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The Greek Yogurt Diet: Lose Belly Fat and Get Slim Now
by Dr James Guetzkow and Jason Guetzkow

With it being Christmas season right now and with Christmas Day just around the corner many people at this time of year will tend to eat a lot more food and they may not necessarily make the healthiest of food choices. This leads them to make New Year's resolutions that most likely they cannot keep and 2 of the most popular are losing weight and exercising.

When it comes to losing weight, there are many plans, gimmicks and expensive weight loss pills out there. Avoid such expensive and temporary weight loss traps. The only effective way to lose weight is by making lifestyle changes and this can be done by eating healthy and through regular exercise.

If you are not sure how to go about doing this, I recommend that you pick up a copy of the book The Greek Yogurt Diet: Lose Belly Fat and Get Slim Now by Dr James Guetzkow explains in an easy to understand manner the science about how to lose weight and the reasoning why. He backs his diet and health related information up with many scientific studies conducted by, for example:
  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  • University College of London
  • New England Journal of Medicine

lose belly fat and get slim

Even if you are not looking to lose weight, this book offers the reader a lot of insight into nutrition and eating healthy.

I liked this book basically for the following reasons:

1. He explains throughout the book in simple terms and using science how and why people gain weight by looking at brown and white fat cells, cortisol, the importance of whey protein in your diet.

2. The correct and incorrect food choices and how they affect your body and weight. He looks at the Glycemic Index of foods as well as the whole issue surrounding gluten-free foods. You may be surprised by what he says but it all makes logical sense.

3. The importance of daily exercise, the various types of exercise choices and what type of exercise you should be doing with regards to weight loss and living healthy.

4. He examines in detail equally important lifestyle choices like sleep and stress vis-à-vis losing weight..

5. He provides a detailed diet plan based on eating non-fat Greek Yogurt.

6. He provides plenty of delicious sounding recipes with Greek Yogurt and without. Although it would have been nice to have a few photos of the recipes or at least photos on a website with corresponding links.

He discusses how by eating non-fat Greek yogurt combined with other healthy foods and consuming the correct recommended calories for men and women that you can in a healthy manner lose weight every week and keep it off in the long-run. He indicates that the healthy rate of weight loss is up to 2 pounds per week and it all revolves around what you eat (the types of foods you eat) and how much you eat – portion sizes.

Throughout the book he examines various foods, the foods that you should be eating and their health benefits as well as the foods that you should be consuming less of or staying away from. He provides 3 weekly Greek yogurt meal plans depending on how you are progressing with your weight loss goals along with many Greek yogurt recipes and non-yogurt recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

He explains in great detail the many health benefits of Greek non-fat yogurt and the ways that it can help a person to lose weight and why.

In the section “Eating Like a Genius” he mentions a number of foods and essential fatty acids that are key to helping you lose weight and then keeping it off: almonds and walnuts, blueberries and kiwi fruit, avocados, beans, broccoli, extra virgin olive oil (olives), spinach, black and green tea, foods high in Omega 3, just to name a few. I would also add the herb oregano to this list.

He mentions a lot of interesting things that you may not know. Many of the issues and topics he covers have relevance today and are topics of discussion and study in society right now. For example, on the day I started writing this review, I was watching the news and it was mentioned that companies like Hershey’s is planning to stop using corn syrup in their products and use regular sugar instead. In this book it is mentioned that “Scientists at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute discovered that subjects consuming high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than subjects that consumed table sugar…” Overall, either sugar should be avoided or consumed in limited quantities.

This is just a brief review of this book. There is a lot of useful and interesting health and nutrition information in this book.

Eating Greek yogurt combined with exercise is an effective way to lose weight in a healthy manner. Effective long-term weight loss is about food choices and lifestyle choices. It is really quite simple, but the hard part is doing it and this book explains in great detail how you can go about losing weight. So before you go out and make your New Year's resolutions, pick up this book. It is written in easy to understand terms and if you follow his plan and set yourself reasonable and targeted goals you will lose weight and keep it off.

non-fat Greek yogurt with nutrition information
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As you will notice, this brand of non-fat Greek yogurt in the above photos contains a high amount of protein and calcium with no fat. Since this brand contains added strawberries, the manufacturer has added some sugar accounting for the high level of sugar in this product. I would recommend the plain white non-fat Greek yogurt as the healthier choice. It will contain no added sugar and you can add your own fresh fruit and the protein content may be slightly higher. Check the ingredients and nutrient label of each brand because all brands are different.

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