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For the longest time, I thought this "eating program" was called the FAT belly diet. HAHA. I thought I should try it just because of the name. When I learned the correct name is THE FLAT BELLY DIET ... I wasn't as excited for the program. I know ... I'm strange.
But ... a friend gave me the Pocket Guide for the program and she absolutely swore by it. She said the food was delicious, the program was easy, and the pounds fell off so fast she had to stop following the program so closely.
I accepted the book, and let it sit on my shelf for ... oh ... let's just say, I had to wipe a thick layer of dust off of it before I could read it. Truth.
The more I read, the more I liked the concept. Basically, you follow three rules:
1. Stick to 400 calories per meal (and there are four meals per day)
2. Never go more than 4 hours without eating
3. Eat a MUFA at each meal
A MUFA is a monounsaturated fatty acid, like nuts, avocados, olives, and dark chocolate.
PERFECT! I love those foods.
But, how could I get my husband on board? I knew that in order for ME to be successful with this, I would need him to participate. Why? Because, my willpower weakens when he is eating brownies and ice cream in front of me!
So, I enlisted the help of two (of three) of my children. Katie and Jacob do NOT need to go on a diet ... but ... if they were willing to eat the same foods and at least do the "4 Day Jump Start" with me, I was just sure we could pull Chris (my husband) along for the ride.
They quickly agreed! (YAY!) and we revealed the news to my husband that evening that GUESS WHAT?! We're starting a diet tomorrow.
He said as long as I measured, weighed, and packaged all of his food for him, he'd do it. I agreed to his terms.