Friday, August 10, 2012
The scale says I am still 210. Nice. I am grinning ear to ear. (I wrote "eat" instead of ear... a Freudian slip I'm sure)
A couple of questions I got about the flat belly diet. I'm not officially doing it. I have a guest coming who is so I was noodling around with the menus. There is a book. It was "developed" by the editors of prevention magazine. The premise is that MUFAs (mono unsaturated fatty acids) are what tell your body that is' OK to lose weight, keep you full feeling, and make you feel good about what you are eating. The book is about half that and half changing your attitude about food by keeping a journal and teaching yourself little mind tricks. They stress that more sleep, less stress are key to losing belly fat too. They say you do not have to exercise but they do stress that exercise is important. The book is also a bunch of testimonials. Very little "research", but apparently some success in their own trials.
Mufas include nuts and seed, oils and butters from them, olives and olive oil, dark chocolate, avocados and salmon.
First: the menus for the quick start are quite easy with very little food preparation and no significant cost. Lunch, can often walk into the grocery store and eat what you need right in your car. Handy. Snack is a smoothie so you need a blender or some sort. It made me happy that for the first few days you eat the same things so you don't end up with spoiling foods in your fridge.
Second: you are eating 4x400 calorie meals every day. That is pretty good in my books. You eat a mufa with every meal so obviously that has to be measured as nuts and oils are high in calories... but I agree, they fill you up and made me "happy". You are eating a small rainbow of freggies every day. In the journal you are meant to say if you are hungry. I think I was hungry so I made my next meal and then I was satisfied. The smoothie is nice and sweet.
Third: It compliments what my diabetes choices are... a little lower in carbs, a little higher in protein and good for calories. On line a review said it is not science and there is no evidence that muffas or more sleep or less stress help get rid of belly fat. I happen to agree with the authors on those points, science or not. The review does say that eating 1600 to 1800 calories a day is a sensible diet that can be maintained over time. I agree with that too. You do learn good eating strategies. Lots of support for the 4 meals a day.
Four: Points I debate but only because I want to... that some vegetables should be avoided so you don't get bloated (broccoli, cauliflower for example), salt is avoided, and most vegetables are cooked. Note that they are aiming for a FLAT BELLY so trying to get rid of all gas. You want to look good for an event for example and have no bloating.... maybe there is truth in this. However on my not eating FBD days guess what I eat?
Unfortunatley I have an eating disorder and I can't stick to diets. But... I have been able to eat more of the flat belly quick start foods and the most important thing for me has been portioning and eating regularly through out the day. BIG learning curve for me. I have not felt deprived. However I have alternated a day eating a FBD way with not. I think on SP I do eat well, I do exercise and I don't often lose weight... so is this a coincidence? I HAVE made an effort to sleep more. I chuckle at some of the tips that I have read... but I acknowledge that for some people they might help change their relationship with meals. I think SP has already done much of that for me so perhaps I'm just "ahead" on that one. The quick start is MEANT to help you lose some water weight. It says you need that to help get you in the mind set. I don't feel like my loss is water. I FEEL like it is real. Stuff that has been hanging on and finally let go.
The next step is to try some recipes. They look like they fit with my healthy cooking challenge for this week so I'm happy to do that.
FYI: Quick start menu sample
Sassy water is a cucumber, a lemon, a tsp of ginger, mint leaves, and 8.5 cups of water kept in the fridge to drink with meals and whenever. It's OK. Nice change to plain water and looks pretty in the jug.
Breakfast: sugarless rice or corn flake cereal plus milk and fruit and pumpkin seeds (I put them all in the bowl, one day had raspberries and raisins the next)
Lunch: slices of deli turkey, a pint of tomotoes or baby carrots, a cheese string, and some sunflower seeds.
Dinner: fish or turkey poached with baked red potatoe, green beans with olive oil
Snack: A cup of milk blended with frozen fruit and a tablespoon of flax seed oil
I had my snack between lunch and dinner and we ate a late dinner.
So, I guess the next step is to try some recipes!