March 18, 2011

Prevention's Flat Belly Diet

My mom overheard a woman credit her 80 pound weight loss success to Prevention's Flat Belly Diet. Intrigued my mom wanted to know more. Hearing that popcorn that has been drizzled with dark chocolate and walnuts had my mom giddy. Yes, my mom too like me gets giddy. Where do you think I get it from?

Wanting to share the news she immediately dialed me to see if I had ever heard of this diet before. I had not. Now I was intrigued. Let me state this... I am not one for diets. I don't like the strictness of most and the monotony. I don't want to smell like a cabbage or have kisses that are tart like grapefruit. I don't believe in fad diets, weight loss supplements, or a magic formula or potion. Now here is where I'll say what you are thinking... what a contradiction!

After giving birth to my son 2 1/2 years ago I tipped the scale at 170.0 pounds. I set out to lose the weight the "healthy" way by counting calories and getting my ass in gear. Here I am at 133.0 lbs. It took a long time to take the weight off but it came off at a consistent pace and set up habits that I was able to keep up with for a healthy lifestyle.

My body has been holding onto my last 10 pounds something fierce. I'm comfortable with the progress I've made so far and continue to look to each day as another step in the right direction... with the scaling moving down or at least maintaining m hard work to date. My problem is that I have been sitting at this weight now for over 3 months. My body needs a shake up.

After purchasing my mom and I both copies of the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook I decided to give this one a try. Why would I break my no diets rule? This plan has me eating at least 1200 calories a day and encouraging weight loss by eating healthy and working out (optional but highly recommended). It is based off of a "Mediterranean Diet" which emphasises whole grains, seafood, fruits and veggies, nuts, olives, and olive oil. It's about getting enough good fats in our diets (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids). The Flat Belly Diet refers to these good fats as MUFAs. Cute. I get it.

Rules are meant to broke, right? At least that's what I hear.

The Flat Belly Diet claims that you can possibly lose up to 15 pounds in 32 days. I don't expect these kind of results. I don't expect any weight loss. Anything I do lose will be noteworthy for me. The scale moving in the right direction is my goal.

Starting today for the next 4 days I will be doing the Anti-Bloat Jumpstart. I'll be eating three meals and a snack around 400 calories centered around my MUFA in each sitting every 4 hours, drinking Sassy Water, and following it up with a 5 minute walk to help release pressure and keep from bloating. Yay for no longer having to worry about not being able to button up the pants! Well... that's the hope at least.

Follow me for the next 32 days to watch my progress.

8 comments:

Brandie said...

Good luck! You can do it!!

Pretend Chef said...

Brandie - Thank you! Breakfast was surprisingly filling and I am satisfied so far.

Ang said...

I can't wait to see and hear all about your results. I'm a firm believer that if we can eat well balanced foods, and exercise regularly, more than likely, we will have success. This should be fun for you. Blessings to ya.

Pretend Chef said...

Ang - I'm committing to this for at least the recommended 32 days. We shall see. If I get good results then it will be something I'd love to continue incorporating into my lifestyle. If not then it will reaffirm why I don't follow diets. Thank you for your support.

Kimberly Peterson said...

Oooo... I am definitely gonna be following you in this journey and see how you go! Look forward to you posting tips from this diet too. Now I'm intrigued too!! Been trying to lose weight forever now, but it's especially harder when you're a foodie you know? Hehe.

Pretend Chef said...

Kimberly - I'll be happy to have your support! I hear ya on that one. It is hard when all you think about is food. I would eat what I want in moderation but would always account for it by counting my calories and then working out more if I wanted a brownie.

Lick My Spoon said...

Since I started blogging...I've put on on 2kg...so I'm foloowing your next 32 days very closely. it seems that as i approach the big 3-0, diets have stopped working for me :(

Pretend Chef said...

Lick My Spoon - My mom's progress is much better than mine so far and she's loving it!

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