DIET&FITNESS Published January9, 2015 By Staff Writer

The Diet That Promises Up to 16-Pound Weight Loss in 14 Days

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How do you like to lose as much as 16 pounds within the next 2 weeks? How about doing this without really counting calories or even doing some exercise? You don't even have to say good-bye to your favorite steak! Interested?

This diet is called Zero Belly Diet developed by David Zinczenko. If you're wondering who he is, he's a nutrition expert who used to be Men's Health editor in chief. He also co-penned Cook This, Not That, which became a New York Times best seller.

Before he achieved a fit body, however, he used to be grossly overweight. His wakeup call came when his father passed away due to a stroke. Like many weight loss success stories, he took on a journey and never look back.

He's currently promoting the zero belly fat diet, which, as its name suggests, is meant to blast that abdominal fat, which he sometimes calls as an "alien inside your body."

What's with his obsession with ab fat? Unlike the other fats of the body that are subcutaneous (which means they are more cosmetic), abdominal or visceral fat is considered to be more active since they can secrete their own hormones and alter the way other hormones in the body such as insulin work. In other words, they are deadlier.

In fact, many studies now cite a strong connection between metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes and central obesity. You also increase your risk to cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer like bowel with visceral fat.

The zero belly fat diet focuses on healthy non-processed food such as red beans, oats, and lean meats. The book, meanwhile, features some good recipes that satiate you without counting calories and scrimping on amazing food--however, you're expected to burn abdominal fat.

But is it holding true to its claim? Based on the testimonials on the website, most lose at least 20 pounds in 6 weeks.

The book is now currently available in its official website and in Amazon.com. 

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