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The Flat Belly Diet

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The latest headline-making diet is The Flat Belly Diet. It
certainly promises a lot, claiming that you can eat certain foods that
will cause your belly fat to melt away. Written on the book's cover is
the claim that you can lose up to 15 lbs. in 32 days, and all without a
single stomach crunch.

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Giving this diet plan even one star is generous. It's a program that doesn't even work. I've checked out tonnes of diet portals and websites and this one got rave reviews but I think this is one plan that needs rethinking. I did it for 3 weeks and gained 5 pounds!! What's up with that? I'm going on vacation in a couple of weeks and am desperate. Thinking of trying either medifast or that biggest loser diet. Feeling desperate. May have to turn to diet pills instead of diet food. If anyone has any ideas out there, please send them along! But whatever you do, skip the Flat Belly Diet. It doesn't work at all.

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The Flat Belly Diet sounds too good to be true, but is it? Unlike
most popular diets, this one was created by people who seem credible.
The diet was created by Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention
magazine; along with Cynthia Sass, a registered dietician with a Masters
of Public Health. Sass is also nutrition director at Prevention
magazine.

What Does the Flat Belly Diet Involve?

The Flat Belly Diet isn't all that different from any other diet. The
creators emphasize the importance of eating lots of natural,
unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. They
also recommend eating lean protein, like skinless chicken breasts, and
little if any read meat.

So, if The Flat Belly Diet promotes eating your standard diet foods,
what makes it special? The short answer is monounsaturated fat (good
fats)
. The authors claim that eating monounsaturated fat at every
meal helps to quickly burn belly fat. In the book, monounsaturated fat
is referred to as MUFA or MUFAs.

You can get a generous helping of monounsaturated fats from foods
such as nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, avocados, and olive, peanut, and
canola oil.

According to the href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-full-story/index.html"
target="_blank">Harvard School of Public Health, monounsaturated
fats are called good fats because they improve cholesterol, stabilize
heart rhythms, and ease inflammation. But can they help with weight
loss, as The Flat Belly Diet claims?

The Harvard School of Public Health says that more research is needed
concerning monounsaturated fats and weight loss. However, they also say
that a moderate intake of fats, with an emphasis on monounsaturated
fats, is beneficial for losing weight or maintaining your current
weight.

So, the Flat Belly Diet may not be as magical as its creators claim,
but there is some merit to the science behind it.

The Flat Belly Diet Way

When following The Flat Belly Diet, you have to limit your daily food
intake to 1600 calories per day. Plus you have to eat a MUFA at
every meal, and eat every four hours. According to the diet, this is
enough to get rid of that stubborn belly fat.

One complaint about this diet, and one of its main selling points, is
its lack of emphasis on exercise. For this href="http://www.gotdiet.com/diet-resources.html">diet plan,
exercise is optional. But it's a fact that exercise is not only good for
the body, but also plays a big role in weight loss. So it's odd that
any good diet would say that exercise is optional.

It should be noted that the diet's creators do dedicate a chapter to
exercise. The exercise chapter includes a 28-day exercise plan referred
to as the flat belly workout. They stress that this exercise plan is
optional and not necessary for losing weight, but at least they include
it in the book.

The Flat Belly Diet Verdict

The Flat Belly Diet makes bold claims about losing weight without
exercise. And that's not something most health specialists recommend.
However, it's likely that you will lose weight with this diet, but not
because monounsaturated fats cause magical weight loss. You will
probably lose weight with this diet simply because it helps improve your
eating habits.

The Flat Belly Diet espouses healthy eating, stress reduction, and
weight control. If you can do this for an extended period of time,
there's really no way to not lose weight. The diet basically serves as a
guide to developing an overall healthy lifestyle. This is good for
people who have a hard time adopting healthy eating habits all on their
own.

People who have tried this diet either love it or hate it. There are
those that swear it works well, but then there are those who say they
tried it and didn't lose a pound. If you do decide to try The Flat Belly
Diet, then at least you know it's a healthy diet that won't cause you
any harm.

Flat Belly - Belly laugh

1

Giving this diet plan even one star is generous. It's a program that doesn't even work. I've checked out tonnes of diet portals and websites and this one got rave reviews but I think this is one plan that needs rethinking. I did it for 3 weeks and gained 5 pounds!! What's up with that? I'm going on vacation in a couple of weeks and am desperate. Thinking of trying either medifast or that biggest loser diet. Feeling desperate. May have to turn to diet pills instead of diet food. If anyone has any ideas out there, please send them along! But whatever you do, skip the Flat Belly Diet. It doesn't work at all.

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