SparkPeople Flat Belly Diet Team Messageboard What's a MUFA? You'll find out here. For followers of the Flat Belly Diet and for those who'd like to find out more about the plan that includes yummy monounsaturated fats into every meal. SparkPeople Flat Belly Diet Team Messageboard I am back again Well here I am probably at least maybe 10 years I was on flat belly did really good <BR> Then gained then jenny gained then WW probably 8 times.Ww eye hate hate so Jan 24 th low carb <BR> Now will be on it until probablyfeb 16 I am just gearing up protocol,menus muffs prepared plus may join flztbelly on line for 21 days free then 3 months.trying to decide.need support and help Mon, 5 Feb 2018 18:11:24 EST 2016 Chat/Discussion Hello team! <BR> <BR> Today, I got to go out and about again! I hardly ever get to! <BR> <BR> I went to an up-scale local thrift shop. I bought hats to use as vessels for gift baskets. I got the idea off of Pinterest. All you do is turn the hat upside down, then stick the gift items inside and shrinkwrap it. They will be so cute! One of them is a Budweiser, a Polo, etc. <BR> <BR> I also bought a beverage cookbook. There is every imaginable non-alcoholic drink recipe in it. <BR> <BR... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:05:40 EST Anyone skip the 4 day "induction"? I'm thinking of taking the plunge, I've had the cookbook for a few years but I've never started. I'm intimidated by the 4 day pre-diet - I'm in a place emotionally right now where if I do anything restrictive I probably won't stick to it. Have any of you skipped that part of the diet? Or done a shorter version of it or a slightly less restrictive version? Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:05:31 EST Hi from Durban Is anybody here? Seems a bit quiet. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:09:45 EST September 2014 Chat** I have decided to try this again! Stop by and say Hello if you are still doing this plan! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:43:12 EST Does this team have a Leader? I am excited about this eating plan. Is there anybody here that is willing to be Team leader? Anybody that has been on this Plan and had success willing to take on the Job ? <BR> I'm new to Sparks. I started the 4 Day Jump Start April 13th with a friend-neighbor of mine who had Bi pass surgery, she just wanted to do the 4 Day. I lost 7 pounds in those 4 days. <BR> My weight loss is 13 pounds Since April 10th. My current weight is 200 pounds and my goal is to be of Normal weight and Fit. I ha... Wed, 7 May 2014 10:07:55 EST New to Flat Belly Hi my name is Kim. Today is my first day of the 4 day anti bloat jump start. I have tried every diet under the sun, but this time I am finally ready to do something about my weight. I am so sick in tired of being sick and tired. I want to be healthy, and enjoy life. Thu, 1 May 2014 10:58:26 EST Newbie to Flat Belly Online Hi everyone. I'm a big fan of Prevention Magazine to begin, when I got a few emails about losing belly fat if your over 40 (I'm 43), I finally decided to check it out. They are having a special price, 50% off the normal 3 month subscription.. it's only 24 bucks for the first 3 months. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to decide weather to use their meal plans or to try to make my own up...any suggestions? Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:27:56 EST Newbie here!! Hi my name is Brenda and I a newbie to this, but I am tired of not being able to wear my skinny jeans, I want my flat belly back again. I put on weight and of course its sitting around my middle. I am having a harder time losing as I am getting older. Need all the help I can get... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:21:27 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone, I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I have been given the desire to be fit. <BR> <BR> I have been doing Zumba classes since Saturday in June 15th and recently added more days of exercise to my routine. I now workout a total of 3 days a week. Sunday, Tuesday, and Saturday. My best friend and I have decided we are going to run a marathon and are training for that as well as getting fit for ourselves. <BR> <BR> I have a better eating habit, thanks to the corporate fast at my... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:34:36 EST NEW TO THE TEAM Hello my name s readyrubbies.i am new to the team.i thank you for your warm welcome and look forward to getting to know you all.i have struggled with my weight for quite some time and really want to change that for good.once I learn a healthy way of living,i plan to make it stick.This is a lifestyle change and commitment for me. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:13:22 EST LEADING THIS TEAM Hello my name is readyrubbies.i am interested in leading this team,as well as bringing life back to leaders if you want a new co-leader to help,send me an invite.i am 41 years old,determined ,and driven to succeed in all that I do.i believe I will be a great asset to this team <em>334</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:07:22 EST Can you split one meal into 2? I'm new to this and wondering if I can split my floater meal/snack into 2 so that i can have a mid-morning snack and an after supper snack-each being 200 calories? Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:26:27 EST Newbie-Is anyone still active on this team? I found the FBD in a used book store and started on 3/4/13. As of today I've lost 6 pounds but unsure what my meal plans will be for the next week. I work full time and don't cook every night so I'm big on leftovers. Any tips are appreciated for simple meals . I'm also wondering if I should invest in the diabetic version-if anyone knows the differences I would like to know. It doesn't seem like there's much info about it. I was hoping this would be an active team so that I could learn from ot... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:14:14 EST Need Help I am new to Spark People and am having a problem with the nutrition tracker. I'm not sure if it is tracking my food according to the flat belly diet, which I am following, because it seems to be giving me a deficit in some areas. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:58:40 EST Starting on Sunday! :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm excited to start the diet on Sunday. I've always had problems with my eating habits and really like the looks of this. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:17:00 EST NEW to this Hi all, after recommendation from a friend, my husband and I are thinking of trying the FBD. Question about the 4-day...can you substitute anything? Not sunflower seed lover so wondered if I could choose something else from the MUFA list, and can you swap veggies? Thanks! Any tips would be appreciated! Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:58:11 EST Stick-to -it-ness My main difficulty with this wonderful Lifestyle change is my own inability to stick to it. I lose weight very consistently when I am able to stay on its course. My life is far, far to busy. And I have referred to this diet to my friends as the Busy Person's answer to "I just can't pile another thing on my schedule" health eating plan. So listen up me-mind, we are re-embarking...the ocean is wide (so is my behind) and the waters are deep (far tooo many excuses). Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:21:03 EST Flat Bellied and Full Enough to Feel Blessed! This diet has been a lifesaver for me. It has stopped my food-cravings in their tracks. I am a very, very busy person and it fits my lifestyle perfect. I love the variety of foods and even add my own here and there. I also love that it is very affordable and therefore, not out-of-range, of my own budgeting restrictions. <BR> My grocery list is done already. And I shop every two weeks. Going only to the Produce Market, at a local Farmer's Stand, whenever I get low on my veggies and fruit... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 08:45:38 EST Hi there I am looking to start the flat belly diet and get back into an exercise routine about two weeks from now after I am done with finals at school. (I would start now but I am also waiting on the book at the library). My first goal is to lose about 8-10 pounds so that I can get back into my prebaby clothes and I would like to keep working on getting my weight down and increasing my fitness level after that as I have never been what I would call very "fit" in my life. It doesnt look like there ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:13:54 EST Confessions of Diet Loser who isn't losing weight <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098276 </link> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 05:58:31 EST I am new and need advice Hi, <BR> I'm a 60 year old woman who has always carried my weight in my belly. I'm fairly new to this team but not to Spark People. A few years ago I read the Flat Belly Diet Book and tried the diet but didn't seem to have much success. When I saw this team I thought I'd try it again. I've lost almost 40 pounds and am down to my last 10-13 pounds which unfortunately are totally in my belly and love handles. I've been trying to follow the FBD principles for the last couple months and have... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:26:47 EST anyone here? is anyone still doing the flat belly diet? I was interested and wanted to try. I read the ample book for the kindle but didn't get the recipe for the four day water..or anything else. Is this diet north the try? Can anyone point me in the right direction before i go buying the book? Anyone willing to work this with me? Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:19:04 EST ANYONE FOLLOWING JORGE CRUISE FLAT BELLY i see on this site ppl following the prevention mag plan..anyone following jorge?? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:40:21 EST Day 2 of the jumpstart - and famished.... and actually I should say it is day one because yesterday I had a few items not on the plan... but I am certainly sticking to it today, and I am so hungry that it is hard to concentrate. I am a full time grazer, so waiting 4 hours between each meal without snacking is kinda rough. Are there any "free" snacks that will not derail my anti-bloat jumpstart? Cucumbers slices, or grapefruit? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:37:03 EST Vegetarian recipes While many are not vegetarians, we do have vegetarian meals once in a while. I also think that these would work well under mediterraean diet guidelines of which FlatBelly is a offshoot. <BR> Obviously you might need to tweak an ingredient here or there for your own taste or food concerns......and you might find one that you need to make a simple mufa substitution or addition.....but I've always had good luck building on recipe ideas from CookingLight <BR> <BR> from my inbox today, he... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:23:09 EST Back on the Flat Belly Diet Well after a couple of years on another weight loss program at work, I am now back on the Flat Belly Diet. Plus my husband and daughter are participating as well! I'm excited to see all of our results. We've started with the 4-Day Jumpstart and we're motivated to start some walking as well. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:33:51 EST Cheers! I'm brand new to SP, and so far it is nothing less than amazing!! All this support and these challenges...let's make new friends along the way to a better body! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>355</em> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 18:09:25 EST hello I am back well here I am and lossing weight still a problem. Starting flat belly 4 day jumpstart June 25th have menus ready, a good outlook and well lets see. <BR> I am now 66 still a runner. Have been loosing for a few weeks 167-a57 but today 159 <BR> After 4 day jump start heading to a 6 day vacation and try to eat healthy try then try again <BR> after vacation going on 17 day diet just to see what I can do. Heard alot of excitement. <BR> where is the leader no I don't want it. Had to leave my person... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:02:33 EST Hi there! Not sure how active this team is but I figured I would give it a go! I am on day 2 of the regular plan. I already did the 4 day anti-bloat. so far so good. <BR> <BR> I am also a plus sized runner. I try to run 3x a week if I can. I also enjoy swimming and going to the gym! <BR> <BR> If anyone wants to chat feel free to drop me a line! <BR> <BR> Charmaine Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:50:57 EST Steel cut oats vs. quick cook oats? Just wondeirng if I can sub out steel cut over the quick cook? I don't see it listed anywhere in the books.... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:43:11 EST Looking for "losers" who are currently doing FB Hi! <BR> <BR> I am on day 1 of the jump start. I really enjoyed this eating plan a few years ago and got lazy with tracking. I'm finding that tracking is the key, for me, no matter what plan I am on. <BR> <BR> I am back to Flat Belly hoping to watch my carb intake, as well. Carbs do not always get along with me. :-/ However, I like the variety this diet plan gives. <BR> <BR> Happy Memorial Day, <BR> Karen Sun, 27 May 2012 13:11:33 EST Joining the Team - Day 3 Greetings, I've been a member of SparkPeople for years, but my former shyness kept me from ever participating in the teams much. Since joining SparkPeople, I've dropped about 50-60 pounds and am now on the Flat Belly Diet. I was just sitting here wishing I knew a group of people doing it, too .. . so I checked the teams. <BR> <BR> Yay! You exist! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hello! Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:31:15 EST New To The Team!! Hello all, I was just cruising by and saw this team and was interested in it. Is it still going on? I am trying to follow a 400 cal. diet right now. I didn't know there was a team that followed that sort of thing. <BR> <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople, I have been on Spark since 2007. I have been in and out, but am trying to log my Food and Fitness. I have just recently been able to start exercising again since Rotator Cuff surgery. So, I am up and at it again. <BR> <BR> Come on let's Spar... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:58:57 EST the (Readers) Digest Diet I saw and episode of The Doctors with Liz Vaccariello publicising her upcoming Digest Diet book due next month I think. That is how I found the FBD Pocket Guide to try out. I wonder if there is actually any difference between the diets or if is just repackaging? Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:03:58 EST Baking with Olive Oil Baking with olive oil, instead of butter, cuts the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in your favorite recipes. Olive oil produces lighter-tasting breads, brownies, biscotti, and cakes. And there’s even more good news – You need less olive oil than butter when baking. <BR> <BR> Read more about this substitution: <BR> <link><BR>archive/2010/12/holiday-baking-olive-oil </link> <BR> <BR> ======= <BR> A similar Butter-to-OliveOil conversion chart l... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 03:30:43 EST Huzzah! And a quick hello! Not new to Spark, have been here before but back with a new perspective that I am also taking on the Flat Belly Diet, which at times in the past I have followed strictly and then modified in different ways. I still think t'is a good way to structure meals and the eating day, but no longer follow any diets or ways of eating but my own. <BR> <BR> However, this holiday season I am going to be more attentive to MUFAs especially as I really need to get back to using these, they... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 04:23:52 EST Wednesday December Howdy Folks <em>213</em> <BR> I am rejoining SparkPeople, and have worked on the FBDiet earlier this year. So great to have them together on this team. <BR> I like the MUIFA's and would like to keep motivated. <BR> Look forward to getting acquainted and checking out the team site. <BR> Lois Wed, 7 Dec 2011 21:23:18 EST Holiday and diets Will you watch your diet more or less during the holiday? Any suggestions for substitutes for your holiday favorites? Do you add any of the Fat Bell Diet to your holiday traditions? <BR> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:28:07 EST Twitter Just wondering who on here has twitter, mine is!/amymcadwallader so feel free to follow me and i'll follow you back. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 08:44:58 EST New to the Team! Hi all! I'm actually on day three of JS, but didn't even think of looking for a Spark Team until today (d'oh!). <BR> <BR> I'm not exactly feeling more svelte after two days, but I am happy that I'm sticking with the plan. Plus, due to jetlag and a cold, I forgot to weigh myself on the day I actually started the diet, so I'm not sure how much I've lost so far. But I do plan on weighing myself on the first morning after day four. <BR> <BR> I did get a real kick out of this morning's "mind ... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:58:57 EST Anyone losing on the Cinch Core plan? Hey y'all! I joined this team because I started the Cinch diet 2 weeks ago. On Tuesdays I drop one kid off at school at 9 and take another to the same school at 10. Since the drive to school is about 15 minutes I usually take my son to play in the park while we wait. However, 2 weeks ago it was raining so I went to my mom's house to wait. <BR> <BR> Sitting on her counter I found a copy of the Cinch diet book. I read through the 5 day program quickly and thought to myself it would be good to... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:49:54 EST Jump Start Subsitutions So I'm starting Jump Start on Monday which I'm super excited about BUT I was wondering if there are any substitutions I can make for some of the food... <BR> Like my meat options are: Veggie Burgers or Deli Meat Alternative for both lunch and dinner everyday... I like veggie burgers but don't like "deli meat alternative" at all. I also don't want to eat 8 meals of veggie burgers, if it can be helped. <BR> For lunch my veggie options are cooked carrots or grape tomatoes... Both of which I don'... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 16:22:54 EST Here I go AGAIN! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm starting Flat Belly Diet again. It worked the first time which was last year at this same time. Over 3 months I lost 23 lbs. and I felt great! I had also started Zumba and loved the fun! After awhile I got comfortable and found my old habits and here I am again. I gained 18 lbs. back and I know I can take it off plus more! We have a special celebration in December that I've set as my timeframe. So here I go AGAIN! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:22:39 EST Sweets Chocolate: <BR> <BR> A chocolate bar is almost entirely sugar, so a "77 percent" chocolate bar will contain about 23 percent sugar. The higher the percentage number on the wrapper, then, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor of the bar will be. <BR> <BR> It all starts with cacao (kah-KAY-oh), not cocoa, beans. Cacao beans are the seeds of the fruit of the tropical tree Theobroma cacao. (Theobroma literally means "food of the gods,") The bi... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 07:00:57 EST Trivia Almost every day we learn something interesting. Trivia, that maybe we think would be enjoyed by others. It can be about anything. Just use a different category for the different trivia type it might fall into. Examples: <BR> <BR> Sweet Foods: <BR> Travel: <BR> History: <BR> Science: <BR> <BR> If you have trivia on Chocolate it would be in Sweet foods. Trivia on a caribbean island would be in travel. You could even divide it further to mainland and islands. <BR> <BR> Have fun with ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 06:29:08 EST Sugar and Carb counts 1s/1c, 2s/2c etc Just starting with the group. Have the book on hold from my library till I get my own. <BR> <BR> For each Sugar value of 1 how many grams of sugar? <BR> For each Carb value of 1 how many carbs can be included? <BR> Is there a break down. <BR> <BR> Example: 1 sugar is up to ? % sugar, 2 carbs is up to ? % carbs etc. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 09:37:41 EST Official start Monday!! So I will be starting the 4 day jump start tomorrow! Looking forward to it Feeling like I can really do it. Just have to go to the grocery store and get the stuff I don't have. I am pretty excited. This looks like a diet I could actually do.Wondering if there is anyone out there with long term success. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 09:49:46 EST Looking for breakdown of FBD after the 4 day over I just re joined this team again today. I did the diet in 2009 and I am back again already did the 4 day (actually did it 7 days) and now ready to go into it and was hoping to get good ideas here for following it properly but there does not seem to be much action here anymore? <BR> <BR> Is this a fad diet or are there a lot of you out there that still follow it ? Fri, 5 Aug 2011 14:55:04 EST Members I have to say I'm a tad bit disappointed that with a group of over 1700 people there is very little chatter...I was hoping to find support, encouragement, some helpful hints and pointers and maybe some new friends along the way by joining this group...makes me sad... <em>39</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:54:38 EST Allergies So I posted in another section but thought I'd post here as well. I am allergic to milk and do not eat seafood so I wonder if it is okay to exchange maybe yogurt for the milk and chicken or turkey in place of seafood? I am getting ready to begin the Jumpstart portion of the diet but I'm not sure if these changes will affect it...anyone have any idea?? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 13:46:34 EST Allergies I am getting ready to start the Jumpstart. I am allergic to milk and don't eat seafood so I'm wondering if its okay to exchange fish for chicken or turkey? The milk for yogurt or something else? Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:17:30 EST Jumpstart-FBD Newbies?? So I'm getting ready to jump head over heels into the Flat Belly Diet Jumpstart...I just wondered if there were other newbies out there?? Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:55:58 EST I WANT A FLAT BELLY!!!! I used to have one, but medications ruined it! and since I have a heart problem is hard for me to do exercise.... but I can diet!!!!! hehehe Im from Puerto Rico and my name is Daya (im a girl) Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:15:21 EST Finished the jumpstart, moving forward Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I have been losing weight fairly steadily since my daughter was born 4 years ago. At my heaviest I was 243. I am now down to 165 but keep creeping up to 170. <BR> <BR> I have tried Weight Watchers and Atkins and do best on Atkins but get bored. My goal for this summer is to make it down to a size 6. I am currently a size 10. <BR> <BR> I started the Flat Belly Diet last week and did the 4 day jumpstart. I love the sassy water and the dark chocola... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:19:55 EST Re: Team Leaders I was just wondering if the 3 team leaders listed are still team leaders? Fri, 3 Jun 2011 22:17:21 EST Flatbelly & Atkins Hi! I have been "sold" on the flatbelly diet for over a year now. I love it and think of it as a healthy and balanced way of eating (more so than a diet). However, I needed more of kick in the get the point. So I went back to a tried and true quick start, for me, Atkins. <BR> <BR> I am finding that my older body is really fighting this diet, too. I am following all the rules of Induction, but it is a MUCH slower weight loss this time. However, I am... Sun, 29 May 2011 09:10:27 EST Heyyyyy, my flat belly looks like a fat belly..... Yesterday, after 6 days on the program I noticed my belly was sticking out farther than ever..... I was kinda shaken... and said to myself "this is supposed to be a flat belly diet not a fat belly diet". Then someone noticed that under my ribs at the top of my belly I was much slimmer. Then I noticed how that fat that laid at the top of my belly WAS flatter. I then knew that all my hard work HAD begun paying off. I can't expect my belly, which has had many years to grow, would be flat in... Thu, 12 May 2011 07:25:40 EST Made it to the end of the 4 day jumpstart! And I am happy to announce that I lost 5 lbs and 3inches all over! (of course im sure most of it was water weight but hey I'll take it) I have a long road to walk but doing the jumpstart on that *special* women week every month seems to be very helpful! Fri, 6 May 2011 12:25:50 EST anit-bloat issues I did the anti-bloat and by the third day, was so ill that I was taken off of it by my doctor. I was having unbelievable stomach pains, nausea, and loss of appetite. I had allergic reactions to the raw sunflower seeds and baby carrots and had to take Benadryl to get it under control. Has this happened to anyone else? I did lose a significant amount of weight in just the three days (three pounds in three days), and I liked that aspect. Another question I have is, is the actual diet differ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:10:51 EST What's your favorite workout? I am doing the JM Shred DVD, I love it and it is only about 22 minutes, so if you have a busy schedule it is the perfect one to do! <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:07:17 EST Recipe of the day Vanilla Yogurt and Blueberry Smoothie <BR> A berry sweet and satisfying Flat Belly Diet snack <BR> <BR> SERVINGS: 1 <BR> <BR> 1 cup skim or soy milk <BR> 6 oz (80-calorie) vanilla yogurt <BR> 1 cup fresh blueberries <BR> 1 Tbsp flaxseed oil (MUFA) <BR> <BR> Handful of ice OR 1 cup frozen blueberries <BR> <BR> Combine milk, yogurt, and fresh blueberries plus ice OR frozen blueberries in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, and stir in flaxseed oil. <BR> <BR> Nutritional In... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:33:03 EST What were your MUFA's for today? I have had olive oil, peanut butter, flax seed :) Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:51:42 EST I wanna turn this fat belly into a flat belly Hi, this is my first day on the flat belly diet, so far so good! Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:07:40 EST arty1962 I am excited to find this site.All the tools I have been looking for!Why not me?Why not now?Lets get started!!! <BR> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 23:22:57 EST Just joined this site My husband and I started this diet on March 11, 2011 and have lost weight steadily so far. It works if you follow it is our experience. <em>220</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 10:32:23 EST Just Picked up the Cookbook Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just picked up the Cookbook. I am very excited to get started. I am looking forward to all the great posts from you all. ~ Slainte <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:20:49 EST Exercising during the 4-Day Jumpstart - Good idea? It seems like a very low calorie intake for 4 days... would adding exercise actually prevent weight loss because the calorie deficit is too high? Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:01:39 EST Substitutions for the 4-Day Jumpstart Does anyone know any good substitutions for the turkey or cornflakes in the 4-day jumpstart? do you think oatmeal would be a good sub for cornflakes? Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:46:43 EST Granola Bars on the Jumpstart? I have like two boxes of KASHI granola bars. The trail mix and peanut kind....can I still eat them on my 4-day jumpstart? They do have nuts and raisins Wed, 9 Mar 2011 13:05:43 EST Today's FAVORITE MUFA AND / OR RECIPE Back at it today ! thought lets talk about Mufas and how we eat them . <BR> Whats your favorite Mufa today ? and how did you prepare it ? <BR> <BR> My favorite Mufa today is Peanut Butter ! and I prepared it by slathering it onto a piece of Whole Grain Bread ! <BR> <BR> Yummy <em>4</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 11:03:28 EST So does this diet actually work? I'm looking for a healthy way to get rid of some extra lbs and inches... does this diet really work? Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:57:45 EST Grocery List for first four days... Hello...I was wondering if anyone had access to an online grocery list that I dont have to pay to see... <BR> <BR> I want to run to the store only once and would like to know what I need for the first 4 days of the diet ... any info?? <BR> <BR> Its easier when I have a list... <BR> <BR> Thank you =) <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 12:09:50 EST Hello From Michigan =) I will be starting this diet tomorrow and looking forward to it!! This forum is awesome and I am sure I will get alot of support here...thank you ahead of time =) <BR> <BR> Carola Tue, 8 Mar 2011 12:06:47 EST Flat Belly Dieters I was in this group a year ago and it was really helpful. But I see now that there are a very little posts on here about Flatbelly and I would like to start those conversations again.I am on day 5 of the flatbelly not including the 4 day jump start. I just love the food on this plan. its so healthy and so yummy ! I really want to lose the weight this time and to eat like this and still lose weight sounds great ! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:22:18 EST Hi! New To The Team!! I just started the FBD, and I finished Day 1 of the Jump Start. I did good, the only thing that isn't cool is I'm dealing with a headache that doesn't seem like it will go away anytime soon...blah! I'm not letting that stop me! <BR> <BR> Have any of you dealt with that in the JS? What did you do to overcome it? <BR> <BR> Here's to Day 2! Mon, 28 Feb 2011 05:55:03 EST New here - skipped the Jumpstart! Hi all, <BR> Hope you're all well! <BR> I decided to start the FBD this wknd. I opted to skip the Jumpstart anti-bloat 4 day plan, because it was too calorie restrictive to me as I try to exercise a lot. <BR> The book said it was fine to skip, but I guess I might not lose as many lbs at the end, which I'm fine with. <BR> That being said, today is Day 1 of the 28 day plan for me! <BR> I hope I stick with it, because I really want this to work :) <BR> <BR> Good Luck to you all! Sat, 26 Feb 2011 18:32:55 EST Starting Jump Start today - again! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to stop by and say "Hi!" I am restarting FBD today with Jumpstart Day 1. I did this diet when it first came out a couple of years ago and lost about 20 lbs, and have mostly kept it off - except that I still had more weight to lose. Life got carried away and I haven't been following if very faithfully lately, so need to reset my body and get back on track! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:30:03 EST Hi I'm Tina. I fell off the wagon and have decided to do the Flat Belly Diet plan again. I did it 2yrs ago and lost weight, had tons of energy. So I am back to healthy eating again! :-) Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:50:26 EST Today is my first day! Hello Everyone.. Just join this wonderful site.. I need all the help I can get. Meal Plan, shopping list you name it I need it.. Have been having trouble with my weight, to much stress in my life and I am not dealing with it in the proper way. Please help me!! <BR> Thank you... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:35:23 EST Nuts anyone? Tired of the same old menus and mufas? Looking for some ideas on how to utilize nuts in a different fashion? <BR> <BR> Check through this resource for some "nutty" ideas <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:55:56 EST I finally got my hands on the FBD pocket guide! As the title says, I finally got a copy of the book and I get the diet and am ready to go. I'll admit, though, I'm a bit intimidated by the 4 day jumpstart....I eat really clean anyway, so I'm afraid that outside of the lack of calories there won't be a big enough change to show any difference/will burn me out of the diet. <BR> <BR> So I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that this is easier than it sounds! My meals average around 500-600 calories a meal (except breakfast), so I usually... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:56:26 EST Larabars? Hi guys! I did a search for this, but nothing came up. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if Larabars were okay for the diet given that they're a decent source of monounsaturated fat? I have a wonky lunch schedule, and sometimes I take them to school with me to have as a mini-meal/get me through til I'm off work/out of class and can eat. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:45:08 EST Hi everybody! I'm Teresa and I'm really excited to get started on this plan. I'm still reading the book but the recipes all sound delicious. So much so that I had to put the book down and go try one of the breakfast recipes! It was delicious and so much food for less than 400 calories. :-) Looking forward to meeting everyone! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:12:18 EST Hi! Hi! I'm Caley...I'm new to Sparknotes and just recently decided to jump into the Flat Belly Diet after seeing snippets of it in Women's Health magazine for years. I did the South Beach Diet as a teen to drop weight and had success with it/still follow a basic outline of the detox from time to time, however I dislike that it promotes sugar substitutes/felt FBD would be more "clean"? <BR> <BR> The one question I have (and it's probably been answered...sorry) is: Which cookbook is best? I'd lik... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 18:39:20 EST New to team/ Grandma Goddess, not quite yet! My name is Jackie and I'm going to be 60 Feb. 24th. My dear husband of 30 years is taking me on my first cruise and I want to get my belly down by Feb. 11th. Why did I start so late, because like everyone, I put it off. I started today with the diet, then saw the 4 day prep and thought I'd try it. I'm very hungry right now and have 1 1/2 hours till dinner. Any wisdom out there. The diet book says you shouldn't be hungry. Yiks! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:16:12 EST New here... Hi, <BR> <BR> I love me the FBD! I have never noticed this team excited. <BR> <BR> I just got the FBD Family Cookbook too. It's great! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 23:19:27 EST Hi, I'm Denise. Hey everybody, I'm Denise and I'm new to the FBD and this group. I'm one day through the JS and I'm absolutely starving! I keep reading about how no one else was hungry doing this, but I'm really having a hard time believing that! I'm determined to stick it out, but will it get easier? Sat, 15 Jan 2011 02:53:10 EST Hello! Another new one here I'm so glad I've found this group! I would like to lose about 40 lbs and knew I needed something that would lay it all out for me and tell me what to do. Then I found the book at Borders and knew this was it. Today was day 4 of the jumpstart program. One of the most exciting benefits so far has been that I haven't had any hotflashes! I usually have them all day long! One of the hardest things though has been no coffee. That is my big question. Do people still drink their coffee on the diet? T... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:59:29 EST Hi. I'm new here Hi I'm Emily <BR> I have read the book, and I am on Day 2 of the 4 day jump start. I must admit today was better than yesterday. My Mom and hubby are also doing the diet with me so I have some support. I am really hoping this diet works for me, my ultimate goal is to lose about 50lbs. I am also using the Wii Fit. This diet seems pretty doable and not as restrictive as some. I look forward to reading your posts and learning from all of you in this group! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:53:49 EST Cinch!: Core Good afternoon, Cinch'ers!!! <BR> <BR> I am on Day 8 of the plan and lovin' it. My weigh in days will be Fridays. <BR> <BR> Now my goal is to start fittin' some exercise in too. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:22:42 EST Cinch!: The 5-Day, 5-Food Fast Forward I am posting a "Cambpells Soup" version of the Five Day Fast Forward Plan so you folks have an idea of what it is all about. If you like what you see, I strongly suggest you explore the book. I am very glad I bought it. <BR> <BR> For five days you will eat: Spinach, Raspberries, Almonds (slivered), Organic eggs, and Nonfat (0 percent) plain yogurt. Cynthia suggests using Greek yogurt and that is what I used. It is high in protein. <BR> <BR> You will drink at least 8 glasses of water a d... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:15:53 EST Hi, New to the Team, and I have a quick question.. Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Joined spark last April, started off gung ho and full of enthusiasm, even lost 17 lbs, but lost my mojo and gained it back. Came back to spark Jan 1 ready to work hard and change my eating habits for good!! Saw Cynthia Sass on the Rachael Ray show the other day and that led me here. This plan sounds easy to follow and it certainly has gotten a lot of positive feedback here. I'm just confused as to which book to buy? Do I start with CINCH the newest book or is ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 12:51:35 EST Cynthia Sass will be on TV Wed/ Cynthia will be on the Rachael Ray show this coming Wed. I missed her on the Early Show this morning - so hope to catch her on Wed. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 21:52:10 EST The 5-Day, 5-Food Fast Forward Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I have started the 5-day, 5-food fast forward today. So good. <BR> <BR> I will let you know my results on Friday as the last day of this adventure will be on Thursday!!! <BR> <BR> I can have coffee!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Latahhhh!!! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:06:57 EST GETTING IN GEAR FOR A NEW YEAR ! I am so looking forward to getting back on track .I havent been into it for a long time ,but I love the flat belly diet and i lost alot of weight in one months time about a year ago. Now I'm writing down my shopping lists and getting some workout tapes and getting out my Flat Belly cookbooks and gearing up for a big weight loss in 2011! <em>9</em> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:25:41 EST Cynthia Sass's New Follow Up Book I am excited about the new book by Cynthia Sass coming out this Tue. - Called - Cinch! It is a follow up to the Flat Belly Diet book she co-authored. Each meal still contains a Mufa in the same amounts - only now they are called a Plant Based Fat. Each meal is perfectly balanced and that is what I need and feel best with. You can read all about it on her new website - Very interesting. Share what you think! Sun, 26 Dec 2010 15:37:21 EST Starting Jumpstart Tomorrow! Im excited! :) Mon, 15 Nov 2010 23:30:59 EST Troubles Logging Fitness Minutes Is anyone else having troubles logging fitness minutes? I haven't been able to log minutes for 3 days now! Not sure if it is something on Spark or my computer. Thanks! Mon, 15 Nov 2010 21:49:42 EST FBD 32 Day Results I am so happy today and just had to share....Yesterday was day 32 of my FBD plan. I weighted and measured today and I was down 14 pounds and 15-3/8 inches! I am so glad to have finally found a plan that works for me! <em>244</em> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:54:09 EST How do you track MUFAs on SP? I added MUFAs to my nutrition tracker, but it measures them in number of grams per day. <BR> <BR> So 35 percent of a 1600-calorie day means 560 calories on MUFAs -- that's between 2 and 3 grams. I logged a super-clean eating day and came in at 8g MUFAs. I can only imagine what a non-clean eating day will look like! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a better way to calculate the number of grams of MUFAs per day on your nutrition tracker? I meant to check my book when I got home last night but forgo... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:18:03 EST Question about Jumpstart Im on the jumpstart part of this diet. Question is can I eat papaya and watermelon? I have lots of papayas and would love to make them in smoothies. Mon, 8 Nov 2010 13:23:13 EST The Jingle Bell Challenge <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Christmas is just around the corners FBD'ers!!! WOW!!! <BR> <BR> Tis' the season to be jolly so I wanted to create a Christmas Challenge that was fun, festive, and fab!!! <BR> <BR> Here we go!!! <BR> <BR> Your goal from now to December 23 will be to collect all the <em>445</em> you can!!! <BR> <BR> For each pound you will earn a <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Every day you are faithful with a MUF... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 06:21:08 EST Newbie...quick question Hello! I'm fairly new to the FBD. I had to take my son to the Pediatrician on Sat. and noticed that the Dr. had lost a considerable amount of weight. I asked him about it and he told me a little about the FBD. He has lost 65 lbs and has kept it off. I've heard about it, but just hadn't thought much about looking into it until I saw someone who has been successful with it. Especially a dr! I've not gotten totally committed to it, but will probably settle down to it in a few days. Is th... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 19:52:15 EST Help! I just heard about this diet and I love all the foods but how do you measure out two tablespoons of almonds? I am waiting for my books to arrive. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 18:29:48 EST I have a ?? about Sassy Water If you can't handle the taste, would it be alright to make Green Tea out of the water? <BR> <BR> After the Sassy Water is made, brew Green Tea in it. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:50:55 EST I just read the book and loved it I saw this diet in a prevention mag. I went to the library and checked the book out and the cook book. I love it! I have a huge middle and can't get rid of it. My legs are skinny and pretty and my arms. But my middle is huge, if u saw my legs you wouldn't believe they belong to a fat person. I walk and have good muscles but now I need to focus on my middle. I can't wait to met you all and learn about new ways to get my middle to go away. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:29:46 EST Yummy Dinner Tonight! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I had the most delicious dinner tonight. It is a recipe from the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook. Spaghetti with Roasted Cauliflower and Olives! I love roasted cauliflower and olives - so this was perfect for me. And the red-pepper flakes added just the right amount of heat! I can even have left-overs for lunch tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the recipe on Prevention's website. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ttiwithRoastedCauliflowerandOl... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:11:35 EST Question on team goal "Eat a MUFA at Every Meal" I joined this goal - but I have a question about tracking it. Do I track 1 for every meal (4 a day) or 1 for each day that I eat a MUFA at every meal (1 per day)? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for the help! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:02:18 EST Newbie, What's the flat belly diet? Hey my name is Norrisa and i was wondering is there is a specific diet your suppose to follow on this team called the flat belly diet? Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:50:40 EST FAT TALK FREE WEEK: OCTOBER 18-22, 2010 A fellow Sparker brought this to my attention, so I decided to share it with you: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndata-dieting-weight-loss/2010/10/to-a<BR>chieve-your-goals-change-h.html </link> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 19:02:13 EST Hi, I'm Carol Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am ready to start the Jumpstart tomorrow! I am going to do my shopping today! It is hard to find 4 days in a row to do this - but I am just going to go for it! It seems like every time I look at the calendar there is some obstacle, but I just decided to go for it anyway. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SparkPeople for several years - but only recently have I been a regular on the site. Now it is time to really start putting things into practice. <BR> <BR> Wi... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 11:03:28 EST hi, I'm rebecca Janel (Jelli19) suggested I join. I just heard about FBD today. I've ordered the books and will getting started as soon as they arrive. I hope it works for me. I've tried south beach before with mild success...until I ended up on antibiotics for a sinus infection and had to abandon the restrictions of the diet for yogurt and local honey. <BR> Looking forward to jumping in and getting started with you all. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:58:47 EST How is everyone doing? I'm new to the team, i was just wondering how everyone is doing on the diet. I'm going to start it next week after I go grocery shopping. For this week I'm going to try to do the diet with what food I have, but It maybe hard. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:35:29 EST Hello, My Name is Deonna My goal is to get down to 127 and be fit and toned. I am going to use the south beach method starting with phase 1. I hope to loose 10 pounds by halloween and 10 more by the end of the year if not more. I plan to eat healthier, work out weekly and keep a journal about everything I experience day to day. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:27:18 EST Sassy Water You can find the recipe for Sassy Water in the sp recipes....I can tell you how I made it! <BR> <BR> 2 quarts of tape water <BR> Lemon slices or (lemon juice to taste) <BR> Cucumber slices thin <BR> 2 Tabs. Fresh ginger, crated <BR> 15 fresh spearmint leaves. <BR> <BR> Make the night before, so all the flavors blend together. Drink one glass with each meal, enjoy! Very refreshing! <BR> <BR> Let me know if this helps you out! <BR> <BR> sp pal, Donna <em>194</em> <em>274</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 20:58:38 EST Put on your Skini Halloween Costume! Let's dress up for Halloween....put on your costume.....and get some pumkins going....Let's have fun, fun, fun!!! <BR> <BR> <em>147</em> <em>240</em> <em>420</em> <em>422</em> <em>419</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:43:36 EST Organic Foods? My book came today and I noticed immediately the reference everywhere to organic food. I'm sure I'll find my answer somewhere in the book, but I'd appreciate it, if someone can tell me if eating organic is mandatory. If so, I'll have to forget it, I just can't afford them. <BR> <BR> Frances Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:21:20 EST anyone feel lethargic on the jump start? I'm on day three of jump start, and doing well. I did take in more of the veggies for dinner, but how can it hurt? I noticed that I felt rather logey this morning when I woke up, jittery and rubber legged. Anyone else feel this way? I'd lost about a pound as of this morning. A bit disappointing. I weighed 155 when I started, and went down to 153.8. What's the deal here? Could it be I'm still retaining fluid? My clothes did fit better. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:22:16 EST Plug for the Done girls seasonal challenges! :) One of the teams I am a member of, the Done girls, has been running seasonal weight loss challenges every 12 weeks. We are starting up the next round, Winter Is Near, on the 25th of this month, and we need more recruits! Each week we will have a nutrition, motivational, or fitness related challenge to encourage you to keep pushing towards your goals. If you need an extra push to get to your goals by the end of this year, sign up! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> If you are interested... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:11:20 EST Confusion on Sunflower Seeds So the book says that a MUFA serving of sunflower seeds is 2 tablespoons, which it says is 90 calories. 2 tablespoons is 1 oz., which I put in the nutrition tracker. Well the Spark nutrition tracker says that unsalted sunflower seeds is 165 calories, not 90. <BR> <BR> I already threw out my bag of seeds, so I don't have that to look back on (I stored them right away in an airtight container)... <BR> <BR> I am tracking it at the higher number for now...but just wondered if anyone else had ... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:30:37 EST nighttime hunger so i leave my house by 7am, and eat around then. my lunch is at like 11am. I have a meeting around 2, so eat my snack then, then dinner around 5. I have been up late working and well... 5-11 is a long time! any suggestions on what to do/eat to contol the hunger at night? i assume steer clear of carbs? Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:00:31 EST Time Savers Hi everyone. I'm preparing to start off tomorrow with the diet. I've done South Beach in the past and have done well with it, but usually loose about 30 lbs then stall. I'm looking forward to this diet. I have about 50 lbs to loose. However, I work full time I'm finding it difficult to "plan" all my meals. Also, I have dairy and soy allergies, so I can't just grab a cheese stick or yogurt and go. I'd love to hear of any time saving ideas you all may have. I'll start out with a few I've ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:23:01 EST Weekly Challenge Hello Flat Belly Diet Team!!! <BR> <BR> I thought I would add some spice to our current challenge! I propose a "Weekly Challenge" add-on!!! <BR> <BR> What's this week's challenge?!? <BR> <BR> 30 Jumping Jacks - Monday thru Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Who's with me?!? Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:37:41 EST Question about Chocolate... Today I'm on the first day of the 28 day plan, finished the JS. So I made the chocolate waffle and they said to put 1/4 cup of chocolate morsels on top...they called for semisweet or dark, but all I had was milk chocolate, which doesn't have any monosaturated fats in it. So is that not a MUFA then? I need to go shopping! Sat, 11 Sep 2010 18:30:25 EST Starting Monday with Jump Start Hi all! I'm going to begin the Jump Start on Monday. If anyone else is going to start around then and wants a buddy, I'd love the support. This will be my second time with Flat Belly. Last summer I lost about 7 pounds on this diet, then found out I was pregnant! Talk about irony... Flat Belly to Belly Bump! Now the bun is out of the oven and its time to get it Flattened back down :) Thu, 9 Sep 2010 12:35:42 EST Halfway Done with the Jump Start I am on Day 3 of the JS and weighed in this morning and was shocked to see that I've lost 5 lbs. already! I am a very slow loser (last month I lost only 2 lbs. the entire month) so this was so thrilling for me to see! I'm just hoping that once I'm into the regular eating plan (I don't want to call it a "diet") that I'll be able to incorporate foods that I like and also that it can fit with my family's lifestyle. Right now I'm eating separate dinners, and with two young kids and a husband t... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 11:27:38 EST Lookin' MUFAlous By Hallowe'en Challenge!!! <em>431</em> <em>333</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the "Lookin' MUFAlous By Hallowe'en Challenge!!!! Enter if you dare!!!! <BR> <BR> You will have approximately 9 weeks to get comfortable with the FBD plan and make it a natural part of your life!!! The challenge will start tomorrow. However, please feel free to "jump" in at any time!!! <BR> <BR> The challenge? <BR> <BR> 1. A MUFA at every meal. <BR> <BR> 2. 4 meals a day no longer than 4 hours a part (400 Cal... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 12:05:45 EST New Leader Hello Everone!!! <BR> <BR> I am excited about being one of the leaders of the FBD team!!! <BR> <BR> I started the FBD in 2008 and had GREAT SUCCESS with it. Unfortunately, life and other things have gotten in the way so I strayed from the plan! <BR> <BR> I am back!!! <BR> <BR> I will be doing the JS starting Friday! Currently, I am on a road trip for work but will be back later today! <BR> <BR> You will be hearing more from me...and I look forward to learning from all of you!... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 08:59:05 EST Just starting 8/10...p rogress, questions, support Hello all... <BR> <BR> I thought I would start a new thread for those of us new to FBD who might have questions and are looking for support. <BR> <BR> Today is my day 3 of JS and I am so genuinely delighted: I have lost 2 pounds and already an inch from my hips! <BR> <BR> My first day I didn't start the JS until lunch because I was a little sick in the morning, so I only had 950 calories all day. Yesterday morning I had lost 1 pound. Yesterday I followed it all day and my SP tracker said... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 06:59:40 EST Newbie to FBD...looking for support Hello all.... <BR> <BR> I joined SP last year about same time, but had major health issues, blah blah. <BR> <BR> Now I'm back and determined to lost the weight for good this time! I have the FBD book and started JS yesterday. <BR> <BR> Anyone else just starting out and want a buddy for support??? Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:03:09 EST Flat belly, here I come! I started the flat belly diet yesterday (my first diet EVER) and am trying hard to follow the 4 day jumpstart. I feel pretty good about it, though I did have to succumb to my coffee habit. I did a 16 oz. Starbucks, half decaf, as I didn't want to get a caffeine-withdrawal headache! <BR> <BR> The meals in the "real" part of the diet look fantastic (other than the fact I don't like olives...) and I am finding I like the "eat every 4 hours" a great idea. I usually eat a very light breakfast, th... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:44:09 EST New to Flat Belly Diet I am new this group, but not new to Spark. I have been researching different eating plans that might work for be for the long haul and all my favorite experts were pointing toward this type of plan. I thought the Flat Belly Diet book explained the everything very clearly and gave the tools and recommendations that made it easy to adapt to my lifestyle and food preferences. I was already eating many of the right things, but I wasn't spacing my calories and MUFAs out evenly throughout the day. ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 21:15:04 EST 1st day of Flat Belly Jumpstart HI Everyone <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the Jumpstart for me. I easily made it through but my one question is, can I skip the ginger in the sassy water? Ginger just makes my mouth itch. Looking forward to reading your posts. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 18:12:52 EST Hi Everyone! I'm done with the jumpstart..... Hi, <BR> I am so glad that there is a FBD team on SP!! I joined the FBD website and this one is just simply better. I lost 7 pounds on during the 4 day jumpstart, and am now incorporating the treadmill and some strength training. Cross your fingers that this continues...I'm looking forward to being part of this team! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:20:06 EST Playlist for walking? Hi All! I'm getting an IPOD! I am very excited and would like some song suggestions that are good for walking to. I want to start a playlist (will get help from the kids...). <BR> <BR> Thanks, Karen Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:48:11 EST Is Anyone Willing To Start With Me on Sunday? I am going to start the JumpStart on Sunday. I know it's a stupid day to start but that way, when I do my weigh in on Wednesday for another team, I'll have an accurate record of how much I have lost. If anyone wants to join me, I'd greatly appreciate having someone to go through this with to compare notes (or lots of someone's). <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone the best, <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 19:10:07 EST Just Getting Started? Hello everyone! I'm new to the Flat Belly Diet, though I've tried to start it seveal times. The first time I went the entire 2 weeks on the jump start phase, and the second time only one week. I find it very hard to limit myself so severely. Is there an easier way to get through it and Is there a new Flat Belly Diet out there now? Also, a lot of the recepies in the cookbook are very expensive to plan. Some of these foods are just not available in the stores around here, and it seems to l... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 16:38:47 EST New to the team and Flat Belly! Hello there! I'm Sara a 29 year old teacher in Ohio. I just finished my four day "detox" on the Flat Belly Diet. (Boy, was day 2 rough or what?!). It paid off because I lost 10.2 pounds and 4 inches off my waist! <BR> <BR> Now that I'm moving forward into the 1600 calorie range, there are a few things I'm curious about. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm thinking about doing the 1200 calorie diet once a week. Just to keep my body guessing and also to balance out... <BR> <BR> 2. I want to have a meal once a ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 07:09:39 EST Hey everyone, started today (July 4th) I started the jumpstart program today and so far so good! I really love the sassy water. It reminds me of a water that I used to drink all of the time when I had a big lemon balm plant in the front yard. :) Anyways, looking forward to meeting you all. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 17:48:33 EST Ready Set Go!! Day 1 Now...tomorrow never happens! <BR> Evening meal starts my new choices!!! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 18:56:26 EST new and winging it Hi all, <BR> I have been reading info in this forum and i think i have the just of it. Haven't purchased the book yet ...going to wing it. :) I have the recipe for the sassy water and the 4 day jumpstart. Not sure how i am going to go with the "no coffee"..that part will be the big challenge. Starting tomorrow. Any tips...would love to hear them ..thanks much!! Sat, 26 Jun 2010 07:09:02 EST Coconut Oil and MUFAs Because I'm new AND curious, I'm wondering if Coconut Oil is considered as MUFA? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:32:15 EST 4 Day Jumpstart Breakfast Question Good morning everyone. <BR> I'm new to the FBD and today starts my day 2 of the jump start. My co-worker(who just finished the 4 day) and I were discussing whether you have to eat all the breakfast foods at the same time. I have a long commute to work so I space out my cereal, mufa & fruit. What do you all think? Have a great day! Wed, 23 Jun 2010 06:25:06 EST New to the team....loving the FBD! Hello everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been on the FBD for 3 1/2 weeks now. I've lost 5 pounds so far...didn't bother with the jumpstart. Before starting this program I thought carefully about why the other diets have failed. I decided that I needed a diet where I didn't have to record every bite I took, had healthy food that I liked and that filled me up. I also decided to stay off the scales, at least at first. In the past when I have started a diet I have weighed myself ... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:41:08 EST LOOKING FOR A SUMMER BUDDY I find if I am accountable to someone else I do much better. I'd like to lose 10 pounds (maybe 15) and I need a buddy to check in with once a week. Is any one in a similar situation? If you are interested, let me know. I hope to be support and encouragement for you too. <BR> <BR> Karen Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:52:22 EST Hi:) Im starting the 4-day jumpstart tmw Well I'm finally giving this a try. I'm excited I like all these MUFAs already so now its just getting my butt in gear to do it correctly. I'm hoping I can stick to this new lifestyle. Its time:) <em>30</em> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:04:49 EST prevention vs jorge there a difference? hey guys i'm new to flat belly and i'm gathering information on the diet. can someone tell me if there is a difference between prevention and jorge cruise take on flat belly? i want to purchase a book which they both have. i wanted to get some feedback before doing so. <BR> <BR> thanks in advance. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 17:10:43 EST hello hey guys i'm new to sparkpeople and this team. here to learn all about the fat belly diet and lose some pounds. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 17:06:27 EST I Get My Book Tomorrow I have had several friends talk to me about this book and diet so today I called the bookstore and had them set it aside for me. I get it tomorrow. I have also made a short grocery list to get the sassy water ingredients. I noticed that they have a book specifically for diabetics too so I ordered it as well (type 2). Love any insights and ideas. <em>48</em> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:32:34 EST Avocado Help I am having trouble finding enough ways to use my avocado. I make guacamole, use it in sandwiches and pizza and make the raw vegan chocolate pudding. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any interesting ways of using avocado? Wed, 9 Jun 2010 11:15:01 EST 400 Calorie Fix I have been reading a lot about this book. It has been written by the same authors as The Flat Belly Diet Book. Has anyone heard of it? <BR> <BR> They claim that it is like the FBD but you don't have to eat a MUFA at each meal. They also state that you can lose 11 lbs in 14 days. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried this diet yet? Any info would be greatly appreciated. I am totally interested! Fri, 4 Jun 2010 14:16:50 EST Puzzled Ok, I am still new this this diet sortof. Im just disappointed a little. I do not know what I am doing wrong. I started this diet on May 1. The first week I lost 6lbs. I gave up soda all together and have only eatten beef 1time. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I eat a mufa at every meal, I am only eatting 400 cal at each meal. Before I was prolly drinking 3 cans of pop a day, eatting a load of sugar im sure. My weakness was choc at night before bed, and gummy worms. <BR> <BR> From wha... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 20:26:36 EST I'm up to here with avocados! My fridge is full of them. There's not much space for anything else. My freezer has half my tupperware containers full of mashed avo with lemon juice. And that darned tree keeps delivering a couple more every day. I take bags of them to work and most people say no thanks, I also have a tree. Since the maximum serving is only a quarter avocado, my husband and I are having a hard time getting through them. Looks like I'll have to forgo my other MUFAs for a while and eat avos three times a day <... Sat, 22 May 2010 15:31:17 EST YUCK!!!! Ok...I started the four day jump-start this morning...the sunflower seeds(1/4 cup) were hard to gag down. I mixed them with the applesauce to get them in. I hate tomatoes and am not looking forward to the pint of grape tomatoes at lunch...not sure how to get by those! I am really scared and nervous about the things on the menu that I really don't care for...are there substitutes? Trying to do it right. Mon, 17 May 2010 10:17:53 EST Coffee Im still kind of new this diet, still trying to figure stuff out. I posted earlier that I am doing the FBD and my partner is going to start the Adkins. <BR> <BR> Im trying to convince her that this would be easier and more flexible. Her main reason for doing the adkins is Coffee and Hamburgers/steaks. <BR> <BR> I know in the first 4days- (anti bloat diet part) you cant have coffee. Can you have it after the 4days? So it is possible for her to just skip that. She is SOO dependant on coffee... Sat, 15 May 2010 10:17:55 EST Mufa/Pufa Ok, Me and my co-worker are doing the flatbellydiet, and then my partner is going to start the Adkins diet. I believe this is going to be kind of difficult us doing 2 different diets. But she was reading the book <BR> last night and stated that some of our MUFA's are actually PUFA's. like the flaxseed oil, and safflower oil etc. Can someone clear this up for me? <BR> <BR> And, I already did the jump start diet and am actually on my 8th day. I feel as though I am not doing the diet correct. ... Wed, 12 May 2010 14:36:05 EST Interesting Menus I can put together a nice menu; however, I'm still a bit "challenged" in putting together a full day's worth of menus that work together, balance my day, and don't land me in a "food rut". <BR> <BR> I always like to see new ideas for foods I haven't tried or menus that give an interesting way of using an ingredient. <BR> <BR> In that vein, I thought I'd start a thread and share an interesting tidbit that was in my inbox today. <BR> It's from a different diet I'd never heard of BUT it doe... Wed, 12 May 2010 13:25:26 EST Hello from Indiana! Hi everyone! I'm Brenda and I'm actually coming back for round 2 of the Flat Belly Diet. I bought the book in Feb 2009 but really didn't follow it. I use the recipes all of the time and love them! So, since I've been getting out the book more often to find recipes, I decided to make a 2nd attempt at this. So, here I am!!! Sat, 8 May 2010 14:54:54 EST Are we doing something wrong? Hi...I'm new to this forum, and new to this diet. <BR> <BR> My husband has a lot of weight to lose.We've now started the Flat Belly Diet since it's about clean eating...good carbs and being healthy, but he hasn't lost anything within this first four days. Is that normal, or are we doing something wrong? Thu, 6 May 2010 10:13:33 EST Glad to join you!! Hi Everyone..I'm Vicky from Indiana,been with Sparkpeople for 3 years.I love trying to live & eat healthy & staying active.Just came across this team this morning & found it interesting!! Thu, 6 May 2010 08:32:27 EST Hello Everybody I haven't really started the FBD yet, but I just wanted to say HI to everyone, and thanks for having so much helpful information posted. <BR> <BR> I'm 40 years old, have about 40 pounds to lose, and need to lose at least 10 inches off my waist (going by the recommendation of having your waist measurement = half your height) <em>39</em> I joined Spark quite a while back, but I just haven't used it like I should. Hopefully joining this team will be the kick in the pants that I need! <BR> <... Wed, 5 May 2010 13:30:20 EST My Curves workout opinion not bad...not bad at all. Today I did my 1st workout with the owner "coaching" me. I didn't need to know how the machines worked or the concept but overall not bad. I did not use the smart card, next appointment I am going to try out the owners smart card (we are about the same height with about the same range of motion) to see how that workout will be. Overall it was good, I was breathing hard and sweating a little bit but didn't push too hard since I gardened all weekend and my left bic... Mon, 3 May 2010 17:12:37 EST anyone do curves? does anyone do curves as a workout...they have a new thing called the smart card that pushes you and I am starting on Monday to see how it is. <BR> <BR> Just wondering what everyone though of it. Sat, 1 May 2010 10:27:04 EST so excited hi there, <BR> <BR> just wanted to say hi. <BR> <BR> i also wanted a place where i can go and speak, without others mocking me for taking on this intelligent way of eating. <BR> <BR> i started the FBD yesterday and managed to lose 4lbs. I guess i really was bloated! i'm interested to see how things go tomorrow. <BR> <BR> day 2, i have a killer headache. it could be the pollen tho. (that's what i blame everything on) <BR> <BR> hope to make some new online buddies, and to listen to an... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:34:07 EST Cannot believe it! Hi everyone. I'm glad it's not 1st April or I'd think someone was pulling my leg. I found the link here and have been browsing through Prevention for the last couple of hours. All my favourite foods in a DIET??? As a lacto vegetarian with a fridge full of avocados (they keep dropping off the tree outside at a rate of two or three a day in perfect condition and three days from ripe) and a penchant for dark chocolate I feel like I'm in heaven. I even have all the ingredients to hand for the Sas... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:15:33 EST Can I replace SparkMenus with FBD menus? Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople and I want an easy way to import the FBD menus to my food tracker. Do I have to input each meal as I go or is there a way to import the info? Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:07:42 EST Not strictly on the plan, just eating better Two weeks ago started just as a way to eat better. Knew the jumpstart wasn't for me, didn't really see the point of giving up coffee because of the acid, then drinking acidic sassy water in an attempt to just lose gas and water weight. Had a bout of asthma, just not up to the struggle. Read how no diet can target just belly fat, thought the hype factor was a bit high. <BR> <BR> Also, couldn't figure out how to eat 4 full 400 cal. meals every 4hrs at work, or to eat only off the meal plan.... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 01:26:38 EST New to the MUFA Good morning all! <BR> <BR> Can someone kindly explain the MUFA to me and what I have t do to succeed at it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 18 Apr 2010 09:17:32 EST Hi all ! I've been using Sparks since March and I have lost some weight. I first started because I wanted to loose some inches off my belly. I don't have a lot of weight to loose. I'd just be really happy to loose some inches instead. I just found this Flat Belly Diet. I'm excited to try it! <em>41</em> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:34:52 EST New to the Team & FBD Hi All, <BR> <BR> New to Spark people and also the Flat Belly Diet. Read about FBD a while back, but never really got into it. Happy to join the team and ready to give it a go! <BR> Looking forward to making new friends and giving and receiving support. Any suggestions or advise is much appreciated. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:46:46 EST 30 Day Challenge WELCOME! <BR> <BR> The challenge starts tomorrow, Friday, April 16th (but you can jump on board whenever you see this!). We'll go through Friday, May 14th. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. 30+ minutes of exercise per day <BR> 2. Track what you are eating....sticking to the Flat Belly way of eating <BR> <BR> Who wins? <BR> Everyone who sticks with us for the 30 days and feels healthier... losing a few pounds won't hurt either! ;-) <BR> <BR> What do I do? <BR> Log onto this topic each evening an... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 19:58:49 EST FBD for a grazer/s acker... Hello! I've decided to read the FBD book and join your team! Thanks for having me! i am hoping you all can give me some advice/support/inspiration! <BR> <BR> I am a stay at home mom, and have always been a frequent grazer/snacker. Even though I snack on healthy foods (most of the time), I know that this habit is not supporting my weight loss. I recently had a baby (10 weeks ago), and I think FBD will be great for me, but I am actually SCARED that I'm not going to be able to do it. So, my que... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:07:28 EST Diet Exercise Combo:Flat Belly Diet & 30 Day Shred Just wanted to know if anyone was interested in combining the 2...I'm well on my way into the FBD but I'm going to continue doing it...but I just added in Jillian Michaels 30 day shred...I started yesterday. Tough but great:) Any takers?? Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:50:51 EST are soynuts a MUFA? I looked at the post that someone had put on here and i saw that it listed soybeans, but I bought some soynuts yesterday from our whole foods store, and there isn't any nutrition information listed, so i dont know if they have MUFA or not.. if someone could let me know, i'd appreciate it! of course sparkpeople doesn't have any listed for them either. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 08:38:50 EST MUFA servings? Calories vs. Quantity? Which one? okay I have a questions...for a MUFA serving do you focus on total calories or serving size? For example: My trader joe's roasted unsalted cashew pieces are 170 calories for 1/4 cup but according to the MUFA exchange 2 tbsp is 100 calories for a servings. If I have 2 tbsp of my TJ's cashews it's only 85 calories...the sunspire semi-sweet chocolate chips are only 70 calories for 2 tbsp so 1/4 cup would be 140 calories but the books says 207 for 1/4 cup chocolate. <BR> <BR> I have noticed t... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:54:44 EST flaxseed oil vs. ground flaxseed What would the major difference be? I read somewhere that if you take it in the oil form you're taking away all the protein and nutrients from it, and you're just left with the omega 3 fatty acids. Just wondering if there is a major difference! <BR> Thanks! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:38:23 EST new here w/ a ? on avocados Hi everyone! I'm new to this team... and I have to admit, I'm a little hesitant. :) I'm so big on my carbs, and I've just recently been trying to get more protein in my diet instead of carbs. I don't eat much meat at all... I can handle turkey sandwiches, chicken wraps or salads, but i can't do chicken every night either. I've been getting my protein thru whey protein shakes, cottage cheese, egg whites, etc.. But anyway, ALL of the weight i have to lose is in my stomach. I had a baby almost a... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:08:30 EST Chocolate? Okay I can't seem to find chocolate where 1/4 cup is 200 calories...everything I find is 1 TBSP is 70 calories making a full MUFA serving 280 calories. <BR> <BR> What brand should I be looking for? <BR> <BR> Colleen Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:11:57 EST leftovers for lunch? Okay so usually i make extra dinner for my lunch at work the next this okay with the diet? Sun, 11 Apr 2010 13:35:56 EST Hello Everyone!! Hi! My name is Ashli and I am going to be 24 this month. I was a competitive dancer my whole life but stopped after high school and since then Ive gained some extra weight that Im looking to get rid of!! My mom let me borrow her book and I really like what I have read so far...especially the part about the chocolate :) I am starting the JS and am looking for any tips and advice to help me be successful! Im looking for an accountability partner/team so if anyone wants to help out that would be... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 22:34:19 EST Hello all HI there, I am a 39 year old mom and wife living in AZ. I used to be an aerobics instructor and taught yoga for 4 years. Unfortunately, my health took a turn for the worse the past 3 years and I suffered some physical injuries from playing too much tennis and now I've been sedentary for about a year. On occasion I get on the bike at the gym or I pop in a yoga or pilates DVD but I'm not very consistent and the extra few pounds have started piling on. <BR> <BR> I found the FBD from a recom... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:45:38 EST I want to start FBD, but I am always hungry..... I currently want to lose about 7-10 pounds. I have IBS and I find that one of my symptoms is that I 'feel' hungry all the time. I get really bad stomach growling and pain that can only be relieved by sourdough bread or crackers. Fruit and raw veggies can trigger an IBS episode if I'm not having a good week. I'd have to modify the diet quite a bit but I'd really like to try it since most of my fat is hanging in the belly area, LOL! <BR> <BR> I seriously doubt I can do the 1200 calorie JS.... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:40:10 EST Lunch? Salad dressing suggestions Hey ladies today is day 5 for me and I wasn't as prepared for's my plan <BR> <BR> egg salad (recipe from FBD website) <BR> 2 sliced whole wheat bread <BR> olives <BR> <BR> I think I need to add something and was thinking a salad but what dressing? Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:42:02 EST to see how many times your page has been visited. This was in our business team post: <BR> There is a way to see how many times your page has been visited. If you go to "edit your spark page", scroll to the bottom and it's on the left side of the page. <BR> I didn't know that. Interesting. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 13:47:41 EST Starting please I am starting this on Monday, I am a little scared of the limited 4 days as I am trying to also feed a family without cooking just for me... <BR> <BR> Any tips for this? <BR> <BR> Any tips of surviving the 4 days? <BR> <BR> On Tuesday I have a lunch meeting at a restaurant, will a salad with some protein be okay? <BR> <BR> Thanks you~Colleen Sat, 3 Apr 2010 00:39:49 EST How to pick and store good olive oil Wow I thought cold pressed was good, but now it isn't necessary. Here are the facts on how to pick a good olive oil and store it. Good info. I just tried the link and it gets you there but you have to push resource center then home and it is on the front page. sorry. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-and-drink/choosing-and-storing-olive<BR>-oils </link> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 14:49:49 EST You could win $30.00 sp store certificate. this was posted in the business section team. It is not an April fools joke. The lady is totally serious. She is trying it to get more people in her team. It is a nice way to get moving. <BR> You have to sign up today to get in. She will take everyone who gets in 500 fitness min. this month and draw one name out for the certificate. She will get a code when she buys it and send you the code by spmail so you can spend it in the sp store. Good luck. Here is the link. <BR> This is a chal... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 08:20:44 EST swaps from prevention __/4 <link><BR>s/weight-loss-tips/eat-for-a-slim-bell<BR>y/article/9bb9bc9c9949a110VgnVCM200000<BR>12281eac______/4 </link> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:18:40 EST Finally losing weight I was so excited this morning when I got on my WII to do my body test and some yoga and found out that I have lost another pound. That means I have lost 4.5 pounds and feel that I can do this. <BR> <BR> This is my Happy Dance <em>104</em> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:08:17 EST Tracking Fitness Question When you track cardio you enter the exercise and then the minutes. For strength training is there a way to enter minutes without entering each exercise and repition? I am following a DVD and didn't want to enter each exercise. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:38:01 EST How long have you been on and how much you lost? I've lost 4 pounds this week and I wondered how long have you all been on the flat belly diet and how much have you lost? Sat, 27 Mar 2010 19:08:32 EST Does the sassy water make you lose faster? I just wondered if it makes you lose faster and how many are drinking it just as it says? Sat, 27 Mar 2010 18:11:20 EST A Favorite Flat Belly Recipe You'd Like to Share? I love <em>291</em> and Balsamic Vinegar! This is one of my favorites. <BR> <BR> Balsamic Roasted Carrots <BR> Serves 2 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 8 medium carrots, quartered lengthwise <BR> 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided (MUFA) <BR> 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a roasting pan, combine carrots, 2 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, salt ... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 11:47:09 EST What does ginger do and is it safe? Please read this article to the very last sentence. Ginger thins your blood and you should not have more than 4 grams a day or it could thin it too much. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>inger.htm </link> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:00:26 EST the book vs. the pocket guide I bought the pocket guide but am curious as to the book. Does it have a lot more info? It seems like the basics are all covered in the pocket guide. <BR> Eventually I want to get the 400 calorie fix and maybe combine them. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:23:56 EST What are some things that you do to keep losing? Is there any secrets to keep losing on this diet? Is one mufa better than the rest? Fri, 26 Mar 2010 10:00:34 EST Are you still losing after the jumpstart? Just curious if the jumpstart is water weight, and if you are still losing after the jumpstart and how much? How long did it take to lose what you lost? Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:58:41 EST What have been your challenges w/FBD? What have been your challenges in applying the Flat Belly Diet? Please share with us. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 13:17:47 EST Question I know that I have not been on here long but it seems that this team is so quiet. Is there some way that you would post more? A team is only as strong as you make it and if no one posts then the team is not strong. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:35:48 EST Calorie Intake for Petite Women Hi, <BR> <BR> I just started reading the FBD book and I had a question about the calorie intake. I know you're supposed to eat 4 400 calorie meals but I am only 5'2 and it seems really high. My spark calorie range is 1200-1550 and this is with daily exercise for about 60 min. Should I split up a meal into 2 meals? Or stick to the 1600? Do any women out there have experience with this? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:47:54 EST Calorie Intake for Petite Women Hi, <BR> <BR> I just started reading the FBD book and I had a question about the calorie intake. I know you're supposed to eat 4 400 calorie meals but I am only 5'2 and it seems really high. My spark calorie range is 1200-1550 and this is with daily exercise for about 60 min. Should I split up a meal into 2 meals? Or stick to the 1600? Do any women out there have experience with this? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:47:49 EST Calorie Intake for Petite Women Hi, <BR> <BR> I just started reading the FBD book and I had a question about the calorie intake. I know you're supposed to eat 4 400 calorie meals but I am only 5'2 and it seems really high. My spark calorie range is 1200-1550 and this is with daily exercise for about 60 min. Should I split up a meal into 2 meals? Or stick to the 1600? Do any women out there have experience with this? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:47:35 EST New To The Team Hi my name is Sandra I have tried every diet known to man in the kast few years. Thought that is diet couldn't hurt. Will be doing some studying on the diet today. I have heard a lot about it. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:37:33 EST Oh, I hope I am doing this right! Hi, I just started FBD today AND joined SP today, because I was looking for some support with this. I have quite a lot to lose. I have been going to the gym 2 hours a day, 5 days a week WITH a trainer for 5 or 6 months now, eating 1200 calories a day and NOTHING. So this is my last resort before surgery. I'm really looking forward to getting past these first 4 days. Other info about me, I have 4 children and I am a full time student. I'm also about to celebrate my 40th birthday. I look forwar... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:36:01 EST fats i weigh 156 and i am 5'5 i want to be 125-130 how much healthyfat can i have per day? Sun, 21 Mar 2010 15:04:53 EST Looking for Some Good Dinner Recipes Please I'm relatively new to Spark, and have been in search of some Good Flat Belly Dinner Recipes. I'm sure others would be interested as well. Suggestions greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. <BR> <em>4</em> Sun, 21 Mar 2010 13:58:48 EST Challenge Begins Tomorrow! Check it Out! Hey Everyone! <BR> Well, it sounds like some of you are up for a here goes! <BR> LaPorte has offered to help lead...thanks (Pam!)! <BR> <BR> Let's make it a week challenge and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> There are two parts: <BR> <BR> Each day, post a link to your food journal. Or, you could post all of your meals but a link would be easier. This will help us to track our intake and also we may get ideas from each other for yummy foods! <BR> <BR> Part two: Each day, ge... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 22:01:35 EST Is anyone here a member of the Online Program? I tried to join FBD on the Prevention Website, but it wants me to pay money (I am in Australia so need to do foreign exchange - no biggee). I am not clear as to whether the money is for a copy of the book whohc I already have, or other stuff. It states thatg if I join I can get 3 months of on-line support free. Can anyone enlighten me??? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:55:17 EST Day 2 of JS and Mufa's <em>104</em> Made it through day 2, not so bad. <BR> <BR> Day 1 I had a horrible headache when I woke up. It as either allergies or TMJ or Stress. I went to Chiropractor and feel much better. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> I did the Sassy Water and used the ginger, spearmint and lemon. It about made me sick, it was probably due to the headache. Didn't try it today. <BR> <BR> I was down 3 lbs this morning...Don't feel hungry just need to tell my mind to shut up. <BR> <BR> Good evening to al... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:38:40 EST HELP!! Couple of things I need help with I see on the four day FS there is a pineapple smoothie - I absolutely hate pineapple - does anyone know if I substitute say peaches or apricots??? <BR> <BR> Also I see on the shopping list it refers to lactose free skim milk - Does it really have to be lactose fee???? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 03:13:13 EST Who would like to participate in a Challenge? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I posted a couple of weeks ago that we might try a challenge on this board. I am throwing out a couple of ideas: <BR> <BR> Basically, we should be keeping track of our eating and trying to exercise. Soo..... <BR> <BR> 1. One challenge would be to track your food daily. We could make all of our food trackers public and post links to them each day...that way folks can get ideas of foods/meals from each other too. So that it is low maintenance for the "challenge l... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:42:02 EST Apple and Cashew Butter Sandwich This recipe is in the FBD Cookbook and I really enjoy it. It is quick to make and keeps me full till lunch time. <BR> <BR> 1 whole wheat English Muffin, Toasted <BR> 2 tbsp cashew butter <BR> 2 tsp orange marmalade <BR> 4 thin apple slices <BR> <BR> Spread both sides of the muffin with the cashew butter and marmalade. Arrange the apple slices in the center and serve open-faced. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:07:59 EST New to FBD I am still waiting for my book to arrive, but I have started the four day 'sassy water' plan. I was trying the Jorge Cruise plan, but many of the things he requires you to have are not available in Australia. This plan looks very do=able and I need to lose about 50 pounds. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:55:32 EST adding mufa to nutrition tracker I was wanting to add mufa and sat. fats to my nutrition tracker to know what is being consumed. <BR> It is an option in the nutrients drop down but you have to add a certain range of grams for the day... <BR> Does anyone know what that might be? it is in grams and not % <BR> I wanted to see it in my tracker along with the other nutrients, vitamins, etc but not sure that it is doable. <BR> Any suggestions, solutions out there? Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:34:44 EST First day on FB! I've been on Spark since 2006 (lost 40 pounds hat that year and then 25 in 2008). What worked before just doesn't seem to be working and my schedule now doesn't allow for the hours of exercise I used to put in. FB seems to be a combination of a lot of common sense things I've read and tried, but somehow it seems simpler to me? We'll see. I made my first batch of sassy water (love the smell!) and had my breakfast. I added some stevia to my water and had a cup of fresh strawberries instead of a... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 11:35:15 EST What's the best workout video? I've tried Turbo Jam, Billy Banks, and Insanity was hard and I could only do 10 minutes. But I do it everyday. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried workout videos that worked for them? I really want to find videos that really help my abs, legs, thighs, and butt. <BR> <BR> Joy Sat, 6 Mar 2010 23:58:01 EST Hello! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Leigh and I'm kicking off the Four-Day menu tomorrow morning. I've got everything ready to go except for the flaxseed oil and sunflower seeds. My regular grocery store didn't have them so I'll go to another store tomorrow to grab those! I also had to do a few substitutions for allergies- I can't eat beans so I'll have asparagus instead of green beans with dinner. Overall I have about 45 lbs to lose. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 00:19:50 EST Hungry on workout days I've been doing FBD for about 2 months now and have been really pleased with my results. <BR> <BR> This past week I got back into a routine of working out more regularly and with a lot more intensity. I'm now finding that on the days I go to the gym I'm absolutely ravenous in the evenings. Has anyone else had this happen? Any suggestions? I don't really want to up my calorie intake, but I don't know what else to do! <BR> <BR> Sara Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:24:29 EST hello Just found this team- I bought the book last year- tried the mufa thing over the summer and just didn't get very far...I got the yellow book back out and thought maybe I could give it another go... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 16:29:25 EST New to FBD starting 3/2/10 Hello everyone, <BR> I am so excited to try this diet. I have been on Spark for awhile now and I lost 15 pounds but gained it all back within a year and half. I purchased the book and have read through all the postings here on FBD. I am really hoping eating 1600 calories will let me lose weight because it seems to be so high. I'm use to eating 1200 calories. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:59:12 EST see how many sugar cubes are in food This is much more to stay in your head. These are pictures of how much sugar is in food. You can go on here and then go to desserts, etc. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:13:07 EST If you could have named this diet... Would you have named it Flatbelly? The name is a little...I don't know, upappealing? When people ask me what my diet is (we talk weight issues slot at work...usually during lunch!) I find myself skirting the name, instead try to refer to it as Prevention magazines diet.... <BR> <BR> Anyone else? <BR> <BR> Maybe it's just me....I also call my dog a golden retriever poodle mix instead of a Goldendoodle! <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:34:35 EST Newbie Well I decided to try the Flat Belly diet. I'm Kobi from Oregon. I've lost 76 pounds so far using Jenny Craig but I've kinda given up on that program...too expensive right now and I don't think it's that healthy. <BR> <BR> Soooo anyway I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and sharing ideas :) Thu, 18 Feb 2010 11:46:51 EST I believe it works My husband and I stayed on the plan for 8 wks. I lost 20 lbs. But things got hectic, and we both quit. Now I have gained it all back. So I need to get back on it Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:25:02 EST 4 Day Jump Start Hi There, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and I have 1 question about the jumpstart program. I don't normally eat Corn Flakes or Rice Cripies as they are too processed for my taste. Would it be acceptable to swap for steel cut oats? 1 serving is 140 cals vs 100 cals Corn Flakes and 120 cals rice crispies. I am more than willing to modify my quantity to get the right cal count but I'm not sure I want to buy those types of cereals. Any thoughts/suggestions? <BR> <BR> Kim Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:33:18 EST After the 4 days I'm so tired of Deli TURKEY ! and i'm doing 8 days of jump start with one day break in between. <BR> <BR> Anywho QUESTION I'm so tired I don't want to try to find it on the book. I know call me lazy lol <BR> <BR> After the jump start . <BR> <BR> It's 4 400 cals a day right ? <BR> <BR> or can I do 3 ? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 23:03:12 EST Any ex-WW folks now on Flatbelly? I am just curious...I "did" WW for years ...made it to lifetime twice. But for years now it seems WW was simply not cutting it for me anymore. Flatbelly seems so much more doable for me. <BR> Anyone else have a simliar experience? Any thoughts? <BR> Doreen Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:05:58 EST Thank you all Thank you guys for the great encouragment , what a fun journey this is beggining to be be. Its soo worth how it feels in the end. I give all of you a helpful nudge to keep on keeping on ..its sooo worth the feelings in the end . <BR> <BR> Cheers all <BR> Cynthia Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:44:02 EST Dance / Aerobics Workout Tape Suggestions Hi-- <BR> <BR> I work out at home. I alternate between: <BR> 1. elliptical <BR> 2. 45 min. Interval tape: Alternates 7 min. step with 4 min. of weight lifting <BR> 3. Turbo Jam tapes (kickboxing) <BR> 4. Core Rythms (Latin dancing) <BR> <BR> What I am finding is that the Turbo Jam and Latin Dancing are taking a toll on my hips. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone had a tape/dvd that gave you a good workout, had great motivating music (I am 50), and didn't have alot of kicking and hip wo... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:18:29 EST wooo hooo made through the 32 days Wow what an amAZING journey, I stuck to it for the 32 days and now am continuing on the 400 calories 4 times a day . I lost 15 pounds following the flat belly plan. I ran on the treadmill everyday and didnt cheat ..and does it ever feel good to accomplish that . I would encourage anyone to follow through with this plan . <BR> <BR> Question : Where do I get the weigh loss widget you all have ?? Cant seem to find the download anywhere . <BR> <BR> Cheers and all the best to you all ...and... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:23:52 EST DAY ONE Well I weighed in at 215.4 this morning I want/need to lose 40 lbs by May 1 . I'm going to HAWAII! <BR> <BR> Today is day one on the 4 day plan. I'll be doing the 4 days for 8 days with a one day break in between. Doing regular FB menu planning from the cook book for one week and then 4 days of jump start again. <BR> I'll rotate like that for 10 weeks if it's working for me. <BR> I just need to exercise ! I have all the time in the world just don't do it. I have no buddy here that isn't p... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 12:37:34 EST Would love advice! My girlfriend and I are having breakfast together tomorrow. Here is a link to the restaurant...I would really love to hear your suggestions for making it FB-friendly! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Doreen Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:48:07 EST Chickpea curry with cashews was awesome!! Last night for supper I made the Chickpea curry with *peanuts* ('cause I didn't have any cashews) from the FBD cookbook. It was delicious! I added some red peppers for colour and some cooked chicken breast (since it wasn't a full can of chickpeas to start with). My husband loved it and we had to share the leftovers for our lunches today because neither of us was benevolent enough to offer the single remaining serving to the other!! :-) We will be making this again for sure and both of us... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:01:39 EST Anyone actually follow the 28 day meal plan? The diet goes on past the kickstart? I can't just relax after 4 strict days and start winging it? <BR> <BR> I did the kickstart, had great results and then sat back and relaxed. Not smart. If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you always got? <BR> <BR> I am re-doing the kickstart, today is Day is really not that bad! Then I had a light bulb go off that I could contiinnnnuuueee the program with the meals listed in the book...I have both books but ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:53:00 EST Sparkpeople's Weight Goal Line? I track my weight daily on Spark. I can't really see my entries other than the weight report with blue dots and a red goal line. the blue dots are my weight entries, but do you guys know if that goal line is based on your long term say lose 50 pounds in a year...I can't tell if it is slightly slanting downward... <BR> Like, does the red line gradually slant downward showing you where your little blue dot needs to be to meet your goal? <BR> <BR> TIA Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:38:53 EST I Need Motivation I just order the book and awaiting it's arrival. The diet seems fairly easy for me to follow. However, I have not read any great success stories. Matter of fact, I have only came across maybe a handful. Most of the posters lose 5-10lbs and never log on again. So if you have/had success with the FBD please post them. I really need the encouragement that this diet is more than a fad. Thanks! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 23:48:46 EST Starting soon!!!! Hello! I checked out the Flat Belly Diet from my library and I've been reading it...and checking information out on and here as well! I'm very interested in trying this way of eating! My biggest problem is my belly. I've lost weight using other diet complaints! I just got bored with them. But i think I won't get bored with this because there are foods in the diet that I've never tried and I'm anxious to try them. I have about 45-50 more lbs to lose and I'm ready to g... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:03:47 EST Smoothie at work during 4 day jumpstart? Hello! I haven't started the FBD yet, but I'm trying to study and get all my ducks in a row before starting. How do you handle your smoothies for a snack during the day when you're at work? Do you make the smoothie in the morning before going to work and pack with your lunch? That's my big concern because i want to follow the program to a tee but the smoothie is my big concern. Or do you use something different for your snack? Thanks everyone!!! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 20:45:13 EST ordered the 400 calorie fix. Hi I am new to this team but not to sparkPeople. I am 60 years young and have been heavy my whole life. I noticed the 400 calorie fix before the flat belly diet. I ordered it and it is made by the people that did the flat belly. After, I ordered it, I started reading a little about both. They sound similar. I also ordered the companion book that you can take with you. I hope it is all right to join here because I didn't see a 400 calorie fix team and they sound almost the same . thanks, ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 19:21:14 EST Getting leg cramps without salt ? :( Hello all, thanks for the advice on my posts recently. I've upped my fiber with flaxseed and vegetables. Another thing I've noticed is that I'm getting more leg cramps, especially in my thigh. Which is absolutely the worst!!! <BR> <BR> Last week it was so bad I had to put a little sea salt on my meal and I noticed the difference right away. I'm drinking enough water. Is anyone else experienced this? I'm not sure how to approach this since we aren't supposed to add salt?! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 16:53:58 EST Starting Sat. Feb 6th My husband and I are going to do it together. I have bought both the flat belly diet book and the flat belly diet for men. <BR> <BR> I added exercise first in January and now I am going to add eating better. I tend to get sidetracked and not log in my info as well to sparkpeople as I should so I am making logging on at least once a day to input info a goal also :) Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:33:28 EST hello new to spark and fbd Hi all.... I am new to both this site and the fbd. Just got all the books and have been reading and going to the groc. store to get all the supplies. In reading some of the other posts, the diet looks to have great possibilities. Just wanted to step in and say hi. Looking forward to making new friends and giving and receiving support. Any suggestions or advise is much appreciated. <BR> Cheers, <BR> Ra Tue, 2 Feb 2010 17:02:23 EST Not new to SP but new here Hi all, <BR> My name is Kat and I have belonged to SP for over a year. I had lost 75 pounds and have to admit that I have gained back way too much! My SIL started doing this diet and my boss did it last year so I thought I would give this a go. <BR> So I got the book from the library and plan on starting to read it tonight. I am so tired or working so hard at this and not making progress. I look forward to any and all advise anyone has for me! <BR> Have a great week! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 22:44:49 EST Success or Failure on Flat Belly Diet??? I am about to start the Flat Belly Diet. I want to hear from view points about the plan. Any tips? Great successes...and even failures (if you think it didn't work for you...why???) <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help!!!!! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:15:30 EST Popcorn question Hi everyone! I've been following the FBD for about a month and I'm loving it. Quick question though, I've been craving popcorn. Is this okay to have? If so, how much/what kind? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Sara Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:45:42 EST New to team!! Hellow fellow flatbelly dieters, Im new to the team cant wait to try out the mufas Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:30:39 EST new here :) Hi there everyone! I'm new to this team and kind of to Spark People. Can someone please provide me some information about the FBD? Sun, 31 Jan 2010 15:10:32 EST Favorite Grab & Go FB Meal or Snack? Hi! Hubby and I just finished the 4 day Jump Start and 3 days of FB meals. We are looking for some of your favorite quick and easy meal options to take to work. We'd like to stick with this but feel like there is alot of planning involved. We're just looking to make it a bit easier. <BR> <BR> Mine is: <BR> 1 whole wheat English muffin (100 cal) <BR> 2 tbsp. peanutbutter (190) <BR> Light Yogurt (80) or an apple <BR> <BR> Thanks for sharing..... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:47:36 EST Do you weigh yourself daily? Why or why not? Notice any patterns or flutuations? I just finished jumstart and was up a pound but am telling myself losses will continue... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 13:59:35 EST Avocado recipes Her is a link I have come across for Super Bowl ideas - it has avocado recipes. Some are not the low cal that we might like - but I saw a few that sounded good and would be healthy and in line with ingredients. My favorites would be the tuna one, pizza one on a tortilla or pita bread crust, and the football field guacamole looks fun... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:55:11 EST Long term success? I am doing well on the Jump Start...and showing a loss going into Day 3. <BR> <BR> I have read the book and realize this is a new diet with a shorter track record. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if people still lose well though, after the Jumpstart month after month if they stick to it? Does the 1600 calories pretty much lead to consistent weight loss? <BR> <BR> I would love to know...and I am hoping that it does! This diet seems like a good one for me, I like the structure... <BR> <BR> Tha... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:57:00 EST Not enough FIBER? Hi all, I've been doing fbd for a month now and lost about 10lbs. total. I notice it does come on if I eat other foods, like past 2 days I've been working late so I meals without mufas and gained 2 lbs. grr! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I feel like I'm not getting enough fiber. I like to get at least 30 grams, and I'm not getting that with the fbd. It's already tough since I'm vegetarian and avoid gluten and dairy. Did anyone else run into this problem or have any ideas? <BR> <BR> Hope all are succ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:35:12 EST I Am New To This Team I am new to this team, but not new to SP. I saw this Team on someone else's SparkPage. It interested me, so I joined to see if this new way of eating would help me to lose weight in my belly area. That is a very hard place to lose inches. <BR> <BR> I have printed some of the foods listed on this sight and hope that eating this new way, will reduce some inches in my waist line. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 20:51:43 EST SparkPeople's Butt Blasting Workout (6 minutes) Hi everyone!! I've been lagging on my exercise and it's really stormy out here in CA so I've been looking for videos to do at home..kinda tired of doing the elliptical and yoga. I need help on my lower body especially so I found this video and it's pretty good! Plus it's only 6 minutes. I'm going to start doing this everyday so if anyone wants to join in...!! I'll keep you updated on results :) <BR> <BR> Oh it's on youtube, here's the link:<BR>&feat... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:33:27 EST Vegetable Burgers Does anyone have any ideas to make vegetable burgers taste better? I bought a package and the consistency is mushy and they are tasteless. I tried frying them with cooking spray with some onions added but still were pretty awful. Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:36:39 EST Coffee What about coffee??? and-or diet coke?? I really miss this stuff. What do y'll think?? <em>43</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:10:25 EST Any recommendations for a detox? Hello all! I've been on fbd for almost a month and have lost some weight and my belly actually does seem flatter...well not my pooch, but above my navel it's pretty flat again. However, I still feel icky sometimes and would like to do a 'detox'. I did the jumpstart but that wasn't really a detox. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggetsions for a good one? I've looked at master cleanse and 6 day detox and cabbage one..but am so confused! <BR> <BR> Thx. Hope everyone is getting the results th... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 23:41:40 EST Just made IRRESISTIBLE BROWNIES :) Hi all! Hope you're all doing great in the new year!! I started out at 178 and today am at 168!! I gained a pound in the last week bc my puppy got sick, but in 2 days I was able to take it off again with just stricter following the diet. <BR> <BR> I got the cookbook and let me say WOW!! I'm making a lot of recipes from there, tweaking a bit if I don't have an ingredient or veggie substitute. It fills me up and it tastes delicious! I have been craving chocolate so I was contemplating which de... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:49:25 EST Looking for basic meal with fish Hi, <BR> I am new to spark and new to your team. I joined because I am on this meal plan, and am very excited about it. I have the pocket guide and recipe book, just having a little trouble with what is acceptable for substitutions to plan a whole meal. (my husband and child are skinny unfortunately for me and I need to incorporate them into my cooking!) I'm looking for a basic meal incorporating a simple fish like cod, haddock or tilapia. Any tips for a first timer? Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:39:59 EST Dr. Oz on Joy Behar Dr. Oz recommended olive oil on whole wheat or eating nuts about 1/2 an hour before a meal and that settles down the ghrelin and you can go through a meal without feeling ravenous and don't eat extra calories. He supported the mufa idea with a variation on timing. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 06:29:08 EST FBD Newbie Hi everyone! I'm a newbie to FBD and getting started tomorrow! I'm a runner with more weight around my belly than I need. I'm also going to get my hubby started on it too! I'm not really looking for a diet but a lifestyle change in terms of what my family eats. We all suffer from weight around the middle! I think all the recipes look great and sound yummy! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 20:57:38 EST SP and FBD Newbie Hi All, <BR> <BR> New to Sparkpeople and also the Flat Belly Diet. Read about FBD a while back, but never really got into it. Happy to join the team and ready to give it a go! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:35:22 EST Just joined group Hi, Im on weight watchers and had been missing all the things in this plan and so far like the recipes. I also like the walking workout. Its pretty intense if you have the room to really move. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 14:27:20 EST Is your house maing you fat ? <link><BR>s/weight-loss-tips/is-your-house-makin<BR>g-you-fat/article/dc269c777f803110VgnV<BR>CM20000012281eac____ </link> <BR> <BR> PREVENTION MAG Thu, 7 Jan 2010 18:16:29 EST Sushi this weekend - what to order? I'm eating at a sushi restaurant for a bachelorette party this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of ordering the eel roll. It's a california roll wrapped with eel and avocado and topped with eel sauce. <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions? Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:55:46 EST Book arrived today I received my book today I'm going to read over it and get started! Wish me luck! <em>30</em> Tue, 5 Jan 2010 00:48:46 EST Too much sassy water? So, I drank my 2 liters already and made more, which I've started drinking. I'll probably finish off a liter before I go to bed. <BR> <BR> Is it too much? I'm not forcing myself to drink, I'm just really thirsty today. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 19:37:52 EST Do you use the FLAT BELLY SITE ? is using the site worth the 20 bucks a month? <BR> <BR> What are the advantages ? <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 19:13:46 EST Planning for January 10! I have the books, as well as the FB for Men so my husband can also start. The books recommend different things for men and women (obviously why they wrote one for men) so I'll use this week to plan and organize. I plan to swap a little but hope to stick to the four days, it will be hard. I do at least 30 min of cardio most days, so I'm not sure about 1200 calories. I'm excited about the anti-bloat idea though! <BR> I'm looking ahead to the remaining days. I don't like that most of the meals a... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 12:46:58 EST Day 1 of Anti-Bloat And boy do I need it! <BR> <BR> I'm Sarah and after lurking on the team page for a few months, I've FINALLY taken the plunge. I bought the cookbook and journal yesterday and shopped for the 4 day anti-bloat last night. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely looking forward to the next 32 days and can't wait to at least have a smaller stomach when I hit the beach in Nassua next month! <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:36:08 EST Day 2 of FS Well, day 2 didn't go so well. I forgot I had a lunch date with a friend and then ended up having another friend over for supper. Neither activity was conducive to the FS program! <BR> Back to it for Day 3 today (and we have a family dinner to go to tonight). I had thought a weekend would be a good time to do this, but now I'm thinking that four weekdays might have been better. More routine during the week! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 12:14:33 EST Starting Monday Jan 4th Hi all , Im Cynthia, <BR> <BR> I bought the book a month or so ago , have done the 4 day clense once before but not the whole 32 day. Plan on doing the whole thing starting monday. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am pre making all the food I want for after the 4 day clense today. So that its grab and go. <BR> <BR> Its noice to have the group to chat with . <BR> <BR> Cheers and happy new years to all . <BR> <BR> Cynthia Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:58:56 EST New and In the Process of Starting Flat Belly I do not have the Flat Belly Book but have been thinking about doing it for a while now. I've lost weight but can't get rid of the bulging tummy. After this past month I have some more weight to lose! I think the water sounds good but don't have ingredients and with the below zero and wind outside I'll wait till tomorrow!! I'm probably also at a disadvantage being over 50. I saw that you're supposed to have 4 meals (snack in one) with each being 400 cals. I use WW so I don't know how many... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 16:24:09 EST Have lean ground beef... need yummy MUFA meal...?! I have a package of ground beef... can anyone think of something good to make with it thats full of MUFAS? I have all the good MUFAS on hand... any suggestions? Thanks!! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:18:31 EST New Year Sugar Withdrawal Group! I am just feeling the first cravings of sugar withdrawal. That ache in my neck is moving up... How do you feel? Sat, 2 Jan 2010 10:10:28 EST First Day of FS almost completed Started the 4-day fast start today. I did face a few challenges, but am pleased with how it went. Got up late (late night last night!) so it was 10:00 before I had breakfast (which I found quite filling). I was also surprised to find I liked the Sassy water! I don't usually like ginger, but thought I'd make it the "right way" the first time and then omit the ginger, if I didn't like it. So far so good, ginger and all (though I'm struggling to get through the whole batch before bedtime). <BR... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 20:18:04 EST Tilapia? I'm not familiar with what "tilapia" is--I gather it's a kind of fish. What could I substitute, do you think? Would salmon be ok?? Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:53:36 EST Newbie and just starting Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I just bought the book and joined the group. I am committed to doing this for the 32 days then I will take it from there. Have many of you had success? <BR> <BR> My husband said that he saw a lime juice drink on the Today show, but I could not find it in the book. If any one is familiar with it, if you would let me know the details, I would appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Judy Fri, 1 Jan 2010 10:45:37 EST New & just starting 4 day jump start Hey everyone--Happy New Year! <BR> I'm starting day one of the js today. I did't plan to start on Jan 1, but that's just how it worked out with when I got the book and the groceries. I also thought it'd be best to do when I'm at home for a three-day weekend--temptations at work I don't have at home. <BR> I'm enjoying reading through the posts. You have a lot of information and support in here! <BR> Wish me luck on the next four days! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 10:00:02 EST New year's eve lemon cupcakes :) Hi everyone!!!! I'm on day 2 of the jumpstart and soooo hungry!!! I exercise a lot so this is pretty darn tough. But I stuck to it bc I just made those yummy lemon cupcakes that's on the recipezaar website. It took me literally like 15 minutes to whip it all up and I can't cook for squat!!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to vent that I'm going to probably eat 2 of these cupcakes :) Happy new year everyone! Thu, 31 Dec 2009 19:29:10 EST Need to kick off 2010 with discipline for FBD! Hi All! <BR> I've been lazy this past couple of weeks with the FBD plan and need to get a kick off for January. It's time to be more accountable to the basic rules so I don't lose momentum from my fall success with the FBD and increased fitness. Checking in with others seems to be helpful for me. Is anyone with me? Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:37:04 EST Please help me~ I am lost Hello everyone~ I was on here almost two years ago and lost I think about 31 pounds, and guess what I gained it all back and a few more. I hate myself right now and I really need help getting back on track. I have forgotten everything so any help will be greatly appreciated. I have 4 kids, one on chemo and I have noo time for myself, but I really need to loose at least 50lb. Thanks everyone Wed, 30 Dec 2009 20:44:10 EST New too and hungry...t thoughts.. Hello! I am doing my first day today of 4 day jumpstart. I switched it up a little since I avoid processed foods (Cereal) and avoid gluten. So I had the cream of wheat, sunflower seeds, and prunes. I kind of started it yesterday and I got really hungry before lunch and before dinner. I guess I'm used to snacking so much since I'm on break. <BR> <BR> However, it was a bad hunger where you feel like you just need to put something in your mouth. It was just a noise from my stomach like feeeeed... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:51:00 EST Is coconut water OK to drink? Hi all, I'm starting the 4 day tomorrow. I'm preparing for the menu bc I won't have much time in a few weeks. I really really love coconut water and drink it in place of gatorade after workouts. I get leg cramps easily and this really helps me, plus it's so hydrating and energizing. I just want to know is it OK for this diet and if so how many times a week? <BR> <BR> I get the baby coconuts from the asian grocery store... <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input!! <BR> <BR> Shefy Tue, 29 Dec 2009 23:34:32 EST Newbie!! Tomorrow I start the 4 day ritual :) Hello everyone!! I'm so excited to start this "diet"!! I'm a bit nervous as I'm not a good cook and I only have 2 weeks until I start another hectic semester. I've gained a lot of weight over the past 4 years and I really want to take it off again. My confidence is in the gutter and I miss who I used to be!! I looooove food!! I'm vegetarian, recently started eating shellfish, and I can have dairy and eggs. However, I do have gallstones so I have to be careful as it acts up on me sometimes. I'... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 23:23:18 EST New to this eating plan Hey everyone, <BR> I bought the Flat Belly Diet book and am planning to start this week--just need to do my grocery shopping. I used to come to Spark all the time and then sort of fell off the wagon. My sister mentioned it to me earlier today, though, and I thought, "Hey! I bet there's a Spark Team for the Flat Belly Diet!" Glad I found you. I'm going to browse through some of the other posts and hopefully find the answers to some of my questions. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 19:02:21 EST Hi everyone new here and have a question Howdy everyone. This is my second day on fbd. I got the pocket guide and was so excited about the recipes that I just skipped over the jumpstart and dove right on in. I'm loving it. I really feel as if I have more energy to make it through my day. <BR> <BR> However, I do have a question. I know that we're supposed to eat 4x a day and no more than 4 hours between meals. But my day starts at 4:30 in the morning and ends at 9:30 at night. I cut off eating at 7 but regardless, I'm hitting the w... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:04:43 EST Hungry between meals?? What do you do when you are hungry in between meals?? I ate breakfast and now an hour before lunch I am hungry!!! Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:00:37 EST Getting started Hello, I have been on SparkPeople for over a year but really have not used all the options available. I have watch my Mother lose about 8 pounds in a month on the flat belly diet. I believe this way of eating will be good for me. I love MUFA and just need to do it. Mon, 28 Dec 2009 08:51:56 EST New from Malaysia! Hi, my name is Elaine, I'm chinese by descent, and Malaysian by nationality. I'm a Methodist and desperate to lose my last 20lbs. I love avocados and nuts. That's why the MUFA plan is perfect for me. <BR> <BR> I hope to pick up lot's of useful tips here! Sun, 27 Dec 2009 11:54:03 EST New from Akron, Ohio Hello my name is Theresa, I just read the chapter sample of The Flat Belly Diet and I'm ready to try. I will be ordering my book soon and will get started when it arrives. I'm really excited about this diet, i've tried everything i pray it works!! <em>100</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 22:55:15 EST Just started and Sassy Water is NASTY!!!! OMGoodness!!! How in the world am I suppose to drink that for 4 days!!!!!! It is HORRIBLE!!!! <BR> <BR> Ok, got it out and now I feel better!! :) Wed, 16 Dec 2009 09:41:15 EST When should I start? I just picked up The Flat Belly Diet book. I am trying to figure out when I should start, this week after the holidays?? There will be lots of Christmas parties and get-togethers coming up over the next week. Should I wait until after to start the diet? I think that if I do it before then I either can't have anything during the parties or I will have to do the 4-day jumpstart again. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:45:12 EST Need help with restaurant choices Hi All <BR> I am going out for dinner tomorrow night for a work function. It is a great Thai place but small so their menu is not online. Does anyone have any suggestions for a dish that will not bust the MUFA bank? I am already planning to bring 1/2 of it home for a meal the next day. But - I'm always drawn to dishes with coconut milk and I love the sticky rice. Any suggestions?? Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:04:49 EST What time of day is your first meal? I like to eat with my family but from what I have read my meals will be either before or after our mealtime of 6 p.m.Can I stretch the space between meals out or space them closer together? Does it make a difference?I know that the 4 hour spacing is to prevent getting too hungry.I would like my first meal by 9 a.m . Wed, 2 Dec 2009 22:14:10 EST Hi from Canada! I have just picked up the FB pocket guide and have finished my first day.I didn't do the jumpstart as I was previously dieting with SP. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 22:06:37 EST Questions for moving on? OK... got through the 4 day anti bloat diet and lost 9.0 pounds!! I'm very excited! <BR> Now comes the time when I get a bit nervous. Anyone can lose weight on 1200 calories, and that's pretty much (1100 - 1200) what that 4 day part had in it. That has always been my "magical number". Now on this next phase it's 1600 calories per day?! I'm hoping that it won't all come back on!! <BR> I checked out my TDEE and for 182 pounds with light activity it's 2,032 calories/day. Taking into conside... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 09:47:58 EST Check out this helpful website! <link><BR>l?identifier=1200000 </link> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:29:03 EST New From Texas I am sooooo stoked about the Flat Belly Diet!!! <BR> Having suffered for many years with Thyroid problems and newly diagnosed Thyroid disease 2 years ago, I've had such a hard time trying to keep the weight off. Then the staff at our church decided to do the diet. They haven't gotten the book yet, so now they're ready to buy it as well. <BR> My first 2 days were... well... "hellish" LOL. I had the horrible detox headache because of my lousy eating due to all the stress I've been under late... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 20:51:15 EST