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Explanation and Review of The Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise

Details on the Belly Fat Cure Diet

With Jorge Cruise's new weight loss plan The Belly Fat Cure, you don't count calories, you count carbs and sugar. Should you choose to follow the plan, the cover of the book promises that you will "lose four to nine pounds every week," which sounds a bit gimmicky to me. The fitness guru doesn't consider his plan a diet per se, because when following it you don't have to give up the foods you love (like bacon and burgers) — that is, unless you love fruit. Cruise believes the secret to dropping belly fat is eliminating sugar and processed carbs, and his list of belly bad food includes foods naturally high in sugars like carrots, beets, and most fruits.

Cruise fingers insulin as the culprit that increases belly fat. Too much sugar and too many processed carbs, which are quickly metabolized into sugar, increase the levels of insulin, and he explains "insulin manages blood sugar levels and controls the accumulation of fat — especially around the waistline." Since protein and fat do not affect insulin levels, you are allowed unlimited quantities while following the plan, and these nutrients have a high satiety factor "so it is unlikely you will overeat them," adds Cruise.

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When following Cruise's "carb swap system," you are allowed 15 grams of sugar daily along with six servings of healthy, unprocessed carbohydrates, with a serving being between five and 20 grams of carbs. The eating plan reminds me of a modified South Beach or Atkins diet, but skips the seriously unpleasant carb-free induction phase. Essentially, the plan will have you reading labels for hidden sugars and looking for whole grain alternatives (think bread, pasta, and tortillas) for your six servings of carbs. And both of these are good things.


Cruise is also not a fan of most artificial sweeteners, like apartame, sucralose, and agave nectar. However, he does approve of sugar alcohols, like xylitol, and the herb stevia. In fact, Cruise loves the stevia-sweetened soda Zevia. Dark chocolate with 85 percent cocoa is an approved treat, along with wine and light beer. Yet another surprising no-no is low-fat milk. Cruise favors whole milk products since they contain fewer natural sugars.

The Belly Fat Cure contains four weeks of meal plans and over 100 recipes accompanied by photos illustrating "belly good" swaps. The book is really easy to use as a reference guide, and all the photos certainly help provide motivation.

To give you an idea of the meal plans, here's an example of what Cruise calls his "No Excuse Day," because it's easy to follow:

  • Breakfast: 3 eggs, 2 slices buttered toast (recommended Ezekial 4:9 Whole Grain Bread)
  • Snack: Handful of walnuts
  • Lunch: Tuna salad on one piece pita bread
  • Snack: 1 cup cottage cheese (sprinkled with approved sweetener)
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken or steak, sautéed veggies and 1/2 cup brown rice

The book cover claims you can lose "four to nine pounds lost every week," but I feel that losing weight more slowly is healthier and more sustainable. Cruise does admit that only two to three of those pounds will be from real belly fat, and the rest will be from eliminating "trapped waste matter" — probably another reason to eat all those whole grains packed with fiber. Oddly enough, Cruise doesn't encourage exercise either, since it's believed that muscle mass helps process insulin. He does suggest walking for cardio and places three abdominal exercises toward the end of the book. As a fruit lover, I don't think I can get over the fact the a BK Double Stacker ranks a 5/2 (five grams of sugar and two grams of carbs), and an orange is 9/1, making a fast food burger appear better for the food plan. Cruise concedes that after you reach your ideal weight you can add in two servings of fruit of day, but he still sounds wary. But I do like that this diet will have you reading labels and looking for hidden sugars.

You can find the spiral-bound version of the book at Amazon for $14. Let me know if you have tried this diet and what you thought about it in the comments section below.

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63-darkeyes 63-darkeyes 5 years
My doctor knew I was hypoglycemic. I've been well read on the glycemic index. All of my life I followed it as a child and didn't know it. But I married a TEXAN who loved creamed gravies, fried steaks, and fries, and CANDY. Candy is my downfall. So, not being overweight but with Hashimoto's Thyroid disease..low thyroid and bouncy all the time up and down... I had problems keeping my weight down. He recommended the Sugar Buster book which I bought. But at Walmart I found Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure book. After reading it, I realized it was nothing but an APPLIED form of the SUGAR BUSTER BOOK I had read. Now the same with Dr. Colbert's I CAN DO IT DIET book, also. So, I began that and lost 9 pounds even with low thyroid or bouncing thyroid. I was below my ideal weight which made me VERY HAPPY. This plan works even for the old, young, women or men. For children I'd recommend a pediatrician monitoring it. They need more energy and fats in the form of complex carbs. Well. you can have fruits.. SMALL AND SMALL AMOUNTs WITH SKIN. No juices! Same with the I CAN DO IT DIET. You can have breads with certain types of flour, pastas made with better flours... AMAZON.COM has them all. I got where after a month, I just made it a lifestyle and never had to count anything. I just knew it. I like eating samo every morning and lunch and evening is easy. Snacks are easy. I found going out twice a week..well, MAKE IT SMALL and get as close to the rules as you can! IT WORKS! Even for old ladies who exercise. Sometimes if you just walk , that's enough. Stay with it... It works. Sugar is a SECRET KILLER! 63 darkeyes
channah1973 channah1973 5 years
I can see that there is a typo in your article which hindered my understanding. I had to go to BK's website to clear it up. A BK double stacker does not have 2 grams of carbs, it has 28 grams of carbs. It has 2 *servings* of carbs, because the first 20 grams is one serving, and the next 8 grams is between 5 and 20, so is a second serving.
hjs030 hjs030 5 years
i have been on this program for 2 months, i have pros and cons about it. i have lost 8 pds but i am now stuck. i am not willing to give up just yet because i beleive in some aspects of it . its common sense to use your common sense when it comes to what you should eat and not eat. it certainly opened my eyes to the amount of sugar one person eats. . i have only 10 pds left to lose and i need a little support. if there is someone out there i would like to hear from you. .
rooxy rooxy 5 years
I just finished my first week on the diet and I stuck to it religiously. I gained 3 pounds!!! Don't understand some of the logic: whole milk 13/1; ricotta cheese (which I ate a lot of) 0/0. If you read the ingredients label of ricotta it says "whole milk, starter and salt." huh? Another example: baked potato large 4/4; Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash mashed potatoes (3/4 cup): 0/1. Even though my results were disappointing, will give it another week before I give up and go back to Atkins where I've had good luck in the past.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 6 years
I too am doing the Belly Fat Cure Diet. (I HATE the name, BTW.) I don't necessarily agree with cutting out most if not all naturally occurring sugar. I think fruit has benefits that outweigh the amount of sugar in it. Also I have NOT lost the 4 - 9 pounds each week. The most I lost was 3 pounds in one week. That being said, this way of eating has completely changed my relationship with food. Before trying this, I was seriously contemplating seeking counseling for my food issues. I felt like I couldn't control myself around food. Now even when I'm not strictly following the plan, I don't have the same uncontrollable urge to eat. It's been great for me. But - to each her own.
Niami Niami 6 years
Staying away from processed junk (thanks celiac disease!) has helped my blood sugar readings and weight loss, but I'm still working on the tummy fat. Fruit is definitely not the problem, unless someone is eating 3K calories of it a day or something :P
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
Raw fruit has lots of fiber, I don't understand his exclusion of fruit but allowing whole grains. Both have fiber to counter the carbs. Also, how can he be against sugar substitutes but yet you can eat at BK which is loaded with over-processed ingredients? I'm tired of seeing these gimmick diets that promise quick weight loss. Moderation and exercise is what works.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
Sorry but anytime I have extra tummy fat, I can't buy into the idea that it comes from eating fruit. I call B.S. I'll take the fruit. He can keep his bacon. Also I don't trust anything that involves quick weight loss. If I'm going to go out of my way to avoid sugar, I think sugary processed stuff should be the first thing to go or to be eaten a very limited amount of the time, not fruit.
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