Flat Belly Diet!
So what’s this flat belly diet that we hear so often about? The flat belly diet has been around for a while now. Not many people have heard much about it though, so let me elaborate a little. The Flat Belly diet was first introduced in 2008. It takes all the good fats such as monounsaturated fats and advises you to eat more of them and advises you to cut out all your saturated fats. At Least one serving of mono unsaturated fats per meal is to be had.
How Much Can I Lose?
If you follow the fat belly diet to the letter then you can lose over a stone (14lbs) in just over 1 month! Obviously, everyone’s weight loss will differ dependent upon size, activity level, age and basal metabolic rate etc. The bigger you are, to begin with the weight will melt away much quicker.
So Why The Flat Belly Diet?
OK, first things first the flat belly diet you will need to have the right mindset and attitude in order to follow through with any diet plan or eating regime. You can’t buy a cake and leave It in the fridge just for an emergency. You need to eradicate all these thoughts before even thinking about undertaking such a diet. You got it? OK, so the flat belly diet states that you need to eat a more of a Mediterranean style diet. Mediterranean’s tend to have a much higher life expectancy (well they tend to live on average 3 years longer) than an American or someone else for that matter. Mediterranean people have a diet consisting high in Monounsaturated fats, which are the good kind of fats and high in antioxidants. As well as a diet low in dairy and saturated fats, which are the bad kind.
What Do I Need To Do?
On The Fat Belly Diet, you will be eating at least one serving of Monounsaturated fats per meal, monounsaturated fats are still high in calories so stick to the right portions and you will be on to a winner. Monounsaturated fats or good fats help you feel fuller for longer too. They are proven to have certain health benefits with them along with that key fat fighting necessity. Finally, after years and years of thorough research, we have found that we need to eat healthy fats to keep trim and keep our heart ticking like clockwork.
So I order to shed these pound we speak of you need to follow this regime:
- • You will need to make up some “Sassy water” named after Cynthia Sass one of the founders of the diet – this magical creation will be a key component in your diet for your 4-day jump start phase
- • The recipe for this water is as follows:
This recipe should make up approximately 2 liters of this miracle concoction:
- + Water = 2 liters
- + A medium cucumber (which you need to peel and slice it nicely)
- + Peeled grated by you ginger approx 1 teaspoon
- + A thinly sliced lemon minus the pips of course
- + Spearmint leaves around 12 if small
So once You have made this water up, leave it in the fridge overnight for the flavors to seep through. After each day is over make sure you have drunk the full 2 liters of this.
- Within these first 4 days also be sure that you are eating on average 1200 calories
- In the jumpstart phase also be sure to avoid foods that cause gas, too many carbs, xylitol and any other alcohol sugars as well as too much sodium, alcoholic drinks, hot beverages such as coffee and tea.
- Try and avoid chewing gum also as they have many hidden ingredients and are high in carbs also.
- Once you have made it through the initial 4 days of this regime you will already have seen some weight loss and should notice your body starting to take shape.
- SO what’s next you say?
- Next up is the 4 weekly regime
- In the next 4 weeks, all we got to concentrate on is making sure we eat:
- Each of the 400 kcal meals MUST include a serving of monounsaturated fat
- Don’t ever have a 4-hour window without eating, make sure you are eating every 4 hrs
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking Plenty fluids
- The next month you will have a calorie intake of 1600 kcal
- Don’t eat saturated bad fats.
What Type Of Foods Has Mono-unsaturated Fats In Them?
Due to all the different types of good fats and bad fats everyone gets a little confused as to what they should and shouldn’t be eating, for example, red meat with fat is full of saturated fats, people are under the impression that eating red meat is good for you. This is true if eaten in moderation only. So on this diet try to limit red meat to maximum once a month. Foods high in monounsaturated fats are avocados, which are extremely versatile and can be used with almost anything, not only are they versatile and can be used in numerous ways, but they are also high in protein too. Other foods containing healthy fats would be nuts, especially peanut butter (natural only). Basically, all your healthy oils such as olive and canola contain high quantities of good fats.
So What Is The Difference In These Fats?
The key difference in these type of fats is that mono-unsaturated fats are the good kind such as omega 3 fatty acids, which typically are found in oily fish. These are healthy fats, although they are healthy fats you need to still remember that everything is eaten in moderation. Monounsaturated fats can better your chances of fighting heart disease due to its health benefits of lowering your chances of contracting it through improving your cholesterol levels. It is important that we don’t have a high cholesterol level in our bodies as having too much cholesterol can lead to a vast array of health problems. Saturated Fats are the worst type of fats, these kind of fats can be found mainly in fatty animal products. Too much-saturated fats can lead to a high cholesterol which in turn will lead to heart disease, blocking of the arteries, strokes, obesity, diabetes and many more health related problems.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are found in fresh produce, such as fruit and veg, depending on which type you choose the antioxidant content will vary. Foods that are high in antioxidants are called super foods, such as blueberries, any berries really are high in antioxidants but may not be classed as superfoods. An example of this would be an onion which is rich in antioxidants but isn’t classed as a superfood.