Before learning about the 21-Day Tummy plan, Adrienne had already lost more than 60 pounds on the Digest Diet. So she knew a thing or two about how to trim her waistline. But her weight loss had slowed, and she was experiencing stomach pain, bloating, and nausea 3 or 4 days a week. On the 21-Day Tummy plan, she dropped 6 1/2 pounds and 3 inches from her waist, and her digestive symptoms almost completely disappeared.
Q: What surprised you about this diet?
A: I had no idea that onions and garlic cause problems with your digestive tract if you’re sensitive to them. I’ve always heard that both of those things were good and healthy so that was very, very shocking to me. I figure it must be true because I haven’t eaten any of those [Belly Bully] foods in three weeks and my digestion issues are so much better and my belly doesn’t feel bloated.
Q: What was one of your favorite parts of this diet?
A: It’s not all about the weight. It’s about how you feel and it’s about taking care of your digestion. I had been feeling discouraged about how little weight I was losing so it was a breakthrough when I realized that it had been a long time since I’d had a cramp or felt bloated.
Q: What did you think of the recipes?
A: I loved them. They weren’t that hard, either. I feel like I was in and out of the kitchen a lot of times in like, a half an hour. The Lemony Salmon, Potato, and Dill Bake was my favorite; I made that for my mother, who usually eats a lot of unhealthy stuff like macaroni and cheese, and she loved it.
Her best advice: “Pay attention to how you feel and don’t worry about the number on the scale. Once when I was almost done with the 21 days, I had a hard day. On top of that, a friend brought over pizza as a peace offering—now that’s temptation. I had to freeze it so I wouldn’t eat it. I looked in the mirror and I liked the changes I saw, so I decided to have tea instead. Ain’t easy, but the discipline was worth it.”