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Flat Belly Diet! for Men Paperback – December 21, 2010
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LIZ VACCARIELLO is the former editor-in-chief of Prevention, the nation's #1 healthy lifestyle magazine, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Flat Belly Diet! She resides in South Orange, NJ.
D. MILTON STOKE S, MPH, RD, has 20 years experience in f
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I originally tried the diet before the "For Men" version was released but the two are fundamentally the same. When I tried the diet the first time, I was about 29 years old, 5'9", and 220 Lbs. I was also working a full-time job and taking evening MBA classes 3 nights a week. I was able to keep up the diet for about 4 weeks before I fell off the wagon; my lifestyle made it too difficult for me to maintain the diet, particularly the food preparation (and reduced alcohol consumption). I did lose about 10 lbs. over the 4 weeks but I gained it all back over the next year.
I returned to the diet again in December of 2011. This time, I purchased the "For Men" version of the book and read it thoroughly; I really wanted to make it work this time. When I started the diet a second time, I was 33 years old, and now a whopping 235 lbs. During the first 4 days of the diet, which seems very gimmicky but works, I lost about 6 lbs. Over the course of the next three weeks, I continued to lose gradually until my total weight loss was about 15 lbs, and about 2" off my waist. Then I mostly plateaued for the next month, hovering around 220. I had started to get a little lazy on the diet and I was still "cheating" on the weekends and eating too many calories (mostly in beer). I recently doubled-down on the diet becoming more strict with my weekend food consumption and now adding exercise into my diet -- I have been lifting weights and running on a treadmill. The weight has started slowly coming off again and I am on target to hit my target weight of 190lbs. in 12 months. Also, just by my cooking differently for dinner, my wife has also lost about 6 pounds, and she isn't even on the diet!
A few things to remember:
- Rapid weight loss is BAD!!! Your body wants to retain fat as energy reserves. It's an evolutionary throwback to the days before there was a McDonald's on every corner. If you lose weight too fast, your body will fight you by slowing down your metabolism and counteracting your dieting. That's why this diet calls for 2000 calories a day.
- You MUST change your lifestyle; if you lose your weight on this diet and then go back to eating the way you used to, you will gain it all back.
- Exercise is key. Not only will you lose weight faster but, I have found it helps me regulate my appetite as well. I get much less hungry throughout the day after running 3 or 4 miles.
- You will have to become much more disciplined. You have to make sure to eat breakfast every morning. You have to make your meals the night before and bring them with you to work; you CANNOT pull this diet off by buying your food from cafeterias, restaurants, or even "Healthy" places like Subway. The problem is that you don't know what's in the food so you cannot effectively gauge caloric intake, MUFA consumption, or Saturated Fat intake.
- You will have to experiment with new food. There was a previous reviewer who complained about the use of spices such as Cardamom; You will have to experiment with new spices like these to keep your food appetizing. If you pack a food with fat, sugar, and salt it will taste good no matter what. If you remove all that stuff, you have to become much more creative with your food.
- You must invest $20 in a good digital food scale... AND USE IT! You will be amazed by how little the difference between 1 serving and 2 servings of peanut butter look like, except the latter is an extra 180 calories.... yikes!
Some additional foods I would recommend trying out with the diet:
- Smoked Paprika (adds a smoky, bacon-ish flavor to stuff)
- Annato seeds (cook in oil to give the oil a bright red color and great flavor. Great for caribbean and mexican cooking)
- Japanese rice seasoning (a mix of sesame seeds, seaweed, and other flavors... just watch the calories)
- Cauliflower - Ugly, bland, but very filling. Toss it raw into a blender with some garlic, salt, and olive oil. Then put it into a dish and bake it at 300F for 15 minutes. It tasts great, is incredibly filling and a whole head of cauliflower isn't even close to your single-meal limit of 400 calories.
Give it a try, be patient, and good luck! Remember, healthy weight loss is not rapid weight loss. The Biggest Loser is not an example you want to follow.