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Subject: Flat Belly Diet?
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 2:58 PM ET
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Anyone following the Flat Belly Diet? I want to get the book (by the editors of Prevention magazine) but I haven't bought it yet.

Part of the reason I like it (I think) is because it talks about gaining weight during menopause and the middle age bulge. Woefully different than just eating too much and being able to cut down on food, I'm too sadly finding out. lol

Angie -
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:27 PM ET
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If you haven't read the "You: On a Diet" book by Dr.Oz, his book focuses a lot on belly fat and gives lots of helpful tips...(like cinnamon...I can't remember but it either boosts metabolism or curbs hunger...)  Good luck!

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:22 PM ET
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My mom has been diong it and she said it's working already and she's not following it 100% either.

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 2:15 PM ET
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Tiffanie ... thanks! I still haven't bought it yet but I'm thinking this weekend ....  I don't think I'm going to be able to follow it 100 % either but it just looked so reasonable and informative! 

Angie ... I've seen the  You on a Diet book but I'm not so much wanting to be on a diet as to how to deal with this middle-aged bulge ... aka, belly fat that has sprung up since menopause. It's a whole different breed and really, so far, my only problem. But it's a problem I'd like to figure out how to get rid of ... lol  That's why the Prevention book piqued my interest because much of it is devoted to middle-aged stuff.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 8:34 PM ET
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I have the same problem.  Turning 50 went downhill quickly.  The bulge is here!!!  I have found the only way I can lose weight is to write every thing down that I eat and the corresponding calories. :)  I LOST 5 POUNDS IN ONE MONTH.



Subject: Did someone say "Flat Belly???"
Date Posted: 12/19/2008 1:46 AM ET
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Do you know the authors of this book?  I turned 40 & have the belly problem. 

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Subject: Flat Belly Diet Book
Date Posted: 12/20/2008 4:06 PM ET
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I found this on Amazon and I'm gonna try it.  I've got a tummy that just doesn't want to get thin.

     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 deadly, contributing to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and chronic illness than any other type of fat on your body. Finally, science has helped uncover a key dietary weapon in the fight against belly fat. Monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, help dieters lose more weight--in their bellies specifically--and keep it off longer.     Flat Belly Diet! will lead you step by step, day by day, meal by meal toward a flatter belly...and a longer, healthier life.

About the Author


CYNTHIA SASS, MPH, RD, is Prevention's nutrition director. With master's degrees in nutrition science and public health, Sass has more than 10 years of experience in helping women lose weight. She lives in New York City.

is the vice president and editor-in-chief of Prevention, the #1 healthy lifestyle brand and the tenth largest magazine in the nation, with nearly 11 million readers. She resides in New Jersey.
Date Posted: 12/22/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I finally went and bought the book and it looks very doable. One of the things they start you out with is how to get rid of "bloat," which is something that has all of a sudden plagued me as well.

I've been looking through the book but I think I'm going to be smart and start it after Christmas. :) I'm not going to be home for several days so trying to do it while away could lead to failure right off the bat! lol

Wendy - I feel your pain. My year was this year when I turned 49! One day I woke up and there the extra weight was! lol I doubt it happened like that but seriously, that's what it seemed like. I always had a waist - I do not have one anymore! :) 

Subject: so does it really work
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:08 PM ET
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I thought about getting this book also as I am 46 and have this wonderful mid-section.  My legs and arms and chest are fine - the belly is HUGE - and to top it off I had a hysterectomy in June and I swear my stomach has gotten bigger.  


Date Posted: 1/7/2009 8:01 PM ET
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Hi Donna - Boy, do I know what you're talking about!!! Like I said in a post above it feels like it just arrived one day. One day my pants fit in the waist and the next I was overhanging the tops of those same pants. Ugh!!

Anyhow, I haven't started it yet - not really anyhow. I've read the book. I've incorporated some of the ideas and am getting used to eating marginally healthy stuff - or at least healthy in the way the book dictates. I've stepped up the water, which I drank little of before etc... My target date for starting and having a lot of the food in the house (which is really normal food just nothing I really ate much of) is Jan 14.

I know me, and if I'm not totally prepared I'll fall off the bandwagon with little or no push!

Subject: Flat Belly Restart
Date Posted: 1/18/2009 10:57 PM ET
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I started the FBD in October, & I could tell after 3 weeks it was working, I felt better, less bloating.

Unfortunately, I completely fell off the wagon for Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's.

I'm restarting now:) & have restocked on basics so I can prepare meals easily.

Bought a pair of American Nordic ski-walking poles www.skiwalking.com to give myself a metabolism boost w/cardio while walking.

Wish me luck- another fiftyish baby boomer disgusted w/menopausal weight gain.


Janet M.