Weight loss expert David Zinczenko, the former editor in chief of Men’s Health magazine, says you can zap belly fat and lose up to 16 pounds in 14 days by making small changes to your diet.
In his new book, the Zero Belly Diet, Zinczenko says reducing inflammation is the key to melting belly fat and accelerating weight loss. The best part is, there’s no calorie counting or starving, said Dave.
“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,” writes Zinczenko.
Zinczenko, who once weighed over 200 pounds at age 14, overcame his family history of obesity to become the lean, fit man he is today by making small dietary changes.
Dave said his father’s death from a stroke at age 52 gave him a wake-up call about the role belly fat plays in a wide variety of diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
“These fat cells act like an invading army, increasing inflammation and putting you at risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart disease and cancer,” writes Zinczenko, author of the bestselling Eat This, Not That! series.
“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.”
Dave’s “Zero Belly Fat” diet emphasizes the following belly-fat-fighting foods to naturally flatten your tummy:
- Red fruits such as apples.
- Olive oil and other healthy fats to curb appetite.
- Lean meats.
- Leafy green vegetables and green tea to reduce inflammation.
- Your favorite spices such as cinnamon, ginger and dark chocolate to curb inflammation.
Foods to avoid include dairy, salt, and artificial sweeteners. By following a few simple tips in the Zero Belly Diet, these dieters got huge results and you can too:
- 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.