Get a Flat Belly with the Flat Belly Diet

Who wouldn’t want a flat belly?

Of course you would want to look sexy on that bikini or that tight fitting top you’d been eyeing for months.  You cannot hide forever in those loose shirts and empire-waisted dresses.

The good news is you can get rid of that belly fat in just 32 days, and you wouldn’t need starve yourself.

The flat belly diet comes to the rescue. The main component of this diet are certain foods that contain monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs that will target and trim down belly fats by increasing production of hormones that help in burning them. Monounsaturated fats are widely believed to be the healthiest of all the fats because of their multiple benefits. MUFAs also help in normalizing level of blood sugar because of Adiponectin, improves focus and memory, increases energy and libido, relieves stiffness and pain and helps prevent colon, prostate and breast cancers. MUFAs slows down digestion, thus you’ll have the feeling of being  full longer and prevents overeating.

The flat belly diet is a Mediterranean-style diet consisting of 1,600 daily intake of calories.  It is characterized by the abundance of plant foods; dairy products (principally cheese and yogurt); with fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts; zero to four eggs consumed weekly; fresh fruit as the usual daily dessert; red meat consumed in low amounts, typically once a month; wine consumed in low to moderate amounts and with olive oil as the principal source of fat.  The diet is high in fiber, and high fiber staves off hunger.  You can snack on olives, avocados, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate and fruits.

Mediterranean diet (close up)
Mediterranean diet (close up) (Photo credit: grobery)

Olive oil is a  staple of the Mediterranean diet, as it contains a very high level of monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid, known to reduce risks of coronary heart diseases. Antioxidants in olive oil reduce the bad form of cholesterol and increase the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) and it has other anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive effects. You can also use sunflower or canola oil as an alternative.

To jumpstart your diet, for the first four days, you will need to undergo a 1,200-1,400  calorie diet.  This will get you in the mindset of a healthier eating lifestyle. During these four days, you will drink 2-liters of what is called “sassy water” which is a mixture of  blended cucumber, citrus, spices, and herbs. The sassy water  have been found to reduce sluggishness and the feeling of being bloated.

It is also recommended that you eat every four hours,  consuming 400 calories at each meal to complete the 1600 calories requirements everyday.

Here’s a sample menu  for  the flat belly diet:

Breakfast: Apple almond oatmeal

Lunch: Pesto ham and cheese sandwich on whole-grain English muffin with lettuce & tomato and 1 cup grape tomatoes

Dinner: 3 oz grilled salmon steak with 2 tablespoons almonds, 1 1/2 cup green beans

Snack: 1/4 cup hummus with 2 tablespoons pine nuts and 1 cup red pepper strips

During this diet, cut down on your salt intake. Mediterranean food like capers, olives, anchovies, salt-cured fish and cheese contain high levels of  salt  so stay away from salt even as a condiment.   When eating processed foods, stay clear of high sodium contents.
Try to eat your vegetables cooked rather than raw, it will take up less room in your tummy. Avoid gassy foods such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onion, peppers, and citrus fruits.
The flat belly diet has been  known to be safe, effective and healthy so this might just work for you.  Of course, it’s also best if you juxtapose dieting with exercise.

Happy eating!

Web Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/flat-belly-diet

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-mediterranean-diet

http://www.momswhothink.com/lose-weight-fast/flat-belly-diet.html

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