The Hot Belly Diet is a book by Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar, a leading expert of the ancient Indian mind and body approach that provides a dynamic and healthy development of the entire human being. Largely based on the Ayurvedic Diet, the Hot Belly relies on the critical work of what is called the Agni or the digestive fire that dictates the body’s metabolic processes. The Ayurveda, is in fact, based almost solely on the digestive functions and characteristics of the human body.
The good doctor emphasizes that the dieter can lose as much as 10 pounds in a 30 day program using three different phases. As always, the first days are used to prepare the body for more changes. Thus, the body has to be detoxified first of unwanted foods and drinks during the first three days.
The second phase is where dieters are introduced to specific and daily meal plans to get the maximum results. Instead of the usual heavy morning breakfast, the heaviest food intake will be done during lunch as it is during this time that digestion is at its best. Also, eating snacks between meals is a no-no as getting the appetite to work at the right time is given big importance.
The last phase is all about losing weight as well as maintaining it while several foods will be featured once more in the diet.
Some of the foods included are spinach, asparagus, parsley, potato, zucchini, kale, quinoa, legumes, avocado, oatmeal, apples, berries, fish, eggs, dark chocolate, hummus, low-fat yogurt, and other such foods.
Sample Meal Plan
Oatmeal with blueberries
Quinoa Fried Rice with vegetables
Zucchini, squash, and potato salad
Chocolate mousse with a few strawberries
Dieters are encouraged to walk around for about 20 minutes after every meal to facilitate the work of the Agni. The initial phase prohibits serious exercises while the second phase highly recommends yoga as part of the workout plan. When the dieters reach the last phase, any kind of strenuous workouts would be perfect.
- Promotes a very healthy lifestyle with the kind of foods recommended.
- Detoxification is taken gradually and efficiently.
- Incredible recipes for a 30 day meal plan.
- The meal setup including the food might not be very comfortable for some.
- It may take longer to prepare the foods.
- No specific exercise program.
The Hot Belly Diet plan is as natural as it can be in losing weight and in gaining a very healthy life. While this may not work for some as the process is slow and methodical, it is also very structured and offers less risk for weight rebound. At the very least, dieters can gain a very healthy digestive system with plenty of energy from nutrient-rich foods.