One of my goals with this blog is I hope to browse the internet to read diet and fitness articles and give you the low down so you don’t have to search all over the place.
The article I saw tonight was by MSN and Prevention magazine titled:
Lose Inches of Belly Fat Now
Here’s what you need to know:
- Include Monounsaturated fats (MUFA) at each meal
- Have a clear calorie goal
- Eat Often
- Improve your attitude towards food. ( In other words, Think to lose weight.)
- Manage Stress
- Ask for help
- Control Emotional eating
It seems that Omega 3 fats (Fish Oil and Flax seed) are the ones that have been getting all the buzz in 2007, but other oils such as MUFA’s are healthy too.
What are examples of MUFA’s (monounsaturated fats)?
- Olive Oil, 9.8g MUFA in 1 Tablespoon, 119 calories
- Peanut Oil, 6.2g MUFA in 1 Tbsp, 119 calories
- Canola Oil, 8.2g MUFA in 1 Tbsp, 124 calories
- Almonds, 12g MUFA in 1/4 cup, 212 calories
- Peanuts, 9g MUFA in 1/4 cup, 207 calories
- Most Nuts.
- Avocado, 19.7g MUFA in 1 avocado, 322 calories
(mmm, another reason to eat guacamole)
Now I notice one problem with this. Notice the quantity of calories for these foods. They’re high in calories Some people read, I have to eat more Fat to lose weight. Well, it works great, BUT, you must watch your calorie intake.
Notice Step Number 2.
Have a clear Calorie goal.
For the average woman, 1600 calories a day is a decent goal. For the average man, 1800 calories a day is a decent goal. Now, if I eat a MUFA at each meal, that does not leave much for other items such as Protein and Carbohydrates. Before I know it, I am at my calorie goal for the day, but I don’t feel full. What can I eat? Eat Vegetables! Many of these have very little calories. The key here is Journal your Food.
In Jorge Cruise’s book, the Three Hour Diet, he recommends eating every 3 hours. It’s the same in the Abs Diet, and Cardio Free Diet, and almost all other diets. The idea is to eat often to prevent you from getting starved. You also feel full, because you are eating all the time. Some people like to do 4 400 calorie meals. Some people say 5 300 calorie meals. Other people like to do 3 bigger meals and 2 smaller 100 calorie snacks. Regardless, by eating often, your body can easily burn the food into energy rather than eating a one or two huge meals. The body can not burn it all once. So, it stores some as fat.
Improve your attitude towards Food
Most of us are emotional eaters. When we meet friends, we meet for coffee, drinks, dinner, lunch, or parties. All Social events where eating is concerned. We’re having fun when we eat a beautiful big meal where we’re stuffed. Come On, think about it. The Super Bowl, Thanksgiving Day, and July 4th Barbecues are all events with huge eating. We equate happiness with eating. So, what can we do? Change the equation!
Friends + Eating = Happy.
Couldn’t we change it to:
- Friends + Morning Walk = Happy.
- Friends + Hiking Trip = Happy.
- Friends + pick-up soccer game or basketball game = Happy.
- Friends + Ski Trip = Happy.
Notice the change? We’re social creatures. Making exercise a social event instead of making eating a social event. There is a strong correlation between living in an active community and physical fitness vs. a lethargic community and obesity. The obesity rates are higher in areas where exercise is not as social. So, Improve your attitude towards food. One way to do so is by making your exercise social.
Another way to do so, is by journaling. If you write what you eat, and then also write how you felt when you ate it. you can look back and help determine what caused your bout of emotional eating. Life is an experiment. We all need to find what works for us. The key though is to learn from others. Researchers are finding out what works for the majority, and that’s where you should start.
So, the Flat Belly Diet to me sounds like every other successful diet.
- Eat less food than you Burn. (Food in < Food Out)
- Eat the Right Foods.
- Learn to control your Emotional Eating.
- Measure your Goal Progress.
- Make it social.
Photo Credit: Avocado via Flickr, by: ingserban
Photo Credit: Day 161 – Losing It, by: gotplaid?
Update: If you like this post, you might like: How to Add MUFA to breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weight loss?