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The Flat Belly Diet

Eat fat and lose weight. That's the promise of the Flat Belly Diet.

Now for the fine print: The kind of fat matters. The plan focuses on monounsaturated fats, which you get from olive oil, nuts, and other plant foods. Fat from animal products including dairy will add more fat to your body. The body needs good fats for the heart, brain functions, and your joints but animal fat is hard for the body to process so much of it ends up stored in your fat cells.

Authors Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, claim that in 32 days, you can lose up to 15 pounds and drop belly fat by following their plan:

Eat 400 calories per meal, four times per day (daily total: 1,600).
Don’t go longer than 4 hours without eating.
Eat monounsaturated fats at every meal.
Does It Work?

Any weight loss plan can help you whittle your waist. But no diet is proven to specifically target that area, and monounsaturated fats don't have any special effect on belly fat.

It's likely that if you do lose 15 …
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