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Prevention's Flat Belly Diet

The cure for belly fat requires MUFAs and no exercise - so they say.

BACKGROUND Start the Diet Now Advertisement

Popular health magazine Prevention has what they call the secret to getting a flat tummy, and they claim a 91 percent success rate, which by dieting standards is phenomenal. Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, nutrition director at Prevention assembled a panel to test the diet, and everyone lost weight - 91 percent lost a significant amount of belly fat. The idea of spot reduction - targeting specific problem areas - is targeting specific problem areas - is generally a fallacy. In other words, doing a solid ab routine won't make your waistline shrink. You will have a beautiful six pack... just under whatever fat you may have around your midsection. It requires the total package of a healthy diet and exercise program. But recent research suggests that there may be one way to help target your belly fat. According to a study that appeared in Diabetes Care, by the American Diabetes Association, a diet rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFA) may help reduce abdominal fat.

Another emphasis on the program is water consumption. When you get enough water, your body runs on all cylinders, warding off fatigue and water retention. The Flat Belly Diet has users drink "Sassy Water," which is named after Prevention's nutrition director Cynthia Sass. The water includes ginger, which is good for soothing your gastrointestinal tract.

The online portion of the Flat Belly Diet program is similar to most online diets, in that it provides a way to track your progress, interact with others who are also on the plan, get your questions/concerns answered, and all around support. One problem arises with the de-emphasizing of exercise. It's an optional part of the program.

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PRO
  • The Flat Belly Diet offers good value for your money
  • Online network
  • Creator is registered medical professional
  • 91% success rate in studies
CON
  • It downplays the need to exercise
  • Somewhat low in calories
DIET and NUTRITION

The Flat Belly Diet proudly touts that it's high in fat - good fat. The emphasis is on MUFAs, or monounsaturated fatty acids. Each of your meals include them. Examples of MUFA foodsare olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, and even chocolate. Here's a sample dinner recipe:

  • 4 oz. grilled tilapia
  • 1 cup steamed green beans
  • 1/2 cup roasted red potatoes drizzled with olive oil
EXERCISE

The Flat Belly Diet says you can target belly fat without exercise, by purely focusing on what you're eating.

CONCLUSION

The Flat Belly Diet espouses a healthy eating plan. While it's not entirely revolutionary, it is based on some interesting new data. We've known for a while about healthy fats, but the prospects of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) targeting your midsection is exciting news. It's exciting for two reasons: the results for starters, and second, foods that are rich in monounsaturated fats are super tasty. That's a great one-two punch!

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Related Diets: Prevention's Peanut Butter Diet, Low-Fat Diet, Abs Diet, Prevention's Firm Up in 3 Weeks


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edna short

sounds good need to lose at least 50 lbs. i am pre dieabetic and on fixed income but i think i can do this going to try it as soon as i can get the book next month

posted Dec 15th, 2011 1:53 pm


Steph

Can vegetarians do this diet? or are the meals mainly meat?

posted Oct 20th, 2011 3:54 pm


Jason

I like, well liked, an all-american diet. I didn't know much about organic eating or nutritious oils and fats so this book was an eye opener for me. Now, I've not only dropped several pounds but have also changed my eating habits to eat significantly healthier for good

posted Feb 20th, 2011 11:15 pm


Debra

It works!

posted Dec 24th, 2010 1:14 am


Trish

I am about to start this diet but I don't know what stringy cheese is and where to buy it in Australia. Also, it would help if weights of ingredients in meals were shown and not "1 packet or 1 slice" etc given food producers and manufacturers market different product ratios in different parts of the world. Any suggestions?

posted Nov 11th, 2010 4:37 am


Missy

It required a bunch of ingredients for a special tea that weren't available in my area. Plus I'm not fond of fresh ginger and there was no alternative. i returned the book immediately

posted Sep 19th, 2010 5:07 pm


Samantha

I am 20 years old. From the time I was sixteen I've been on B/C, minus the last year year. I gained a terrifying 50 pounds on DEPO. I went from being a lovely, healthy 150 to 200 in the span of 6 months. I tried the Flat Belly Diet in hopes of losing this weight, becoming healthier, feeling better about myself, and reducing my risk of genetic diseases. I couldn't make it past the first day of the 4 day Jumpstart. I found the food seriously lacking, and inadequate in satisfying my hunger- within 2 hours and some change, I was ravenous. I tried really hard the first day to just get over it, but by 5pm on my way home from classes I had to have a snack. I caved and ate what was available. I plan on trying this again, as it has worked beautifully for so many others. I just feel that at 20 years old, I should feel sexy and confident, not fat, tired, and unattractive all the time.

posted Sep 3rd, 2010 8:07 pm


Laura

Feedback to Carol's comments, regarding replacing ginger with lemon in your water. Unless you have false teeth, the lemon juice will erode the enamel from your teeth, esp if drinking this water throughout the day, every day. However, the juice from 1/2 a lemon in warm water (2 lge glasses cap) upon arising is an excellent way to rehydrate as well as a superb liver tonic, and thus another great tool in reducing belly fat.
Cheers
Laura

posted Jul 7th, 2010 9:40 pm


vickie

I have read all the comments and so many love the flat belly diet, I am wanting to try it, but where do I find it?

posted Jun 21st, 2010 3:55 pm


LeAnn

I love this diet! I lost 35 pounds without exercise. I went from a size 20 in my jeans to a size 10 and from a 1XL in my tops to a medium and I feel great!

posted Mar 22nd, 2010 7:16 pm


Maggie

I'm on day 13 and I haven't lost any weight yet. I have been following the plan very closely. My clothes do feel better so maybe I've lost inches??? I hope that the wieght will start to come off soon.

posted Mar 21st, 2010 7:47 pm


Elaine Hamm

After 5 weeks I have lost 9 lbs and 3" off my waist. It is slower weight loss but I'm not hungry. Also as a type II diabetic, I have seen my blood glucose lower significantly in the first few weeks. I should be off meds within 3 months.

posted Mar 8th, 2010 10:00 am


Maria

I'm on day 10 7 I have lost 14 lbs. I even ate out 2x!! I have been walking on a treadmill & using the eliptical machine 5x a week and crunches & leg lifts & push ups 6x a week! But I feel awesome :)

posted Mar 1st, 2010 3:06 pm


Robin Fisher

LOVE THIS DIET. It's Feb 4th, I started on Jan 4th. I've lost 14 lbs. I love the food, am never hungry and have not once felt like I was "dieting". The avacados, nuts, olives, oils ect add a rich tasty component to all of my foods. I'll eat like this for the rest of my life.

posted Feb 4th, 2010 12:31 pm


Alice

I have been following the Flat Belly plan for about 5 months. I have lost 35 lbs. (@7 in the 1st 4 days. (dh has lost 25) I do exercise @ 5 days a week for 30-60 minutes. I find this diet very easy to follow (once I got the hang of it!) and I love most of the food/menu suggestions. I have 3 teenage boys who have not complained about the recipes that I make for dinner. This is by far my most successful diet/ wt. lost attempt. I have recommended it to several friends.

posted Feb 2nd, 2010 12:15 pm


Kay D.

The idea of a flat belly diet is very nice. I can not eat alot of the things in your book. Both my husband and I are disable and on a fixed income. We can not afford the brand name foods. I love vegatables but can not eat alot of them. We would love to get our belly fat down but I have more than one or two problems and can not tolorate some of these things. The idea sounds great and I hope it will help a lot of people. Thanks for listening.

posted Oct 29th, 2009 2:31 pm


Heather

I lost 7 pounds in just over a month and am thrilled. It is my first diet ever and was very easy to follow and stick to. I had adrenal fatigue, went through IVF, and then developed thyroid issues, so I thought losing the belly weight would be impossible. This diet changed my life for the better!!

posted Oct 1st, 2009 12:38 pm


Joyce Bradley

The foods are

organic and nutritious and good tasting.
I have started, but am slow to lose, but want to be patient,since it should be foods good for you too.

posted Jun 5th, 2009 4:39 am


Linda

I live in Australia and had no difficulties finding substitues products. I've lots 9 kg and still losing after 11weeks on the diet. Love it!!!

posted Apr 10th, 2009 6:12 am


Rebecca

I did this diet and followed it pretty well, even though it was hard I made it through and I lost about ten pounds! I also did exercise a little bit but not very much.

posted Feb 17th, 2009 7:32 pm



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