291 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shocking results...and I'm a weight loss coach...How it works:
The visceral fat (belly fat) properties of MUFAs have been featured on Dr. Oz. For a recap of the show go to the fan page called drozfans. This recaps each show. He did a game as to which item burned belly fat (such as prunes or olives?) the answer was of course always the MUFAS. When this book came out there were few studies on MUFAs and old school docs scoffed. Now...
Published on September 26, 2011 by Chandler
356 of 464 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Deja Vu Diet All Over Again
It's cheerful and bouncy. It's encouraging and hopeful. But haven't I heard all of this somewhere before? Some of it went a long way to sound fresh (I'm looking at you, Sassy water). A lot of the recipes are so exotic they're just weird (yes, hot dog cooked in peanut oil and topped with celery seed--I mean you).
Of course I like hearing that I should eat more...
Published on November 3, 2008 by Laura D
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works if you stick with it!,
I started this diet last February, when I was 4 months postpartum. After being on this diet for a month, I went from a size 18 to a size 14 and lost a total of 25lbs. This is without exercise. I should also note that I was breastfeeding still, so my results were probably atypical for most due to my increased metabolism. The diet was simple, delicious and even FUN. I loved trying all of the new recipes out and I generally felt better because I was putting nutritious food into my mouth on a daily basis and it felt to bog me down less. I ended up having more energy after a few weeks and was feeling great. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of moving homes and starting a new job, so I fell off the wagon. I'm looking to start up again. My only main problem with this plan was the cost of food. To get yourself started on this diet it cost quite a bit of money to buy all of the stuff that was included, nuts, pure maple syrup, ect. If you're trying to lose weight on a VERY tight budget, this is not going to work for you. It is a LITTLE easier to maintain after you're into it for a few weeks and have your cabinets stocked with the basics, but expect your first few grocery trips to cost a pretty penny.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not hungry and I can stick with it.,
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After 4 days on the anti-bloat diet that kickstarts this whole plan - I lost 7 lbs. That is not bad for someone who only had about 10 to 15 to lose. I was NEVER hungry the entire 4 days - in fact sometimes I was a little too full. Those four days are a little bland and can be a bit boring - I suggest grabbing a few salt free spice mixtures to liven up the dinners.
Its the MUFAs!!! They make you full and satisfied. On my first day with the regular plan. Just adding that simple MUFA has made all the difference. I have learned to make breakfast count - one little muffin is not enough. Also have one substantial snack instead of 5 or 6 small ones.
I am actually online today to order a copy for my mom!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Diet Ever,
This review is from: Flat Belly Diet! (Paperback)
I have the paperback short version of the diet. It has been the best diet that I've ever tried. I've lost 18 pounds effortlessly. I've been on them all Jenny Craig, Atkins, Nutri System, Weight Watchers, South Beach, you name them, I've tried them. I've been on this diet since last August - off and on. I'm NEVER hungry the way I was with the other diets. You have to be willing to drop some back habits, e.g. artificial sweeteners, white rice, pasta, bread, salt, processed foods, but it's worth it as you feel better. I think that the people who don't like the diet are probably fast food carbo junkies who can't or won't change their lifestyle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me!,
I started the Flat Belly Diet in March of last year, so it's been just over a year now. I wanted a diet that would help me lose the "baby belly". I lost 5 pounds the first month, and lost 12 pounds total over a period of about 3 1/2 months. Of course, the 4 day anti-bloat jump start isn't exactly a picnic. But if you can stick it out (it's only 4 days!), you will love the initial weight loss! The meals you get to eat after that are awesome. The chocolate cherry waffle is my favorite meal (chocolate for breakfast? Yup!!).
I've continued to eat flat belly diet meals over the past year, although I've modified it a bit. For example, if I've exercised and burned a lot of calories one day, I might eat more that day so I don't have too big of a calorie deficit. I will eat meals outside of the diet, but I do try to include a MUFA with each meal. If I feel like I've gained a little (like at Christmastime), I'll do the 4-day jump start again to get back on track. For the most part, I've been able to maintain my weight loss.
Aside from the weight loss, the best part is the inches you will lose. I ended up losing about 5-6 inches from my waist alone, which is the main area I wanted to lose. I recommend giving this diet a try, it truly works if you follow it correctly and stick to it.
28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a good book,
I should have had a clue when they stated exercise isn't necessary! The only weight I lost was on the 4 day anti-bloat, and I can't eat that kind of food for the rest of my life. Ingredients that were complicated and expensive... recipes that were not easy. Not to mention that I was hungry due to the lack of protein in this diet and I am used to eating 6 small meals at 1200 calories, instead of 4 meals at 1600. If you are looking for a good book try the Abs Diet- that works and gives you a good exercise program. Plus the food/ recipes are easy and filling with the Abs Diet & it also includes the MUFA's. Sorry Flat Belly Diet, but you don't cut it!
57 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat Good Fats To Lose The Weight,
Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!
A FirstLook Book Review: Flat Belly Diet (Rodale Books, 2008) by Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
The Flat Belly Diet is the brainchild and highly anticipated book of Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Prevention Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass the publication's nutrition director. Sass has 10 years of experience helping women drop weight.
The Flat Belly Diet states that the reader/participant could potentially lose up to 15lbs in 32 days, even without exercising.
The authors write that we have two types of fat--subcutaneous (that beneath the skin--pinch an inch) and visceral (deep within the body--near the organs). The former is necessary for life, is all over the body, keeps us warm, and is a disease risk factor in large amounts. Visceral fat plays a role in the inflammation process, can be deadly because of its proximity to the heart and liver, and increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. The authors quote the National Institutes of Health, "A waist measurement of above 35" for women and 40" for men--no matter how much you actually weigh--is an unhealthy sign of visceral fat."
"The only way to minimize both visceral and subcutaneous fat simultaneously is to eat the right..fat."
Good fats are monounsaturated, found primarily in dark chocolate, olives, nuts, seeds, avocado, and some oils (ex. Olive, flax). Monounsaturated fats are also known as MUFAs--or monounsaturated fatty acids.
Research published in Diabetes Care (Spring, 2007) led to the Flat Belly Diet. The study has shown that when compared with a diet rich in saturated fats or a high carbohydrate diet, the diet with MUFAs is the only diet that reduces belly fat. "No other nutrient can do this," the authors state.
The Flat Belly Diet is broken into two parts: a Four Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart--which will drop the water weight and eliminate gas and constipation problems; a Four Week Eating Plan--at 1600 calories a day it offers meal plans for those who cook and those who don't.
Four "Bloat Bad Guys" are stress, lack of fluids, shortage of sleep, and air travel. The reader is also asked to avoid salt, processed carbs like pretzels and bagels, bulky raw foods (eat cooked veggies), gassy foods (ie. beans, peppers, broccoli), gum, fried foods, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, acidic fruit juices, and sugar alcohols--maltitol, xylitol.
What's left you think? Vaccariello and Sass provide readers with a Jumpstart grocery list. Some items listed: low fat string cheese, turkey breast, green beans, raisins, Mrs. Dash (salt-free) and Rice Krispies.
Key Points From The Flat Belly Diet:
* Keeping a journal is a must
* Eat a MUFA at every meal
* Drink Sassy water every day--2 liters of water, grated ginger, cucumber, lemon, and mint
* After age 40, a woman's hormones change and estrogen declines which allows for more belly fat
* Stick to 400 calories per meal
* Never go more than 4 hours without eating
Pitfalls To Avoid:
* Failing to plan ahead for social occasions
* Feeling deprived
* Underestimating the number of calories
Nice Flat Belly Additions:
* Success stories with stories and photos--see p. 312 Evelyn Gomer: She looks great after losing 6lbs and 8.5" in 32 days.
* Meal Plans are mix and match. Recipes are numerous, ethnic, and include whole grains, low fat dairy, vegetables, and fish. There are no photos. Ones to try: Wasabi Salmon Sandwiches, Tuna Bruschetta, Asian Soup with Shrimp Dumplings, and for dessert Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal.
* "Did You Know" boxes with pertinent information
* A 4-Week Journal
* An exercise chapter with a walk plan and flat belly exercises (includes photos as demonstration).
* 6 pages of references
The difference between the Flat Belly Diet and some other diet books are the real life photos and stories of participants who tried the diet and lost the weight.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version Not Good,
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This is not a review of the diet but the Kindle version. There are many charts and meal plans that you can not read on the Kindle even if you enlarge the text to the largest size. I had to buy the paperback version too so I would be able to read very important parts of the books. I love my Kindle but not recommended for this one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4lbs in first 4 days!!!,
This review is from: Flat Belly Diet! (Paperback)
Just finished the 4-day anti-bloating diet which is what you are supposed to do before you start the actual diet. It actually had food that was common and didn't require any special seasoning. Corn flakes, brown rice, Chicken breast, Talapia, green beans, mushrooms are the main items. You switch up the 2 meals that they have planned during the 4 days. The serving recommended is really small and we definitely ate more than 1/2 cup of brown rice and 4oz of fish during dinner. I worked out once in the 4 day which was just some cardio for about 30 minutes. I didn't have all the ingredients for the sassy water and only drank it with what I had (lemon & cucumbers) the first day. I did get a bit hungry the first 2 days but it helps you learn to bring your snacks to work and eat it in between meals to help. I now prefer all my vegetables steamed versus having them come from a can. The morning after the last day of the initial ant-bloating, I was 4lbs lighter and my husband was 6lbs lighter (he jogged everday though). We are really happy with the results so far that my husband is thinking of taking the next 3 days to eat regular with healthy food and then do this 4-day thing again instead of the real diet. I'm only giving it 4 stars because I haven't done the whole diet.
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing,
To all the skeptics who put this down without even trying it, shame on you. I am currently on this diet and don't even look at it as a diet anymore. It's helped me to change my lifestyle to a healthier one, and I've seen amazing results from it. Yes, we all know that eating less and healthier foods will help, but this book outlines step by step with hundreds of recipes and the right natural ingredients to use. I am not a large person. I am 29 years old and I simply wanted to lose about 10-15 lbs to be where I was at 21 - which everyone says is crazy and it's just age - let it take it's course. NO! I am now under my weight when I got married and not only that but FEEL great - I no longer crave unhealthy foods. As I said, it's a lifestyle change and is the only thing that has actually worked for me in years. THANK YOU FLAT BELLY DIET!!!
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The diet really works!!,
LIke all diet programs and books, you get out of it what you put into it. It is a super way to lose 15-20 pounds. I followed this diet pretty religiously for 2 months and lost 23 pounds and 5 inches off my waist. The 4 day jump start part is difficult, but it's only 4 days and following it ( except that I had to have my black coffee) was a challenge, but I was seeing results immediately so that kept me motivated. By the time, I started on the MUFA rich part of the diet, it seemed like TONS of delicious food.
Were there some foods I didn't like? sure-- but lots of stuff I LOVED. A great side benefit was that my cholesterol and tri-glyceride levels went way down.
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Flat Belly Diet! by Liz Vaccariello (Paperback - December 22, 2009)