21-Day Tummy Diet Success Stories

Our testers collectively lost 90 pounds and 29 belly inches in just three weeks on the 21-Day Tummy plan, and improved their digestion too! Read their diet success stories here.

By Liz Vaccariello from 21-Day Tummy (Reader's Digest Association Books)

Sabrina Ng

Steve Vaccariello

A Social Butterfly Trims Her Tummy

Sabrina Ng, 31
Lost 6 pounds and 1 1/4 belly inches in 21 days!
Proudest Accomplishments: Her clothes fit better; learning to love exercise; not letting travel derail her progress
Favorite Meals: Curried Chicken Soup; Beef and Red Quinoa–Stuffed Eggplant

Sabrina Ng works in ad sales, so entertaining clients is a big part of her life. In addition, this single gal has an active social life, frequently enjoying dinners with family and drinks with the girls. All of this wining and dining, of course, took a toll on her waistline. And while her digestive symptoms weren’t severe, they were frequent enough to be bothersome: Sabrina suffered from regular abdominal cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and acid reflux.

Even though she was ready to make a change, when she first learned what she would need to do on the 21-Day Tummy diet, she was skeptical. With Chinese New year’s coming up the weekend she planned to start, she fretted about how to tell her family she couldn’t feast with them. Then there was Valentine’s Day, when she had to dodge all the candy in the office. And the all-inclusive bachelorette party in the Bahamas, where she knew she would want to “get her money’s worth” of food and drink.

For Sabrina, doing her belly good meant rethinking what it meant to have a good time. It also meant being open to trying new foods and new ways of cooking, as well as learning what appropriate portions were for some of her old favorites. Having never stuck to a strict meal plan before, she found the 21-day plan a challenge at first, but a worthwhile one. “It works!” she exclaims. “I feel so much less bloated after this diet. I love the changes in my belly and in how my clothes fit. There was a pair of pants that I bought before this diet, and I said to myself, ‘If I lose 5 pounds in the next 3 weeks, I’ll keep them, and if I can’t lose the weight, I’ll return them.’ Well, I’m keeping those pants!”

She also found herself “wanting to run—even while on vacation!” And her digestive issues vanished, except on the few occasions she veered off the plan and had some fried foods. Having lost 6 pounds despite all of these dieting challenges, she is motivated to keep eating the 21-Day Tummy way, thanks to her new attitude.

Her best advice: “Try new foods and enjoy cooking! This plan will definitely make you feel better day to day.”

Next: Gregg sheds 11 1/2 pounds in 3 weeks »

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