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Prevention magazine is the country's most authoritative, trustworthy, and innovative source for practical health, nutrition, and fitness information.

Now, its editors bring you a weight-loss plan that's specifically designed to target your number-one trouble spot: BELLY FAT.

For women over 40, belly fat is incredibly stealth and incredibly stubborn. It's also the most deadl
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Hardcover, 340 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Rodale Books (first published 2008)
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Sheyla
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it

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This book is pretty good for a diet book. It has reasonably sound information in it and doesn't seem to be such a radical fad. My biggest contentions with it are that it doesn't give you all the counts for items. It will tell you how many calories, but not how many carbs or fats, for specific items. Such as MUFA's, it will tell you the calorie count but not the amount of fat, so it mak
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Pam
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Krystal
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Plot twist: It's TOTALLY OKAY to have belly fat.

I shouldn't be rating this as a cynic - I bought this book a few years ago when I thought I needed to lose weight to be valued as a human being. Thankfully, these days I've seen the light.

If you ignore the overwhelming message that you're a terrible person because you have a bit of extra weight around your middle, this has some decent food guides. If you're just looking to adapt a healthier way of eating, by all means take inspiration from the food
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Xenia0201
Oct 25, 2010 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 rated it did not like it
I really disliked the fact that it was very blah blah blah like. Not very informative.
~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells
Not very helpful for me due to my many food allergies.
Melissa
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
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
Holly
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Mariel
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sonja
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hubs and I did this years ago when we put on some weight after marriage. It worked wonderfully! The 4-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart was hard as heck for both of us, and I dislike Cream of Wheat immensely, but it worked! And the best thing we liked about it is the meals are easy, simple and NOT depriving you of essential treats. I'm a chocoholic and switching to dark chocolate was no problem! We love nuts and seeds and avocados and oils. I have utilized the principles of this book since and always com ...more
Laurie
Dec 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Emmy
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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....
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Cyndee
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Makes sense--let's see if I can stick to it. Definitely worth it to help ward off heart disease, diabetes, demensia. ...more
Rachael
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it


My rating is based on the book itself, I haven't started the diet yet. I'll report on that later :)
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Jack
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've just started reading this book. First of all folks you need to see the fact that only dieting or only exercising is not the best way to get good results. As a human being I want to have a good looking body. I deserve it for myself and for those who love me. Changing simple daily habits actually helps a lot to achieve success. Changing daly eating habits helps loose some weight or at least not gain even more. You can not expect to loose weight if you keep eating buckets of big calories. Some ...more
Brandi D'angelo
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
I might've given this 5 stars, but when I got to the chapter on "Day 33 and Beyond" (i.e. maintenance plan,) it basically said you have to stay on the same plan. Whaaaaat? Nope. Can't do it. I want to lose the belly and then go back to eating somewhat normal. Heck, I'd like to just lose the belly without doing any of the diet part. Ha ha. In all seriousness, I think this sounds like a do-able diet and if you are a diet guru like most of us Americans are, you can certainly tailor this program to ...more
Suriel Chacon
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The idea of monounsaturated fatty acids is a good idea. I do agree with that. BUT, while the 4-day kickstart did help me lose 4 pounds and 2 inches, I found that it was hard to find really healthy, satisfying meals in the recipes and there was a lot of bread/grains and dairy in the recipes, but not so much vegetable variety. It has a lot of carrots, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Where are the cruciferous green vegetables? I aslo don't agree with eating non-fat dairy. You need some fat for ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The Flat Belly Diet is geared toward women. It explains the principles of the diet as well as diets in general. A diet plan is included as is a journal to record progress. There are also a number of recipes included.
Sharee Fish
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book cover to cover. I am now doing the 4-day jumpstart. The book provides some tips that really work and teaches us a lot about our bodies and metabolism that we need to pay attention to if we want to lose weight. The journal helps a lot!
Lauren
Fascinating read and quite helpful too.
Vickie Del Grosso
Good if you are not familiar with proper nutrition. Otherwise no great revelations.
Carol Kottom
easiest diet ever
Bethany Rishell
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book helped me SO MUCH ... way more than any single other book or article I can think of. Highly recommend! (Note: specifically for women).
Diana Williams
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very helpful book on eating.
Andra
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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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