In October of last year, I had a Pampered Chef party, the consultant and my dear friend, Amanda had just lost 30 lbs on Prevention Magazine's Flat Belly Diet. I was inspired. I had taken the book out of the library several times but never really read it. I decided it was time to get serious. Everything I had tried over the past several years had ended in failure and I was at the end of my rope and ready to just give up ever trying again.
|Good to read but my least favorite.|
I can't remember if I bought the book right away or if I just used the library copy. At any rate, the diet starts with a 4 Day Jump Start plan. There is a special water concoction called Sassy water that you drink each day and there are specific things to eat each of the 4 days to transition you over to the diet. It also starts you out on 1200 calories a day. It's a diet designed to reduce bloating. I think it claimed you could lose up to 7 lbs the first week. I think I lost 2 or 3. It was kind of discouraging but it was a start.
I then began on the 1600 calorie a day plan. With the Flat Belly Diet each meal has to have a MUFA which is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid. This includes nuts, peanut butter, olive oil, avocado, olives (yuck) and dark chocolate (YES!) A diet that includes chocolate is definitely a diet I can get behind!!
|Great book to start with. Lots of quick ideas for meals|
like Brown Rice Salad.
It wasn't too long before I purchased some of the books in the series. I was steadily losing a lb or two a week. I bought the Flat Belly Diet, The Flat Belly Diet Pocket Guide, and the Flat Belly Diet Family Cookbook. Also available are the The Flat Belly Diet Cookbook and the Flat Belly Diet for Men.
It wasn't too long after that I discovered The 400 Calorie Fix. This book which is also by Prevention Magazine still recommends 400 calories per meal and not letting more than 4 hours lapse between meals. However, you have COMPLETE freedom to eat whatever you want. No MUFA's required. This is something I can do forever. It is the way I eat now. I can eat out, I can have birthday cake, I can do whatever I want...and if I flub up I can skip my evening snack or just start again the next morning with a 400 calorie meal.
For some reason limiting myself to about 400 calories per meal is different from planning to eat 1600 calories a day...that never worked for me. I really love this book! It has a section on what to eat when you're out (specific things to order at restaurants including Dunkin Donuts!). Also a section on pre-prepared meals and quick fixes. The remainder of the book is great recipes for "regular eating" not diet food. (There is a new 400 Calorie Fix Cookbook out that I can't wait to get a look at.)
One other thing is that I sometimes exercise. I am sporadic about it but when I am exercising I consistently use Leslie Sansone DVDs. My favorites right now are The Big Burn, Walk Off 10 Pounds and Walk Slim: Fast and Firm 4 Really Big Miles.
I hope to blog more about what I eat and continue participating each week in Slim Down Sunday. Would love to hear what you do to lose weight and if you'd like to read more about my weight loss journey, recipes etc.