Flat Belly Diet

Flat Belly Diet (or Flat Belly Diet!) is a diet book by Liz Vaccariello (vice-president and editor-in-chief of Prevention) and Cynthia Sass (Prevention’s nutrition director). The book was first published Rodale Books in October 2008.
The Flat Belly Diet begins with a 4-day jump start, known as the Anti-Bloat Jumpstart. The first 4 days are the most restrictive of the diet. The book gives a very specific menu for those 4 days with the focus on foods the authors claim will immediately relieve “belly bloat” and prepare the dieter to embark on the regular diet starting on day 5.

One of the major components of the 4-day anti-bloat jump start is “Sassy Water,” named for Cynthia Sass. This water which contains things like cucumber, ginger and other natural ingredients is supposed to aid the dieter in getting a good water intake as well as providing nutrients.

After the 4-day anti-bloat part, the dieter begins the real diet which stresses a MUFA at every meal. MUFAs are mono-unsaturated fats like those found in some oils like olive oil, some chocolate like semi-sweet chocolate, some nuts and seeds, olives and avocados. The authors claim that it’s this regular ingestion of MUFAs that helps target belly fat and is credited with helping the dieter feel more full and satisfied after each meal.

Flat Belly Diet Principles
Other key principles of the diet include eating 4 meals a day, instead of three, with the daily calories of about 1600 spread evenly between the 4 meals, for 400-calorie meals. While 1600-calories a day is a standard amount many weight loss diets aim for, the Flat Belly Diet encourages things most other diet don’t, like including chocolate in your meal plans to benefit from the MUFAs contained in the chocolate as well as keeping the dieter from becoming discouraged at the idea of not being able to enjoy favorite foods like chocolate (and peanut butter, another high-calorie but MUFA-rich food that’s allowed on the Flat Belly Diet! and typically left out of other weight loss diets).