When the lockdown started we thought of losing weight and getting a flat belly.E Now after a month of lockdown completed, dreams of an oh-so-perfect and incredibly flat tummy seems to be vanishing in the thin air. Remember just dreaming won’t land you anywhere, you need to work hard to achieve your goal. So, let’s have a look at the flat belly diet.
What the diet promises?
The diet promises that you can lose weight by eating fat!
Authors of the book- Flat belly diet, Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass claim that you can lose up to 15 pounds and reduce belly fat in 32 days by following the plan. The plan includes the following:
- Consume 400 calories per meal, 4 times a day ( a total of 1,600 calories)
- Don’t leave a gap of more than 4 hours between meals
- Include monounsaturated fat at every meal
Does the diet actually work?
Any weight loss plan can help in reducing the fat around your waist but there is no diet that specifically targets that area, plus monounsaturated fats don’t seem to have a special effect on belly fat.
While losing 15 pounds or 7.5 kilos in 32 days it is more likely that you will be losing water weight that you will regain pretty fast. It is considered better to lose 1-2 pounds a week even if it may take you a longer time to reach your goal. At least you will lose actual fat and not water weight.
What all is allowed and what is not?
Coming back to the diet, you need to target bloating for 4 days. During that while, you shouldn’t add salt to any food and you must avoid the following:
- Processed food
- Foods that create gas such as beans, broccoli and onions
- Carbs such as pasta, bananas an bagels
You need to drink 2 litres of water that is mixed with cucumber, lemon, ginger root and mint leaves. The book calls this ‘sassy water’.
After that you need to eat a Mediterranean-style diet for a period of 4 weeks with 1600 calories per day.
What kind of a diet is it?
It is a low-salt diet:
You shouldn’t add salt to your food and check the labels of other foods you consume to find out how much sodium they have.
It is a fat rich diet:
The diet is not a low fat diet but the kind of fat consumed is heart healthy. You will need to eat monounsaturated fats at all your meals and also watch portion size so that you don’t consume too many calories.
The effort level of the diet is medium. The diet tends to loosen up after 4 days. You will still need to eat often and include monounsaturated fats in your diet along with hitting the calorie mark precisely each day.
The first 4 days of the diet are quite restrictive but after the initial days, you need to eat a 400 calorie meal every 4 hours and include monounsaturated fats with each meal. This can be challenging if your schedule is busy and unpredictable.
Food ideas provided by the diet
The diet book suggests recipes and provides ideas for snacks. Tips for ordering fast food are also available.
To support the diet the book has a ‘flat belly workout’.
I hope this post has provided you with basic information about the flat belly diet.
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