We all want a flat belly, and that is, in essence, the focus of any diet. But how to stay healthy, diet and achieve the results you want without starving yourself or following a bizarre eating plan? The Flat Belly Diet has been voted one of the best for achieving realistic aims without stress or pain. We checked it out and it’s not that bad!
This diet falls within accepted ranges for the amount of protein, carbs, fat and other nutrients it provides, making it a healthy-eating plan, rather than a straight up diet, according to USnews.com. And that’s good in our books as Planetfem is all about healthy eating, healthy bodies and healthy minds – not simply being skinny or dieting for the sake of it.
The claim is you can drop 1stone (6.8kg/15lb)but more importantly, lose several inches of belly fat in a month.
What the diet does is get you to eat a diet rich in Monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, or ‘healthy fats’ as these are known to target and destroy belly fat specifically while keeping you feeling full and stopping you from overeating, According to the diet’s creators, former Prevention magazine editor Liz Vaccariello and registered dietitian Cynthia Sass.
The foods are mainly plant-based fatty foods like nuts, seeds, chocolate, avocados and olive oil – but the crux of it is you need to eat precise amounts at each meal and snack times. The key ingredients are fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, olive oil and fish and are all thought to help keep weight off and are also excellent for your general health and wellbeing.
So what do you have to eat?
One MUFA serving at each meal of a total of 1,600 calories a day depending on your age, gender and activity level. Men obviously get more calories per day.
The first part is a four-day “anti-bloat” jumpstart, followed by a four-week eating plan. If you buy the book, it includes extensive meal plans, recipes, and food shopping lists.
You must: Eat one monounsaturated fatty acid per meal. This includes seeds, nuts, chocolate, avocados and olive oil. For example, you might have 1 cup of soybeans or half a bar of dark chocolate.
Recipes included are diverse and tasty: from whole-wheat pizza to pork and pine nut meatballs. You can snack on real chocolate – how many diets say that and their recipes include chocolate-drizzled popcorn and a peanut butter and yogurt smoothie.
If you fancy giving it a go, you can join online where you will have access to everything – help, advice, recipes and shopping lists etc for $19.95 per month or pay $49.50 for three months. “The Flat Belly Diet,” an essential guidebook, is $15.99. Additional books range from $26.99 (“Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook”) to $7.99 (“Flat Belly Diet! Pocket Guide”).
story source: health.usnews.com