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Flat Belly Diet!

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  705 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Join the million-plus people who have found the answer to losing their belly fat while eating satisfying and delicious foods.

With the Flat Belly Diet you can:

Lose inches in just 4 days

Drop up to 15 pounds in 32 days

Boost your energy as the weight falls off!

Prevention, America’s most trusted healthy-living magazine, presents the New York Times-bestseller Flat Belly Diet in
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Rodale Books (first published January 2008)
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Pam
Nov 09, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So ... I'm not finished with this book but I just have to report that it works!!! Shawn and I did the "4-day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart" that the book suggests you start out with. It was SO HARD for me (no sugar, no COKE!) but it paid off. I lost 6 1/2 pounds and 6 3/4 inches (all-over). Shawn lost 8 pounds and 5 7/8 inches (all-over). In just 4 days! We felt amazing! We probably gained it all back when we spent one week with our families in Utah, but we're back to our new way of eating again and it f ...more
Alison
Jan 29, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is like many other diet books, I thought it was good, the foods are all yummy, olives, avocado, chocolate, and more!

I also did the 4 day anti-bloat diet and lost 6 lbs and a total of 4.5, now I am on the 1600 cal a day plan 4 xs a day, 400 cal a meal, eat every 4-5 hours, and have a MUFA at every meal, piece of cake. I will update my review after 28 days and let you know the status!
Jennifer
Yeah I'm not doing this. Been frustrated with some belly weirdness for a few months, and I even planned on giving the 4-day anti-bloat kick-start a try and followed through the first day. Just following any diet that tells you exactly what to eat for each meal is a good exercise for me and my routine-lacking eating habits. But then I saw an actual environmental medicine nutritionist yesterday, and he totally understood and explained all my weirdness, so I don't really feel like this will be usef ...more
Mary
Jan 15, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I learned that this book is basically a Mediteranian diet which includes the good oils (olive, avacado, seeds, etc.) and very little meat, hardly anything processed, lots of plant foods rich in color. The diet starts out with a 4 day quick start program that promises to rid your body of excess water and gas that cause bloating. I have just completed the 4 days and I learned a few things about food and how important it is to eat every 4 hours. You don't need to buy to book to get this 4 day quick ...more
Autumn♥♥
Not very helpful for me due to my many food allergies.
Xenia0201
Oct 25, 2010 Xenia0201 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed the way I think about food forever. I went on the 31 day challenge and lost almost 10 lbs and 6 inches around my middle. There is definitely a science to the combination of foods we eat...I feel absolutely great.
Mimi
May 13, 2012 Mimi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really disliked the fact that it was very blah blah blah like. Not very informative.
Holly
Jun 21, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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mcat
Mar 16, 2011 mcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far, so good. As a student, my eating habits are lacking, to say the least. I don't cook [though I like to], I eat out a lot, I got out with my friends and have a drink or two, and I eat a lot of things high in sodium. SO, all of those things have been bad for my health - and my dress size. I picked this book up the other day at Target on a whim and I actually really like it. As of this writing, I'm on Day 3 of the 4 Day Anti-Bloat jumpstart, and it's already made a noticeable difference. The ...more
Laurie
Jul 13, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I am ready to get serious about dieting, this will probably be the diet I follow. It's heart-healthy, well balanced in terms of types of food and also in terms of life, including dieting, exercising, and mental health (emotional eating). I just skimmed the book and returned it to the library where there were holds, but it would be good to own your own copy so that you could use it to keep a food journal.

I made it through the Four Day Anti-bloat Jumpstart and lost 3.5 pounds! The maintenanc
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Kelly Delph
It is very similar to another book on diet and exercise that I like (from an editor of Prevention, I think.) Good balanced diet, walking with fast intervals, and weight and core exercises.
I like having a plan, so it keeps me on track. We'll see where I am in 30 days....
Emmy
Dec 14, 2008 Emmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Great information in this book. It's a lifestyle more than a diet. The gyst is that you eat healthy and regularly and moderately (400 calories a meal, 4 times a day) and add a monounsaturated fat to each meal. These are the good fats and they target your subcutaneous fat, otherwise known as your stomach flab. I like it because it's not a diet about what you can't eat. I'm already firmly in the eat moderately and healthy and exercise camp - no fad diets, you don't need to eliminate food groups, e ...more
Melissa
Overall, the book is easy to read but seems a little preachy. The basic idea is to eat 4 400 calorie meals every day and have a monunsaturated fat (MUFA) at every meal. You start with a 4 day anti bloat menu, which is only 1200 calories. I lost 4 pounds in the first week starting with the anti bloat diet. I didn't feel any less bloated, but I also didn't feel bloated to begin with, so there's that. I also started this after eating Christmas cookies all day long for two weeks, so I'm sure the dra ...more
Rachael
Jun 11, 2013 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


My rating is based on the book itself, I haven't started the diet yet. I'll report on that later :)
Cyndee
Mar 17, 2009 Cyndee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes sense--let's see if I can stick to it. Definitely worth it to help ward off heart disease, diabetes, demensia.
Andra
Mar 08, 2009 Andra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you need structure to eat a healthy, balanced diet and lose weight than I would recommend The Flat Belly Diet. The main focus of the diet is eating a measured portion of food that contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) at every meal. The first four days are a very restrictive anti-bloat plan followed by 28 days of three 400-calorie meals and one 400-calorie snack pack to be eaten as and when you like.

The book is full of pages about studies that prove why MUFAs are healthy and will help
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Michele
Oct 29, 2008 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who scrap book
A MUFA at Every Meal
Okay, I received this book as a birthday present yesterday and, not knowing exactly how to take it, I simply opened the book and started reading. I was at once comforted by the author's recognition of the love-hate relationships many of us have with this part of our anatomy, and her outreach to "embrace" my belly. Yes, this is another diet book, but it caters to an area that is particularly sensitive to women. NO MORE MUFFIN TOPS over the jeans may be a goal of many a post-pr
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Erin
Dec 24, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
The irony of me reading this around the holidays, when I am eating about 4 times my weight in food, is not lost on me. And diet books start looking all the same (and I think I pretty much know all that I need to about how the body works and how it burns calories!) However, this focuses on ways to lose belly weight specifically, and it had some interesting notes. Most interestingly, it explains you need to eat Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) at every meal: healthy oils, dark chocolate, nuts, ...more
Katie
Aug 27, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first non-diet Diet that works for me. It's very simple to follow, and includes great recipes that even my husbands loves! This diet definitely works! I lost 6.5 lbs the first week, and have lost almost 16 total in 7 weeks! And that's with some cheat days on the weekends. The 1st cleanse was the hardest, it was such a change from my normal eating habits. But once you get through that cleanse, you realize how your body reacts to the foods you eat. For me, doing the cleanse taught me w ...more
Carrie
Jul 23, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a nut shell, this book gives the advise to eat four, 400 calorie meals a day and to never go for more than 4 hours with out eating. The author claims that eating a monounsatrurated (MUFA)fat with every meal will target your belly fat. (examples of MUFAS are olives, olive oil, almonds, avacados, etc..) this is an unproven idea. MUFAS are good for you anyway, so what can it hurt right? i actually liked this book and think it has some good ideas.

all i can say is i must find some will power. i w
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Yvonne
Sep 08, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne by: Cherie V.
Nope, did not finish this book. I don't know if it works or not, but I realized that I don't want to be looking for foods not usually in my ken or out of season. I want to eat what good foods I eat and abstain from the foods that are not good for me. I want to not go mad eating some foods, but to eat reasonably (that is, not 20 servings when 2 servings would suffice the "normal" person).

So I resolve: decrease to the point of quitting overly refined foods (white sugar, white flour); find substitu
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Carrie Daws
Mar 02, 2015 Carrie Daws rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
This book had just enough science to convince me the author did her research, but not so much that I got lost. And I love that they make such a big deal about identifying the different fats and advocate eating the right balance for a healthy approach to life. The plan they propose is simple, the recipes are easy to follow and interchangeable (which I LOVE!), and the exercises require no extra equipment.
Sharon
May 28, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
This diet book is badly outdated. The diet appears to be all right for those who have 20 pounds or less to lose, and for those people, could be a lifestyle eating plan. The optional exercise plan seems adequate, but not really suited for most people with real lives -- you know, those people who don't have 1-2 hours a day several times a week to devote to exercise. Maybe it would just be better if we were more like the Amish -- working physically hard all day and didn't worry about "exercise". No ...more
Kim
This is the latest diet book featured on a talk show. The premise is that you can lose weight with out exercise. Of course you can. If you only eat 1200 calories a day, which is what this books says. They encourage the addition of special types of fats, MUFA's for short, that are found in nuts, and certain oils. Olives are one food that they suggest you eat, but a serving is 10 large olives. Not the way to go if you need to watch your salt intake! You need to eat one MUFA/meal/day, and they reco ...more
Melissa
I didn't do the diet. 1/2 day on the anti-bloat diet & i quit. HOWEVER - the diet is probably more for average or overweight women who want to lose some of that bloat. I am in the obese category & they have you eating less calories than i am supposed to be eating.

That said, i got a LOT of wisdom from this book! It was really good. One thing in particular, about that number on the scale, was actually breakthrough for me. They taught me a LOT about monounsaturated fats (the good fats) &am
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Robin
While I did read and like this book for a variety of reasons, I have to admit that it's not as easy to use if you borrow it from the library. I know, I know, I'm a librarian and I shouldn't be saying that but I think that if a patron borrows this books, she (because it's really geared for women) will be able to ascertain whether they want to purchase it. The program is great with lots of simple, easy to follow recipes. The exercises are good too but the subtitle about "no crunches needed" is a b ...more
Ruth
Jan 20, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
c2008: There are some nice hints and reminders in this book which I will be able to use from time to time. But, there is no magic here - eat less and exercise more! I doubt that one could use this 'diet' for the rest of one's life but some of the recipes will be useful etc..
Melanie
I prefer health related books that are more scientific in nature, this book seemed to lack such backing. And I found this book to be narrow in its view of health (focusing primarily on monounsaturated fats without much regard for anything else health related), probably because this book is marketed as a diet book more than a health book. Nonetheless, I found the book's intense focus on monounsaturated fats and the good they do for your body helpful. And I like the simple approach of breaking dow ...more
Sarah Honkanen
Jul 06, 2009 Sarah Honkanen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok, so I've had 4 kids, my tummy is not what it used to be.
i've been wanting to go more healthy and change my eating habits and this book is VERY helpful.
It is very easy to incorportate those MUFA's (monunsaturated fatty acids), you know the good oils, like flax and olive oil and nuts into every meal.
not only do I feel better, but I have lost inches. yipee!
This isn't really a diet, it is just a life style change. Diets I don't stick to and this is so easy.
Also the companion book is good too, it
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Cathleen
Jun 16, 2012 Cathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have heard so much hype about this book. I found it in a clearance bin at a local Ocean State Job Lot store here in Massachusetts.

This book had a few new and interesting things in it that I will incorporate into my daily eating habits in hopes that I can continue to not need insulin. I have been pre Type 2 diabetic since the birth of my second child. Now that I am in my mid-fifties I am having more trouble maintaining with just diet and exercise.

Otherwise this book isn't much different then a
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