Belly Fat Diet for Dummies + Berry Smoothie Recipe

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One of our goals this year, not only for myself, but for my family as well is to eat better and for my hubby and I to drop a few pounds! One spot that my hubby and I both have problems with is belly fat! It never seems to go away and just looking at food, I seem to gain 2 more pounds around my waist!

Belly Fat Diet for Dummies is the latest book from the For Dummies collection giving you a complete layout and easy to follow process to loosing that belly fat!

  • Identify what type of belly fat you have and see how it effects your health
  • Safely loose the belly fat with tips and nutrition
  • Try belly slimming foods and fat burning exercises to slim your waist
  • Get immediate results with this proven program

My hubby was my guinea pig on this one, since he feels that he has the least amount of time to work out and slim his belly! After just one week he did notice a difference in his waist line! He started out slow and follow their step by step basic exercises like Basic Planks, Arm Circles, Swingin Abs, Chair Leg Raises, Laying Leg Raises Oblique Planks- which he thought was great since he could do them at home with out the need of a expensive gym! I am sticking to this routine, since I don’t seem to like exercise as much as the hubby! Although these moves are simple enough for me to do throughout the day, between chores, driving the kiddos back and forth to school and running errands, which I love!

Once you have mastered the basics, you can head right on into the Super Belly Blasters which can help you drop belly fat pretty quickly. I am still working my way up to these, but the hubby had no problem! There is a Week by Week Workout schedule to help you keep on track with what you should be accomplishing each day during your Belly Fat workout! Even though exercise is key to helping you burn the belly fat, you need to incorporate better and healthier foods into your diet to keep that belly fat in check!

Knowing what you are eating and what is in your food is going to help you learn quickly what is good for you and what is not! Chapter 11 has a whole section dedicated to decoding food labels and nutritional claims on packaging! There are many things that I did not know, that there is a difference in the meaning of low calorie, light calories, low fat and light fat! I guess I had just always assumed that they all pretty much meant the same thing, but there is a break down of what each claim means!

Here is one of my favorite recipes from the book- Berry Smoothies! This was great to be able to make ahead of time and take with me on the go!

Belly Blasting Berry Smoothie Recipe- 1 serving


  • 1 cup of fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen organic berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of ice


  • In blender combine all ingredients until desired consistency

294 calories per serving, 5g fat, 23 g of protein

Belly Fat for Dummies includes the following chapters:

Introduction 1

Part I: The 4-1-1 on Belly Fat and the Skinny on the Diet 7

Chapter 1: Taking Control of Your Waistline and Your Health 9

Chapter 2: The Truth about Belly Fat 15

Chapter 3: Step Away from the Scale: Examining Your Health and Body Type 25

Chapter 4: How the Belly Fat Diet Can Work for You 39

Part II: Working Your Way to a Flatter Belly  57

Chapter 5: Preparing Yourself for the Belly Fat Diet 59

Chapter 6: The Key Nutritional Components for a Flat Belly 77

Chapter 7: Jumping into Your Meal Plan 111

Chapter 8: Meal Plans 127

Chapter 9: Easing Yourself into Exercise 153

Chapter 10: Belly-Blasting Workout Routines 163

Part III: Cooking Up Some Healthy and Tasty Recipes 195

Chapter 11: Planning and Stocking a Flat-Belly-Friendly Kitchen 197

Chapter 12: Waking Up to Healthy Breakfast Options 211

Chapter 13: Whipping Up Lunches That Fight Belly Fat 225

Chapter 14: Deliciously Slimming Dinners 239

Chapter 15: Desserts and Snacks 257

Part IV: Overcoming Obstacles and Managing Your Progress  267

Chapter 16: Common Pitfalls and Challenges 269

Chapter 17: Dining Out and Special Occasions 283

Chapter 18: Belly Fat Maintenance Plan 301

Part V: The Part of Tens  315

Chapter 19: Ten Belly-Bloating Foods 317

Chapter 20: Ten Nutrients That Shrink Your Belly 321

Index 325

About the Author: Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, is a nationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert who has contributed to national media outlets such as the CBS Early Show, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, Fitness Magazine, and Prevention Magazine, among others.

You can purchase your very own copy at your local book store or at the Dummies Store!

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