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CTAWNA12 SparkPoints: (394)
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1/31/13 1:36 P

I bought the book and followed their plan and I lost 10 pounds in a week and a half. But I got really tired of saying...I can't eat that...or that.
I also missed being able to eat fruits and grains. I think a "diet" should be a life style change and be something that you can live with permanently.

1/31/13 11:56 A

Your body is going to lose weight were it wants to, not where you want it to. You can add muscle to specific areas but you can't "target" areas that you want to burn more fat. A pisser, but true. I'd say scam since, anyone who needs to advertise that much, is just out to make money (I see the ads everywhere online!). If you find a version for free, though, that you think you can maintain, good on ya :) Best of luck on your journey!

CHUNKIMAMA SparkPoints: (2,944)
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1/31/13 11:35 A

I'm with CMCOLE on this. Diets end and you go back to usual habits. Live style changes are what works.

ANH11389 Posts: 87
1/31/13 10:51 A

I have the Flat Belly Diet book. I read it a couple of years ago and I strictly followed the rules and it did work, quite well. Essentially the goal is to include a MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids or polyunsaturated fatty acids) in EVERY meal. There are some other aspects to it that include reducing sodium to de-bloat and all that. There is nothing wrong with this diet. It's not telling you not to eat a particular food group or limit your calories to 500 a day (I think the HCG diet promotes that - I think it's crazy!).

I lost 8 pounds the first week of being very faithful to the "Flat belly" way of eating. Keep in mind, I was about 160 pounds and I'm 5'8". Therefore it is really hard for me to lose weight!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/31/13 8:58 A

I don't like "diets".
I like balance (not that some won't give you that - but if they're touted as targeting specific areas; it's likely not going to work in the long run)

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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1/31/13 8:31 A

There are no verified, peer reviewed studies to date that show eating a particular type of food will target belly fat. There are also no exercises that target belly fat (or any other problem fat storing area). So yes, they're essentially lying if they claim they're privy to some magic food, nutrient, gimmick that will target fat in a particular area.

The only way to reduce belly fat is to reduce overall body fat percentage through a calorie deficit and exercise. The reason some people seem to be blessed with thinner waist lines than others is mostly genetics. The same reason some people are blessed with thinner inner thighs, or a proportionate behind or can fill out a bikini top far better than I could ever dream for myself.

There is some evidence that a balanced diet of *whole grains (limiting refined grains/sugars), fruits/vegetables, healthy fats (reduction of saturated/trans fats), low fat dairy and lean protein will help reduce belly fat in people compared to those lacking in these particular food groups. However, this is more attribuated to a balanced and healthy diet and not one particular magic belly-fat busting food. There are also certain foods that some people have intolerances to that cause excess stomach bloat (like gluten/dairy) but that isn't the same a belly 'fat'.

From what I've read they basically promote the Mediteranian diet and the use of monounsaturated to target belly fat. Sure, it is healthy and I try to get enough monounsaturated fats in my diet because of their proven health benefits but if it's true they've just claimed the Mediteranian diet as their own baby and are making unscientically proven claims about one particular food in the diet that targets belly fat in order to sell their book.

That said, the Mediteranian diet IS a scientifically proven healthy and balanced diet and the Flat Belly Diet book does promote this type of diet without an extreme calorie restriction. You will likely lose belly fat if you stick to it (because when you lose weight some of it comes off your belly and you are eating a healthy and balanced diet) but I wouldn't have any false hope about this particular healthy diet being any more benefical at targeting belly fat than any other.

Personally, I wouldn't mind taking a peak at their recipes. I just wouldn't get my hopes up about them being some miracle belly cure (or feel the need to follow the rest of their diet plan religiously) but look at them as just some healthy meals to add to my reportoire. You can also check out the recommendations for the Mediteranian diet and their recipes if you're interested in this particular diet.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/31/2013 (08:54)
BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/31/13 6:58 A

Everything works for a while but the key is to sustain what you have read....if you cannot, then it won't work.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
1/31/13 6:25 A

I'm sure you've heard of it. It's been touted and advertised in Prevention Magazine.

Recently, I found this article online :

I'm still trying to find a free e-book of the The Flat Belly Diet book.

What do you think? Is it too good to be true? A scam? Or worth a look?

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