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Flat Belly Diet: How to Get The Flat Stomach You've Always Wanted [Paperback]

Liz Vaccariello
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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2 Jan 2009

For women (and men) over 40, belly fat is incredibly stealthy and incredibly stubborn. It’s also the most deadly, contributing to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and chronic illness than any other type of fat on your body. Finally, science has helped to uncover a key dietary weapon in the fight against belly fat: Monounsaturated fatty acids. These ‘good’ fats help dieters lose more weight – from their bellies specifically – and keep it off for good.

This groundbreaking eating plan offers:

• A four-day ‘anti-bloat’ jumpstart, followed by a comprehensive four-week eating plan with delicious recipes

• Just three simple rules to follow to set you on your path to weight loss

• ‘Mind tricks’ – precise strategies to mentally commit to changing your life and body forever

Fully adapted and revised for the UK reader.



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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (2 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190574434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905744343
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[MAKE STAND OUT] Keep belly fat at bay with four (yes, four) meals a day!

For women (and men) over 40, belly fat is incredibly stealthy and extremely stubborn. It’s also the most deadly, contributing to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and chronic illness than any other type of fat on your body. Now science has helped to uncover a key dietary weapon in the fight against belly fat: monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs for short. Studies have proven that these ‘good’ fats help dieters lose more weight specifically from their bellies.

This is an easy, safe, no-exercise solution for the body part you most want to change. You will not believe your eyes as your belly evaporates, your clothing feels looser and a slim waist appears. You will also feel the long-term health benefits of a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

This groundbreaking eating plan offers:

· A four-day anti-bloat jumpstart, followed by a comprehensive four-week eating plan with delicious recipes

· Just three simple rules to follow to set you on your path to weight loss

· ‘Mind tricks’ – precise strategies to mentally commit to changing your life and body for ever

· Useful ways to prevent midlife weight gain by enhancing your health and wellbeing, reducing stress and sleeping more deeply

The Flat Belly Diet will lead you step by step, day by day, meal by meal towards a flatter belly … and a longer, healthier life.

Liz Vaccariello is editor-in-chief of America’s biggest-selling health magazine, Prevention. Cynthia Sass is Prevention’s nutrition director. With Master’s degrees in nutrition science and public health, Sass has more than ten years of experience in helping women lose weight.

About the Author

Liz Vaccariello is editor-in-chief of America’s biggest-selling health magazine, Prevention. Cynthia Sass is Prevention’s nutrition director. With Master’s degrees in nutrition science and public health, Sass has more than 10 years of experience in helping women lose weight.

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131 of 141 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Calorie counting and weighing 12 Jan 2009
By J W
This diet is based upon a 4 day 'anti-bloat' diet of 1200 calories, and then the actual programme consists of 4 x 400 calorie meals a day. If you follow this diet then you have to calorie count and weigh out ingredients. I wish that I had known this before I bought this book. Personally I am not of the inclination to measure my food and know the calorie count of all my ingredients. I don't want my every waking thought to be, 'how many calories are in this piece of broccoli?'...life's too short. So be warned.....Also this diet is not particularly vegetarian friendly and relies upon a lot of meat products, including processed meat such as Turkey rolls, yuk, and tinned fruit! Whilst I recognise that this diet will work for some people and they could achieve their objective, it was definately not for me.
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book 4 Feb 2009
I bought this book on a whim, and regretted it. I don't normally write reviews but this book annoyed me so much...

The 4 day anti bloat menu is basically a crash diet. It seems based on sound principles such as to avoid bloating you should eat less salt but then contradicts itself by including processed foods like cheese strings, and turkey slices from a packet - full of salt! It also includes in the evening meal difficult to follow instructions - e.g. 2oz of roast potatoes.. Is that home made? using how much oil? from a packet?And 2oz makes it hardly worthwhile anyway!

The 32 diet part does have the odd reasonable recipe - but most of them aren't up to much. The recipe in the back seem ok until you realise the weird method of adding an arbitrary extra bit of food to make it up to 400cals - a flat belly meal apparently. So you could have chicken roulade (chicken breast with a bit of spinach in it) and you might think to make that a meal you might add some brown rice or maybe a salad - nope they recommend an orange. Or how about ginger grilled soy chicken, what would you have with that oriental inspired recipe? - probably not hummus and peppers as suggested in this book.

Now all that might be fine for 32 days. But then you get to the end of the book and the authors recommend in order to keep to your figure you can stick to this diet for.... the rest of your life.

This book may have some interesting ideas in it, but the execution of the diet is dismal. Don't buy it!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUFA's really work 23 Feb 2009
Since reading this particular book I have switched to a monounsaturate dominated diet. There is no doubt that I have shed some fat and also my constitution has improved for the first time for many years. It has also dawned on me that the olive oil diet is the cause of a slimmer population in mediteranean countries. I think that as it is colder further north we have become used to the much heavier fat intake.
A comdination of this Mufa diet and appropriate exercise has produced results and a much finer shape physically.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fab - as long as you love food 21 Feb 2009
Yes, you have to weigh food and watch your calories but what do you expect for a diet! First 4 days are a bit monotonous but the amount of weight you lose far outweighs this as it's a tremendous mental boost. As long as you don't mind making an effort (and everyone should if they want to lose weight), enjoy MUFAS!! (dark chocolate, oils, nuts, avocados), you'll be finer. Also, you have to drink water during the day and this will mean you won't feel hungry. My husband has also lost loads of weight - he has said that the diet has been a pleasure rather than a chore as he adores the food.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely motivated to lose the flab. 26 Jun 2009
Flat Belly Diet: How to Get the Flat Stomach You've Always Wanted

This is an easy diet to follow. Even though some of the ingredients have to be weighed one gets used to the size of the portions. I like the fact that I am not hungry all the time and can choose from a variety of meals if I do not feel like the one mentioned for that particular day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book & well worth the money!! 19 Aug 2009
By R. Roe
I have not been on this diet long but I love this book and the diet already, yes you have to calorie count and weigh foods out, but don't you in most diets?! I did the anti bloat 4 day kick start and I lost 8lbs! The book itself is really informative too!! Would recommend it to anyone who was struggling with weight loss & will power problems!!
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