where it comes from and
what it does to us. And what he knows is this: There is no
greater threat to you and your family—to your health, your
happiness, even your financial future.
Yes, you can: Change
your destiny. Overcome your fat genes. Strip away belly fat and finally
attain the lean, strong, healthy body you’ve always
wanted.

 
With Zero Belly Diet, David
Zinczenko reveals explosive new research that explains the mystery of
why some of us stay thin, and why some can’t lose weight no matter
how hard we try. He explains how some foods turn our fat genes
on—causing seemingly irreversible weight gain—and uncovers
the nine essential power foods that act directly on those switches,
turning them to “off” and allowing for easy, rapid, and
sustainable weight loss. And he shows how these foods help heal your
digestive system, keeping those gene switches turned off and setting you
up for a lifetime of leanness.
 
Other diets can help you
lose weight, but only the Zero Belly diet attacks fat on a genetic
level, placing a bull’s-eye on the fat cells that matter most:
visceral fat, the type of fat ensconced in your belly. These fat cells
act like an invading army, increasing inflammation and putting you at
risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart disease, and
cancer. Visceral fat can also can alter your hormone levels, erode
muscle tissue, increase your chances of depression, and destroy your sex
drive. But you can turn the odds in your favor.
 
Zero
Belly Diet
shows you how to deactivate your fat genes, rev up your
metabolism, banish bloat, and balance your digestive health, allowing
you to easily build lean, strong stomach muscle and strip away unwanted
belly fat without sacrificing calories or spending hours at the gym. The
result: weight loss that is easier, faster, more lasting, and more
delicious than you’d ever imagine.
 
You’ll be
stunned and inspired by the results of an amazing 500-person test
panel—men and women who lost weight quickly, and with ease,
following the Zero Belly diet. In just the first 14 days:
 

Bob McMicken, 51, lost 16.3 pounds
Kyle Cambridge, 28, lost 15
pounds
Martha Chesler, 54, lost 11 pounds
Matt Brunner, 43, lost
14 pounds
 
Zero Belly Diet features a week-by-week
menu plan, fifty tasty recipes, and a handy shopping list that leads to
a minimum of cooking and plenty of feasting.
 
Best of
all, Zero Belly Diet offers something more: freedom. Freedom from
bloating, freedom from food deprivation, freedom from weight loss fads,
freedom from stress. So say goodbye to your paunch and hello to a
happier, healthier you!

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Reviews for Zero Belly Diet: Lose Up to 16 lbs. in 14 Days!:

4

Mar 31, 2015

I bought this book the first week of January but didn't think it was fair to rate it until I gave it a little time. About 3 months later I'm down 18ish pounds and about 4 inches off the gut. Roughly the same for my wife. It's like magic. Well, not exactly magic. We've prepared and cooked more food from scratch than I have in my entire life. There is a lot of prep, at least for what I'm used to, but it's easy to stick to and the food we're making is delicious. And even without the weight loss, I I bought this book the first week of January but didn't think it was fair to rate it until I gave it a little time. About 3 months later I'm down 18ish pounds and about 4 inches off the gut. Roughly the same for my wife. It's like magic. Well, not exactly magic. We've prepared and cooked more food from scratch than I have in my entire life. There is a lot of prep, at least for what I'm used to, but it's easy to stick to and the food we're making is delicious. And even without the weight loss, I would keep eating this way just for the energy I have. It's an amazing difference.

I do have a few problems with the book itself. It seems a little disorganized and it felt like I was having to decipher at times. But that could have a little to do with my ignorance. I'm going through it again after being on it for a while to see how it reads. And I'm not crazy about the marketing. The name and the hyperbolic claims are off-putting. Then again, it got my attention and I picked it up. :-)

Bottom line, it's a solid plan and I'll be eating this way, (and tweaking as I learn more) for a long time to come.

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3

Sep 14, 2018

Overall the book is telling you the same thing we've been hearing from our families since we were young. Eat right and exercise. Who would've thought right?
2

Feb 09, 2015

I had high hopes for this book. I was imagining what my belly might look like if this book really worked. I bought it and began reading. And reading. More reading. Where is the diet? Shouldn't a diet be a list of foods to eat and avoid? And for the foods to eat, how much? Finally. I located the sample meal plan. Now, I thought, I can get down to planning for the foods that I need to consume and avoid. At a glance, I knew that I would starve to death on this diet because there was not A SINGLE I had high hopes for this book. I was imagining what my belly might look like if this book really worked. I bought it and began reading. And reading. More reading. Where is the diet? Shouldn't a diet be a list of foods to eat and avoid? And for the foods to eat, how much? Finally. I located the sample meal plan. Now, I thought, I can get down to planning for the foods that I need to consume and avoid. At a glance, I knew that I would starve to death on this diet because there was not A SINGLE THING ON THE MEAL PLAN THAT I RECOGNIZED! Each item on the plan was a recipe with a page number underneath so I can decode what it all means. And guess what? I can't cook. I really like the idea of the paleo diet because I can read it. Beef. Fruit. Salad. Nuts. I can relate to that. I get up at 4:30 in the morning in order to get to work. I am NOT standing over the stove to stir up my "Thin Elvis Oatmeal."

The bottom line: This is an interesting and informing book, but not any kind of structured plan that I can follow. Good luck to you in your search for the right weight loss plan. ...more
4

Jan 11, 2015

I actually bought this book.....I'm still trying to decide if it was a good purchase. The book makes sense... But the list of foods is short. :( no ideas on substitutions either. Most of us can't walk into a grocery store and buy a PBA free can of beans. Do we want to lose belly fat.....yes. If someone would just write a book on how to find foods that are easy to buy...there's a book I'd like. I'm going to try Kroger and fresh market this week. I tried to buy grain fed beef today...going to I actually bought this book.....I'm still trying to decide if it was a good purchase. The book makes sense... But the list of foods is short. :( no ideas on substitutions either. Most of us can't walk into a grocery store and buy a PBA free can of beans. Do we want to lose belly fat.....yes. If someone would just write a book on how to find foods that are easy to buy...there's a book I'd like. I'm going to try Kroger and fresh market this week. I tried to buy grain fed beef today...going to have to google that. Most of these things...I just don't know how to cook, or eat, or how are they supposed to taste good? Most of these smoothies....yuck. Guess I got to keep trying until I like one. The plant protein...store only had mixed berry. Double yuck. But after only a day, I do feel less bloated. ...more
1

April 24, 2015

This book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Processed foods are bad and protein is good for you...its almost like a modified Atkins diet. Also a bit pricey considering the quality of information provided.
5

January 9, 2015

This book is a complete guide to losing weight, becoming healthy, and staying there. The author does an amazing job of describing every tool needed for success. He discusses foods and gives recipes, and describes exercises with detailed descriptions and pictures. I am a health coach and will requi...Full Review
4

Jan 15, 2015

This was an easy evening read, and offered a lot of helpful science-based insights and easy-to-incorporate dietary choices.

I only wish more recipes had been included. That said, it's nice that the food lists included emphasized a fair amount of cooking flexibility: once you know the foods to favor, and the ones to nix, creating healthy meals with the author's straightforward guidelines seems fairly simple (or at least helps with choosing recipes from other sources that would be in line with This was an easy evening read, and offered a lot of helpful science-based insights and easy-to-incorporate dietary choices.

I only wish more recipes had been included. That said, it's nice that the food lists included emphasized a fair amount of cooking flexibility: once you know the foods to favor, and the ones to nix, creating healthy meals with the author's straightforward guidelines seems fairly simple (or at least helps with choosing recipes from other sources that would be in line with this diet).

I was also surprised (disappointed?) that nearly a third of this volume, or over 100 pages, was dedicated to exercise routines. Personally, I find exercise routines in books to be less helpful than, say, a companion DVD or illustrative website or online video. And to devote the final 20 pages to nutritional information on foods, when one can easily access this information on demand from various websites and apps, also seemed like a poor use of publishing real estate, a way to get the volume to 300 pages.

Otherwise, I look forward to incorporating more of the recommended foods into my diet, and hope for the positive results shared by many of the test subjects throughout this book! ...more
2

Mar 10, 2015

Not a whole lot of new information here. I picked this book because I like this author's other books (Eat This, Not That), but was slightly disappointed. It's the same advice as always: no sugar, no white flour. I already eat this way and I was looking for some fresh recipes and ideas, however, this was all of the same information, just presented in a different way. A good diet for someone just getting started, though.
5

Jan 06, 2015

Everything he suggested made sense to me. The questions you ask yourself about each meal and snack make it easy to ensure you're following the eating plan. He writes very accessibly. I lost four lbs the first week!
4

July 17, 2015

This book is a complete guide to losing weight, becoming healthy, and staying there. The author does an amazing job of describing every tool needed for success. He discusses foods and gives recipes, and describes exercises with detailed descriptions and pictures. I am a health coach and will require every one of my clients to read this.
3

Jun 17, 2015

I love Zinczenko's "Eat This, Not That" books, specifically for their breezy, no-nonsense tone and delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes. "Zero Belly" could definitely benefit from the concise writing style (and beautiful photos!) of the "ET,NT" books; there are far too many repetitious pages here in the vein of "This book is gonna teach you this, and this, and this, and this..." which you skim and skim, waiting for whatever it is you're supposed to learn to appear. Fully one half of this book I love Zinczenko's "Eat This, Not That" books, specifically for their breezy, no-nonsense tone and delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes. "Zero Belly" could definitely benefit from the concise writing style (and beautiful photos!) of the "ET,NT" books; there are far too many repetitious pages here in the vein of "This book is gonna teach you this, and this, and this, and this..." which you skim and skim, waiting for whatever it is you're supposed to learn to appear. Fully one half of this book doesn't need to exist; or, rather, that half should be replaced by recipes. Seriously, by page ten I was already convinced that Zinczenko knew what he was talking about and was eager to get to the actionable plan/ see what foods I needed to buy, not have him keep trying to convince me of how good this diet is for another hundred pages. If you want to learn more than you ever wanted to know about the different types of fat that exist in the human body, prepare for hours of delight; if you want to find some healthy, great tasting recipes that might help you lose weight, read "Eat This, Not That." ...more
4

Jan 17, 2015

Zero Belly Diet

Enjoyed the author's writing style and humor. Appreciated the suggestions of nutrition bars. Great tea representation. I will let you know in 14 days how it works for a 55 year old woman forgets to eat lunch, a 56 year old sedentary man and an active 22 year old man.
4

Jan 01, 2015

Very interesting! A little different than some others I have read, as the author says he wants us to think of high fiber, not low carb. I am going to try it for 6 weeks.
4

January 16, 2015

Very interesting. I didn't realize how bad belly fat is for overall health. Plan looks easy and foods are all ones I will actually eat. Can't wait to start. :)
2

Jul 24, 2017

I picked this up at the library, despite the horrible title, because I was looking at the accompanying cookbook at the bookstore and thought it had some really good-looking recipes--real food, not fake low-fat stuff, and lots of whole grains and vegetables.

But this is just another stupid diet book, full of condescending talk about "flab" and "blubber" and such. There are maybe two recipes that look good, and even those have awful names. I do, however, give the author credit for talking about I picked this up at the library, despite the horrible title, because I was looking at the accompanying cookbook at the bookstore and thought it had some really good-looking recipes--real food, not fake low-fat stuff, and lots of whole grains and vegetables.

But this is just another stupid diet book, full of condescending talk about "flab" and "blubber" and such. There are maybe two recipes that look good, and even those have awful names. I do, however, give the author credit for talking about what he might have gotten wrong in his previous fad diet (the "Abs Diet"). Serial diet-book authors often would rather just pretend they've never written any other bestselling diet books; after all, if their previous diet book had worked for you, you wouldn't need the current one, right?

I think the principles are probably sound--lean protein (often vegetable-based), high in "good" fats and low in "bad," lots of fiber. I doubt that this diet will actually hurt anyone, except in the psyche, because it really does have a lot of that same old fat-shaming diet talk we've been hearing since the 60s. It does seem to have a lot of advocates, here and on Amazon, for its apparent success as a diet. But if you're just looking for healthy recipes, I'd skip it and track down the cookbook instead. ...more
2

Dec 25, 2018

Bought this based on a great excerpt "How to Burn Belly Fat Fast", which offered 14 tips ... yet to finding those tips within the book is not an easy task. While the author no doubt has to write for the masses, not sure how many people really want to read all the filler yap. The first three chapters pretty much say the same thing ... belly fat sucks and this diet will help. In part 2, chapter 5, I still can't find the 9 super nutrients that target belly fat ... or is it 9 zero belly food groups? Bought this based on a great excerpt "How to Burn Belly Fat Fast", which offered 14 tips ... yet to finding those tips within the book is not an easy task. While the author no doubt has to write for the masses, not sure how many people really want to read all the filler yap. The first three chapters pretty much say the same thing ... belly fat sucks and this diet will help. In part 2, chapter 5, I still can't find the 9 super nutrients that target belly fat ... or is it 9 zero belly food groups? The last 100 pages of the book are exercises. There's recipes and I think I finally figured out the gist of the diet. The 7 day zero belly cleanse looks promising, but that's all the way at page 261. I think a cliff note's version would be fantastic, especially for those of us who know how they got the belly fat, just want to know how to get rid of it. And the 16 lbs in 14 days ... where are the guidelines for that exactly? ...more
4

Jul 05, 2018

Pros:
- Includes suggestions for every facet of your fitness: meals and snacks, meal schedules, workout routines, and more.
- Cites scientific sources to add legitimacy to the diet

Cons:
- Spends a lot of time extolling the virtues of the diet (about the first 1/3 of the book)
- Does not make the sources readily available for the reader to investigate
- Includes enough recipes for a month or two (depending on your tolerance for repetition); to get more recipes and meal ideas you need to continue Pros:
- Includes suggestions for every facet of your fitness: meals and snacks, meal schedules, workout routines, and more.
- Cites scientific sources to add legitimacy to the diet

Cons:
- Spends a lot of time extolling the virtues of the diet (about the first 1/3 of the book)
- Does not make the sources readily available for the reader to investigate
- Includes enough recipes for a month or two (depending on your tolerance for repetition); to get more recipes and meal ideas you need to continue to invest in other "Zero Belly" books

Conclusion:
I will be trying this diet with my significant other. If it works as well as advertised (aka if it lives up to its own hype), I will bump the review up to 5 stars. ...more
2

May 24, 2017

Poorly organized, repetitive, nothing new.

Eat: whole grains, lean protein (fish, beans, white meat), eat healthy fats, eat fermented foods, eat vegetables and whole fruit (esp red ones he says), don't eat late at night, limit processed foods and sugar.

Back half book is workouts, which you can easily find online. Alternating cardio and weights is not new. Give me Joyce Vedral or Tony Hornton any day.

Was reading to see if he had any steps that would add to Whole30- nope.

Have the Mindspan Diet Poorly organized, repetitive, nothing new.

Eat: whole grains, lean protein (fish, beans, white meat), eat healthy fats, eat fermented foods, eat vegetables and whole fruit (esp red ones he says), don't eat late at night, limit processed foods and sugar.

Back half book is workouts, which you can easily find online. Alternating cardio and weights is not new. Give me Joyce Vedral or Tony Hornton any day.

Was reading to see if he had any steps that would add to Whole30- nope.

Have the Mindspan Diet up next. Know he advocates white rice over brown and reduced iron. Interested to know the science behind it.

Skip this one. ...more
2

Jul 03, 2019

The first two-thirds of the book were "infomercial" in nature as the author framed "the why" of his approach. By that I mean to say that very little content was spread thin, recycled, restated, summarized, etc. Finally, the meat of the product, "the how" was discussed briefly at the end of the book. I would have liked less repetition of "the why" and more repetition of "the how" so I could have retained it better.
3

Mar 07, 2019

Author's writing style was a little to cutesy at times. Didn't glean much of anything new to me, except to emphasize the importance of losing visceral fat (the hard fat that surrounds your organs) rather than the sub-cutaneous fat we usually focus on. Eating a healthy diet balanced with protein, fiber, and healthy fats will help to lose that fat.
4

Oct 19, 2019

This is an easy read with very simple rules to follow for a more healthy diet. I'm not sure about the implication of the title- zero belly meaning a very flat belly- but it is easy to follow. I've been using this book's diet rules for about two weeks and I've lost some weight but more importantly I believe this is a much healthier way to eat than I have been eating.
2

May 31, 2017

Like so many of these diet books it was full of stuff I wasn't interested in - like other people's stories. The foods were sounding good until I got to the actual recipes and found too many with mushrooms which I hate. A diet only works if you can stomach the foods you're required to eat on it. So it was just okay for me.
5

Jul 08, 2017

I actually went online and bought a hardback copy after reading it. Very encouraging read and I think I can easily incorporate many of the elements into my lifestyle. can't wait to start the cleanse when my copy arrives!
3

Jul 20, 2019

Not crazy about the marketing, but a pretty knowledgeable piece overall. A little too fond of catastrophic language around weight gain, and all statistics are (of course) American. Useful for new-to-building-a-meal-plan folks.
5

Jun 29, 2019

Motivational! This book keys in on belly fat as the main thing to deal with.

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