Besides doing Body for Life almost 7 years ago I’ve never stuck to a diet plan for longer than a week, and that was only before a photo shoot or tropical vacation. I’ve dabbled in Suzanne Sommers, South Beach, and even a little Atkins but all of them pretty much left me tired and hungry. I was intrigued by the Flat Belly Diet when I saw the women behind the plan on Rachel Ray. The diet claims to get rid of belly fat by sticking to a 1,600-calorie diet where you eat a mono-unsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) with every meal:
This breakthrough diet from the editors of Prevention magazine was made for health-conscious women who have tried virtually everything to eliminate harmful belly fat – it offers a proven, science-based solution combining a cutting-edge nutrition plan with expert motivational tips and advice.
I could write a whole page on the ins and outs of the Flat Belly Diet but to save time and space I’ll let you read a little bit about it here or you can watch this great interview with Cynthia Sass, nutrition director at Prevention, who talks about the science behind the diet. (I’ve actually heard it’s similar to the Mediterranean diet since MUFAs include foods like nuts, healthy oils, olives, avocados.)
I tried out the 4-day jump start plan and that probably wasn’t the best way for me to test out this diet. To be honest, I’m really not at a need-to-diet stage, so the 4-day jump start (1,200 calories a day) just wasn’t quite enough for me. Though the planned breakfast meals usually did a great job of filling me up (note: I think the 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds on day 1 is a typo—that’s almost 400 calories right there), lunch left me hungry and grumpy by the mid afternoon snack. I was really grumpy by dinner time the first day, but I had missed the planned midday fruit smoothie, so I’m sure that was part of the problem. I really should have just started in on the 1,600-calorie plan and tried out the yummy sounding—and more substantial (i.e. filling)—meals you can eat once you’re off the jump-start phase. I’m talking apple-almond oatmeal, avocado-tomato herbed breakfast tacos, Mediterranean wraps, and pork with Szechaun vegetables. Read the rest of this entry »