Does the flat belly diet work?
In case you haven’t heard about the Flat Belly Diet, it’s a weight loss plan that focuses on including monounsaturated fats (like olives, avocados, nuts and seeds, and oils such as soybean, flax, sunflower and olive) with each of your meals. Does it work? Sure– you can lose weight on this diet, but it’s not because monounsaturated fat has special fat-burning powers!
Here’s why the Flat Belly Diet works:
- It’s a sound meal plan—A Mediterranean-style diet emphasizing fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, lean protein and whole grains.
- It encourages you to eat about 1600 calories per day—which, for most people, is low enough to promote weight loss.
- It emphasizes eating every four hours and getting plenty of exercise—both effective strategies for weight control.
- Adding a little bit of monounsaturated fat to each of your meals helps to satisfy your hunger so you’ll actually eat less.
Beware of the following Flat Belly Diet claims:
- Lose 15 pounds in 32 days– One pound of body fat equals 3500 calories, so to lose 15 pounds in 32 days would require you to burn off 1640 calories per day. This is highly unlikely!
- Eat certain foods and banish your belly fat- When you lose weight, you’re likely to lose it in your mid-section. This has nothing to do with monounsaturated fat and everything to do with regular exercise and moderate calorie restriction.
So what should you do?
- Eat less
- Move more
- Build your diet around wholesome foods like whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, beans, and small amounts of healthy fats with each of your meals
- Have some patience! Slow weight loss (1-2 pounds per week) is more likely to stick
Make it an energizing day!