Is the Flat Belly Diet a miraculous cure for flab?

Rabbit eating

The Flat Belly Diet isn't just rabbit food. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Dieting has become a new national pastime.  Many fad diets have come about, such as the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Gullible Enough To Buy This Stuff Diet and now the Flat Belly Diet. A miracle way to make yourself Hollywood skinny has been sought for years, just like the Northwest Passage, and the Flat Belly Diet likely isn’t it either. That said, it uses some real common sense.  It won’t send you running for installment loans for bulk orders of frozen dinners that taste like cardboard, either.

Flat Belly Diet uses Mediterranean Diet

Because doctors are experts on the human body, to doctors you should go to consult about dieting and weight loss, and WebMD has reviewed the Flat Belly Diet.  The diet proclaims to burn up to 15 pounds in 32 days.  The first part consists of a four-day 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day initiation period, wherein dieters ingest foods targeted to reduce bloating and mentally adjust to eating healthier. During this four-day initial phase, they also are supposed to drink two liters per day of Sassy Water, a healthy and refreshing concoction.

Monounsaturated fats: the linchpin

As fate would have it, Cynthia Sass, inventor of Sassy Water, is a co-author of the Flat Belly Diet book, along with Liz Vaccariello.  The key to the 1,600 calories a day Flat Belly Diet is a compound called Monounsaturated Fat. MUFAs, as they’re called, are known to help reduce levels of low density lipoproteins (that’s the bad cholesterol) and potentially boost High Density Lipoprotein (the good kind).

Lots of healthy goodness

The diet itself has an eating plan, a cookbook, you name it. You eat four portion-controlled, small meals per day, each of which includes a MUFA ingredient. The idea is to stick to healthy foods like more fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, lean protein and so forth.  Exercise is encouraged to complement the diet.

What the doctors said

The WebMD review was mixed. The review said that there were very good things about the Flat Belly Diet, but some misleading things.  First of all, they state the weight lost is likely to be water weight and that to burn 15 pounds of true fat a person would have to burn more than 1,600 calories a day, which isn’t likely.  The best weight loss results are slow and steady — a couple of pounds a week — and to remember SED – Strength training, Exercise (meaning cardio), and a healthy Diet.   There may be no Northwest Passage to weight loss.

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