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)

Lauren Weiss

Steve Vaccariello

She learned to love cooking!

Lauren Weiss

As a single girl in the city, Lauren was happy to have an active social life . . . but not so happy with how active her tummy was in response! With a “really easily upset stomach,” Lauren regularly suffered from bloating, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and “really bad heartburn.” Still, she almost dropped out of the program before she even started because the cooking and shopping seemed too overwhelming. But she needed to make a real change in her lifestyle. And so she did! After 21 days, her symptoms had all faded, plus she had made a good start on weight loss, dropping 5 pounds and 2 inches from her waist.

Q: How was the 21-day Tummy diet different from other diets you’ve tried?
A: My last diet was just counting calories and exercising. This diet helped me change my eating and taught me how to think about it, instead of just moderating food.

Q: What’s changed since you started the diet?
A: The biggest change for me has been eating a healthy breakfast. The smoothies started me off the right way each morning, and I wasn’t hungry quickly after them. And they were easy, which I need.

Q: What did you think about the recipes?
A: At first the recipes were kind of daunting because I don’t normally use all those different spices. But once I tried them, I noticed that the food tasted a lot better than the processed food I was used to—and without adding a bunch of calories. There’s lots of really easy meals and sides I can make quickly after work, or make in a big batch and have for lunch all week.

Her best advice: “Learn the substitutions and plan ahead for eating out by checking the menu (online), eating wisely the whole day, and resisting temptations once you’re at the restaurant.”

Next: Adrienne breaks through a weight-loss plateau »

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