Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Flat Belly Diet Morning Meals

If your standby breakfast is boring, fattening or—worse—nonexistent, then you could use a Flat Belly Diet morning meal makeover.

The belly-fat fighting ingredients in these recipes are MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids)—The Flat Belly Diet magic ingredient that targets stubborn tummy fat.

MUFAs are the good-for-you fats found in foods such as avocados, olive oil—even dark chocolate! You’ll find a MUFA in each of these 10 delicious recipes

Chances are you will lose belly fat on the Flat Belly Diet, but not because of the MUFAs. When you lose weight, you are more likely to lose it in your midsection regardless of the type of weight loss plan, says Michael Jensen, MD, Mayo Clinic obesity researcher and endocrinology specialist. The plan promotes a lifestyle of overall healthy eating, weight control, stress reduction, and exercise that could be sustained beyond the 32 days. Log onto for added support, motivation, additional menu plans, and the option to print shopping lists or track nutritional intake.

Sample Flat Belly Menu

Breakfast: Apple almond oatmeal

Lunch: Pesto ham and cheese sandwich on whole-grain English muffin with lettuce & tomato and 1 cup grape tomatoes

Dinner: 3 oz grilled salmon steak with 2 tablespoons almonds, 1 1/2 cup green beans

Snack: 1/4 cup hummus with 2 tablespoons pine nuts and 1 cup red pepper strips

Calories of meals and snacks during the diet phase are controlled at 400, but the other nutrients can vary. "You can get up to 40% of your calories from fat if you choose the higher fat menu items," says Sass, which exceeds the National Institutes of Health recommendation of 20%-35% of calories.

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