Does Flat Belly Diet Really Work?

The central premise of the diet is that of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids - MUFA for short. The Flat Belly Diet calls for a MUFA food at every meal. Does the Flat Belly Diet really work? Some people say the flat belly diet is just the latest in a long line of weight loss scams.
Did you try the flat belly diet? Did it really work for you?

asked by Carrie in Diet & Fitness | 3396 views | 12-29-2009 at 12:37 AM

That's a question many people ask. Some get results, some don't. Some think it's easy to flatten their belly, some don't. Some are willing to go the extra mile, some aren't. Some diets work for some people, some don't. That's where you come in. You've got to choose your own diet, and stick with it, to see if you can shed those pounds.

The Flat Belly Diet is a diet book co-authored by Prevention editor-in-chief Elizabeth Vaccariello and nutritionist Cynthia Sass, claiming to flatten the belly and help dieters lose up to 15lbs in one month by following their simple diet plans. The diet plan is not as extreme as other diets, and has less restrictions compared to the South Beach Diet — simply eat a mix of unrefined foods such as whole wheat, organic fruit, nuts, and essentially no meat, along with one “MUFA” (food featuring monounsaturated fat) at each meal. Vaccariello claims that MUFAs are key to diminishing abdomen fat and keeping the stomach lean and unbloated, revealing a slimmer, washboard appearance. Another staple claiming to de-bloat the belly is “sassy water”, water mixed with spices, citrus fruits, and cucumber. Better yet, exercise is optional.

Advantages

* Includes natural, non-processed foods rich in vitamins and minerals.
* No exercise is required to complete the program, and does not require dieters to count calories.

Disadvantages

* There is little evidence showing a focus on monounsaturated fats help de-bloat the stomach.
* May require dieters to eat a higher caloric amount than is prescribed by most diets.
* Must purchase the book and follow the prescribed meal plans, although you are allowed to mix and match meal options.

Does it really work? It depends on the person, if you follow it strictly it does work.

answered by Rachel | 12-29-2009 at 12:41 AM

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