Flat Belly Diet to reduce weight?

Singapore
November 27, 2008 1:46am CST
I was watching Rachel Ray. It is shown a few months late in our country and she mentioned about the Flat Belly Diet. It is a diet created by Liz Vaccariello and nutritionist Cynthia Sass. The diet program consists of four 400-calorie meals a day, and each meal contains a MUFA. A MUFA is a mono unsaturated fatty acid and this is the healthful oil that's found in a number of plants. The five types are olives, oils, nuts & seeds, avocados and dark chocolate. When you include that within the 400-calorie meal it's going to help regulate your blood sugar and your insulin levels, so you're going to delay the return of your hunger. Has anyone read the book written by them? Has anyone tried this diet before? Were you successful to reduce belly fat?
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
27 Nov 08
Hmm... 400 calorie meal. As in every meal you have for the day is only 400 calorie? Let's see... this will work out to 3 meals a day, 1200 calories a day! Woah~! That is half the daily required intake! Confirm will go hungry one. How long are you suppose to stick to this 400 calorie meal diet?
• Singapore
27 Nov 08
Well, according to the write-up on this diet that I found. It says FOUR 400-calorie meals a day. So that makes 1600 calories. Apparently the MUFA is supposed to prevent you from getting hungry. Not sure how it works. That's why had wanted to know more about it. I can see that my waistline is expanding. It used to be that I could eat anything I want and my waist is still 24 inch. Not anymore. Plus having a baby and looking after one makes me snack non-stop. Sigh! Got to do something about it. Have never dieted in my life and as such I'm not jumping into one so easily.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
28 Nov 08
Well, for a start, you can try reducing your glucose intake. Substitute regular white rice for brown ones. This will reduce your glucose intake by 2/3. If brown rice is not your type, mix it with the regular rice then. The nutty flavor is really refreshing. This will reduce your glucose intake by half instead. Try using less sugar in your drinks. And if possible, avoid sodas. This will greatly reduce your sugar intake. I loose about 1 KG just from abstaining sodas. Have a system that will include some form of exercise. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the lifts. Also, if possible, set yourself a food curfew. Anything after 8 pm or 9 pm is a no no. If you really must snack, gnaw on guava. A very good source of fiber minus the fats and sugar. The bulk from the fiber will also curb your appetite to want to eat more. If possible, have a cup of oats in the morning. This will actually aid in regulating your blood sugar. With a steady blood sugar level, you will not have so much cravings as the body does not suffer from the highs and the lows of a sugar rush. Once you have done all these, you will gradually see a decrease in your weight. BUt do not expect overnight results. Think 6 months and beyond to see any visible result. The above mentioned will allow you to maintain, somewhat, your current eating habits without altering it too much. Just some substitutes. This is so that you will not be yo-yoing on your food intake, which is very disruptive towards a long term weight loss goal.
• Singapore
28 Nov 08
Thanks for all the tips! I think I have to be very disciplined when it comes to eating these days. It's very hard when you used to be able to eat anything and still maintain your shape and weight. Haha! But must try anyhow.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Wow, that means I can have four meals a day of dark chocolate!!! I love it!! HAHA Anyway, that makes sense but people need to cut out all of the crap in their diets and go back to eating what early humans ate before they learned to process food. They ate a lot of nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables that grew wild (God provided them with the diet), fish who were not contaminated with crap in the ocean and streams, lakes and rivers, and animals that they ate naturally with no steroids, antibiotics and food fillers that fattened them, like corn, wheat and oats.
• Singapore
28 Nov 08
You are right about the food. Processed food is one of the causes of weight problems. Fruits and nuts are the best and they are very healthy. You'd better check on the requirement of the flat belly diet before embarking on 4 meals with dark chocolate a day. Might backfire you know. LOL! I'm trying very hard to cut down on carb and snacks. Sigh! Thanks your responding!
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
28 Nov 08
The best thing that I ever did for my help was eliminate sugar, all corn products and white foods (flour, rice, potatoes).
@carmela0210 (1591)
• Philippines
27 Nov 08
as i go through my friends discussions, this one really catch my attention cause i really want to flatten my belly much more than what i have right now!!im really trying to eat food that is low in calories, and do even exercise, but i dont remember reading something like this nor having this kind of diet!!maybe ill try it for myself, thanks for the info sydney!!happy lotting...
• Singapore
27 Nov 08
If you want to know more about this diet, you can go to Rachel ray's website adn buy the book from there. It's rather expensive and trying to find alternative books on the same topic in my local library instead. I hope I find one. In fact, the writer says that you need not exercise to get this diet going. That's a plus for me. I'm too lazy. But today I did start to jog with my hubby. I have not done that for years. Gosh! I'm so unfit! Glad you find this interesting! Thanks you for your response!
• Philippines
28 Nov 08
wow!!thats cool!!just a diet even without exercise, that would be really cool, same here friend im lazy exercising, i just love it when i have company, it bores me alot, but im really trying to exercise, i want to be more slim,lol
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I lost a lot of weight over the spring and summer by simply cutting out all sugar and exercising regularly every week. I didn't worry about counting calories or grams of fat. I also made sure that every meal included all of the food groups, so everything was well balanced. It has managed to stay off, which is great! Though not so sure what will happen if I have more kiddos :)
• Singapore
7 Dec 08
Congrats to you! One child and I already look like this, unfit! What if I have more? I think my hubby won't be able to recognise me! LOL!
• United States
2 Dec 08
I have never tried this diet but it seems reasonable. it has been proven time and time again that many small meals is better than three large meals. i think this is a good diet to try and you will most likely see quick results.
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
I think it is good to split meals into 4 small ones too, since I get hungry often.
• India
27 Nov 08
Recently, I heard about a diet called Morning Banana Diet, which originated in Japan. I find all diets amusing to read about. And many times, I wonder why people bother so much. I mean, these diets are so complicated and such a bother. I don't mind a slightly bulging belly. LOL!! I am planning to start a discussion on Morning Banana Diet soon. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
• Singapore
27 Nov 08
The morning banana diet may work to prevent us from eating too much in the morning I guess. Eating 1 huge banana always fills me up. But diabetics has to be careful with this. Hehe.. Go on and start that discussion. I think not many people are interested in my flat belly diet. Haha!