The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program
12 weeks to get healthy, boost your energy and lose weight
A twelve week plan and 70 recipes to help you reduce unhealthy belly fat and live a healthier life.
It’s best-selling author Berit Nordstrand’s fall-in-love-with-life approach to food that makes her belly fat program unique. We now know that it’s the fact around your belly, rather than anywhere else on your body, that’s the most dangerous to health. Belly fat causes problems for the liver, kidneys and heart and contributes to cardiovascular disease, asthma, migraine, rheumatism, cancer, depression and of course diabetes. For men, a healthy waist size measures less than 94 cm and for women, a waist less than 80 cm. In this book, Berit sets clear, short-term goals to help you to reduce your belly fat over 12 weeks. Her program is packed with food and body facts, and simple food tips, tricks and more than 65 recipes that speed up the rate at which your body burns fat, increase your muscle mass and help you reach your ideal, healthy waist size.
Norwegian physician and specialist in clinical pharmacology Berit Nordstrand is devoted to studying the relationship between food and health. Also a certified cognitive therapist, Berit serves as chief consultant in a clinic specializing in addiction medicine. More than twenty years ago, when a young mother and recent medical school graduate, Berit faced numerous health challenges with her young son including epilepsy and ADHD and sought out ways to use food to help her son. Now, her son Petter is doing great, and Berit shares her results with the world on how the right food can bolster health and help us enjoy life to the fullest. Mother to six children between the ages of 6 and 22 years old, Berit is known for her inspiring talks and her passionate belief that everyone can enjoy the food they eat every day while reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases.
A sensible approach to changing your eating habits and becoming healthier.
“This is not a diet but a method that creates lasting change in your eating habits for the long term, so that you can maintain good health and a stable weight for the rest of your life. Methods that entail a radical shift in diet overnight will only work for the super motivated, while a gradual reorganisation is easier to achieve, because you will quickly see the effects of even the simplest little step. It creates curiosity, optimism and motivation, which will make your lifestyle change a lasting success.” (p.17)
I am not amongst the super motivated J so this books speaks to me. I like its sensible approach – its goal driven focus – for example, Goal for Week One – replace all white sugar and all products with ‘added sugar’ shown on the list of ingredients, with the sweet tats of nature… (p.21) this action will help reduce your sweet craving and reduce your waist size (p22-23). Nordstrand offers advice, replacements for white sugar, some science to back her claims, some tips and tricks to help you achieve this gaol. I like this one –“cut out sugar in your coffee. It’s better to soften coffee with a little milk and sprinkle ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the cup.”(p.27) I don’t take sugar in tea or coffee but I like the idea of adding cinnamon – I am a big fan of this spice and already add to oats, bircher muesli or anywhere I can. Nordstrand then shares fresh recipes that are white sugar free. And so on for the twelve weeks of the program.
I like the approach in this book – a little science, advice, tip and tricks, some recipes – an emphasis on fresh foods, replacing simple carbohydrates with wholegrains and seeds, cutting out processed hydrogenated fat from your meals, suggests food for a rich diversity of helpful gut bacteria, suggests minerals that help burn fat and advocates drinking green tea and eating a few square of dark chocolate…for added health benefits. You can’t argue with these suggestions. A very sensible approach to healthy eating.