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The Everything Flat Belly Cookbook: 300 Quick and Easy Recipes to help drop the belly fat and tone your abs Paperback – April 18, 2009
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Whether it was planned to sound like the popular diet or merely a coincidence, it is important to note that this book is NOT a companion to Prevention's "Flat Belly Diet". With the title I had expected the book to tie in to Prevention's popular plan but it does not. This book makes use of artificial sugar (splenda), does not include MUFAs etc. The two books are totally unrelated. So if you are looking for a cook book for the Prevention book "Flat Belly Diet" you will want to look elsewhere.
The cookbook "The Everything Flat Belly Diet" boasts many good points. The authors open with a discussion on belly fat and share how what you eat is 80 percent responsible for your weight. They include tips on getting the most for your calorie buck and they include step by step directions for abdominal exercises - what to do and when to do them. Another nice factor in the book is the tidbits the authors add to the end of each recipe. Little tips like when to eat your largest meal, using lettuce instead of bread etc.
The authors include 300 recipes they claim will help you shed belly fat. Each recipe includes calories, fat, carbs, protein, sodium and fiber. Recipes are laid out in an easy to read fashion in the 292 page soft cover book. Chapters include; Flat Belly Philosophy, Rise and Shine, It's Breakfast Time!, Lunch Break, Snack Time and more.
The main disappointment in this book is some of the recipes. I was stunned as I read through a few of them. I like simple but these were to simple. For example;
Carrot Dippers (Carrot Sticks, Peanut Butter)
Dip carrots in peanut butter and enjoy.Read more ›
The authors tell us that it is much easier to eat a little less every day than to run off the extra calories taken in through our culinary excesses. Makes sense, huh?
I think I said something like this is my book, too, but the authors compare calories to money, telling us we need to spend our calories wisely. Most Americans simply don't. They'll complain about the cost of organic Romaine, yet when you run into them in snack aisle at the grocery store you'll see them purchasing a $4.00 bag of potato chips. What are they getting for their money? Fat, calories, and very little nutritional value.
This book is great for people who enjoy meat, although a vegetarian chapter is included for those who don't. You'll find 300 flat belly recipes including beef, pork, poultry, seafood, and even desserts.
While I generally don't do meat, there are a couple people living with me who do . . . and who could definitely benefit from a healthier diet. Looking for a flatter belly . . . then buy this book!
Do you keep a food diary? Most people are way off when they just try to estimate how many calories they eat each day. Tracking your caloric intake is the only way to really know how many calories you are consuming. What about carbs, do you crave them like me? If so, it is recommended that you consume your carbs at breakfast only when you need the energy to fuel your day. Eating carbs in the evening usually ends up as extra fat as we are less likely to burn them off.
This book is not a diet book, but rather a book that guides you to start making more sensible eating choices. It also outlines some sensible exercises to strengthen abdominal and back muscles while losing a few pounds by making better food choices. The book has chapters that cover, Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner menus and recipes. There is a section on salads, a vegetarian, seafood, poultry, and beef/pork section. In addition, there are soups/stews, pizzas, appetizers, dips/spreads and dressings, side dishes, and my favorite: not so sinful desserts.
The thing that really sold me on this book was the fact that MOST of the 300 recipes, look so simple to prepare. The recipes are low in calories and low in fat, and many are high in fiber and protein as well, and there were so very many that sounded like they would appeal to me as well. Usually when I borrow a cookbook from the library as I did in this case, I'll just copy the recipes that appeal to me, but this book had so many recipes that I wanted to try, that I ended up ordering it.
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It is a great book! What I like most about it is the basic recipes. I hate cookbooks that have crazy recipes that people don't commonly eat. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by jthomas9008
I need to walk a mile or close to it every day but I do not walk every day as I should this item helps me keep track of how far and I know I need to do betterPublished on June 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I found this book unless and was highly disappointed.....if you have any knowledge of how to eat healthy then don't waste your money. These aren't really recipes... Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by Shelley
I have tried most of the dinner recipes from this book and they have all been delicious. The snacks are mostly very simple things like raisins and peanut butter on celery.Published on March 8, 2011 by cheeser
LOVE this cookbook ;) Definitely explains how your Metabolism works and how to maximize it with the proper foods. Very interesting & Educational. great people to buy from.Published on January 31, 2011 by Kim Bukowski
This cookbook is great for all types of recipies that are delicious and healthy. Thanks!Published on September 12, 2009 by Caitlinsmom
I have had a wonderful and easy time cooking dinner these days, thanks to "Everything Flat Belly Cookbook"! Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Nicole Zimmerman