If you want to lose 15lbs and 3.5 belly inches of fat in 4 weeks, whilst eating chocolate but not exercising, this could be the fad diet for you. In the main the diet promotes healthy eating, but so do many other diets, so just what makes this one unique? Well it was devised in the hope of becoming a best selling book, and was compiled by the two editors of the Prevention magazine, which features health, fitness and weight loss. Thus there was a good opportunity for them to be familiar with which features of rival diets may appeal to their readers, and incorporate the bits from other diets into their own.
What does make the Flat Belly plan stand out from the crowd is its emphasis on losing weight specifically from the belly area, without any exercise at all required. It loses big points on that score as it seems rather pointless to try and sell healthy eating whilst advertising no exercise needed. The good news is that it doesn’t forbid exercise; it just tells you it’s not necessary.
Another good point which will appeal to dieters is that it promotes eating chocolate and peanut butter, rather similar to the Peanut Butter diet which is another healthy eating plan which stands out from the pack by including peanut butter daily. There’s also a lot of pseudo science which really just explains why some foods are healthy and others aren’t, not exactly blinding with science, thank goodness. What it does feature is the emphasis on stomach fat, which is the first place fat usually decides to make its home if we over eat.
The Belly Fat diet starts with the inevitable ‘jump start’ which lasts for 4 days and has specific instructions to follow. It allows for 1200 calories for the 4 days, has a list of forbidden foods, and introduces the world to the unique properties of ‘Sassy Water’ which is completely unique to this diet. Full details of the jump start 4 day period can be found here.
After the first 4 days we move onto the next 32 days of dieting, which increases the calorie restriction to 1600, broken down into 4 meals of 400 calories each. It breaks the food groups into carbohydrates at 45%, protein 20% and fats 25%. It promotes the positive aspect of healthy fats in the diet, as this is the current must have feature to crop up in many new diets.
Overkill would describe the emphasis on the benefits of monounsaturated fatty acids; it explains the need to eat healthy oils, nuts and seeds, and the inevitable avocado. Unlike other diets though which usually concentrate on one oil such as olive or flax seed, this one suggests a whole list of oils to use, though does stress the need for flax seed oil in the daily smoothie (reminiscent of the Fat Flush Plan) and olive oil in some of the recipes (as the Mediterranean plan does).
The loss of actual belly fats will primarily happen in the jump start period, but will continue during the remainder of the diet. The lack of exercise is disturbing as at the very least it would help to tone the belly area up. All in all this is basically a healthy eating plan though far too regimented, but it wouldn’t be a diet if it wasn’t. It borrows heavily from other diets, and if you already have a sensible eating diet plan diet book on your shelf, it may well be a bit redundant to add another one.
However if the diet sounds like a must have purchase there are various books to add to the collection once you’ve purchased the ‘Flat Belly Plan’, including the ‘Flat Belly Diet book for men’ and the ‘Flat Belly diet cookbook’. There’s also the Flat Belly diet plan online to help you to stick to your goals.