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Flat Belly Diet (Hardcover)

Product Description
Prevention magazine is the country's most authoritative, trustworthy, and innovative source for practical health, nutrition, and fitness information. Now, its editors bring you a weight-loss plan that's specifically designed to target your number-one trouble spot: BELLY FAT. For women over 40, belly fat is incredibly stealth and incredibly stubborn. It's also the most deadly, contributing to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and chronic illness than any other type of fat on your body. Finally, science has helped uncover a key dietary weapon in the fight against belly fat. Monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, help dieters lose more weight--in their bellies specifically--and keep it off longer. Flat Belly Diet! will lead you step by step, day by day, meal by meal toward a flatter belly...and a longer, healthier life.

About the Author

LIZ VACCARIELLO is the vice president and editor-in-chief of Prevention, the #1 healthy lifestyle brand and the tenth largest magazine in the nation, with nearly 11 million readers. She resides in New Jersey.

CYNTHIA SASS, MPH, RD, is Prevention's nutrition director. With master's degrees in nutrition science and public health, Sass has more than 10 years of experience in helping women lose weight. She lives in New York City.

Ready to get flat?, November 20, 2008
By Valerie Barron (Bakersfield, CA)

The Flat Belly Diet!, like other diet books, presents a program that takes an unusual angle on slimming your waistline: eating a reduced calorie diet that is high in monounsaturated fat (MUFA) in order to flatten your belly with no exercise required. The program is 32 days long and it's based on "studies" that suggest this is enough time to make a dietary and lifestyle change.

The first thing the book teaches you is there are two types of primary body fat: subcutaneous and visceral. Directly under your skin you find the subcutaneous and then the visceral fat surrounds your organs. Visceral fat is far more dangerous to your health (common scientific knowledge). here is no disputing the fact that visceral fat is the most dangerous one for our health. There are many ways to reduce your visceral fat, but this diet focuses on monounsaturated fats (MUFA) that are part of your subcutaneous fat (your belly!).

Like other diet books, this one is filled with stories of people who have lost inches off their waistline using this program. With MUFAs the solution for this plan, you are supposed to fill up on them, and this will eliminate your belly fat.

The first part of this diet is called the Four-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart. The book promises you'll lose up to 5 ¾ total inches. The premise for this is to get you motivated to proceed with the remainder of the diet by seeing some results happen quickly. The goal for these four days is to eliminate gas, heavy solids, and excess fluid. A 1,200-calorie diet is given with the instructions. From there you spend the next 28 days eating a 1,600-calorie requirement (based on a 40 year old woman of average height, frame size, etc). That's pretty much it. MUFAs are this book's new addition to the world of diets.

I also bought a book called The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book after seeing it recommended here with Flat Belly Diet!, and I strongly recommend it because it's a fascinating book and it helped me to control some of my emotional eating by becoming more self-aware and improving my ability to self-manage.

Flat and Healthy Belly, October 29, 2008
By R. Stover

Ask your doctor about belly fat. You will learn about a special kind of fat that resides deep within your torso. This so called `visceral fat' is the kind of fat that is the most difficult to get rid of. Not only that -- too much of visceral fat is also dangerous to your health.

The co-author of the book, Cynthia Sass, has developed a "belly-shrinking eating plan that is grounded in the latest and most credible science and offers the most filling, satisfying, and delicious meals that you will ever have the pleasure of eating." However Liz Vacareillo's vision went beyond food. In her book she proposes mental tips, tricks and strategies that are designed to inspire, motivate, and "set you up for a better relationship with food for the rest of your life!"

The Flat Belly Diet Program takes 32 days and it is divided into two parts - the Four-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart, and the Four-Week Eating Plan. These 32 days is just enough time for one to make appropriate dietary changes leading to a new lifestyle. After you learn the program and observe desired changes in your body, Liz gives you the tools to keep your belly flat for the rest of your life.

The program is not only about getting your body to fit your desired dress size, but it is also (and especially so) about feeling confident, powerful and proud of you body. Essentially Liz offers to her readers to adapt a new way of living. And this is what appeals most to me. The new lifestyle that results not only in a flat belly, but that also has a detoxifying effect and lets you live healthier and longer. This is a good continuation of the idea so well presented in the book Can We Live 150? Your Body Maintenance Handbook with a few chapters specifically devoted to dieting programs and body cleansing. To properly understand how your body works and to get the most of the program I suggest reading "The Body Maintenance Handbook" BEFORE "Flat Belly Diet."

Eat Good Fats To Lose The Weight, October 29, 2008
By Kelly J. Jadon "Founder:"

Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

A FirstLook Book Review: Flat Belly Diet (Rodale Books, 2008) by Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

The Flat Belly Diet is the brainchild and highly anticipated book of Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Prevention Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass the publication's nutrition director. Sass has 10 years of experience helping women drop weight.

The Flat Belly Diet states that the reader/participant could potentially lose up to 15lbs in 32 days, even without exercising.

The authors write that we have two types of fat--subcutaneous (that beneath the skin--pinch an inch) and visceral (deep within the body--near the organs). The former is necessary for life, is all over the body, keeps us warm, and is a disease risk factor in large amounts. Visceral fat plays a role in the inflammation process, can be deadly because of its proximity to the heart and liver, and increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. The authors quote the National Institutes of Health, "A waist measurement of above 35" for women and 40" for men--no matter how much you actually weigh--is an unhealthy sign of visceral fat."

"The only way to minimize both visceral and subcutaneous fat simultaneously is to eat the right..fat."

Good fats are monounsaturated, found primarily in dark chocolate, olives, nuts, seeds, avocado, and some oils (ex. Olive, flax). Monounsaturated fats are also known as MUFAs--or monounsaturated fatty acids.

Research published in Diabetes Care (Spring, 2007) led to the Flat Belly Diet. The study has shown that when compared with a diet rich in saturated fats or a high carbohydrate diet, the diet with MUFAs is the only diet that reduces belly fat. "No other nutrient can do this," the authors state.

The Flat Belly Diet is broken into two parts: a Four Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart--which will drop the water weight and eliminate gas and constipation problems; a Four Week Eating Plan--at 1600 calories a day it offers meal plans for those who cook and those who don't.

Four "Bloat Bad Guys" are stress, lack of fluids, shortage of sleep, and air travel. The reader is also asked to avoid salt, processed carbs like pretzels and bagels, bulky raw foods (eat cooked veggies), gassy foods (ie. beans, peppers, broccoli), gum, fried foods, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, acidic fruit juices, and sugar alcohols--maltitol, xylitol.

What's left you think? Vaccariello and Sass provide readers with a Jumpstart grocery list. Some items listed: low fat string cheese, turkey breast, green beans, raisins, Mrs. Dash (salt-free) and Rice Krispies.

Key Points From The Flat Belly Diet:

* Keeping a journal is a must
* Eat a MUFA at every meal
* Drink Sassy water every day--2 liters of water, grated ginger, cucumber, lemon, and mint
* After age 40, a woman's hormones change and estrogen declines which allows for more belly fat
* Stick to 400 calories per meal
* Never go more than 4 hours without eating

Pitfalls To Avoid:

* Failing to plan ahead for social occasions
* Feeling deprived
* Underestimating the number of calories

Nice Flat Belly Additions:

* Success stories with stories and photos--see p. 312 Evelyn Gomer: She looks great after losing 6lbs and 8.5" in 32 days.
* Meal Plans are mix and match. Recipes are numerous, ethnic, and include whole grains, low fat dairy, vegetables, and fish. There are no photos. Ones to try: Wasabi Salmon Sandwiches, Tuna Bruschetta, Asian Soup with Shrimp Dumplings, and for dessert Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal.
* "Did You Know" boxes with pertinent information
* A 4-Week Journal
* An exercise chapter with a walk plan and flat belly exercises (includes photos as demonstration).
* 6 pages of references

The difference between the Flat Belly Diet and some other diet books are the real life photos and stories of participants who tried the diet and lost the weight.

5 Stars