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How does the Flat Belly Diet work?

Some diets strictly limit what you can eat. Others include a rigorous exercise regime that takes you to the gym on a regular basis, or has you out taking long walks, or on your floor, doing crunches and pushups.

Not so the Flat Belly Diet.

The Flat Belly Diet is comparatively simple, requires no sweat and is short, lasting just 32 days.

It all starts with a four-day period called the "anti-bloat jumpstart." You are supposed to lose weight right away during this period. Proponents of the Flat Belly Diet say you can lose as many as seven pounds and as much as six inches off your waist during this jumpstart period. While people do see these kinds of results, the loss is a reduction in gas and water. But that is what the creators of the Flat Belly Diet want. Losing water and gas is important and equally important is the sense of pride that comes with reduced weight and size, giving motivation to keep going.

The next 28 days are not without some discipline. The Flat Belly Diet requires each meal to contain just 400 calories, MUFA components and be spaced out at four hour intervals to staunch cravings and regulate metabolism. Follow these three rules, say Flat Belly Diet creators, and you can lose one to two pounds per week.

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