The Flat Belly Diet: Just Another Fad?

Q: I’ve been reading about this new Flat Belly Diet and it sounds too good to be true. What do you think?

A: The Flat Belly Diet is the hot new diet, and pretty much it details the basic premise for losing weight: Eat healthy whole foods in moderation. Do you need to buy another book to tell you that?

The gimmick of this diet (all diets have one) is the promise that eating a diet higher in mono-unsaturated fats will help you lose weight specifically in the abdominal region. This a very bold claim and unfortunately there is no evidence to back it up.

When body fat is lost it tends to disappear from all over the body. There has been one small study that showed that all things being equal, people who watched their calories and incorporated more fiber into their diet, did tend to reduce their waist size by more than people who consumed the same calories but less fiber.

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

There is one simple and completely undeniable factor everyone want to ignore and desparately so. It is the single most important reason.

Less calories in than going out=weight loss. Period.

You can rational this, cut in little pieces, pretend its not true, what ever. It is hard solid fact. There there is no substitute.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Thomas P.
Thomas P.2 years ago

Thanks. I can't say it any better than Rosa. Keep exercising and eat healthy, don't diet. Count your matter what you eat.

Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago


annie s.
annie statton3 years ago

Avocados ------they are also excellent for the skin and anti aging.

Rosa mc
Lydia Mcintyre3 years ago

There are foods that combat belly fat. They are also very successful at doing so. Avocados is one of them. I don't think going on a diet is good for anyone. Eating healthy and limiting bad fats is the best way to rid of belly fat, alright along with exercise.
Yoyo dieting takes a toll on our bodies. It not only messes up the system, it also weakens the elasticity in our skin.
Thanks for the article.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Probably a fad. There are lots of fad diets around.

Amanda R.
Amanda Robbins4 years ago

yeah, literally you can't choose where you lose the weight from even with targetted exercises. i wear a size 6 aus/2 US and i still dont have close to a flat belly, and i eat a nearly totally healthy diet. the best way is just to eat healthy to achieve a healthy natural size for your own body and you will just look good.