Diet Tips for a Flat Belly Video

Editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine, Liz Vaccariello, is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Flat Belly Diet that promises to banish belly fat for good. Learn more about belly fat!
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Diet Tips for a Flat Belly Dr. Travis Stork: Now, extra weight in your mid section does increase your risk for a number of important diseases: heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer to name a few. So, you need to try to get rid of belly fat to prevent those dangerous health risks. Looking good is just an added bonus. Liz is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller the Flat Belly Diet. So, interesting diet, what did you find with this diet? Liz Vaccariello: We were so excited because we know the dangers of belly fat and that prevention. We don’t want to just do a diet and call it the flat belly diet so we found ground breaking research that showed eating a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs makes weight loss easier and prevents the accumulation of belly fat specifically. So, the diet is built around a healthy Mediterranean diet, and you're targeting this particular area of the body. Dr. Travis Stork: And, we’re talking about belly fat is really something called visceral fat. That’s the fat that surrounds your internal organs. It’s so very dangerous. We’re going to talk more about visceral fat in just a minute. Just walk us through what you're describing as the flat belly diet, the Mediterranean type diet. Liz Vaccariello: Okay. There are two phases to the diet. The first phase is a four- day anti-bloat jumpstart where you're really getting rid of water weight. People can lose up to nine pounds and seven inches in four days but it’s belly bloat, it’s water weight, you're drinking sassy water, which has cucumber and lemon and spearmint ginger in it which soothes the GI tract. Then, you move into the flat belly diet. There are five categories of MUFA that you have, one at every meal. Avocado, dark chocolate, oil -- so olive oil, peanut oil, nuts and seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, peanut butter there’s peanut butter on this diet and then of course, olives -- green and black olives. And through this phase of the diet, it can lose around 15 pounds in 28 days. What’s really exciting is that this dangerous visceral belly fat is reduced dramatically. We studied the diet at Yale. They did before and after MRIs of the visceral fat and found a 33% reduction in visceral belly fat. Dr. Jim Sears: That’s great! Dr. Drew Ordon: Well, that’s touched an important point, and for everybody out there, I'm not sure if you understand the difference between belly fat, visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is that fat we say we can pinch an inch. That’s the fat that I can remove with liposuction. That’s not the fat we’re worried about. It’s that intra- abdominal fat that you see inside the abdominal cavity that inner weaves around our inner organs that’s bad fat. It’s related to high cholesterol. It’s the Monounsaturated fatty acids that are going to help to reduce that intra-abdominal fat. Dr. Jim Sears: That’s the most dangerous fat to have because it’s metabolically active. It’s excreting substances that shoot your blood pressure up and just not healthy at all. Dr. Drew Ordon: And you see very often on somebody who really is not overweight everywhere else but you see this perturbing belly, and when you pinch, there really isn’t that much to pinch. Tap on their belly, it’s very hard. That’s visceral or intra-abdominal fat. Dr. Travis Stork: And, it’s really important to know it’s never a race when it comes to weight loss. It’s not how quickly you're going to lose the weight. We’re really talking about a diet that’s a life style here, choosing the right foods over the wrong foods, losing the weight over the long term. It’s so important, and another really important part of losing weight is exercise, not just eating, right Liz? Liz Vaccariello: Absolutely. I mean exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. The Flat Belly Diet is based on food but we recommend that you keep walking, you do inner ball workout, and there’s not a single crunch or s

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