Many women over 50 notice a certain bulge around their middles as they age. Even if they’ve already hit their weight-loss goals — or never needed to lose weight in the first place — they may still have some stubborn flab that won’t go away. According to Michael Eades, MD, and Mary Eades, MD, authors of The Six-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle ($13.50, Amazon), there’s a reason for that all-too-common bulge — and there’s also a possible solution.
The best-selling authors claim that the "middle-aged middle" is a specific type of fat called visceral fat. Unlike the fat directly underneath your skin, the visceral fat builds up around your organs. According to the Mayo Clinic, visceral fat is linked to dangerous health issues such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The Eades explain that visceral fat can also have a detrimental effect on your liver. That’s where their Six-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle comes in as an option to help you get your liver — and your waistline — back in shape.
The Six-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle is a low-carb diet, but it’s quite a bit different from the keto diet or the Atkins diet. This eating plan is separated into three distinct two-week cycles. During the first two weeks, dieters consume three protein shakes made with whey protein and heavy cream per day, as well as one very low-carb meal. The meal might include steak and spinach or eggs and broccoli. (Psst: It's worth noting that the book includes several shake and meal recipes to help keep you full and satisfied while on the diet.)
For the following two weeks, you would eat a protein-heavy diet full of meat, fish, and eggs. And in the third two-week period, dairy foods and some carbs are added back into the diet. However, you would continue to stay away from carbs that are especially sugary or starchy. From there, all you'd have to do is continue to follow a low-carb lifestyle for "maintenance" of your trimmed middle.
It’s worth keeping in mind that this diet is a complex one that requires quite a bit of commitment. That said, if you’re an ambitious home cook and don’t mind breaking out the blender to whip up (several!) shakes, this slimming plan just might be the right one for you. Remember: Always talk to your doctor before starting any new diet, especially a very restrictive one.