Posted by: 4pack | January 3, 2009

“Ideal Diet” Update: “Flat Belly Diet” Book Focuses On Calories Restriction And Multiple Meals To Keep Metabolism High

REVIEWING THIS DIET BOOK IS CONSTRUCTIVE IN AS MUCH AS IT ACCOMPLISHES 2 THINGS: IT VERIFIES THE LEGITIMACY OF CALORIE RESTRICTION (UNDER 2,000 CALORIES PER DAY) AND THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE METABOLISM REVVED UP…READ BELOW…MORE OF THE SAME (SEE 20/20 POST)…

“…You are to eat 4 meals, which keeps your metabolism cooking along and prevents savage hunger from overtaking you. Each meal is 400 calories…”

“…Every gram of carbohydrate binds with 3 grams of water in the body…”

 

http://www.examiner.com/x-1980-Columbia-Fitness-Examiner~y2009m1d1-Flat-belly-diet-surprises

They showed a cross section from an MRI of visceral fat that had accumulated around someone’s internal organs. Next they showed the same cross-section after the “Flat Belly Diet”. Viola! It was very obvious that the visceral fat was noticeably reduced. That is a major finding! Visceral fat is a major contributor to some of our most common chronic diseases including coronary artery disease, type II diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and the list goes on. Now I’m right up in front of the television. This is major stuff!

Now for the “flat belly” part. For a period of time a participant is to eliminate certain things in the diet that contribute to “belly bloat”. Most of these things are gas producing like chewing gum, raw vegetables, and carbonated drinks. Some things produce excess water retention like excess sodium and excess carbohydrate intake. Every gram of carbohydrate binds with 3 grams of water in the body. Therefore, when eaten beyond your body’s energy needs, you will have excess water retention. For me, these things are common knowledge. I will have to agree that raw veggies can cause gas and bloating because they contain lots of fiber and they take up more room in the digestive tract. However, to me it’s a small price to pay for the nutritional value they supply. So, I have to disagree with eliminating raw veggies and eating only cooked veggies.

Next are the diet guidelines. You are to eat 4 meals, which keeps your metabolism cooking along and prevents savage hunger from overtaking you. Each meal is 400 calories which is very reasonable. Again, this to me is common sense. Basically MUFAs are good fatty acids we’ve all been hearing about lately (omega-3s, mono-saturated fats, etc.). You are to include a MUFA with every one of those meals. Hmmm… That is very interesting. Every meal! I realize the goodness of these essential fatty acids and how important they are to human health, but to make a point of having a MUFA with every meal surprised me. Yet, looking at those cross-sections of the visceral fat loss, who can argue with that! And dark chocolate is a MUFA!! The only thing that I found a bit odd was the “Sassy Water”. This is a water concocted of digestion friendly mint and some excess water flushing ingredients such as cucumber. The ingredients are all very health promoting so I’d be interested in trying it.

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Responses

  1. Some good natural recipies ,http://cookinghour.blogspot.com

  2. Thought you would be interested in this short omega-3 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIgNpsbvcVM


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